Friday, 23 May 2003

Hotel and Inn Review: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino (Cebu City, Cebu)

Date of Stay: May 23 - 24, 2003

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: ********
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: *********
Room Comfort: *******
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: ********
Value for Money: *******

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino

The Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has 562 (the biggest hotel in the country with regards to number of rooms) airconditioned rooms with bath, cable TV, safety deposit boxes and minibar (193 standard, 159 de luxe, 146 superior, 23 de luxe suites, 14 executive suites, 13 ambassador rooms, 10 ambassador suites, one penthouse suite, one chairman’s suite and one presidential suite).  

This hotel also has specialty restaurants (Tin Gow Chinese Restaurant, Port Seafood Restaurant, Va Bene Restorante Italiano, Kanchiku Japanese Restaurant), coffee shop (CafĂ© Uno), bars (Sally’s Piano Bar, The Abbey, 7 Stars Sports Bar, Lucky Ace KTV Bar, Pool Aquarius Bar), disco (H2O), lobby lounge, swimming pool, convention center, business center, nine function rooms, gym, health and fitness club and shopping arcade.  It offers laundry, tours and travel, safety deposit boxes and limousine service. 

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino: 1 Salinas Drive, Lahug District, Cebu City, Cebu. Tel: (032) 232-6888. Fax: (032) 232-6880.  E-mail:  Website:  

Manila booking office: 27/F, Wynsum Corporate Plaza, 22 Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center in Pasig City.   Tel: 687-0888.    Fax: 687-5970 & 687-5973-74.  E-mail: and  Website:

Sunday, 2 March 2003

Resort Feature: Arthur's Place Dive Resort (Mabini, Batangas)

Arthur's Place

Arthur’s Place, opened in 1984 (with two rooms) by the late Arthur Abrigonda was, together with Aqua Tropical Sports (opened in 1967) and Aquaventure Reef Club, the first to open resorts in the area.  

It now has 12 rooms with bath (two of them airconditioned), a restaurant, dive shop, picnic tables, shower rooms and offers two boats for diving trips.   

Offshore is a dive site aptly named Arthur’s Place, gradually sloping from five to 21 meters with plenty of reef fish, small coral heads, soft corals, feather stars, hydroids, anemones and sponges. Diving is good all year round but the best season is from November to May. 

Arthur's Place Dive Resort: Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. Mobile numbers (Ms. Estelita M. Abrigonda): (0919) 716-7973 and (0919) 312-3938.  E-mail:  Website: