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CEBU CITY— Yello, is slang for hello and both are warm welcoming words for guests to this first and only ‘Smart + Design’ hotel in the heart of Cebu City.
Yello Hotel, located at Wilson Road in Barangay Lahug is a lifestyle accommodation hotel that pampers the modern traveler with smart + design hotel features at an amazing value, bringing out extraordinary joy in every stay, says Juliet Amazona, the hotel’s marketing lady.
The owners of this hotel must have in mind the warm bedroom and airy comforts of the lanai at home blending with the smart convenience of digital technology and modern lifestyle of the millennial travelers when they constructed Yello Hotel.
For one, the hotel has a robot, Yello Bell that greets and welcomes guests at the lobby and a guest mobile app–Yello App where guests can book their stay and avail deals as low as 60 percent from its rack rates. The hotel has a valet parking and mechanized parking slot exclusively for each guest.
Its rooms are equipped with USB-ready plugs, hotel TV where guests can use QR code to register, order food or to communicate their needed room services. Guests can also use their mobile phones as key cards while the hotel uses its tabs to check-in guests for seamless processes.
Yello Hotel room accommodations have beds that use body molding memory foams for real comfortable sleep or relaxation. The hotel has varied room accommodations from Standard Single at P2,800/night; Superior Twin at P3,00/night; De Luxe Twin at P3,800/night; Executive Room at 5,400/night good for three persons.
The hotel has also this Barkada Room at P5,800/night for 10 persons and a Dormitel with 24 bunks for as low as P550 for upper single bed, P625 for lower single, P900 for lower double and the dorm can be rented as a whole at P15,000/night.
All rooms are fully air-conditioned with very good sound proofing from outside noise; LCD Cable TV with access to hotel services using QR code; hot and cold shower, private toilet with bidet with the sink outside of the bathroom; working desk and Wi-Fi access.
Restaurants, food and more Yello spaces
Yello Hotel has two restaurants: The Fujinoya Café + Cakery located at the lobby that offers Japanese ramen, rice bowls, salads, sandwiches, cheesecakes and specialty cakes. Its signature gourmet coffee is a must-try!
The Amarillo Al Fresco restaurant is located at the 10th floor roof deck where guests can have a good 360-view of the city, beautiful sunset at dusk, the rising moon during moonlit nights, fresh and cool breeze while dining and enjoying its Spanish cuisine with a Cebuano twist and other international comforts.
The Al Fresco is a wonderful place to dine, chill, conversations and just enjoy the ambiance of a cool city vibe, music, and oh, the hotel’s welcome drink is another must try!
Yello Hotel has also Smart boardrooms and function rooms that are world-class with Smart + Design features and can accommodate 60 people for events, meetings, seminars and other social gatherings.
Alex, an American guest this writer met at Al Fresco raved at Yello Hotel’s extremely comfortable bed, quiet air conditioner and its unbelievably accommodating friendly staff. He felt like he is part of the Yello Hotel family. He added that the hotel has an interesting array of Filipino breakfast and its welcome drink he described as with “tropical flexibility.”
According to Juliet Amazona, Yello Hotel’s marketing lady, many foreign guests stay long term at Yello Hotel for its seamless service, value and connectivity. They kept coming back since the hotel opened in 2020 and now backpackers have also discovered the hotel’s Dormitel which is becoming their preferred choice.
What interest this writer most is the overall design of Yello Hotel. It has room accommodation for everyone, from the backpackers, the yuppies, the barkadas to the executives. The comfort rooms at the 10th floor, where one sees the cityscapes while doing one’s ablutions and the Al Fresco’s cool, breezy comforts at the roof deck.