Sebastien Hotel Review
Looking for the newest value-for-money hotel in Mactan? Look no further. The King of Sinulog is off to the resort city, Lapu-Lapu, specifically along M. L. Quezon Avenue for the soft opening of Sebastien Hotel.
Opening its doors to the public on the 28th of December, this tourist-friendly hotel is suitable for guests in Mactan who want to extend their stay to do more sightseeing at nearby points of interest such as the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Alegre Guitar Factory, or the popular SU-TU-KIL (fresh fish cooked to your own liking), island hopping activities such as snorkeling at Nalusuan Island or bird-watching at Olango Island after a day of frolicking at the beach or some last minute souvenir shopping at Lapu-Lapu Shrine and several bargain shops at Marina Mall before heading onto the airport to their next destination.
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Located near the Mactan Newtown, this hotel is just a few steps away to this new and exciting lifestyle destination full of restaurants, convenience stores and coffee shops. Read on as I describe to you an account of my experience, for you to have an idea what this hotel has to offer.
To avoid the traffic going to Mactan, I decided to take the 20-minute Metro Ferry from Pier 3 in Cebu City to the port at Lapu-Lapu Church (Birhen sa Regla) with a base fare of less than PHP 15. I then rode a jeepney to SaveMore in Marina Mall with a fare of PHP 7. I was running late to the soft opening so I decided to be more adventurous and hailed one of the motorcycles parked at Marina Mall to Sebastien Hotel at PHP 100. Quite the price, I know. However, you could still ride a jeepney going to Mactan Newtown with a fare of less than PHP 15. You can also arrange for a private transfer or just a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport for lesser hassle and just tell the driver to head to Mactan Newtown with which Sebastien Hotel is just about 10 meters further down the road on the left side.
From the road, you can clearly see their circular maroon emblem with a white letter ‘S’ on the foreground design. The building itself is a palette combination of dark brown, gray and dirty white colors. Entering the glass doors to their lobby, you’ll notice the elegance and the attention to detail with regards to their chandeliers, their fittings and fixtures, and artistic vases positioned in such a way that it attracts the eye of the guests.
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Owned by the Rizon family, this hotel is a new venture aside from their existing apartelle and furniture business. Named after the youngest baby boy in the family, Sebastien Hotel has spacious rooms with modern and sleek interior design complete with standard amenities. They also cater to big events with their function rooms at the second floor. Soon to open is their in-house restaurant, concessionaires on the ground floor and their penthouse suites at the top most floor with a great view of the city at night which usually cater to business events and also important family gatherings.
Their soft opening was graced by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, government representatives, suppliers, partners and family friends. The program started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a house blessing by the local diocese, a welcome address by the head of the Rizon family, and also the most important part, the luncheon.
After eating lunch, I felt tired so I decided to head to my room for a quick afternoon nap. Riding the state-of-the-art Schindler elevator and walking past their hallways, I arrive at Room 320. As I entered the door, I was really impressed with what I saw, thinking that I was like in a bachelor’s condominium unit with its big refrigerator, personal kitchen with exhaust, sink and dining area.
The queen-sized bed was neat and very inviting, with a lamp on the window side of the bed. Checking the restroom, it was also clean and functional with hot and cold shower and standard toiletries. I was lucky to have the corner room at the rear part of the hotel because of the view it provides and also highway noise at a minimal level. The room also has a flat-screen cabled television, telephone, and a private work desk. After settling in to my pajamas and cuddling with their fluffy pillows, I just completely dozed off to dreamland.
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Waking up to the sound of the telephone, I forgot that I was scheduled for a hotel tour at 4PM. Going down to the lobby, my afternoon snacks were ready. Since their restaurant is still not ready, they opted for a McDonald’s delivery which is also in Mactan Newtown.
I was escorted by two lovely ladies who were as tall as me and I’m 5 foot 9 inches by the way. They shared to me the back story of the hotel and also toured me to all the available accommodations and function halls and lastly to the roof deck with the tour ending in the lobby.
Perfect timing since the rest of my family will be arriving in a couple of minutes as they will also be staying the night since we will be up early for a northbound Cebu road trip the next day. For dinner, we ordered Mexican food from Meximama in Mactan Newtown and ate it inside our room’s dining area.
To cap off the night, we took our chilled Tanduay Ice bottles and drank it on the hotel’s roof deck while admiring the night lights of Mactan while sharing a casual conversation with the hotel staff.
Overall, our stay at Sebastien Hotel is truly admirable despite the soft opening. Their staffs were very friendly and accommodating to our needs and quite proactive with regards to their available facilities and services. I’ll definitely be back to cover their restaurant and penthouse suite. For you my dear readers, if you are in Mactan, opt to stay at Sebastien Hotel and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. Now the King of Sinulog is off to San Remigio. Later!
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