orion hotel

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Located on the 3rd level of the Prime Block Building, Orion Hotel in Manila provides guests with unrivaled access to a world of shopping. In the past, a journey to Tutuban would take hours of negotiating traffic-filled streets or a long, stressful commute. Now, as guests of Orion Hotel in Manila, one just needs to step out the door of their hotel to grab the best deals in the city.

Yet it doesn’t end at simply having a convenient location. With a range of amenities, services, and facilities on offer, guests staying at Orion Hotel in Manila are assured that they can go on shopping trips without a hitch.

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though i did not stay in this hotel to hunt down bargains in divisoria, what i needed was a place for five days in manila.  they offered an affordable rate and have read good reviews about them back at trip advisor so i decided it might be worth it.

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it is not a big hotel and they have only a number of rooms.

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their location is at the third floor of a mall but they do have their own separate elevator.

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the room was fine and has the basic necessities that i need.

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a deluxe room has a comfortable queen-sized bed.

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local calls (landline) are free.

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an in room safe and a personal refrigerator.

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the emergency evacuation plan.

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the toilet and bath of the room i got was designed for pwd’s that is why there are railings. it was a spacious toilet so a wheelchair can fit inside.

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bath amenities (soap, shampoo, and toothcare kit).

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breakfast set is included.

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the staff, specially the receptionists are friendly and helpful (they assisted me with the internet connection in my phone and laptop, printed documents and called taxi transport for me).  the hotel has two security guards which gives the impression of safety. it is a clean, basic and an affordable hotel to stay in the vicinity of manila.

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the manor at camp john hay

it was the second time for me to visit the city of pines this year.  i have been curious about “the manor” and have always wanted to experience a stay in this hotel.

for me baguio city seems to be the best readily accessible place for a quick escape to the chaos of manila. i found myself again boarding a deluxe bus in quezon city.  after merely four hours, i made it to my booked hotel – the manor in camp john hay.

The Manor is not only distinguished by its impressive architecture and cozy interiors, but also blessed with an environment that truly sets it apart from other hotels in Baguio City. This four-storey structure, designed to blend neatly with towering pine trees, provides a magnificent view of the Cordillera mountain range.

i arrived early and was informed by reception to wait for a few hours before i can check-in because there are no rooms available.  i then decided to have something to eat in the hotel’s restaurant, le chef.  after almost an hour i returned to the front desk to check if there was an available room for me and luckily there was!  i was accommodated at 10:00 am.

like their neighboring hotel, the forest lodge where i stayed last june, the interiors also show a filipino-colonial feel.

a huge stone fireplace adorns the lounge area.

elevators to the left-wing.

the hallway to my room. i got the room first door to the left.

my room, 201.

two queen sized beds welcomed me as i entered the room.

a work desk.

television with cable channels.  most of the furniture was made of wood and the floor was carpeted.

a small sink.  complimentary bottled water, sachet of ground coffee and some bags of black tea.

there are instructions to brew fresh coffee.  i actually tried this.

a full length mirror near the main door.

emergency procedures.  know your fire exit!

the dresser and a big closet.

the toilet and bath are clean.

these are the toiletries.  water pressure from the shower was fine but the tiled floor inside the stall can be slippery.

they also offer massage and spa treatments.

stationery is available (not pictured).

these garlic peanuts and cashew brittle are available for purchase from the mini bar.  i bought them and they do taste good.

a view from my window.

the next morning, i went back to le chef restaurant to have brunch.

they offer buffet breakfast and it was really busy on a sunday morning (notice my apparition in the glass door? lol!).

this was my breakfast . . and lunch!  i went back for more.

after being gastronomically satisfied, i walked around the distinguished four-storey hotel.

beautifully manicured lawn adorned the property.  there was an ongoing prenuptial photo shoot and the garden is a good venue for one.

it looks nice even from afar.

how do you describe the scent of pine trees?

the manor at camp john hay is one hotel in baguio city incomparable to others.  impressive architecture, cozy interiors and an exceptional ambience of the “real baguio” makes it one of the best of the best.

crowne plaza manila

crowne plaza manila is centrally located in ortigas business district and is directly connected to robinsons galleria mall. i had a chance to stay in this 4 star hotel for two nights and experience its service and amenities.

