Majestically situated 600 feet above sea level along the prestigious Nivel Hills district, the Marco Polo Plaza is considered a landmark in Cebu City.
It’s an urban resort and business hotel that offers a panoramic view of the city, the Mactan Channel and the neighboring islands, with land surrounded by 7.5 hectares of lush greenery.
The 24-storey hotel is 45 minutes from the Mactan International Airport and 10 minutes from the main business district and shopping malls.
In 2008, barely three years in operation, the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu achieved a major milestone with its Deluxe Class Hotel accreditation granted by the Philippine Department of Tourism Region VII, after having complied with or exceeded the requirements prescribed for a five-star city hotel.
This seal of excellence recognizes Marco Polo Plaza’s exceptional degree of service and hospitality; international standard accommodation; most complete facilities and amenities including ample banquet space, a coffee shop, two specialty restaurants, entertainment lounge, fitness gym, swimming pool, spa, beauty salon, ATM and complimentary shuttle service to the business district and shopping malls.
The entire property displays an original design, elegant decor and meticulous grounds.
Dubbed as Cebu City’s finest, the hotel has 329 well-appointed guest rooms including 20 suites with spacious bathrooms, fine amenities, and modern features.
Room facilities include cable television, voicemail and IDD phones, 32-inch LCD TV, private hot and cold shower, in-room safe, coffee and tea-making facilities, mini-bar and 24-hour room service.
Guests are also assured of 24-hour security and safety measures with the hotel’s strategically-placed cameras, regular patrols and fire drills.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu recently began renovations of its premiere rooms and suites as the hotel’s owning company, Cathay International Resources Corp. renews its commitment to maintain and uplift the standards of a deluxe property.
Targeted to finish phase 1 this month, the renovations will be at the 19th floor to the 21st floor, covering 60 premiere rooms and suites.
With a total investment of P100M, the renovation aims to give the hotel rooms an upscale design, integrating new trends in architecture and furnishing styles.
A good balance of form and function is behind the concept that will be implemented to give guests a better overall stay experience.
The design for the new rooms was conceptualized by Architect Dewey Santos of DSFN Architects, together with the hotel’s management.
Brian Connelly, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager said they are excited for the renovation to be complete.
“We’ve pored over the design and the change will be a comprehensive one. It will be a mix of luxury and comfort, apt for the traveller of today, whether you are travelling with your family or for business,” Connelly said.
While renovations are ongoing, Connelly assures that all hotel operations will continue to be as efficient as possible, with guests guaranteed to get the same quality service that is the Marco Polo way. Continuous Improvement is one of the core values that all Marco Polo Hotels truly adhere to.
The Continental Club is Marco Polo’s signature executive floor providing upgraded accommodation, service and amenities including complimentary in-room internet use and exclusive access to the private Continental Club Lounge.
The Lounge on the penthouse, besides featuring a panoramic view of Cebu City and beyond, offers complimentary breakfast, all-day snacks, happy hour cocktails and high speed internet connection.
For private functions, meetings, and events, 12 function rooms, a Grand Ballroom, and a Grand Balcony, provide the perfect venue for any occasion from 12 to 1,000 persons.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu provides lifestyle dining and lounging experience in any of its four distinct food and beverage outlets.
The famous and award-winning Café Marco buffet restaurant features show kitchens serving a wide variety of Asian, Western, and local cuisine.
In 2008 the hotel opened the brand new BLU Bar & Grill offering a one-of-a-kind view and Continental cuisine from the rooftop 1,000 feet high.
Other outlets are the Lobby Lounge with nightly live entertainment and El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar which specializes in Italian favorites and original pizzas from a wood-fired brick oven.
Nightly live entertainment ranging from acoustic, classical, Latin jazz, to rhythm and blues, completes the relaxing ambience.
There’s also a spa with licensed therapists, a gym, a kid’s playroom, a hair salon and a pool.
The Marco Polo Plaza is a subsidiary of Federal Land Inc., a member of the prestigious Metrobank group of companies which includes the largest banking institution in the Philippines, Toyota Philippines, Orix transportation, Philippine Axa Life, 1st Metro Travel and many others.
The Cebu property is managed by the internationally-renowned Wharf Hotels group, which has a portfolio of properties in Asia, exceptionally well located, convenient to the major landmarks and key attractions of Hong Kong, China and the Philippines.