I am using Cebu City as my base, while I explore all the rest of the Philippines, It is centrally located with a domestic and international airport that goes all over the country cheap. Also, if you work online like I do, Cebu City has the best wifi in the country after Manila, and needless to say thats essential.
To find a great long term rental, I found an awesome condo on HomeAway.com. Since I rarely stay in cities, normally prefering beach huts and dive resorts, I thought I would go all out and stay in a high-rise. I’ve never stayed in a skyscapper, besides nice hotels, and wanted all the luxuries they offer. I found the perfect one, centrally located, walking distance to Ayala mall, and on the 11th floor overlooking the city.
This was the first time I stayed in this sort of condo-type accommodation, and it was a sweet combination of a luxury hotel and a rental apartment. what I mean was, it felt weird having a doorman and a front counter/reception type, a public pool and gym and lobby area, because it was an actual condo I was staying in, not a hotel room.
Homeaway had a few properties from this building, and the one I got was very nice for around $100 a night. It had a cable TV, high speed wifi, a little kitchen and refrigerator and a big clean bathroom, not to mention the amazing views.When I looked later at the website they had even bigger condos available in the building that looked awesome. By the way, the building was called Sedona Parc, across from the giant China Bank building.