pleasant stay at b hotel

one of the hotels i stayed on at the madrigal business park when i was attending a workshop in the area was b hotel.  it is a three star hotel and their clients are more on business travelers who wants simple hotel living.

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Discreetly poised in the middle of Madrigal Business Park, B Hotel is the smart choice for business and leisure travelers looking for a good value for money. Maintaining Bellevue’s brand of personalized service, this three star hotel features 154 rooms and eight penthouse units as well as an all-day dining outlet. Wi-fi access, a must among business travelers, is available throughout the property.

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i arrived at 11:00 in the morning but there were rooms available so i got accommodated even it wasn’t time yet for check-in.  my room was at the third floor, room 302.

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room is spacious with comfy bed with soft sheets and pillows.

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workdesk, coffee and tea making facilities, tv with good cable channels.

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a view of the room from the entrance and there is a locked door to the adjacent room.  i pressed my ear on it and heard . . nothing.  i assume it’s sound-proofed?  lol!

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wireless internet worked very well and it was easy to make a connection.

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there is a safe and bath robe with extra towels and slippers.

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toilet and shower area, some toiletries and they have an installed hand-held bidet.

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i was too lazy to go out for dinner so i thought in room dining would be more preferable.   i ordered penne arrabbiata (is penne on tomato sauce, garlic, parsley and chili) and their b signature burger, made of char-grilled chicken patty (i don’t eat beef!) on a toasted bun with iceberg lettuce, pickles, tomato and grilled onions, topped with melted cheddar cheese.  it is served with french fires and coleslaw.  i had to force-feed myself to finish them, hehe.

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i had a restful sleep when i woke up the next day.  i freshened up and proceeded to have complimentary breakfast at their restaurant found at the ground floor, prime café.

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there are a few choices at the buffet but it was still fine.  i tried their spicy sardines which was quite nice.

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b hotel is part of the bellevue hotels and resorts, a filipino owned company.  it was personally, a very pleasant stay for me and would love to try their other properties too.

note: FYI this is NOT a SPONSORED stay.

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romulo cafe at azumi

there is this casual dining restaurant in azumi in alabang which i just found out because of my stay in the hotel.  it is one of the branches of romulo café, a restaurant that serves filipino comfort food and some uniquely flavored dishes.

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romulo café itself was inspired after mr. carlos romulo, a pulitzer-prize winning journalist and was also an ambassador to the united states (that’s just to name a few, check his wiki page for more!).  the restaurant is being managed by his grandchildren according to their website.

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a picture of him from the restaurant menu.

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a simple table setting and polypropolene monobloc chairs, all in black.

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i was dining alone but i craved for this “flying” tilapia when i saw it in the menu.

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deep-fried and was given “wings”, hehe! with three sauces – chili-garlic, honey-bagoong, and soy vinegar.

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also had some ginataang sigarillas with tinapawinged beans cooked in coconut milk and topped with smoked tinapa.

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for dessert, suman latik! three pieces in the shot glasses weren’t enough and i wanted more actually.

 

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the next day, my parents and siblings visited me at azumi hotel and i invited them for lunch in the same restaurant.  here’s the food that we shared.

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fried lumpia ubod  is fried heart-of-palm served with pinakurat vinegar.

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tinapa roll  is shredded tinapa with red eggs and tomatoes in a lumpia wrapper.

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meatless tortang talong is eggplant omelet cooked with minced tofu and onions.   

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lumpia hubad is steamed vegetables with two sauces (peanut sauce and garlic sauce).

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tuna sisig is gen san (general santos city) tuna belly cooked with sisig sauce   

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beef kaldereta with keso de bola chunks is stewing beef sautéed in olive oil and garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, then slow-cooked in tomato sauce and sprinkled with keso de bola .

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pasta pilipino  is spicy tuyo pasta with red eggs and fresh tomatoes.  this was my personal fave.

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pansit puti bihon noodles cooked in olive oil and garlic chips, with shrimp, chicken, green onions, and hard-boiled eggs.

