Cebu is one of the main islands in the Philippines that is definitely worth visiting. It is a destination frequented by travelers due to the vast number of activities and things to do in the area such as world-class diving, beautiful beaches, and fantastic mountains and canyons.
Since we often write about the Philippines, we always get asked to recommend places to stay which was why we decided to put together this guide. Here are the best places to stay in Cebu, Philippines that will suit every type of travel budget.
Best Places to Stay in Cebu City
Budget: Tr3ats Guesthouse Cebu
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: 25-minute drive from Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Price Range: From $8 a night
This budget guesthouse is pretty basic but it still has everything you need. Located around 45 minutes from Mactan Airport, Tr3ats Guesthouse Cebu offers both private rooms and dorms. Groups of friends or families may be keen to check out their family room which can sleep up to four people.
On-site facilities include a shared lounge, terrace, and 24-hour front desk. With the low price tag, this is definitely a value-for-money pick for budget travelers.
Budget: Mad Monkey Hostel Cebu City
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: 1.4km from Ayala Center Cebu
Price Range: From $11 a night
You’d be mad not to stay at Mad Monkey Cebu!. A highly recommended hostel in a prime location, people rave about just how cool of a place this is to stay at.
Imagine a rooftop bar and restaurant with a swimming pool, with both dorm rooms and private rooms, Mad Monkey Cebu City ticks all you need (and more). This stylish modern hostel is an awesome place to meet other travelers while sleeping comfortably at a low, low price. You’ll love all the cool spots to chill out and if you’re up for some action, there are always activities going on!
Potentially one of the best spots in the city, if not THE best there is, for budget-conscious travelers looking to connect with others.
Mid-Range: The Henry Hotel Cebu
Room Type: Double | Family Rooms
Near: 5-minute drive from Cebu IT Park
Price Range: From $62 a night
Want a little slice of Europe in the Philippines? Check out The Henry Hotel Cebu.
This charming boutique hotel is one of the best places to stay in Cebu City. The rooms are uniquely decorated in a European-inspired style. Each room has its own theme which adds to the overall feel of the place, and the whole hotel feels very Instagram-worthy.
Aside from the stylish design and comfy rooms, you’ll also love their outdoor pool and garden which are great spots for a bit of relaxation.
From here, it’s a 30-minute drive to the airport and the nearest mall is 10 minutes away, making it a pretty convenient place to stay in Cebu City.
Luxury: Radisson Blu Cebu
Room Type: Superior | Premium | Executive
Near: SM City Cebu Mall
Price Range: From $150 a night
If you’re looking for luxury, Radisson Blu Cebu is indeed one of the best places to stay while in Cebu City.
The rooms here are large and comfortable, with views of the city and Mactan Harbor. Their beds which are a memory foam mattress will definitely ensure you the best night’s sleep! If you spring for one of their deluxe rooms, you’ll also have a seating area to relax in.
The hotel premises have a whole host of facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. It boasts of 3 restaurants, a spa, and an outdoor pool. Their 24-hour front desk is always on hand to help with your enquiries and other needs you may have.
But the real shining stars of this hotel are the staff. Guests have consistently raved about the high level of service they received at the Radisson Blu!
This is a hotel definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to go all out while in Cebu.
Best Places to Stay in Mactan Island, Cebu
Budget: The Stopover Hostel
Room Type: Dorms | Double | Family Rooms
Near: 1km from Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Price Range: From $9 a night
Located in Mactan island, The Stopover Hostel is a good choice for those on a budget.
The hostel is pretty basic but if you’re not planning on spending a lot of time there, it’s good enough. All rooms have air conditioning which is rather essential during hot summer days. You’ll also get free wifi and have access to their shared areas which includes a kitchen.
This is a super convenient choice if you just need a place to stay before catching a flight out as it’s located very near the airport.
Mid-Range: Eloisa Royal Suites
Room Type: Studios | Triple Rooms | Suites
Near: 2.3km from Gaisano Island Mall
Price Range: From $48 a night
If you have a little more to spare in your hotel budget, take a look at the Eloisa Royal Suites.
