Located at a busy intersection near Cebu Business Park, Cebu Parklane International Hotel may be right in the middle of the action, but a convenient location isn’t only the thing that’s happening for this locally-owned hotel designed for both business and leisure travelers. While it has the polished look of a contemporary world-class hotel, what I really liked about this midrange hotel is how the interiors reflect Cebuano heritage and culture, as seen in the lobby diorama and murals of famous landmarks in the city. At Kan-anan, their poolside restaurant at the 4th level, there are wall lamps designed like pusô or hanging rice, a staple in Cebuano street food. I wish they’d do more to exude this Cebuano-inspired branding to differentiate themselves from run-of-the-mill modern hotels in the metro.
Cebu Parklane International Hotel has 241 well-appointed rooms, which are currently being renovated floor by floor. I got to stay in one of their updated rooms, which still maintains the warmth of their former interiors with wooden accents, but modernized with a darker earth tones and elegant carpeting. I stayed at a Corner Twin Room with a flat-screen TV and a roomy toilet and shower that was disabled/elderly friendly.
Spacious toilet and shower room that’s also disabled and elderly-friendly.
As for other amenities, the hotel also has three restaurants, one of the them located next to the outdoor swimming pool and fitness center on the fourth floor, overlooking the busy thoroughfare of Escario Street. I especially liked the atmosphere at the swimming pool area at sundown when the blue lights of the hotel came on, bathing the surroundings in a surreal glow, while the headlights of
Aside from its convenient location, great local food is the best thing about this hotel, which has three dining places: Bean Date, a coffee shop at the lobby; Manuel’s Restaurant, a great place for lunch and breakfast; and Kan-anan, the fourth-level restaurant specializing in local cuisine. And for your quick bites and late-night cravings, there’s also a 24/7 convenience store at the lobby!
Besides their daily breakfast buffet serving local and international fare, the hotel has made a name for serving great-value buffets for afternoon merienda (light snack) at Bean Date and sutukil seafood dinners at Kan-Anan, available for both checked-in guests and walk-in visitors. Priced at only PHP 225 (USD 4.50) per person, their Merienda Cena Buffet offers a festive eat-all-you-can spread everyday from 2 to 6pm at Bean Date, with Filipino snacks like pancit (stir-fried noodles), sikwate (chocolate drink) and a colorful variety of kakanin (sticky rice snacks).
Another feast not to be missed is the Sutukil-All-You-Can with unlimited rice and one round of iced tea for only PHP 399 per person (USD 8.00) from Sundays to Thursday, 6:00PM onwards at Kan-anan, an authentic Cebuano Restaurant. A portmanteau of three cooking styles – sugba (grilled), tuwa (stewed) and kilaw (ceviche) – sutukil is a cook-to-order seafood dinner made famous by the seaside restaurants on Mactan island. They also have an a la carte menu highlighting local dishes derived from towns all over Cebu, such as Humba sa Ronda (Ronda-style braised pork) and Adubaw nga Nokus sa Sibonga (Sibonga-style stewed squid).
How to Get There
Cebu Parklane International Hotel is a 30-minute drive from Mactan Cebu International Airport. Alternatively, you can ride the MyBus airport bus to SM City terminal, then ride a jeepney from SM City Cebu to the Ayala Center Cebu PUV Terminal, from where it’s a short walk to the hotel.