WHAT IT’S LIKE TO CHECK-IN AT BAI HOTEL CEBU

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Apart from proximity to the Mactan International Airport, Mandaue night life and a few distance to Cebu City proper, there are surprises that await when one makes a choice to stay at Bai Hotel of Cebu City.

The flight attendants, sojourners and transients are a common sight at the reception area of this luxury hotel.  I remember my first long-haul trip to San Francisco, USA as soon as we arrived at Cebu City on one weekend.  Last Christmas, I had an almost 24-hour layover in San Francisco bound for Calgary, Canada, and on queue for check-in on one luxury hotel near the airport, I was joined by pilots and flight attendants, who will likewise spend the night at the said city.  That was some sort of a deja vu for me, as I, together with my friends, lined-up to check in Bai-Hotel, which is likewise a few meters from the Mactan Airport.  At that moment, I know my weekend in Cebu will be all about relaxation and pampering.  A transient stay at its best.


Since we checked-in late and almost past midnight due to delayed flights from Manila, we tried to inquire if an in-house restaurant is still open to satisfy our hunger.  Fortunately, we were directed to the Twilight Roofdeck Lounge + Bar and we were accommodated to the last minute.

TWILIGHT ROOFDECK LOUNGE + BAR

Our first night was not the first encounter and experience of the roofdeck lounge, we came back for our last night as well.    The modern outdoor terrace is spacious enough to accommodate a number of guests without prying into the privacy of adjacent tables.  The al fresco dining experience offers bar chow, cocktails, draft beers and wines.


And the meals itself are gastronomically appealing and delectable. It is also becoming one of the popular go-to place for a nightlife at Cebu.   

THE ROOMS

We were assigned to a Deluxe Twin Bed on duration of stay at Bai Hotel.  The room is equipped with all the basics and comes with a chiller, electronic safe and electric iron with ironing road.  The same is likewise available on other room types. 



Because we are all internet-dependent, it is good that the hotel is able to provide complimentary daily wifi with Internet Protocol Televisions (IPTV) offering an unbeatable choice of live channels. Comfort and security are ensured thru a world-class access control system.




We can actually lounge and rest the whole day at our rooms if not for the other equally promising amenities the hotel has to offer.




RESTAURANTS

The Bai Hotel may have pampered us so much that one can actually no longer go out of the hotel for a meal.  Your all-day meal is covered by the varied in-house restaurants of the hotel, specializing on different cuisines and offerings.  They are all unique in every aspect.

UME JAPANESE CUISINE


Situated at the ground floor and near the reception area of the hotel, we had our lunch served for the first day at the Japanese restaurant named Ume.  With a modern chic ambiance, the restaurant provides a generous serving of traditional Japanese cuisine featuring made-to-order sushi, soba, rice bowls and a la carte yakitori, sashimi and other dishes.



In a quite unique concept of presentation, the servings are prepared by a Japanese chef.  Note however that the restaurant is closed every Monday.  Operating hours are from 11:30AM to 2:30 PM for lunch and 6:00PM to 10:00PM for dinner. 




It is actually one of the best Japanese restaurants I have tried in the country, not only in Cebu City.

MARBLE + GRAIN STEAKHOUSE

Adjacent to the Japanese restaurant is the steakhouse.  This fine dining restaurant named Marble + Grain Steakhouse is easy to love.  For duration of stay at the hotel, we were always full and appetites properly satisfied.  I am actually not sure, if it was just a promo during our stay, but steak comes in unlimited serving.  And with this unlimited request for serving of steaks, we indeed gained pounds while in Cebu City for the weekends.



Marble + Grain Steakhouse serves the finest custom-aged USDA prime beef, which comes with an excellent wine selection and the given extraordinary hospitality service.  Apart from the steaks, the restaurant’s menu includes seafood, lamb, pork and poultry dishes.



EXECUTIVE CLUB LOUNGE

The Executive Club Lounge is actually exclusive to guests of the Executive Club Floor, situated at the 22nd Floor of the hotel.  We were fortunate to have been given the opportunity to have our breakfast served at the Executive Club Lounge. 



The Executive Club Lounge serves complimentary buffet-style breakfast, light refreshments, afternoon, tea, cocktails and beers.  The lounge is actually perfect for business meetings and for a more intimate dining experience when you stay as a group. 



We actually enjoyed the exclusivity as this weekend getaway served as a reunion as well for our good friends who I travelled with to Indonesia for the #TripofWonders tourism campaign.


 POOL BAR

The curiosity to either try the Pool Bar or stay at the comforts of our rooms for a rest was a dilemma we had.  But after sunset, we gave in for a quick dip at the hotel’s pool alongside the Pool Bar.  Situated at the 21st Floor of the hotel, more than the light to heavy snacks, fresh drinks, draft beers, cocktails and wines, floating while gazing at the stars and the city skyline is what the Pool Bar wants the guests to experience.




SIDE TRIPS WHILE AT BAI HOTEL

Bai Hotel, as a business hotel, is a perfect location for side trips as well while in Mandaue.  Though not within the city center, the hotel is accessible to equally appealing landmarks of Cebu, perfect for a weekend getaway.

And in our case, we got to celebrate the birthday of one of our friends in one of Cebu’s best night clubs, dine at my favorite Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly and stroll at a now famed mausoleum in the province.

TEMPLE OF LEAH

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With the assistance of Bai Hotel, transport to the Temple of Leah was easy.  The Temple of Leah is now a famous landmark in Cebu, with guests coming for a photo shoot and have a glimpse of Roman-inspired architecture.



Because the temple is situated on a high elevation, it has a good vantage of Cebu skyline as well.

CEBU’S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY

A taste of Lechon Cebu is one of the must dining experience when in the province.  Fortunately, my favorite Cebu’s OriginalLechon Belly has a branch at the Parkmall, just across Bai Hotel.  And so we tried their spicy and original lechon belly on a hefty serving.



OQTAGON


The Bai Hotel is a partner establishment of Oqtagon.  We were told that we just have to present the keycards and there is no door charge. 



We noticed that the patrons are mostly Koreans.  It really is one of the best night clubs of Cebu with world-class interiors and sophisticated built-in sound system.  We went there almost exhausted but curious to try the nightlife and planned to leave the club early.  But as soon as we were inside, we were seated on one of the VIP tables and began to enjoy the sounds and the booze.  We celebrated the birthday of one of our friends, Ruth, and it was courtesy of Bai Hotel.  The hotel indeed knows how to treat their guests on a five-star personalized hospitality service.





RECOMMENDATION

Bai Hotel is an ideal accommodation for large groups – on vacation with friends, family and for an official business travel.  With the traffic congestion now slowly building-up in Cebu, especially in downtown area and if visiting with time constraints, it would be best to stay at Bai Hotel.

While at Bai Hotel, you get the 100% Cebuano hospitality and comforts of a five-star service.  This is seeking an authentic local experience, without compromising the vision to serve savvy business and leisure travelers.


BAI HOTEL
A1 Ouano Avenue, Mandaue City
(032) 342 8888

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