???????????????????????????????the reception and lobby area of the hotel. the receptionists are efficient and courteous.

elevators to the floors are found at the second level.

the hallway to the rooms.

my room was at the 11th floor.

the spacious room looks somewhat dated but looks well maintained.

got any ‘great’ ideas? jot it down at this notepad!

make the call! the room was a non-smoking room.

a 42” LED TV, with lots of channels.

the mini-bar with complimentary bottled mineral water and some coffee sachets and tea bags.

lock your valuable away here!

wooden hangers in the closet and a ‘not fluffy’ bath robe.

if you want to have your shoes polished follow a very simple instruction.

yes i’m obsessed with fire exits and extinguisher locations. its one of the things that i need to know when i stay in a hotel.

key card slot.

the bathroom was also spacious. There is a separate shower glass stall.

toiletries with citrus and jasmine fragrance.

the bath tub which i did not use. lol.

here’s the view from the window.

buffet breakfast is served at seven corners.

this restaurant also has lunch and dinner buffet. i have tried their dinner buffet before and it was quite satisfying.

seven corners is located at the second level near the escalators.

i had my complimentary breakfasts here. they offer wide choices of dishes that i considered it as my brunch. sometimes i get too shy to take pictures of my food – but hey, it’s my plate! (on my plate: barbecue chicken, buttered broccoli and carrots, salted egg and tomatoes and fried rice).

on both mornings, i went there at 9:00 AM so to avoid the crowd of guests.

agenda is the hotel cafe and bakery on the same floor of the restaurant.

i bought some donuts and bread here to take home for my ma. i loved the taste of their vanilla bavarian!

that is me waiting and hiding behind those leaves as my room was being checked during check out for i might have taken a pillow! hehe!

spacious, well-maintained room, breakfast buffet that will let you forget about lunch and a place fully central. crowne plaza manila is a must-try hotel. you might enjoy your stay as i did. 🙂

summit ridge in tagaytay

relax and recharge.  i was searching for a place to stay overnight with my family in tagaytay.  although there were a number of good hotels around the area, i was specifically looking for a spacious two bedroom suite that can accommodate about six people.

i chose to book online at the summit ridge hotel.  the room i booked was located at the top floor of the building.  we were accommodated at 10:00 am even if regular check-ins are usually 2:00 pm!

we stayed at the summit suite which has two bedrooms and was just perfect for us.

toilet and bath is spacious with extra towels and toiletries.

this property offers the best view of taal volcano!

 

buffet breakfast was included and is served at c2 classic cuisine, at the ground floor.

there are chairs outside the restaurant if one chooses to dine and feel some breezy air. as you can see, they have a nicely manicured lawn too. also pictured is their outdoor pool.  condominiums sprouts everywhere these days, even in tagaytay!

me and my family had a great time for our overnight stay at the summit ridge hotel.

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the forest lodge at camp john hay

sometimes a change of environment can make de-stress one’s mind and body.  weeks ago,  i planned a trip to the city of pines for a lazy weekend – meaning, doing nothing.

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my last visit to baguio was ages ago.  the SM city mall wasn’t even existing yet during that time.  i have always wanted to stay at camp john hay and the first hotel that was on my mind was the manor.  i checked the website and the price was a little steep for my budget so i searched for other hotels within the vicinity and found out the forest lodge.  i checked their website and was excited to know that they have special off-peak rates for P2600.00 a night.  for me that was a steal and booked online.

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the deluxe bus i took from quezon city only took 4 hours to reach baguio city.  the coolness of the weather was so relaxing i knew i was going to have a good time.

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Located inside Camp John Hay, The Forest Lodge offers the best of both worlds: living spaces that are big on comfort and an outdoor environment that offers numerous fun activities. The Forest Lodge gives guests a choice of accommodations: the Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Family Rooms and One-Bedroom Suites. Spacious rooms with windows open to more views of the surrounding pine forests and gardens. Free Wi-Fi services are available in all guestrooms and at the lobby for those who still want to get in touch with family, friends and business associates while on a holiday. The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay offers 24-hour Front Desk services, Housekeeping, Maintenance and Security.

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i arrived too early for check-in but was accommodated by 12pm upon availability of a room.

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took pictures of their beautiful lobby.

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the design were a mix of furnitures but it blended well.

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rustic chandelier and an odd-looking wall decor (if you know what it is, tell me!).

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there wooden rocking chairs on display and i think they are for sale.

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the music lounge were they provide live music on weekend nights.

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elevators to access the floors.

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the hallway to my room.

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my room was at the second floor.

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two queen sized beds was too much for me, haha!

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this is their superior room which was very spacious.

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you can actually open the window with a separate screen guard.

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the uber-relaxing view from my window of pine trees.

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there is a small sink and refrigerator.

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the dresser and there is also a safe and iron/board.

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there is a toilet bidet installed and water from the sink is not potable and smells disagreeable at times (somewhat metallic and rancid).  i used bottled water to brush my teeth.

