Travel Fact Before Traveling to Cagayan de Oro City
Cagayan de Oro City is located in a somewhat typhoon-free area of the Philippines, though it has been historically visited by freak storms around 4 to 5 times. However, it frequently gets its share of weak to strong rain showers and thunderstorms especially during the wet season. If you love the summer heat, the best time to visit the city would be the dry months from March to June. For colorful festivities, street parades, trade fairs, beauty pageants, and other fun celebrations, the best time to go to Cagayan de Oro would be the 4th week of August when the city celebrates its Higalaay Festival, an annual fiesta celebration in honor of its patron saint, St. Augustine of Hippo.
List of Hotels in Cagayan de Oro Philippines – Accommodation Top Picks
This is one of the newest hotels in the city located beside the equally new Ayala Centrio Mall. This hotel carries a very modern contemporary theme and its location along Corrales Avenue and the C.M. Recto Avenue gives it easy access to the city’s other cosmopolitan and recreation venues as well as tourist and historical spots and museums. It carries a wide array of room amenities, features, facilities, and services paired with superior hotel guest service. Amenities include free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
This hotel is considered as one of the most popular in the city given its great hotel amenities and its swimming pool, even if it is located around 5 minutes from the city’s center along the Kauswagan highway. The hotel even offers valet parking and a coffee shop. Its amenities, facilities, and services are at par with even the best hotels in other Philippine cities. Guests have the additional amenities of free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free use of the swimming pool.
Another of the city’s newest hotels located beside another of the city’s big malls, the Limketkai Center, the hotel’s almost 4-star amenities, services, and facilities include free breakfast, free use of the swimming pool, use of the fitness gym, and free Wi-Fi. It is the only hotel in the city that features a rooftop swimming pool. Its state of the art guest rooms are variably comparable even with the best hotels in Manila. It even has a first class Kave Restaurant and Bar, a Chinese specialty restaurant, an Executive Lounge Bar, and a Pool Bar.
Formerly known as Hotel Centro, it changed its name to Hotel Xentro so as not to be confused with another hotel of almost the same name actually located nearby, also on Corrales Avenue. It is one of the city’s newest hotels as well, and one of the most affordable. It’s seven room type, room amenities, facilities, and superior customer service will never give away the fact of its affordability. It even has its own coffee shop, resto bar, and spa services. Free Wi-Fi is provided as well.
Located along Pabayo Street on the 3rd floor of the De Leon Square. This is a quaint and cute hotel that nonetheless provides good rooms, good amenities, and great customer services at the most affordable prices. The hotel is right smack dab in the middle of Divisoria where all the food chains, restaurants, bars, and banks are located. Free Wi-Fi is provided as well as its own body massage and spa service.
Mallberry Suites Business Hotel
The other big hotel located in the Limketkai Center right behind the mall. The Mallberry has gained a reputation as the hotel for business visits and other business and company related travels to the city. It is actually one of the most popular hotels in the city due to its great rooms and features, amenities, facilities, and top-of-the-line guest services.
This hotel is probably one of the oldest and the most center-located in the city. It is by no means old as it still offers the best contemporary themes and services in its rooms, features, amenities, and services. It includes free Wi-Fi and a free buffet breakfast. This hotel can actually boast to still be at par with even the newest hotels in the city.
Dynasty Court Hotel (Tiano Bros. corner Hayes Sts.)
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, it is the best base to explore the city’s center and museums. It also gives enough access to the lively centers and great restaurants that abound in the Divisoria area. This popular hotel offers a broad range of amenities coupled with superior customer service that have people frequenting this hotel as repeat customers. It offers three types of rooms with great facilities and services.
Other Useful Trivia
- The city actually gets its name from the Cagayan River, originally called “Kagayan” in the native dialect which means “a place with a river.” The original name of the area is Himologan or Huluga. The Cagayan River offers the best Whitewater River Rafting in the Philippines and rafting packages are offered by rafting outfits in the city.
- The currency is the Philippine Peso. The exchange rate with the main exchange currency, the U.S. Dollar, is US$1.00 = PhP 45.00 as of June 2015.
- Languages and Dialects are Visayan, Tagalog, Cebuano, and English. Most Cagayanons can speak perfect to passable English so communication won’t be a problem.
- Business hours for the city’s banks, shops, restaurants, and other business facilities tend to open from 9:00 a.m. to around 6:00 a.m. Most major restaurants are open until 12 midnight to 1:00 a.m. The large shopping malls are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Getting around the city using public transportation is no problem with most drivers able to speak passable English. Most tourists and visitors prefer to use the city’s taxi services, which are colored white or yellow. However, always insist on paying by-the-meter. There are also multi-colored jeepneys (elongated passenger versions of the former U.S. Army Willy’s Jeep) and motorelas (almost similar to Thailand’s Tuk-tuks). When using the jeepney or motorela, always have coins handy as drivers do not have change for large bills.