TheCebuano Reviews: Montebello Villa Hotel

When it comes to choosing a hotel, a lot of Cebuanos go for the ones that offer more than just a huge pool, nice room color, or awesome welcome drink. Cebuanos are a pretty hard to please bunch. And an extra pillow or an additional bottle of water on the night stand just wouldn’t do the trick. For a hotel to have a special place in the heart of Cebuanos, it has to have have something unique, important, or special to offer.
Despite the onslaught of new and world-renowned hotels in Cebu, one Cebu City hotel continues to enjoy tremendous success. Montebello Villa Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Cebu City, is the only garden hotel and resort in the metro. Situated right in the heart of the busy metropolis, Montebello remains one of the most trusted brands not only because of its effort to embrace change but more importantly because of its commitment to excellence through warm and genuine service.

This week, TheCebuano gave Montebello Villa Hotel in Apas a visit. Read on to find out what #TheCebuano thinks about this precious treasure in Cebu City.

Name: Montebello Villa Hotel
Location: Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Apas, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu City
Type: Hotel
Category: Garden Villa
Standard Rate: 3,000 to 8,000
Pool: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Bar: Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Function/Private Room: Yes
Tours Yes
Parking: Yes

The very first thing you’ll notice upon your arrival at Montebello Villa Hotel is the exquisite Spanish-inspired architecture of its low-rise complex. And when you step inside the lobby, you will be welcomed by delicate accents that help give the hotel a classy and exclusive yet homey feel. This ain’t your typical hotel lobby. From the tile work to the gorgeous chandelier hanging above the main reception, the main lobby definitely adds to the hotel’s overall unique and undeniable charm. 4/5

What makes Montebello Villa Hotel extra special is the fact that it is the only garden hotel and resort in Cebu City. And taking into consideration the fact that it is only a stone’s throw away from Gaisano Country Mall and the ever-busy M. Cuenco Avenue, it is a delight to note that it remains calm, quiet, and very laid back. Unlike most hotels that bank on being modern and sleek, Montebello’s charm lies on its nuanced but enchanting intimate set-up. 5/5

Montebello Villa Hotel is located literally right behind Gaisano Country Mall. It is a good 10 minutes away from Ayala Center Cebu and J Centre Mall and a mere 5 minutes away from the Cebu IT Park in Lahug (via the Apas route.) If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without even leaving the city, you know where to go! 5/5

The rooms at Montebello Villa Hotel are spacious, carefully-planned, and practically designed. Aside from the fact that all the rooms in the hotel-resort are well-supplied, what I love about the rooms at Montebello is that they’re meticulously designed with the guests’ convenience and comfort in mind. Forgot to switch off the lights in the bathroom and you’re already in bed? Fret not! You can control practically anything from your bed-side stand! 4.5/5


The first thing you’ll notice about Montebello is the genuine warmth of its staff. When you meet them in the hallway, restaurant, pools, and even in the gardens, the friendly members of the staff will greet you and make sure that you have everything that you could possibly need. And it doesn’t end there. When you ask for something, rest assured that you will have it less than two minutes later. And that’s just on top of the welcome lei, the beautiful fruit basket waiting for me in my room, and the wonderful platter of awesome-tasting cookies which came in in the afternoon! I even got some upon check-out! 4.5/5

If you’re the type who gets bored real easily, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Montebello Villa Hotel has excellent facilities and amenities that will keep you busy and entertained during your stay. They have function rooms, two swimming pools, a vast garden that allows for some much-needed introspection and meditation, a sports gym by the pond, and several food stops to satisfy your craving for anything great-tasting. 4/5

Montebello Villa Hotel is the only garden hotel and resort in Cebu. That said, it has a lot of green spaces, gardens and open areas that give the whole place a positive, clean, and truly relaxing vibe. Fancy a night-time photo session with friends? How about a mid-day stroll across the pond? If you’re feeling a little dainty and fancy, you can do a quick late afternoon tea picnic. No one is going to stop you! You can even do yoga early in the morning! 4.5/5

If you’re a foodie who wants to try something truly delectable, Montebello Villa Hotel will not disappoint. The hotel’s main restaurant – La Terraza – offers a wide range of international dishes that will surely satisfy. They serve all-time favorites like burgers, pasta, and pizza. They also serve Filipino top-sellers like grilled pork belly, lumpia, and skewered pork among others. If you’re watching your diet, the hotel has a wide selection of salads, too. And if seafood is your thing, the hotel serves the best gambas and deep-fried calamari rings! And don’t get me started on desserts! 5/5





Taking into consideration all the good things you get out of your stay at the only garden hotel and resort in Cebu City, I must say that the slightly higher rate is all worth it. If you want to spend on accommodation that is top-notch when it comes to service and amenities, but still reminds you of good old home, then you know why Montebello Villa Hotel is the smart choice. 4/5

Overall, I highly recommend Montebello Villa Hotel. It is unique, fun, exciting, and energetic and at the same time quiet, laid-back, gentle, and relaxed. Service is excellent and the rooms are nothing short of fantastic. Food here is out of this world and the people who run the hotel are helpful, polite, and very friendly. Most importantly, it is only a few minutes from the busy intersections and bumper-to-bumper traffic of the city. It is indeed a paradise in the midst of a concrete jungle that never sleeps. 4.5/5

Montebello Villa Hotel

Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Apas, Cebu City
Telephone Number : (6332) 231 3681
CONTACT: (6332) 231 4455 / (032) 231 3681

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2 Responses

  1. Chay Go says:

    How much is rate for pool use only

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