the exchange regency

there was this residence hotel that i stayed in for a night when i had my days off in manila last july.  it is situated in ortigas complex and the place itself was new.


Experience the modern comforts of home amid hotel convenience, only at The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel. Located at the heart of Ortigas Center, where shops, sights and sundry are just around the corner, we’ll provide you with warm and personalized service and a host of amenities that’ll truly make us the hotel you’ll call home.

Managed by Hospitality International, The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel is a 42-storey property developed by Nobleland Ventures that stands magnificently at the heart of the Ortigas Center skyline.

the lounge area looks simple with classic, contemporary furnitures.

i was given a room at the sixth floor.

tha hall way was typical for residential hotels.

the room i got was a deluxe with a queen-sized bed.

it has a work desk, a 32″ flat screen lcd tv and wireless internet.

a welcome note.

the clothes cabinet has a security box available inside.  laundry and pressing services is also availble with a fee.

the toilet and lavatory.  toiletries from crabtree and evelyn.

the shower area.

after a relaxing sleep i had my complimentary breakfast the next day at benassi. at the ground floor of the establishment.

the breakfast was basic (set menu), and i chose toast with spreads (butter and jelly) and scrambled eggs.

the coffee was great – something that i can recommend.

it was raining hard outside as i checked the swimming pool of the hotel at the third floor.

on the same floor is the fitness center with complete facilities.

the rate for a deluxe room is mid-range and i find it quite high if i compare it to other condotels in ortigas that i have been to.

exchange regency residence hotel . . the modern traveler’s choice.

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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.

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“.