Home to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, Cebu is the world-class gateway to the Visayas region and the rest of the Philippines. Aside from its iconic heritage sites like the Lapu-Lapu Monument and Magellan’s Shrine, the urbanized island has white-sand beaches, some of the country’s best beach resorts, and accessible scuba diving sites along Hilutungan Channel.
Being a popular tourist destination, accommodations on the island can be pricey. Attic Capsule Hotel, however, is a brand-new option for budget-conscious travelers offering capsule beds and private dorm rooms, starting at only ₱800 per night. While not located by the sea, it is strategically situated at Marigondon Crossing, a busy intersection between the resort village of Maribago and the southern town of Cordova, terminus of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) – the country’s longest and tallest bridge.
It’s also easy to get around Mactan from this hotel since a lot of jeepneys and mini-buses pass by the crossing. Budget tip: one can stay for cheap at this hotel and still have a resort experience by booking day-use admission. (For example, day-use admission at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort is only ₱965.)
Moreover, the hotel is located only 2 km north of Marigondon Beach and Marigondon Port – a jumping off point for island-hopping and scuba diving trips to Olango Island Group, which includes Olango, Gilutongan and Nalusuan islands. (If you’re interested in scuba diving, check out my review of Marigondon-based E & Z Diving Center.)
Essentials are conveniently within reach from this hotel. A convenience store, massage parlor, pharmacy, public market, carinderia (eatery), restaurants, and lechon takeout stalls are all mere steps away from the property.
A Korean-owned establishment, Attic Capsule Hotel is housed in a small five-story building with an exclusive parking lot across the street for hotel and cafe guests. The hotel lobby and cafe, Cocoffee, can be found at the ground floor upon entering the premises. Aside from serving coffee-based drinks, tea, fruit shakes, and some pastries, the cafe also sells Korean snacks and organic products.
Access to the rooms are via a narrow stairwell to the right of the entrance. Unfortunately, there is no elevator in the premises, which can be a disadvantage for the elderly, PWD, or guests with large and heavy luggage. However, the staff were always happy to assist. Before climbing the stairs, guests are required to leave behind their footwear in personal shoe lockers and wear the provided rubber sandals within the sleeping quarters.
The gender-segregated capsule beds and two-bed dorm rooms are housed at the second and third levels for female and male guests, respectively, with shared toilets, showers, and dressing rooms (separate for male and female). Each capsule bed is equipped with a digital clock, electrical outlets and small blower for ventilation. The larger private dorm rooms – four-bed and eight-bed – are located on the third and fourth levels. Each of these rooms have their own private toilet and showers. They also have coffee tables with chairs, and small refrigerators to store your food and drinks. The only thing missing from the rooms is a convenient way to communicate with the front desk (eg. intercom or hotline number).
A rooftop bar sits on the topmost floor overlooking the busy intersection below. In contrast to the modern luxe feel of the rest of the hotel, the top floor hangout is lighted with bamboo basket lamps and decked out with amakan-walls and ceiling, exuding a more tropical beach resort atmosphere. The surrounding low walls are painted with colorful murals of tourist attractions around Central Visayas like the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu and the Chocolate Hills.
Breakfast isn’t offered to guests at a regular basis and must be arranged in advance for ₱300 per person. As mentioned earlier, being located at a busy intersection, there are a lot of places to buy meals, snacks and drinks nearby like the 7 Eleven right across street. There are also a handful of great sit-down restos nearby like Tambayan Grill & Restobar and Africa Restaurant.
Accommodation at Attic Capsule Hotel starts at ₱800 per head for a capsule bed with shared toilet and shower. Two-bed private dorms with shared bathroom is ₱1,600 (Guests must be the same gender since these rooms are located next to the segregated capsule beds). Four-bed and eight-bed private dorm rooms with private toilet and shower are ₱3,200 and ₱6,400, respectively.
How to Get There
From Mactan-Cebu International Airport: Attic Capsule Hotel is roughly 30-minute drive away (9 km), depending on the traffic. The most convenient way to get here is by booking a car or taxi with the Grab mobile app. Alternatively, the hotel offers an airport shuttle for ₱200 per head (minimum of four persons).
From Cebu mainland: a taxi ride from Cebu City to Marigondon can cost ₱350 to ₱450, depending on the traffic. Alternatively, you can take public transportation, however, there are no direct trips. One can take a jeepney from Parkmall (Mandaue City) to Tamiya Terminal (Lapu-Lapu City), where you can transfer to a jeepney to Marigondon Crossing.
Address: Marigondon Beach Road (across 7 Eleven), Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 9956212460