When savvy and modern travelers need a place to stay in Cebu, they know that they can use the Internet to find one. If you search on a Web site like webstatsdomain.com for the keywords “Cebu pension house,” one of the top results you can get is Alto Pension House.
Alto Pension House is being put up for sale at an asking price of Php65 million, which is negotiable. If you have a serious offer to buy the place or have any questions, you may write to [email protected] your proposal.
On December 22, 2009, Alto Pension House opened its doors. It offers clean and comfortable yet affordable rooms and is located in the heart of Cebu City. Alto’s owner picked the location because it is right in the middle of the busy city but still relatively tranquil. He designed and built the pension house based on the principle that budget accommodations can be sophisticated and elegant and need not look cheap. The name of the place, after all, comes from an Italian word that literally means high.
The pension house’s location in the uptown area provides accessibility to Cebu’s entertainment and business districts and cultural or historical sites (like Fuente Osmeña Circle), which are just a few minutes’ drive away. Alto’s convenient location makes it ideal for business travelers and for tourists. The two major shopping malls in Cebu City, namely SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu, are easily reachable from this pension house. Although it’s only a few minutes from the restaurants and bars along Mango Avenue, Alto is pretty much free from the noise you might expect that area to have.
Alto, which is over 1,300 square meters in floor area, has almost fifty rooms designed for clean and cozy comfort plus a two-storey penthouse. The rooms at Alto Pension House are divided into the following options:
- Standard Single (good for one guest)
- Superior Single (good for one guest) – hot and cold shower
- Standard Double (good for two guests)
- Superior Double (good for two guests) – hot and cold shower
- Standard Family (good for three guests)
- Superior Family (good for three guests) – hot and cold shower
A family room at Alto has one matrimonial bed and one single bed, while the double rooms have either one matrimonial bad or two single beds. All rooms are air-conditioned, and each has cable TV and an IDD/NDD phone. The standard rooms have showers, but unlike in the superior rooms, these are not equipped with hot water faucets. The pension house is also equipped with a generator set on standby. Rooms at Alto Pension House are modern, clean and furnished simply.
Alto Pension House has a parking area as part of its facilities and services, along with fax service, 24-hour elevator service, security and front office service. It also has Wi-Fi Internet in the lobby. Its dining area is a coffee shop called Alto Café. On the hotel-booking Web site agoda.com, Alto was designated as a two-star accommodation. By the way, don’t confuse Alto with a similarly named accommodation known as Alta Pension House, on J. P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City. That pension house in Davao is evidently unrelated to Alto Pension House in Cebu.
Cebu Moto Rental, which is a local motorcycle rental company, recommended Alto Pension House as a good place to stay at very reasonable prices. Jean Beltran on her blog jeanbeltran.info described Alto Pension House as super affordable after she and her family rented two rooms for a short stay in April 2011. The admin of the travel and tourism Web site beyondcebu.com gave Alto Pension House four out of five stars in July 2011 after their stay there and called it a decent budget option.
In April 2012, Jhuna of the jhun25.wordpress.com blog booked a room at Alto and gave it thumbs up for allowing early reservations and for adequate amenities and recommended it to those looking for a place to stay in Cebu City. Also in April 2012, a traveler named Kara M. reviewed Alto on a hotel-booking site and gave it 9.3 out of 10 for being a decent place to stay. In particular, Kara M. mentioned the quiet location and the reasonable room price and observed that Alto did not scrimp on tidiness even though it was a budget accommodation.
Alto provides warm and welcoming service that’s up to the international standard. You will find Alto Pension House on D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu City, between Sacred Heart Center and Sacred Heart Church. It is facing Benedicto Street.