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The Sinulog Festival 2015 is happening at the same time as Pope Francis’ historic visit to Tacloban and Manila.This reminds me that I really have to blog now about my experience at Marco Polo Plaza which I had the good fortune of staying in while covering the US Potato Safari in mid-November of last year.

With 24 storeys and 329 guest rooms, Marco Polo is the only hotel in Cebu that’s situated on a hilltop. You know what this means: some good views.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Loved the room they gave me, which had a tub and all the amenities.But the two beds made me wish I was sharing it with the kiddos.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

I went to Cebu wanting to have a glimpse of its beautiful beaches, but we went eating eight-course meals instead. The hotel pool was lovely and inviting though –

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Even though Marco Polo is one of the older hotels in Cebu, its grandeur never fades, and this aura begins with the lobby…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

The hotel’s Cafe Marco is acclaimed as having one of the best buffet in town and I couldn’t agree more. The selections were great, and breakfast was priced at a reasonable P757. Somehow, despite the wide array of food choices, I only took a photo of this sinful chicharon at the buffet because it was really gooood! 🙂


The treats after the turn down service were something to look forward to: ensaymada & hot chocolate, delicious choco chip cookies & milk!

Turndown service

During our last day in the city, Executive Chef Stefano Verrillo and his team laid on the table a filling potato themed meal. Appetizer was this Seared Tuna & Kani Salad served in potato shell –

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

The Fish Chowder in Potato Skin & Garlic Chips was delicious…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

A refreshing green mango and saffron sorbet to cleanse the palate –

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Main course was this Beef Tenderloin with truffle horseradish honey, mint jelly and red wine jus then topped with hash brown. We were also served Heineken Lager Beer for pairing…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Room for dessert with this tempting US Potato Wedge Tarta Tin & Potato Souffle Glace, with raspberry espuma & rum drunken grapes.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Attendees of the US Potato Safari 2014 in Cebu, with special mention to our hosts Reji Retugal Ona, Susan Weller & Carl Hoverson of the US Potato Board. Thank you for a fun, fun trip filled with potato-bilities!

US Potato Safari 2014

Marco Polo Plaza Hotel
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills
Apas, Cebu City 6000 Philippines
Tel. No. (+63 32) 253 1111
website: marcopoloplazacebu.com

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