While the rooms here are small, they’re nicely decorated in a contemporary style. You’ll have a good night’s sleep here! And if you need an extra dose of relaxation, you can even arrange for an in-room massage. But if you’d prefer to catch some rays, head down to the pool for a relaxing soak.
This hotel is conveniently located 10 minutes from the airport, making it an affordable pick for those that are looking to catch a flight. The hotel provides an airport shuttle as well as a buffet breakfast which is a nice treat for travelers.
Luxury: Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Room Type: Deluxe| Premium |Executive| Suites| Lofts
Near: 6 minutes walk from the beach
Price Range: From $184 a night
If you’re looking for a good splurge, Movenpick Mactan is the perfect place for you.
The rooms here are super plush and you’ll absolutely feel pampered during your stay! Each room even comes with a private balcony, perfect for taking in the cool evening breeze as the sun sets.
Things get even better when you leave your room as the resort premises are beautiful. The amenities here include a private beach plus an exclusive “Ibiza-style” beach club which offers guests the perfect chance to unwind and escape. You can also treat yourself with some body treatments at their in-house spa. The food in their buffets are also exceptionally good.
Between the luxurious beds and linens and the great vibes at their beach bar and lounge, it’s no doubt that this is one of the best places to stay in Cebu.
Luxury: Crimson Resort & Spa
Room Type: Deluxe | Villas | Beach Casitas
Near: 2 minutes walk from the beach
Price Range: From $252 a night
The Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan Island is a great pick for those looking for a luxury holiday.
Feel the tropical vibes at this resort! The rooms are designed with wood accents and neutral tones, creating a relaxed atmosphere for your stay. Their soft, comfy beds guarantee a good night’s sleep! Some rooms offer your own private balcony while others have a small garden or terrace with a pool plunge — what a perfect indulgence!
When you venture out of your room, you’ll be soothed by the lush greenery. They have a great private beach area with a really good house reef which is great for snorkeling. Swimming and lounging in the sun more your thing? You’ll love their infinity pool.
Between the pool, good food, and the great atmosphere that the hotel gives, you won’t regret staying here for a couple of nights during your holiday.
Best Places to Stay in Moalboal, Cebu
Budget: Chief Mau Moalboal Cebu
Room Type: Dorms | Double Rooms
Near: Panagsama Beach
Price Range: From $10 a night
Located just one minute away from the beach, Chief Mau is an awesome hostel to stay in while in Moalboal Cebu.
They have basic double rooms as well as dorm rooms that sleep six to eight people. The rooms are clean and basic but the best part about this place is the chilled out common area where you can hang out and lay in hammocks all day long. Guests have said that the common areas are great for meeting fellow travelers!
For just a little bit more, you can choose their double room which affords you more privacy — what a steal! The staff here are super friendly, helping you with bike rentals and booking transportation. This is an awesome budget pick in Moalboal!
Budget: Hotel Sisters Inn Cebu
Room Type: Double Rooms (Fan and AC Rooms)
Near: Moal Boal main town
Price Range: From $17 a night
Looking for great value accommodation? Check out Hotel Sisters Inn.
This basic family-run inn is run by a Dutch guy and his family. The rooms are renovated so they’re modern and comfy, despite having no frills. There’s definitely a homey feel here!
Located 15 minutes away from the main town, this inn is a great steal if you want to be closer to the beach rather than to where all the bars are. The hostel often experiences power outages (the whole city does) so be prepared for some warm evenings despite the air conditioning.
Mid-Range: Bonita Oasis Beach Resort
Room Type: Private | Family Rooms
Price Range: From $49 a night
Bonita Oasis Beach Resort is located a couple of minutes away from town which is quite nice as you can fully enjoy the peace and quiet.
The rooms here are clean, large, and well-maintained but the decoration and furnishings are simple and more home-y. You’ll feel like you’re staying in a friend’s house, complete with warm hospitality from the staff.
They rent out motorbikes for a reasonable price, which is a great option for exploring on your own. Their pool is definitely a big plus and a good way to escape the heat!
