[Review] Rumah Highlands Hotel

Planning to visit Cebu City soon? If you are making an itinerary for your travel to the city, one of the items that you are most likely to include in your list is a good place to stay. With that, it is helpful that you give enough time to do prior research so that you get better chances of finding the best accommodation deals that the city can offer. And, fortunately, there are lots of tools, particularly hotel comparison sites, that can help you make your search a lot easier (thanks to internet innovations).

During my most recent visit to the city, I stayed at Rumah Highlands Hotel. It had pretty good customer reviews so I thought I would give a try. And so I did. I found their offer on Agoda website quite compelling so I booked through that website. It was easy. (This is Agoda’s current listing of hotels in Cebu City – check it out.)

My experience at Rumah was a mixture of satisfaction and unfulfilled expectations. But, overall, I consider my stay as an experience worth-remembering. Yes, I had a good stay at this hotel. I would rate it 8 out 10.

To give you a better idea about the hotel, I have posted some images below.

Rumah Highlands Hotel, Cebu - Room with King size bed.Rumah Highlands Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines - Room with kingsize bedI got this room for about PHP 1400, including taxes and service fee via Agoda

And they gave me these hygiene freebies.
And look at the sink design…
Rumah Higlands Hotel, Cebu City
Got some pretty cool beverage items too (it’s not included in the package – isn’t free)
And some items for snack (not free as well)
Their pool is pretty small, but I liked it…it gave me a sense of exclusivity.
Their pool changes color from time to time.

And they have these items set up in the pool area… pretty cool, right?
They have a spa – Ange Spa that offers “unique treatments that is timely and relevant to the wellness concept which help boost one’s energy using natural ingredients and organic oils and a soothing ambiance that rejuvenates your heart and spirit. “
On the 10th floor, they’ve got a roof deck that provides a panoramic view of Cebu City. The image above was taken by me early in a morning.

They’ve got a nice restaurant on the 9th floor – Lima Restaurant
Adjacent to the restaurant is their al fresco area with mini bar… this area provides refreshing air and a nice view of the city sparkling at night
Rumah Highlands Hotel Interior
Unique interior of the hotel highly-noticeable..

The hotel’s reception area / front-desk area

Rumah’s entance hall / lobby

Unfulfilled expectations:

I thought bringing food in was okay without paying a corkage fee. I didn’t see it coming. I mean, I’ve booked quite a number of accommodations in the past, but it was my first time to experience a hotel having rules that include 500 pesos fine for bringing in food bought outside.

Location. I knew I was going to book a hotel that’s far from the city center, but never expected that far. In fact, there were no public transport vehicles (and I mean, the usual tranport in PH- jeepneys)  plying the area. Fortunately, staff were more than willing to lend a helping hand; they were the ones who made calls for my taxi or grab ride when going out.

Rating:

Overall, I would give Rumah 8 out of 10. I had a nice stay. Aside from a nice room, the staff were friendly and they provided me prompt response every time I needed their assistance. Even the security officers were quite friendly and welcoming.

Contact information

Rumah Highlands Hotel
Busay, Cebu City 6000

Landline: (032) 263 3132
Website: http://www.rumahhotelcebu.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Rumahwellness2016/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rumah2016/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rumahcebu

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