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just observed that the toiletries were not replenished on my second day.  i always bring my own anyway so i did not further bothered.

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shower stall, with hot and cold and good water pressure.

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i had breakfast at their all dining restaurant, the twist.  they serve asian fusion culinary delights.

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their breakfast menu is limited, but basic enough to have a good one to start your morning.

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i ordered chicken sausage (its the usual one you get from the deli section of supermarkets) which included two sunny side eggs, garlic rice and brewed coffee.

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if you want to stay in a part of baguio city where it is more private, quiet and opt for a very relaxed ambience, forest lodge will be a very good choice.

 

dusit princess srinakarin

it was my second time to visit bangkok, thailand.  i wasn’t there this time to see some tourist spots but instead to meet some friends who are based in the city.  i was looking for a nice hotel to stay which was mid-range priced and in bangkok, you wouldn’t have a hard time checking for one for i think it is one city that have the most best hotels you can find.

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i chose to stay in one of dusit’s property in bang na district, dusit princess srinakarin.  this hotel is only a 15-minute drive from suvarnabhumi international airport.

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i had to wait for a few hours for check-in for i arrived too early.  i left my luggage in the concierge which they happily accepted as i went to walk around the mall which was nearby.

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after a few hours, i went back to check-in.  i have made a booking  for my 3d2n in advance by contacting their reservations department.

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the room i got was at the fifth floor.

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the deluxe room i booked was actually upgraded into a junior suite.

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a spacious work desk, 32-inch LCD flat screen television and dining area.

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wired and wireless high-speed internet access, direct dial telephone and stationery kit.

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living area and there is also a fridge with min-bar plus coffee and tea making facilities.

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in-room safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobe / bedroom slippers.

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the room has a separate shower and bath tub.  as you can notice, it’s completely spotless.

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upgraded bath amenities are included for the junior suite room.

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a fully equipped fitness center is available at the ground floor.

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the swimming pool for one’s enjoyment.

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i had buffet breakfast in one of their restaurants, square one.  located on the lower ground level, it offers a view of the hotel gardens through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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wine@53 has over 60 traditional and new world wine selections in stock.  i really don’t understand anything about wines for i am not a wine drinker myself – so maybe i need to read that “wine appreciation” book.

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i think one can never go wrong if you choose any of dusit’s hotels.  i also have stayed in dusit thani manila and it was also a superb experience.  luxury, excellent dining and thai-inspired accommodation all rolled up in one is how i can describe my stay at dusit princess srinakarin.

 

pleasant stay at b hotel

one of the hotels i stayed on at the madrigal business park when i was attending a workshop in the area was b hotel.  it is a three star hotel and their clients are more on business travelers who wants simple hotel living.

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Discreetly poised in the middle of Madrigal Business Park, B Hotel is the smart choice for business and leisure travelers looking for a good value for money. Maintaining Bellevue’s brand of personalized service, this three star hotel features 154 rooms and eight penthouse units as well as an all-day dining outlet. Wi-fi access, a must among business travelers, is available throughout the property.

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i arrived at 11:00 in the morning but there were rooms available so i got accommodated even it wasn’t time yet for check-in.  my room was at the third floor, room 302.

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room is spacious with comfy bed with soft sheets and pillows.

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workdesk, coffee and tea making facilities, tv with good cable channels.

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a view of the room from the entrance and there is a locked door to the adjacent room.  i pressed my ear on it and heard . . nothing.  i assume it’s sound-proofed?  lol!

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wireless internet worked very well and it was easy to make a connection.

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there is a safe and bath robe with extra towels and slippers.

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toilet and shower area, some toiletries and they have an installed hand-held bidet.

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i was too lazy to go out for dinner so i thought in room dining would be more preferable.   i ordered penne arrabbiata (is penne on tomato sauce, garlic, parsley and chili) and their b signature burger, made of char-grilled chicken patty (i don’t eat beef!) on a toasted bun with iceberg lettuce, pickles, tomato and grilled onions, topped with melted cheddar cheese.  it is served with french fires and coleslaw.  i had to force-feed myself to finish them, hehe.

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i had a restful sleep when i woke up the next day.  i freshened up and proceeded to have complimentary breakfast at their restaurant found at the ground floor, prime café.

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there are a few choices at the buffet but it was still fine.  i tried their spicy sardines which was quite nice.

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b hotel is part of the bellevue hotels and resorts, a filipino owned company.  it was personally, a very pleasant stay for me and would love to try their other properties too.

note: FYI this is NOT a SPONSORED stay.