Mid-Range: Indino Guesthouse
Room Type: Single | Double | Triple | Family Rooms
Near: 200m from Panagsama Beach
Price Range: From $56 a night
Looking for accommodations in Moalboal with an awesome location? Indino Guesthouse should be one of your top picks.
This reasonably priced guesthouse is situated right on the restaurant and hotel strip, ensuring that you’re never too far from any of the action. They offer a range of rooms and their family rooms can sleep up to seven people, making this a solid choice for groups or families traveling together. The rooms are simple but spacious and comfortable.
There’s a garden, terrace and bar within the compounds and with so many other options just a short walk away, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and drinking. Guests also highlight the warm service from the staff who are able to help with transportation, activities, and more.
Luxury: The Blue Orchid Resort
Room Type: Twin | Deluxe Double | Suite
Near: 25-minute drive from Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Price Range: From $100 a night
Want something a bit more upscale? Take a look at The Blue Orchid Resort. This place provides great value for money and is one of the best places to stay in Moalboal.
You’ll love the sea view from your spacious room which comes complete with comfy beds, a private terrace, and a large en-suite bathroom.The decor is simple but appealing and totally fits in with the island vibes. For some chillaxing, head out to the pool area and work on your tan.
For divers, you’ll love their on-site diving center that can easily organize outings for you. And if you prefer to stay on land, the resort also offers convenient scooter rentals so that you can explore the area.
Although it does not have direct beach access, there is a footpath which will lead you directly towards White Beach. The staff are also very friendly and welcoming, making guests feel like family.
Best Places to Stay in Oslob, Cebu
Budget: Germaroze Inn
Room Type: Private Rooms
Near: 1km from Oslob Town
Price Range: From $17 a night
Located 10 minutes away from the whale sharks is this little gem of a place which offers reasonable rooms for great value.
Germaroze Inn offers double and family rooms in a cozy, homely setting. While the rooms may not anything particularly special, they offer simple comfort that makes you feel like you’re at home. If you’re lucky, you might even get a room with an ocean view!
Oh, did I mention that they also have a nice outdoor pool area? You’ll love hanging out here and catching some sun. And if you want even more action, the staff can help with arranging diving, snorkeling, and other water activities nearby.
Budget: Sascha’s Resort Oslob
Room Type: Double | Family Rooms
Near: Close to Oslob Town Proper
Price Range: From $21 a night
This family run hostel provides great value for what you pay.
Beach lovers, this is the spot for you as Sascha’s Resort Oslob is located right by the water. Imaging waking up, donning your swimwear, and then immediately heading to the beach! Although the rooms here are basic, the hostel provides an overall great ambience. The common areas are an awesome place to meet other travelers, and the pool is a cool area to ahng out.
The staff are also very accommodating and can give you all the information you need for touring around the area.
Mid-Range: Oslob Malonzo Pension House
Room Type: Double | Triple Rooms
Near: 600m from the center of Oslob
Price Range: From $24 a night
If you are looking for a nice, clean, and private place to stay while in Oslob, look no further than this charming guesthouse.
Oslob Malonzo Pension House offers private rooms that can sleep up to three people. As with much of the accommodations in Oslob, the rooms are plain but they’re comfortable in a home-y way. If you need a bit of fresh air, the garden and terrace are great places to have a beer as the sun sets.
The family who runs the guesthouse is very accommodating and warm, and they can help if you need assistance with transport, activities, and anything else you may need while in Oslob.
Luxury: Sumilon Blue Water Island Resort
Room Type: Glamping Tents | Villas | Deluxe Room
Near: Private Island
Price Range: From $323 a night
For the ultimate beach getaway, how about staying at a resort on a private island? This high-end resort is indeed one of the best places to stay in Cebu. Located in its own private island (which you can do day trips to), Sumilon is a high-end exclusive resort which is the perfect getaway when exploring Oslob.
While the resort itself has been around for a while, the exclusivity of the place makes up for it. Hop on their free scheduled transfer to-and-from Oslob and you’ll be in this resort paradise. If you’re looking for a unique experience, opt for their glamping tents where you can camp out in style. Otherwise, go for one of their cottages.
