I know it's the onset of the rainy season and for somebody like me who dreads turbulence on a plane ride, flying to Cebu alone seemed like a bad idea.For some weird reason, I felt like Cebu (having been there several times) couldn't excite me anymore. I was wrong yet again.After this solo trip, I have seen Cebu with fresh eyes. My accommodation in Cebu City, The Henry Hotel in Banilad changed that mood.
To say that The HENRY HOTEL CEBU is like no other could actually be an understatement. It is on a league of its own.It's a visual feast,even to somebody like me who is not good with art.This place is a thing of beauty.I see it as a celebration of the beautiful things in life.
I did try hard to push myself to be upbeat that Saturday of June 8. The gloomy Manila weather, the three-hour flight delay in NAIA and the dark clouds (mala-the day after tomorrow movie) when I landed in Cebu City didn't help at all.It was when I arrived at the Henry Hotel Cebu when I realized that it was all worth it.All my worries and stress evaporated when I saw my room.
I was excited to go around and check the place.The lobby of course is an eye candy but it doesn't end there. I would like to mention by the way that the lobby reminds me so much of Lub d Bangkok, the backpackers hotel where we stayed last May. Same feel but The HENRY of course is the more sosyal version.Will link it here as soon as I got it reviewed.
The hotel is nearby key establishments.It's 5 minutes by foot to Banilad Centetr, Gaisano Country Mall and University of Cebu Banilad Campus and is 10 minutes away to Ayala Centet. IT Park (which is a new favorite) is along the way to Ayala.It's accessible via public transport and very easy via taxi.
I am not sure if "affordable" is how they want to market the place but you could experience this beauty at an affordable price indeed.Try Agoda.com and you will be surprised that you can get a BIG Room for as alow as $46 on off-peak season.Talk about best value for your money!
No Compromise in Space
The Henry is a small hotel with only 5 floors.Despite that, they didn't compromise space just to put up as many rooms as possible.No corporate greed here. They are very generous at space that rooms are really BIG. There are four (4) room types ----Big,Large, XL and XL. I stayed in a Big room and I was surprised at how spacious it is.And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I was wow-ed when I saw the other rooms.Here's to give you an idea.
At this point, I was seriously thinking how big XXL Room is if this is only XL.
This restaurant is a darling.Situated at the ground floor next to the reception area, it is consistent with the artistic feel of the HENRY.This is where breakfast is served for in-house guest.The ala carte menu was rather simple with a few set meals in the list but they do know how to put new meaning to Continental or Filipino breakfast.
I didn't make any concrete plan for this particular Cebu trip.Come what may was the order for the weekend.I was confident that I have a good hotel to stay to so I can always simply stay indoor should laziness strike in.Sure I looove the hotel and the comfy bed made me sleep for hours (even to the point of not remembering my early morning classes on Monday) but the funky mood of the place inspired me to get to explore Cebu City more.Yes, this hotel reminded me that there are still so many things about Cebu City to be excited about.
I managed to go back in Larshan again to feast in grilled food, stroll along Fuente Osmena (alone) as if waiting somebody to pick me up,lols, tried Warm Brownie Cup in La Marea IT Park and even tried freediving for the first time in nearby Mactan Island.I am thrilled to write a separate post on my #Cebu2013Adventure soon and will link it here.
The HENRY HOTEL is located at
+63 32 520 8877 / +63 917 305 0737 (globe)