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penne carbonara with vigan longganisa has rich creamy sauce with parmesan cheese, sprinkled with vigan longganisa .

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they have this cakes and tried their sans rival too – taste just average, i think too buttery.

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café romulo in azumi hotel is old-fashioned filipino comfort food at it’s best!  i’m satisfied with the food, the affordable pricing and their service.  will surely go back!

read my hotel review of azumi hotel: PROLLY AZUMI

 

prolly azumi

i was looking for a place to stay in madrigal business park, alabang for a few days and i read about in the internet this newly opened boutique type hotel, azumi.

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it was actually a very short walk from the training center where i had to attend a workshop which made it very convenient for me.

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this part of the hotel lobby is very chic-looking, almost the same kind of feel of midas hotel in pasay wherein they used hermes-ique orange boxes.

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coffee table books to entertain waiting guests.

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the reception (thumbs-up to “KATHY” for good customer service!).  i’ve read of negative reviews on their service but fortunately, i did not encountered any.).

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the hallway of the 8th floor.

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i was given a room at the corner most left side area of the 8th floor, 817.

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the room is spacious with wood laminate flooring.  the colors a mix of earth tones on the walls and furnishings, a burst of orange makes the room appealing to the eye.

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the work desk  area (no drawers!) and the flat tv with complete cable channels.

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i can suffer from compulsion at times.

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a signature notepad and pencil.

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i believe that you really do not need to get your linens changed everyday, it’s one way of doing a small part for our environment.

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another view of the room.

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built-in cabinets to dump in your whole wardrobe including yourself – literally, i can fit myself inside, haha!

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a sink with a water boiler and the fridge, also some bottled distilled water.  no complimentary coffee/sugar sachets or tea bags (the mentos dragees are mine!).

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coffee mugs, drinking glass and some cutlery.

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the emergency evacuation map – always think of your own safety!  i do orient myself on this stuff and my room was exactly beside the fire exit door.

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noticed the gray tile in the wall – i think it has a story to tell.

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this is ecocarat tile, a “breathing tile” made of natural raw materials specifically designed to absorb humidity, foul odors and harmful substances (from inquirer.net).

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it’s an interesting part of the room.

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the toilet and lavatory but i noticed the absence of a toilet roll holder and a bidet sprayer (other stuff all mine!).

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body wash, shampoo and a small bar of soap.  there was no dental kit but i brought my own, i always do anyway.

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they have american standard brand toilet fixtures and the floor in the shower stall can be very slippery when taking a shower so be extra careful.

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towels provided weren’t that fluffy but smelt clean.

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internet connection was flawless.  i never lost net connection on my whole stay.

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upon check-in, a stub was given to me for breakfast buffet at romulo café located at the ground floor of the establishment.  i also had dinner here which i will post separately.

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buffet was limited but okay offering the basic choices.

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i had some caesar salad with thousand island dressing and a piece of baguette with kesong puti (local white cheese).

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fish fillet in tausi  with red and green bell peppers which tasted fine in my palate, and some pancit canton.

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entrance to the infinity pool located at the penthouse.

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the infinity pool offers the view of the alabang skyline. too bad that the building infront of the hotel sort of ruined it.

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the pool is not manned by a lifeguard, and even if it is only 5ft. deep take utmost precautions specially for the kids.

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faux grass, no need to water!  too artificial, but looks good in pictures though.  i forgot to check if the potted plants were also fake.

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the penthouse suite – i guess if you want to spend some bucks for people ogling on you while you move about inside your room or sleep like english actress, tilda swinton in her performance art piece at the museum of modern art, this is one best suggestion!  but of course there are blinds installed to cover up,  when you realize that the exposure was enough, lol!

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my stay in azumi boutique hotel was satisfactory and they just need some little touch-ups in their rooms that i noticed.  customer service was fine, everyone seemed well-trained and courteous (they do treat locals and foreigners alike – some hotels don’t!). 

azumi means “safe residence” in japanese. 🙂