Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan is walking distance to Cebu International Airport Mactan. It is rated as a 3 and a half star hotel and is just across the road, making it the most convenient hotel to the airport. If you need some cash and the atms are not working at Cebu’s Airport you and could use the ones in front of the casino.  It is the sister hotel to the bigger Waterfront Hotel in Cebu (in Lahug). The hotel basically offers the same, but in a much smaller scale (although it doesn’t have as many restaurants).

Waterfront Hotel Mactan has 164 or 167 rooms (depending on what website you look at!) starting from the Superior which for me are spacious enough decent for a night.  The Deluxe Suite gives an added living area and separate bedroom. I did check out the Executive Suite which was just huge. See video for more details on these. The bathrooms look a little dated but are large enough and come with shower and bathtub. Everything seemed to working in the bathroom so I didn’t have any issues. Those are the 3 room types I did check out; you can see the video which will give you a pretty good idea on how the rooms look. The website of the Waterfront mentions the luxurious Ambassador Floors that offers a higher level of personalized butler service and superior accommodation. I didn’t have the chance to see this myself.

For dining the hotel has number of restaurants and cafes. The most popular is the Uno Restaurant which serves buffet style food. The food here is, while a little small is pretty reasonable. The Lobby Lounge serves more light snacks and coffee.

The hotel has a 24 hour casino on the left side of the building. I haven’t used it so I can’t give my opinion on this casino. There are also a couple travel agents, one being the online travel site Asiatravel.com which does at times have good prices on various hotels in Cebu and the Philippines. The other travel agent more looked like it was aimed at the Korean market.  I have booked with the before. Downstairs was a little convenience store. Also see video.

Location wise, the hotel isn’t really in walking distance of anything. You will need to catch a taxi, which is easy enough as the taxi rank for the airport is just a across the road. To get to Cebu City from here, expect to pay around 200 PHP depending on traffic (as this can be bad a times) and the place in Cebu City you are heading to.  Closer to the hotel is Marina Mall, a little shopping mall, that has a supermarket, a number of restaurants and fast food outlets, fake dvds and clothing and a couple of Cafes. There are also some atms.

 

My review of the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Although the hotel is getting on with age, it still provides perfectly fine accommodation especially those wanting some good sleep before or after a long flight into or out of Cebu. It’s not a hotel that I would recommend for long stays as it’s not particularly near anything other than the airport; it’s more of a transit hotel. If I wanted something similar I would stay in the hotel’s sister hotel in Lahug Cebu City. Not only is it larger, you have the choice of more restaurants as well as a good location in Cebu. The Uno Restaurant is a lot bigger as well and has a better selection in its buffets. The Waterfront Hotel Cebu is near IT Park which has plenty of dining options as well as cafés and bars. Ayala Shopping Mall is also close for shopping, dining and money exchange. The rooms in the Waterfront Airport Hotel while looking a bit dated are a decent size and do have LCD TVs, Wi-Fi access as well as mini bar and safety deposit box. I would rate this hotel as above average, a decent choice for someone looking to stay a night or two next to the airport. The next closest hotel is less than 5 minute drive away at Days Hotel a mid-ranged hotel. If you are looking for something more budget close to Cebu Airport options include Islands Hotel Mactan and Park Hill Hotel Mactan. Overall a hotel I can recommend.

 

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Additional Info

Town/CityMactan Island
WifiYes
Wifi is FreeYes
Check-In Time2:00 PM
Check-Out Time12:00 PM
Room RatesFor room rates at the Waterfront Airport Hotel please check with Agoda or direct with hotel.
Room AmenitiesCable TV International direct dialing telephone Safety deposit box Mini-bar Air con Hot/cold water Facilities: Gym Spa Business Center Restaurants
Swimming PoolYes
Franchise or ChainNo
Free BreakfastNo
Main CurrencyPHP - Philippine Peso
Price CategoryHigher End - {Php2500-4999}

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