Here, you’ll get direct access to coral reef beaches and the staff can help arrange for activities like diving and snorkeling. Want to take it easy? Hang out by the outdoor pool or get a massage!
This is an awesome spot to get away from the hecticness of city life!
Best Places to Stay in Malapascua, Cebu
Budget: Villa Sandra
Room Type: Dorms | Twin | Double Rooms
Near: Longon Village
Price Range: From $7 a night
When in Malapascua, this is our top pick if you’re looking to meet fellow backpackers.
Villa Sandra is a cool little hostel that will charm you. Those on a tight budget will love their dorm rooms, but if you’re traveling with a friend or as a couple, pay a little bit for a private room for extra comfort. The rooms are simple but with a hippie touch.
The common areas are clean and inviting, with lots of recyclable decorations all over the hostel. There’s even a treehouse where you can lay down in the hammocks! They also have an awesome vegetarian restaurant which we highly recommend trying.
This place is highly recommended by loads of other backpackers and travelers.
Budget: Slam’s Garden Dive Resort
Room Type: Twin | Double | Triple | Family Room
Near: 30m from Logon Beach
Price Range: From $33 a night
If you’re willing to stay in a fan room, Slam’s Garden Resort offers excellent value for money for people on a budget. This affordable spot offers the comforts of home with a resort feel.
Clean, spacious, and furnished with simple wood furniture, you’ll be comfortable in the rooms here. Plus, there’s a large outdoor pool and garden area which is the place to be on a warm, sunny afternoon. There’s even a small bar and restaurant so you can enjoy a drink or two as you lounge in the sun.
The friendly staff can help with arranging transport and other activities. And divers, there’s a dive center on site which is super convenient for arranging dive trips!
Budget: Malapascua Garden Resort
Room Type: Deluxe | Double | Family | Budget Rooms
Near: 4-minute walk to Logon Beach
Price Range: From $31 a night
Surrounded by greenery, this resort exudes peace and serenity, ideal for those who want to a laid-back stay.
Malapascua Garden Resort offers private rooms at an affordable rate. Furnished with wooden furniture, the rooms are spacious and comfortable with some quirky decorations. It’s simple but definitely value for money! You even have a little veranda where you can sit and take in the garden view.
Keen on activities like snorkeling, diving or even getting a massage? The staff are happy to help!
Mid-Range: Tepanee Beach Resort
Room Type: Double | Cottages
Price Range: From $67 a night
If you have a little more budget to spare, get yourself a deluxe cottage at Tepanee Beach Resort. Here, you will find yourself in a quiet and peaceful resort where you can enjoy the waves as it lulls you to sleep.
Located not too far from town, this resort offers you a private beach away from the rest of the crowds. Rooms here have colorful walls and bamboo beds, adding a touch of character to the decor. The best part about this place is that you’ll have your own balcony which overlooks the ocean.
Even better: you get access to a private beach where you can lay on a sunbed and get a tan. It’s also super easy to arrange for water activities. You can then end your day with a massage at their on-site spa. Bliss!
Luxury: Golden Sands Destination Resorts
Room Type: Twin | Double | Triple | Villa
Near: Daanbantayan, 1.5km from Malapascua Island
Price Range: From $138 a night
Located 1.5km away from Malapascua Island, this high-end resort is one of the best places to stay while in Malapascua.
The rooms are all very modern and sleek. The twin and double rooms offer a garden view but for true relaxation, go for one of their sea view rooms which are truly stunning! You’ll have your own private balcony to take in the cool evening breeze and watch the sun set.
Location-wise, it is a bit further out but this also means that you’ll have a serene getaway without the throngs of tourists. There’s a long stretch of beach for you to lay out and play in the water, and if you need help organizing activities, the friendly staff are on hand to help.
This is an awesome spot for those looking for something a bit more upscale in Malapascua!
There you have it guys! I hope these recommendations would help you out when it comes to planning your trip to Cebu and deciding where to stay.
If you are looking for more recommendations on the Philippines, check out our other articles like What to Eat When Traveling Around the Philippines and the The Complete Guide to Traveling Around the Philippines.