We were looking for a staycation in Cagayan de Oro City since we wanted to be somewhere away from the usual routine but do not want to go far away from Iligan City. When we checked Agoda, Red Planet Cagayan de Oro turned out to be an affordable accommodation that was just walking distance from malls. Very convenient for a staycation and we decided to book our stay there.
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Below is my review of Red Planet Cagayan de Oro.
- Reservation & Check-in Process
- Internet, Electric Sockets and Mobile Signal
- Hotel Grounds
- Restaurant and Stores Accessibility
Red Planet CDO is located at Claro M. Recto Ave. It is right in the heart of Cagayan de Oro City.
Currently it is just walking distance to Ayala Centrio Mall, Gaisano Mall and Lim Ket Kai where a lot of restaurants, shops and stores are located. We frequently visited these malls during our stay.
During our stay SM Mall was being built right beside Red Planet. Once SM is built this would really be a perfect staycation place since you do not have to walk far to get to a mall.
When we arrived at the bus terminal from Iligan City we just rode a taxi going to Red Planet. Travel time was approximately 20 minutes with medium traffic, fare was around 125 Pesos.
Since the lodge is located at Claro M. Recto Ave, which is one of the main roads of Cagayan de Oro, there are a lot of jeepney and taxis that pass by. In fact there were taxis waiting in front of Red Planet during our stay there.
If you’re heading to Laguindingan Airport you can ask the front desk to book you for a ride with shuttles. The shuttle will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Laguindingan Airport. You can check out the schedule below.
From Laguindingan Airport you can also ask your shuttle van to drop you off at Red Planet.
You can also head to the bus terminals of Cagayan de Oro where you can ride transportation going to Iligan City, Bukidnon and Davao City to name a few.
From the hotel you can also visit or do activties like the White River Rafting, Xavier Museum, Macahambus Gorge and many more.
Tip: There is a really delicious restaurant right at the entrance of the hotel named Circa 1850.
We booked our reservations with Agoda since it was much cheaper than other booking sites that we tried.
There was an option to book the rooms with breakfast but we decided against it. Unfortunately, we should have had book the rooms with breakfast since it was cheaper when we had all our breakfast at Circa 1850.
Note: The breakfast of Red Planet CDO is at Circa1850.
During check-in we approached the front desk and they were very pleasant. I gave my ID, they verified my reservation, I made a request for rooms at high floors, I was given the key cards for the rooms with the WiFi password and the front desk called a staff to guide us and help bring our stuff to our rooms. It was all done in less than 5 minutes.
The room was clean and the bed was really comfortable.
Airconditioning was working well and sometimes I would turn off the aircon because it got too cold. I think the insulation of the hotel was well built since when the aircon was turned off it was still cool inside the room. There was also a ceiling fan just in case you are not a fan of aircons.
The room had a cable TV, electronic safe, hair dryer, small tables on the side of the bed and a foldable table for work.
The room also had a private bathroom but I will get thru that later.
Red Planet Cagayan de Oro also provided hangers and a place to hang some clothes.
What the hotel lacks though are open cabinets like the ones in Sea Cocoon Hotel in El Nido. Most of the time my clothes were in the bed or at the table and my used clothes were at the floor.
In terms of spaciousness the rooms were somewhat small since there was limited space to move inside but it was okay for a budget hotel. If you want to do yoga inside you can do at the part of the room in front of the door and the bathroom.
All in all I was very happy with the quality of the rooms.
Note 1: The aircon remote control is located at where the keycards are inserted for electricity.
Note 2: They clean the rooms daily even if you did not request it. You can place the door signs if ever you do not want your room to be cleaned or you do not want to be disturbed.
The bathroom was clean and my right as a human being was satisfied since they had a bidet with strong water pressure.
Not that spacious but it would do as long as it is clean and comfortable.
Shower towels are included and also a rag.
The wash bin had a working hot and cold water, a mirror and a liquid soap dispenser on the side.
The toilet was clean and comfortable with more than enough space for my legs. Had a tissue and bidet with good water pressure on the side.
The shower room was separated by a glass wall, though it did not cover the whole wall so the water during the shower goes out of the shower room. But that can be solved by adjusting the shower head and wiping the floor.
There was a 3 in 1 Shower Gel, Shampoo and Conditioner Dispenser on the shower room. But since I prefer a bar of soap I am happy to tell you that they placed a small layover for it.
The hot water was working on the shower.
WiFi Internet was available at Red Planet Cagayan de Oro and the username and password were given during our check-in. Their internet was fast enough for me to work online and watch videos. Unfortunately, you can only connect up to 3 gadgets per room in their WiFi network.
If you have more than 3 gadgets that you need to connect to the internet I am happy to tell you that the Globe Mobile Internet Signal in the area was fast. Enough for me to work and stream videos. For Smart and Sun subscribers, sorry I do not have their mobile network so I was not able to test them *ahem* sponsorship *ahem*.
All networks, Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular, had a good GSM Signal even inside the hotel.
In terms of Electrical Sockets there were only about 3 that I saw. One is beside the foldable table, one is on the other side of the bed, the other one is on the hair dryer.
Since breakfast was not included in our reservation we had to look for our very own breakfast. Since this was a staycation we were not in the mood for cup noodles as breakfast and we wanted something with rice and viands and I am happy to tell you that Circa 1850 was just right below Red Planet Cagayan de Oro.
They served really hearty and delicious breakfast but it was not cheap. Each breakfast costs around 269 Pesos but it was really good.
The hotel was all around clean and spacious. The staff was also very helpful.
If you are in dire need of internet and do not have a laptop there are computers that you can use to browse at the lobby.
On our second night we forgot to buy drinking waters and since we watched a movie it was already late at night and we could not locate any store nearby that sells drinking water. Luckily the front desk actually sells drinking water for 25 Pesos per 500mL water. They also sells some snacks and toiletries too.
Note: The front desk is manned 24 hours. Therefore you have a 24/7 store inside Red Planet CDO.
If you would like to go inside a grocery there are groceries in Lim Ket Kai and Ayala Centrio Mall but you have to go there during mall hours. There was a 711 along the way to Lim Ket Kai, I think it was about 300 meters walk.
Restaurants there are also those in Lim Ket Kai and Ayala Centrio. I would recommend dining at Boy Zugba in Ayala Centrio.
I am very satisfied with my stay at Red Planet Cagayan de Oro. They have clean rooms and bathrooms, comfortable beds, good location and helpfully friendly staff.
If you are asking where to stay in Cagayan de Oro City, Red Planet should be in your list even if you are backpacking.
You can book your stay at Red Planet Cagayan de Oro via Agoda. They give discounts especially if you book in advance.