Located just a few minutes away from the bustling road of Gov. M Cuenco Avenue,  Montebello Villa Hotel is set in a 4 hectare hacienda that is surprisingly serene. Never knew a tranquil and quiet spot still exist in this area of Cebu, ’til we checked-in for an overnight staycation.

Cebuano hospitality is evident as smiles greeted my brothers and I the moment we stepped in at the lobby and at the reception upon getting our keycards; hinting us that our stay is going to be a cozy sojourn.

The Premier Rooms

Montebello Villa Hotel has  one hundred fifty (150) guest rooms and suites amidst gardens – giving a more relaxing setting and perfect for unwinding. Forty-three (43)  Premier Rooms,  located at the third wing of the hotel, have been fully refurbished and made available just February of this year.

We made ourselves comfortable in two (2) Premier Rooms – one (1) with two (2) double beds and one (1) with one (1) king sized bed. The complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access and the 32″ LCD TV with digital cable channels are basic amenities we took advantage the moment we settled in. The Premier Rooms also give thoughtful nicety from a fridge to keep our drinks cold, an electric kettle to fill my constant need for a cup of coffee or tea, an in-room safe and a hair dryer so I’d not be hassled of bringing my own. The bathroom is equipped with hot and cold rain-shower and toiletries.

The Premier Room is approximately 30 sqm. space with a refreshing, contemporary resort ambiance;  fresh, bright and warm – each having a color scheme of either chartreuse, terracotta, bougainvillea pink(fuchsia), blush pink and golden yellow. And one of the awesome things of staying at the Premier Rooms is you get the best view of the colorful Bougainvillea Garden.

Premier Room 2 Premier Room 1


Other MonteBello Villa Hotel room types: Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Poolside, Junior Suite, Premier Suite, Garden Suite and The Penthouse.


The Food

Montebello Villa Hotel offers four hotel dining venues to choose from –  La Terraza, Cafe Bouganvilla,  The Lobby Lounge, and at the comforts of your hotel room.

Right after we got settled in, we headed to La Terraza – MonteBello’s Asian and International Restaurant. The al fresco dining outlet offers a menu of signature recipes, Asian picks, Spanish fare and American favorites.

We were able to sample and enjoy some of the house’s specialties for our late lunch. Fat, juicy and fresh prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and chili, La Terraza’s  Gambas Al Ajillo is straightforward, deliciously good and one of my personal favorites. Another must-try at  La Terraza is the Fried Tilapia – fried tilapia fish with Asian spicy sauce and coconut milk. 

La Terraza is situated just beside the hotel’s main pool area curtained with lush bougainvillea, giving you that hacienda-ish and laid-back feel when dining. La Terraza is open from 6am until 2am everyday.


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Monte Bello Food

Montebello Pool


Montebello Villa Hotel is conveniently nestled near the metro’s business and commercial districts, major shopping malls and entertainment. It’s pretty much a few minute walk from Gaisano Countrymall and Banilad Town Center – two (2) shopping complexes with restaurants, supermarket, pharmacies and retails boutiques. It’s about a 10-minute cab ride to Asiatown I.T. Park and around 20-minutes to Cebu Business Park.

University of Cebu is also a walking distance from the hotel. University of San Carlos- Technological Center is about 20-minute cab ride; while University of the Visayas- Gullas Campus is 15 minutes away by cab.

Ampersand at Banilad Town Center (5-minute cab ride or 15- minute walk), The Distillery at The Crossroads (10-minutes by cab), Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant at Apple One (20 minutes away by cab) and Liv Superclub at City Times Square (30 minutes by cab) are the most hip and happening night spots to chill and party near MonteBello Villa Hotel.

Amidst the active and bustling Cebu metropolis, Montebello Villa Hotel is an oasis in the city; a garden resort in the heart of this concrete jungle. Our staycation was an escapade – even without going out of the metro; indeed it was an escape within reach! Can’t wait for the next one. ‘Til we meet again Montebello. 🙂

Montebello Villa Hotel is located in Banilad, Cebu City. Visit www.montebellovillahotel-cebu.com for more information or to book an accommodation. Contact them through phone, 63-32-2313681.

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