On top of the list of places to stay of many regular Cebu City visitors is Elicon House, a pension house located in the heart of the mid-town area.
Elicon House is located on P. del Rosario St., just a few meters away from the University of San Carlos and the Sto. Rosario Parish. The pension house is already a fixture in Cebu City, having been established in 1972. It’s a favorite of frequent Cebu visitors and backpackers.
When a scheduled nine-hour brownout in Lapu-Lapu City threatened to spoil my family’s Saturday night, we decided to stay in a Cebu City pension house for the weekend. Elicon House was the first name that came to our mind. It’s an affordable pension house that provides great service, clean rooms, and a secured stay for visitors.
We took the Metro Double room, which costs just P1,120. The room has two beds and each bed has a retractable cot under it in case you’d need more sleeping space.
Elicon House has 50 guest rooms and underwent an extensive renovation in 2006.
Its rooms and toilets are clean. It doesn’t have a bathtub, though. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with cable TVs.
The company that runs the pension house said Elicon House “is a favorite among traveling families, students on tour, traveling salesmen, and international backpackers because of its accessibility, warm friendly service and very reasonable rates.”
Elicon House offers Wi-Fi connectivity but only in the pension house’s lobby.
Elicon House is just a few minutes away from Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines. Colon has lost its old world charm right now. On Colon, you can find several stalls selling pirated DVDs, cheap toys, trinkets and what-have-you. Traders and Cebu City officials have been trying to revive Colon these past years.
Elicon House is also just a few minutes away from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda and mid-town Cebu City shops.
If you want to visit Cebu during the annual Sinulog festival, Elicon House will be a good pension house to stay in. It is located on the parade route and just a few minutes away from the grandstand inside the Cebu City Sports Center.
Elicon House has two room types, Sugbu rooms and Metro rooms. Both room types can have extra beds for groups sharing a room.
Sugbu or standard rooms are smaller than Metro or executive rooms. Sugbu single rooms are P672 a day, while Sugbu double rooms are P952. Extra persons for Sugbu rooms are charged P280.
Metro single rooms are P784 a day while Metro double rooms are P1,120. Extra persons in Metro rooms are charged P336. The prices listed above are valid as of August and already include government taxes.
Elicon House says Sugbu single rooms “are ideal for lone travelers – or for young professionals and foreign students on extended stays. It is also an ideal alternative to dormitory living for the independent college student who prefers more privacy.” The Elicon House website said you can contact them to get special rates for extended stay.
Elicon House accepts reservations and online bookings can be made with payments made either through bank transfer or via Western Union. Check-in time is at 1:00 p.m., checkout time is at noon.
Here’s a map of Elicon House and nearby places. You can zoom into the map or drag it around to view other areas:
You can contact Elicon House at the following details:
P. Del Rosario Street, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Phone: (032) 255-0300
Fax: (032) 253-0367
E-mail: [email protected]