Downtown Cebu, which has the country’s oldest street (Colon), has another landmark of note.
One Central Hotel is Cebu’s newest premier business hotel, which offers affordable luxury accommodations and a panoramic view of the Queen City of the South.
Managed by top-flight resort brand Bluewater Hospitality, One Central is conveniently located at the corner of Leon Kilat and Sanciangko Streets—and a brisk two-minute walk away from Colon Street. This makes it the perfect starting point for travelers and businessmen, being near the South Bus Terminal and port area.
The three-star hotel is part of the 16-story One Central Tower, a mixed-use development that also houses One Central Mall.
One Central Tower was designed in the Art Deco style by Arch. James G. Jao, a pioneer of eco-architecture and sustainable development in the Philippines. It’s built on a 1,200-square meter property once occupied by the 70-year-old Luzon Lumber store, which was near the prewar Cebu Central Train Station.
Being managed by the wholly Filipino-owned Bluewater Hospitality (under its president Julie Alegrado-Vergara), One Central offers its distinctive brand of Filipino service centered on providing the “best of Filipino culture.”
The hotel has 157 elegantly furnished and fully air-conditioned non-smoking rooms arranged over seven floors: 24 Deluxe Single, 24 Deluxe Double, 101 Deluxe Twin, six Junior Suites, and two Executive Suites.
All rooms have antibacterial inverter air-conditioners; magnetic door locks; a large Full HD cable TV, IDD phone, a minibar, work desk with vanity mirror and studio lights, a private ensuite bathroom, tea/coffee making facility, in-room safe, black-out drapes, and full-length mirror.
The Junior Suites come with bathtubs and a living and dining area.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms as well as in public areas.
The cozy Café Tartanilla on the 9th floor offers an international and à la carte menu.
Great views of the city can be had from the viewing balcony next to the bar and restaurant, which opens its curtains at night for guests to enjoy the sights while dining. Beside Café Tartanilla is the 186.41-square meter Molave Grand Ballroom.
Aside from the grand ballroom, One Central has five function rooms. The air-conditioned fitness gym is on the 19th floor, while at its roof deck is the infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi, which has a breathtaking, 360-degree view of beautiful Cebu City landscape, along with a poolside bar and sun loungers.
The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk, on-site car park (self-parking), business center, and two elevators. It is very accessible by public transportation, as the Cebu North Bus Terminal is just four kilometers away and numerous taxis and public utility jeepneys ply the streets in front of the hotel.
To cap it off, One Central Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Abellana Sports Complex, a perfect location to be during the annual Sinulog Festival in January. That’s why it will be a can’t-miss landmark for locals and tourists alike for years to come.
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