touched by midas

there was this tempting offer from deal dozen months ago for a one night stay on an executive room at midas hotel, a boutique-style hotel located at roxas boulevard in pasay city. it was a very good deal to pass so i purchased one, considering that i have read some good sponsored reviews about it and it was a good chance for me to experience staying at this new hotel.

i found out from my father that this hotel was hyatt regency before. he knows this area of roxas boulevard by heart for he used to own a jeepney during the early 80’s on this route. i told him that it is now known as “midas hotel” after it had undergone renovation.

i invited my blogger-friend, chyng to share with me this one-night stay at midas. as we entered the hotel i noticed instantly that the lobby is ultra-chic and modern. i read from an article that the plush furnitures are from well-known italian designers.

a very conspicuous part of the lobby is the floor to ceiling shelves with different-sized “hermes-ique” orange boxes.

a fiber optic chandelier also adorns the ceiling of the lobby. it’s a first for me to see one.

we were given a room at the 9th floor beside the executive lounge.

i like the simple geometric design of the hallway from the elevators.

the room was okay with a masculine feel on it. the sheets were not tucked in as perfect as it should be then chyng noticed a few hair strands on the bed, there were dusty areas that needs more vaccuuming – not really a thing to make a big fuss considering they are still on their soft opening status but still, it has to be improved if they want guests to have that good first impression and to look forward on their next stay.

early morning we had the complimentary buffet breakfast that came with the offer.

i had my morning dose of black coffee, a great way to start the day.

the food choices was fine with me specially they have smoked salmon which gave a smile on my face ( i don’t usually see that on a breakfast buffet spread).

chyng harassing my breakfast like a paparazzi, hehe. visit her blog for more about midas hotel – feel the touch of midas.

there is one thing that i appreciated most at midas hotel which is the utmost service of the hotel staff. they actually gave me an hour extension that i requested when i was about to check-out, i received a number of greetings in the lobby, elevator or in the hallway from the staff during our stay and the guys in the main door entrance were helpful assisting me to get a cab and carry my luggage. i hope they maintain it the same as that to all guests.

ooh you’re a holiday

holiday inn hotel beside robinsons galleria in ortigas center pasig city used to be known as the manila galleria suites.  i had a chance to stay here years ago and was expecting it to have changed (i.e., the interiors) for it now carried the name of “holiday inn”. 

as i least expected it, there were only a few renovations that was done in the hotel.  the classic contemporary wooden design of the room, the furnishings and the marbled bathroom were almost the same as i remember.

the king-size bed is comfortable with a choice of soft and firm pillows.  the room is spacious and though it looks outdated, it has been maintained well.

marbled-tiled bathroom with bathtub. 

bathroom amenities such as a bath robe and hairdryer are available.

a work space is provided in the room. high-speed internet access is available for additional charges, most hotels in manila does this for they know it is a necessity for business travellers, even an ordinary guest to have a net connection inside the room. at holiday inn, i think P600.00 is a rip-off to charge guests specially for an average balikbayan like me who checks in and pays from my own pocket. i wouldn’t pay for that amount and would rather use my mobile phone for internet if that is the case. some hotels do have wireless connections as complimentary, but not this one.

the view from my room (using pin-hole setting in my olympus pen camera).

the hotel restaurant, “fab” serves buffet breakfast. the staff are very attentive and there was a good set of choices for breakfast.

i had two cups of their freshly brewed coffee which was absolutely good!

i had some vegetable omelette, cheesy ensaymada, cinammon rolls and taho.

for my second plate i had daing na bangus, tocinong manok, pancit canton, sinangag and . . tuyo! i also had some lugaw with tokwa.

the hotel also has a bar where one can unwind and enjoy ones favorite drink. if you need a hotel room close to malls and ortigas center and not really specific in your budget, this hotel is worth a try.

great deal at discovery suites

i purchased online from deal grocer a one-bedroom suite stay at discovery suites.  for Php 3950.00 net, the offer that included a buffet breakfast for two was a very good deal.  when i was on days off weeks ago, i decided to use my coupon.

i reserved the room a week in advance and they sent me a confirmation through e-mail, i then informed my blogger friend, chyng to join me on this hotel stay.  so then came the day of my reservation and check-in was a breeze.  the bellhop even served us some iced tea while we were at the front desk, brought our luggage and accompanied us to our room.  while on the elevator, he even informed us on which floor were the restaurant and the pool.  courteous hotel staff gave me a good first impression of discovery suites.

as we entered the room, i noticed its furnishings and complete kitchen amenities which gives out a homey feel but still has the comfort of a hotel stay.

there is cable television and a stereo system at the living room then those magazines that most of the hotels i stayed in does not have.

i always check when making a reservation if there is an included internet connection for most hotels in manila charge like Php 500.00 or more for one.  i was told by the receptionist that free net access was included in our stay.

a king-sized bed awaits for a restful sleep, and the toilet and bath has a bath tub and a separate shower stall.

the swimming pool and jacuzzi in the fifth floor beside the restaurant.

buffet breakfast was at the restaurant 5 and breakfast choices was good.  i started my breakfast with freshly made french toast and some brewed black coffee.

discovery suites is at 25 ADB ave, ortigas center in pasig city infront of the podium mall.