distinctly richmonde

in san miguel avenue, richmonde hotel is another choice of good hotels around ortigas center.  i checked-in at this hotel as a walk-in guest, at first i thought there will be no available room for me but good thing there was.  richmonde is a few steps to reach the edsa plaza, the shangri-la plaza mall and sm megamall.

With The Richmonde Hotel’s extraordinary way of pampering, you’ll hardly feel away from home. With every stay at the Richmonde, experience a distinctly indulgent and comforting atmosphere where your every need is personally met. With our efficient and friendly concierge, professional housekeeping services and other special courtesies, we make you feel the extra attention that touches you from the start to the end of the day… the Richmonde way.

i got one of their superior rooms which has the basic amenities one needs for a night’s stay. 

a breakfast buffet is inclusive as well as free access to their health club.  wi-fi is available upon request with a separate charge (unfortunately, there are few hotels in manila which offers free wi-fi.).

now this was my desperate attempt to take a picture from the hotel window!  can you see the curtains? lol!

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the malayan plaza

aside from oakwood premier, there is another serviced residence building along adb avenue in ortigas which is more budget-friendlier compared to other hotels in the area.

the malayan plaza hotel has it all. it starts with the perfect location in the middle of the ortigas central business district, the country’s fastest growing business and financial hub. guests of the malayan plaza can truly appreciate our homey and spacious fully serviced apartments offering easy access to the philippines’ newest shopping, dining and entertainment centers.

i reserved a room through their website and like oakwood premier, malayan plaza is a few steps away from the podium mall and sm megamall.

the room i stayed in was at the 8th floor, a studio superior room is about 40 square meters.  there is a balcony in the room but as you notice the view was the firewall of the next building (lol!).  well, it really did not bother me though most of the hotels i have stayed in has a scenic view.  broadband internet access is available but with an extra charge.

like most condotels, the kitchen has all the basic necessities you expect it to have.  my over-all experience at malayan plaza was quite satisfactory but i think they just have to add more choices on their buffet breakfast.  the malayan plaza is also the lowest priced condotel you will find in ortigas.

oakwood premier revelation

the last time i was in manila, i had a pre-planned friendly date with a well-known local travel blogger.  i never thought twice of asking her out anyway, we were just like two independent souls who were total strangers but instantly ‘clicked’ when we met.

it was her idea of spending a night in a hotel with a trusted ‘someone’ and chose oakwood premier, located in the heart of ortigas in pasig city.

oakwood premier joy-nostalg center manila offers the ultimate experience in modern serviced living with 230 luxury apartments equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class amenities to fulfill the modern-day client’s need for space and security in an elegant environment, combined with five-star service and the conveniences of home.

the sitting room of the deluxe suite really looks inviting that includes the home entertainment system with an lcd television (not pictured).

the basic kitchen items are all there from utensils, to pots and pans and even a dishwasher.

i wish i have the same bed back here in the mideast, i can literally sleep in this comfortable bed the whole day!

if you think viewing the televsion while having a luxurious bath raises your eyebrow, think again! ____________________________________________________________________________________

so, who did i spent it with?  it’s my blogger-friend, chyng of no spam, no virus, no kiddin’!  haha!

dinner is served a’ la carte in the oakroom international restaurant but chyng and i found it too pricey and both of us were craving for a buffet dinner so we went to ‘heat’ at the shangri-la to top off our indulging hotel stay.  the next morning, we had oakroom’s buffet breakfast and joining us was chyng’s best buddy blogger, dyan of princess dyanie who came from her night shift work.

oakwood premier is actually considered as a full serviced apartment but it is really more than that and far more comfortable than hotels – and that is the oakwood difference.

read chyng’s blogpost on our stay at oakwood premier entitled, “the suitest of them all“.