Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu Updated Review : November 2020
Date of Visit: November 14, 2020
New Normal Staycations in Cebu City : 3rd Hotel Visited
After my not so pleasant experience with Waterfront Hotel Cebu City, I wanted to visit a hotel that I have confidence in when it comes to cleanliness, service, and food!
Plus, I was not ready to gamble with a hotel I am not familiar with after my previous nightmare experience. So, I decided to head over to Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu. It was also a good opportunity for me to check out their initiatives and additional protocols during this crazy year of Covid 19.
And so, if you have not figured it out already, this will now be my updated review for Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu. The last time I visited them was December 2019. But I did my original review for the hotel last April 2019.
We will still be assessing Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu on the following Criteria:
- Amenities and Facilities
- Customer Service
- Room Cleanliness and Functionality
Last April 2019, I rated the hotel as E.T.H.T Endorsed Hotel with a 4.0/ 5.0 rating. Let us see if I was right with choosing Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu after the stress of my previous hotel staycation.
Well, unless they moved to a different location, then I would focus on this aspect more. But they did not. Amethyst still is located at the heart of Old Town Cebu City.
Amenities and Facilities
Now that I have other hotels that I can benchmark. I am giving this hotel a near-perfect score for this category. Despite the pandemic, they still were able to ensure that the hotel looks presentable and pretty!
With some of the hotels, I visited they compromised on some aspects of their facilities. Such as the Lobby area looking a bit frumpy, poorly lit hallways, and gloomy exteriors.
Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu ensured that their facilities remain presentable and relevant to the times. By relevance, the hotel followed health and safety protocols but did not compromise on aesthetics.
The hotel placed plastic barriers between guests and front desk counters. Wearing customized Amethyst face masks by the staff and placing sanitizers in strategic areas that look presentable and classy. A perfect example is them having a sanitizer gel outside and inside the elevators.
I gave them a 4/5 for this category during my first visit to the hotel. What they lacked during my first visit was the fluidity of the service. It felt like the hotel staff was like a fish out of water. Awkward, uncomfortable, and unsure of what they were doing.
Last year, I still felt the uneasiness and the hesitation on what to do. Thus I am delighted to see progress with the entire team. The service is now organic and more genuine.
I can compare it to a beginner baker who still needs to follow a cake recipe step by step. Extremely careful not to miss out on a procedure versus a seasoned baker who knows the recipe by heart and adds his flare to the cake to make it his own.
Room Cleanliness & Functionality
Without a doubt, in my mind, Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu has one of the Best health and safety protocols implemented for a Hotel in Cebu. As of this writing, I have been to 5 hotels, and no other hotel tops Amethyst when it comes to this category.
They are the only hotel (so far) that owns a U.V robot that sanitizes the rooms every after guest checkout.
In my opinion, it sends the message of embracing the future of the hotel industry and leveling up the playing field. They went above and beyond for their hotel guests and staff’s safety during these unprecedented times.
E.T.H.T ENDORSED RATING
Amethyst Boutique Hotel 2019 Review
Doing another hotel review and this time I got to spend the weekend at Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu!
I have been doing several reviews for this site but this is the first time I am reviewing a Cebu based establishment. For those of you who are unaware, I Erik the Hungry Traveller am a resident of Cebu City Philippines. Thus I got extremely excited when I was allowed to stay at Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu!
My goal is to do more features on tourism spots and establishments in Cebu since there are definitely a lot of places to visit on the island of Cebu.
We will be reviewing and rating Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu on 4 Categories on a 5 point scale rating. Specifically on:
- Room Cleanliness and Functionality
Location of Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu
Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu is located along a quiet corner of uptown Cebu City.
For my Cebuano readers, this means that Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu is smack right in the center of the metropolis which is convenient and easy to find location.
Specifically, Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu is right beside the iconic Cebu Provincial Capitol. A national historic landmark and considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful structures of its kind.Close by are famous landmarks and attractions like the Fuente Osmena Circle, Colon Street, old Spanish churches, Magellan’s Cross, Carbon Market, Tabo-an Market, and Parian district.
For my fellow global travelers, the location of Amethyst Boutique hotel Cebu is a gateway to scenic attractions if you plan on visiting the Southern part of Cebu. Where popular tourist attractions like the Canyoneering adventure, Kawasan Falls, Oslob Whale watching, and white sand beaches are found.
Best Hotels in Cebu: The Hotel Amenities
The definition of amenities are elements of comfort and convenience, most often in reference to a house, vehicle, resort, or rental. An example of amenities are a hot tub and room service in a hotel.
The Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu scent
FUN FACT : Amethyst is a purple stone consisting of a purple variety of quartz. It is said to be a natural stress reliever with healing properties that rid negative energy and encourage inner strength, wealth, and clarity of the mind.
As soon as you enter the lobby of Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu aside from the smiling security guard and the amiable front desk staff.
The scent seems to be a combination of Lavender, citrus and other scent that is very aromatic yet not too strong for those who may be allergic or sensitive to certain scents.
The scent combination is top secret thus I just went for how my nose perceived the scent.
The Hotel Ammenities
Being that it is a boutique hotel it only has the basic hotel ammenities. But as they say great things come in small packages!
The hotel makes up for what they lack in ammenties they make up for it with how they present their the whole vibe of the hotel. Whichever part of the hotel is a standout for me.
They even have a mirror that has a built in light inside it for your hotel bathroom selfies. A unique find and somethin you wouldnt expect from a boutique hotel.
Room Cleanliness Functionality
Being a boutique hotel, Amethyst has 52 guestroom capacity. What the hotel lack in capacity they make up for it in room space by providing modern comfort for the contemporary traveler.
Unlike other hotels where it feels a tad cramped. The rooms in Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu are very spacious. Actually, I feel like I was not in a hotel but in a luxury condominium due to how spacious their rooms are.
They offer a room-specific for your needs. They have rooms for Travel Buddies, for groups, for family, and wait for it… for solo travelers.
Yes, you read it right they have rooms – affordable at that – for those traveling solo.
All their rooms also come with free breakfast. – We’ll talk about their in house restaurant in another blog post. But for a sneak peak this is what comprises their free breakfast when you book a room at the hotel.
Cebuano hospitality at its best. Their staff may not be perfect (heck no one is right?) but you can be assured that they do their optimum best to make your stay worthwhile.Checking in and out of the hotel was hassle-free. The staff attends to your needs right away.
I asked for a bucket of ice, a spoon, and glass during my stay (don’t ask what I need those for LOL) and they responded to my request immediately.
From the front desk to room service even their waiter and food attendants were all very courteous and eager to make your stay in the hotel a pleasant one.
The Newest Gem in Cebu City: 4.0/5 Star Rating!
As a frequent traveler, I always am very particular about my hotel accommodation. By that I mean I would rather, spend a few extra bucks just to ensure that I am comfortable and safe in my hotel.
Occasionally I encounter hotels that are extremely valuable for your money. The – “I can’t believe I got this hotel deal” type of moment.
My Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu experience is on that list.
It has all the elements and potential of a 5-star establishment integrated into a boutique hotel. So for all of you who are interested in visiting Cebu – trust me it’s a must if you plan on visiting the Philippines. Put on your radar Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu.
You can book a room through their website or contact them at [email protected] or visit their website at www.amethystbotiquehotelcebu.com. Or if you happen to be in Cebu give them a ring at (032) 260 9350. They are also in booking.com and other popular booking apps.