Cebu City Guesthouse – New Era Pension Inn

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Cebu City Guesthouse

Cebu City Guesthouse – New Era Pension Inn

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The first real experiences of our 20-day trip around the Philippines was our Cebu city guesthouse, since we had decided to skip Manila completely on our way in, and take an ongoing domestic Philippines Airlines flight to the islands.

We would spend just one day in Cebu City, before leaving early the next morning for Moalboal on the West coast of Cebu island.

On arrival at Cebu airport we exited the terminal, walked up the ramp across the road, and took a white taxi to the Ayala Shopping Mall.

The yellow taxis charge 350 pesos, but our driver ran his meter and charged us 230 pesos (58 pesos to the euro). The traffic was really heavy, so the trip took a good 50 minutes. The Ayala Shopping Mall doesn’t actually open until 10 am, but luckily one breakfast place (ArmyNavy) was already open.

We whiled away some time munching burritos and quesadillas, with beer and tea (470 pesos).

Cebu city guesthouse - New Era Pension Inn

Cebu city guesthouse – New Era Pension Inn, close to Ayala Mall Gardens

Our next priority was to find a suitable cash machine. When we arrived in Manila, we had no option but to get a small amount of cash from a Philippine bank ATM. The problem with that is you pay 200 pesos bank charges on any transaction, and the maximum you can take is 10,000 pesos.

We were therefore looking for a HSBC ATM, where there are no bank charges, and you can take 20,000 pesos. We found one opposite the Marriott hotel just outside the Ayala Mall.

We then went back in the Mall and bought a prepaid SIM card for 40 pesos.

Cebu City Guesthouse – New Era Pension Inn

After some inquiries, a helpful security guard gave us directions to our hotel, which was about 20 mins walk away. We’d booked our accommodation, New Era Pension Inn, because this was the only place we could find that offered early check-in (from 09.00 am).

Everywhere else had check-in from 2 pm, with a substantial surcharge for early check-in. This place was also reasonably priced at €32, including breakfast.

Although close to the business center, our hotel was located in a poor Filipino street area, with chickens and children dodging between the cars on the narrow congested streets.

Cebu city guesthouse - New Era Pension Inn

Cebu city guesthouse – New Era Pension Inn hidden away in the side streets

The New Era Pension Inn is surprisingly modern. Small rooms, but clean and comfortable.. but when we arrived, our hostess told us that check-in was normally from 2 pm!

I politely pointed out that her online booking form suggested otherwise.

The situation was quickly resolved in our favour, but it’s just as well we didn’t turn up at 7 am, straight from the airport: After 2 days travelling, we were desperate for a shower and a change of clothes.

Cebu city guesthouse - New Era Pension Inn

Cebu city guesthouse – New Era Pension Inn – Don’t get there too early!

The next morning, there was no sign of breakfast.

Instead, we were given 2 meal vouchers and told we could use them at a small eatery at the end of the road. After we had found the place, we were able to cash in the vouchers for a very basic breakfast of toast, eggs and coffee.

Cebu city guesthouse - New Era Pension Inn

Cebu city: Rooftops backed by the mountains

After breakfast, it was time to head over to the South Bus Terminal for the next leg of our journey – to Moalboal on the west coast of Cebu island.

Once there we planned to spend a few days settling in – with a little snorkeling – before continuing our journey to Bohol.


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2 Comments

TriCia alcantara

April 28, 2019at 2:04 pm

Good day, can we have ur contract number for some inquiries. Thank you!

    SandSpice

    April 29, 2019at 7:24 pm

    Sure, check out our SandSpice Team

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