One of Cebu City, Philippines’ newest hotels, the Best Western Plus Lex Cebu is a busy hub of travelers ranging from families with toddlers to teens to couples on an urban stylish getaway, and business people passing through. The warm tones of the color scheme, and the friendliness of staff make this hotel feel more like vacation than business.
When we arrived in the evening after our 3 day jaunt to Boracay, tables and chairs were already set up in the lobby as spill over space for the buffet breakfast. This 57 guest room hotel was fully booked.
After our two day stay, I can see why this hotel is a popular place to land. This Best Western Plus has turned up style and service a few notches.
Our room, with its two twin beds, was stylish and appointed to suit a western traveler’s needs and tastes. Free Wi-Fi, an electric kettle for making hot water for coffee or tea, a 32 inch LED TV, plenty of outlets to plug in gadgets, along with the bathroom amenities, created a space that provided respite from Cebu City’s sometimes overwhelming energy.
The roof top area where you’ll find the swimming pool, the work out room, a lounge area and a bar is a huge bonus to this hotel. The pool is not large, but it’s stunning, particularly at night. Called an “infinity pool,” this swimming pool is above ground and gives the illusion of continuously flowing water. A family with a young child was enjoying a swim while we hung out taking in the ambiance and enjoying Cebu City’s lights.
It’s possible to order appetizers, pizza and drinks from the roof-top bar which we did on our second night. There’s plenty of space for private conversations whether you opt to sit at one of the small tables that edge one side of the pool or in the cushy lounge furniture in the space designated for lounging.
While my dad and I enjoyed a drink, my son worked out in the small gym with its couple of treadmills and weights. This gave my son the alone time he wanted but gave me the peace of mind of having him within close range of us.
For people who want to shower before heading back to their room, the shower facilities have a spa like feel.
Along with the roof top, the buffet breakfast is another perk. KAI, the café style restaurant and bar serves up Western and Asian cuisine. The breakfast buffet is lovely to look at and offers variety that changes daily. Noodles with toppings is a standard. There’s also always egg dishes and traditional breakfast meats like bacon and sausage. For those with a sweet tooth, try the truffles and small cakes artfully arranged in tiers.
Another hotel perk is the free shuttle to the Robinson’s Mall at Fuente Circle, although its an easy walk up a side street away from traffic if the shuttle doesn’t meet your time frame. The shuttle is only once or twice a day.
The day we left the staff called a cab for us. There is also an airport shuttle for a fee.
I booked our room at Hotels.com. The room rate, which included breakfast was about $54. Check prices because they vary. In addition to the two twin bed rooms, more than half the hotel’s rooms have king beds. A good booking site for Asian hotels and resorts is agoda.com.
Post and photos by Jamie Rhein