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. 🙂

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in tune at tune hotel

it  wasn’t a first for me to stay on one of tune hotel‘s establishments.  i have stayed in their branch in cebu (philippines), in penang (malaysia) and bali, (indonesia).

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their branch in ortigas was new and i was about to attend some refresher courses in a training center which was a 10-minute walk from the hotel.  i decided then to stay for four days.  i booked online and it only cost me P4500.00 (including add-ons), which was about a hundred dollars.  with tunes they have this “pay-as-you-use of add-ons” concept – say you pay for the toiletries, for 12 or 24 hours air-conditioning, TV and internet access.

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my brother dropped me off at the hotel too early for check-in time was strictly 2:00 pm.  i had to wait for two hours and was accommodated at 1:30 pm.  the hotel lobby was quite comfortable and there were desktop computers with internet available for use.

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the hotel has 12 floors and the room i got assigned to was at the 11th floor, 1122.  a keycard to get access to the floors is needed which is a good safety feature.

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it’s been a habit of mine to check the fire escape plan of the hotel i’m staying.

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they promise 5-star beds and in fact theirs are comparable with the other hotels i stayed.  internet connection works very good, a stub is given with the password upon check-in.

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there are no cabinets in the room for your stuff but there’s this stainless steel brace in the corner that you can hang clothes on, clear plastic hangers included.

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toilet and shower area was clean and looks very new.

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towels and toiletries (a tube of shampoo and bar of soap) are add-ons that you have to buy separately during online booking.

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my stay at tune hotel ortigas was fine and i never met any problems.  it is highly recommended if you want a very budget friendly, no-frills accommodation.

simply astoria

situated in jose escriva drive near the malls in ortigas business district is astoria plaza, a full serviced residential suites that provides its guests the modern comfort of a deluxe hotel.

i made a reservation online in their website for an overnight accommodation on a suite type one-bedroom where i was required to have a $7.50 prepayment.

two days after my reservation, i checked-in at astoria.  it is actually just walking distance from shangri-la plaza, megamall and a few steps to millenia suites where i also stayed in before.  i requested a higher floor room and was assigned at room 2803.

a one bedroom suite is about 60 to 72 sq. meters.

the dining table with a welcome fruit platter.

i would have preferred a bigger bed, but this one was okay.

another lcd tv was in the bedroom and internet connection was included in the room rate.

coffee and tea making facility, kitchen utensils and microwave.

a fridge and stove if one wishes to cook for their guests.

the toilet and shower area is inside the bedroom which is quite small.

i found a match and an ashtray which means i was in a “smoking” room.

took a picture of the classic new york cheesecake from dome cafe which is just smooth and rich.  i find it great paired with freshly brewed black coffee.

buffet breakfast is at cafe astoria.  i had some do-it-yourself congee, garlic fried rice, sunny side up eggs and dried bangus (milkfish) with spicy vinegar.  for dessert, i had ensyamada, sweet bread and fresh fruits.

astoria plaza also has a gym and swimming pool.  they also offer complimentary shuttle service to the shopping malls around the area.  private parking won’t be a problem for they have a 6-level basement parking area.

millenia suites

i have wanted to try the affordable hotels within the area of ortigas which is near the malls and heard about goldland millenia suites. i was confused at first of their location and when i read that it was just near a university, i have recalled its location and i knew it was just a walking distance from sm megamall.  

Goldland Millenia Suites is a first class hotel residences managed by Crown Regency Hotels and Resorts. Located in the heart of Ortigas Center in Pasig City, this 36-storey mixed-use complex offers accommodation for business or leisure travelers in search of privacy, comfort, convenience and eminent level of personalized service. Select from 178 spacious deluxe and suites rooms – the perfect retreat after a day of work or leisure from shopping and sightseeing in the city.

i have reserved a room through their website and when i arrived at the hotel, everything seemed to be ready when i checked in.

the room i got was at the 18th floor but my keycard wasn’t working, i had to go down again to the ground floor to get it changed.

when i saw the inside of the room, it was actually spacious and it really did not gave me that hotel feel but rather it was like staying in a condominium unit. the bedside table was actually missing its drawer but i really did not mind.

kitchen facilities where one can actually cook if they wish to.

the toilet is quite small with a shower stall but complete toiletries were available.

view from the room.

i had a simple breakfast at cafe millenia with a few choices from their small buffet though the staff was cheerful and attentive. i can’t say that my stay at millenia suites was that first-class, it was actually just an average one.

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.

sweet nothings at the linden suites

the linden suites is found along san miguel avenue in ortigas, pasig city.  like at richmonde, i also did not make an online reservation when i checked-in at this hotel.

A singular blend of hotel luxury and the warmth of home! At the Linden Suites Manila, we boast more than 160 serviced rooms and suites that promise the space, elegance and functionality that every traveler deserves. 

i chose their one-bedroom suite that has a living room and a dining room.  i got a room at the tenth floor, 1001.  there is a home theater system, a fully serviced kitchen and a dining table then a working desk with an ergonomic chair is also included in the room. internet access is available upon request – as usual with an extra charge.

the bedroom has a comfortable queen-size bed, another television and a second working desk.  linden suites is highly recommended for business travellers.

who does not love a spotless bathroom?  lindens’ is one of the cleanest i’ve ever seen!  i can actually sleep on the floor, lol!

buffet breakfast is at azzurro bistro, situated at the second floor of the hotel.  their buffet was satisfying because it offered a lot of choices wherein they even have this delish vegetarian pasta (shown in the picture).

the linden suites also has its business center, a gym, sauna, swimming pool and jacuzzi.  for a balikbayan like me, a night’s stay at the linden suites is just purr.. fect.