Monday, May 25, 2015

Dorm Type Accommodations in Cebu City: Sugbutel and UCCP-CENDET

A recent work-related training required me stay for at least 3 nights in Cebu City. The training was was held at Crown Regency Hotel along Osmeña Boulevard. However, accommodation is not included in the package so I have to find another place to stay. With our company's limited budget for overnight accommodation, staying at Crown Regency is not an option, therefore I searched online for cheaper choices which would suit my traveling allowance. This financial constraint made me browse the web for dorm type accommodations in Cebu City.

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Pressed for time, I eventually decided to book one night at Sugbutel Family Hotel and planned to look for dorm type accommodations near Osmeña Boulevard when I'm already in Cebu. Fortunately, Sugbutel accepts online booking through their website so my first day accommodation was already solved before my scheduled flight.

Sugbutel is located along Sergio Osmeña Boulevard and is walking distance to SM City Cebu:

This is not my first in this hotel as my wife and I stayed here for two nights when we joined the Cebu City Marathon in 2012. However, during that time, we stayed at their private room. So this particular trip was the first time I booked in their dorm type accommodation.

Sugbutel's shared accommodation is perfectly suited for budget backpackers. It is airconditioned and has double deck beds with common toilet and shower rooms. Rate are as follows:

1st Class (inclusive of linen) - Php400.00 (upper bed); Php450.00 (lower bed) per person per night
Business Class (without linen) - P250.00 (upper bed); Php300.00 (lower bed) per person per night

Business class is without linen but bed sheets, bath towels and toiletries are available for a minimal fee.

I booked the Business Class lower bed and did not bother renting a bed sheet and towel. Here are some photos of my bunk bed:

 Common toilet and bath for men:

Common area:

If you're not the choosy type, Sugbutel will satisfy your need for an affordable dorm type accommodation in Cebu City. The dorm is airconditioned and comes with free Wifi, the common toilet and bath is fairly clean and they have a canteen which serves affordable meals. While sleeping, you may keep your wallets and gadgets in a box underneath your pillow and if you're strolling around the city, you may leave your bags at their luggage counter for a fee of P30.00/day.  On the downside, it could get noisy if there are large groups who also booked during your stay. Overall though, the hostel offers good value for your money as they probably have the cheapest rate among all dorm type accommodations in Cebu City.

While I was contented with my stay at Sugbutel, I have to transfer somewhere near our training venue to save on taxi cost. Fortunately, a Cebu-based friend brought me to the Center for Development and Training (CENDET) along Osmeña Boulevard. Owned and operated by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, CENDET perfectly suits my need as they have a dorm type accommodation and is only walking distance to Crown Regency Hotel. 

So I booked for 2 nights in CENDET dormitory at P350.00/night. The room has three double deck beds, airconditioned and has common toilet and bath.

Aside from their dormitory, UCCP-CENDET also has private rooms good for 2 at Php850.00, triple rooms at P1,300.00 and family rooms at Php1,800.00.

What I like about CENDET is that they have a cafeteria which serves affordable meals for breakfast and lunch and I can refill my water bottle at the dispenser for free. It is also conveniently located walking distance to fastfood chains, convenience stores and Robinson's Mall.  Whenever I am out for our training, I just leave my traveling bag at the front desk without additional charge. CENDET's gate closes at 10 PM though, and you need to inform the guard on duty if you're coming in later than 10 so the gate will be opened for you.

Sugbutel Family Hotel
Don Alfredo D. Gothong Centre
S. Osmena Blvd. cor. Road East North Reclamation Area Cebu City 6000.
(Less than 500 meters from SM City Cebu)
Phone +63 (32) 232.8888
Mobile Nos. +63 (917) 629.9961
+63 (917) 725.1449

Center for Development Education and Training Directions (CENDET)
Address: 85 Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Phone:(032) 253 5181

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