My apologies for the blogging hiatus of 10 days. I was in Cebu for several activities, including Sinulog, and seriously pre-occupied. :( At any rate, the next few posts are Cebu/Sinulog-centric, then hopefully back to regular programming. The first event on the recent trip was the blessing of our third restaurant branch on January 12, 2012, the “official” opening date. We had been operating for several weeks beforehand, to test the waters and iron out kinks, but we are now open full blast with almost exactly the same menu as our larger Mango Avenue branch. This restaurant is located in the Islands Stay Hotel in Mactan, and has roughly 30 seats. It is the in-house restaurant, but actually, 60+% of our guests are from outside the hotel… The prices are the same as our other branches, so no hotel “premiums” at all. We are pleased to partner with the Islands Group, a terrific home-grown Cebu brand, perhaps better known for their Islands Souvenirs line of shirts, etc., Islands Banca Cruises, etc.
We had a very simple blessing by a local priest and after he showered the entire place in copious amounts of Holy Water, we sat down to lunch of what else? Lechon, of course. :)
We have been ultra-conservative thus far, and this third branch is again a bit too small… dictated by the modest size of the hotel lobby. But the location is superb and now almost every single person arriving at the Mactan airport and heading into town will have a glimpse of our signage which is at a very strategic corner. It is also a great place to stop for a meal BEFORE heading off on a flight out of Cebu.
The hotel itself has a very bright, young vibe, and with rooms from PHP980-1,650, it provides a terrific option for local and international travelers seeking a clean, comfortable space at a modest price. They have been working out the kinks themselves, I gather, and are almost fully open as I post this. I have peeked into some of their rooms, and I can tell you I think they offer good value for money. Here, the front desk crew in Sinulog headgear.
With roughly 40+ rooms, the hotel extends out back, with almost a nautical feel to it. Notice the red pig in the front window. :)
Some of the larger rooms in the back, brightly lit, and hidden from the street noise.
A photo (courtesy of the hotel) of one of the rooms.
Islands Stay Hotel Lobby
Islands Stay Hotels
Islands Banca Cruises
Note: Some photos in this post taken by AT.