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.

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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.

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!