Another year will come to pass, and 2015 has been generous to us in terms of the countless things we’ve achieved all throughout the year. One of those things is the opportunity to travel and stay in different types of hotels, from standard to premium, to the regular to posh, and lucrative hotels we all been dreaming of.
So here’s our quick hotel recommendations and what’s not that you should look forward to, in 2016.
Widus Hotel & Casino
Widus Hotel & Casino is a premier one-stop leisure destination in Clark Freeport Zone, which is about one hour and forty-five minutes to two-hours drive that has a 5-Star level comparison with hotel in Metro Manila.
Widus Hotel and Casino offers Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Executive Suite, Junior Suite, Family Junior Suite, One Bedroom Suite, and Presidential Suite.
Rates are quite high but it wont matter considering it has a good location for your other daytime trips within Clark in Pampanga.
Check out When In Manila‘s 5 Top Reasons Why You Should Visit the Widus Hotel & Casino.
Green Canyon Resort
Green Canyon Resort is a haven of lush and greens that is located in San Vicente Road, Clark Special Economic Zone. It’s quite a paradise for nature-loving guests who come in at Green Canyon Resort. Green Canyon Resort reminds us of Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa in Antipolo. Both offers a perfect place for outdoor activities and relaxing quality time for visitors.
Green Canyon Resort offers Standard room with breakfast, Upgraded standard room with breakfast, Deluxe 2 bedroom with breakfast for 2, Upgraded deluxe with breakfast for 2, Suite (couple room), Group suite, Grand Loft, Grand Suite, and Presidential rooms at affordable rates.
Check out Azrael’s Merryland blog to get a glimpse of Green Canyon Resort.
When GrabTaxi launched its mobile service app in Iloilo, we were there to cover it. We stayed at Injap Tower for 2 days, enjoying its boutique type service.
Injap Tower is conveniently located at the fast rising CBD of Iloilo City. It’s right in front of SM City Iloilo and you wont get lost once you’re there.
Exploring Iloilo should be extended for those really want to discover a lot of beautiful things in this city. We were just lucky that we never miss out trying the famous La Paz Batchoy at Deco.
Here’s Elifestylemanila’s blog why Iloilo City is the City of Love.
Injap Tower offers affordable and minimalist type of room designs that guest will love. Each rooms has:
- 21-square meter rooms
- Air conditioned
- Two Beds (1 queen size and 1 standard bed)
- Kitchen sink with microwave and mini ref
- Telephone and 46” LED cable TV
- Wi-fi internet access
Coco Grove Beach Resort
When in Siquijor, Coco Grove Beach Resort is truly one of the best and ideal destination to spend vacations and travel journey. Coco Grove Beach Resort is as magical as the island is known for. Siquijor Island is one hour and a half away from Dumaguete port and Coco Grove Beach Resort has 800 meters of pure white sandy beach shoreline that can accommodate guests with their 91 rooms for couples, families and groups. Coco Grove Beach Resort offers complete relaxation and rejuvenation.
Mommywrites blogs her experience in Coco Grove Beach Resort here.
COCO GROVE BEACH RESORT
Holiday Inn Manila Galleria
Holiday Inn Manila Galleria is one of the best mid-range hotels that we’ve been in 2015. Thanks to the equally accommodating staff, we booked and check-in at one of the 2 Twin Premiere Non-Smoking room for an overnight stay experience as we celebrated Father’s Day last June.
Holiday Inn Manila Galleria has 285 deluxe room & suites with comfortable signature beds, premium bedding & choice of soft & firm pillows. The rooms provide premium amenities such as high speed Wi-Fi Internet, 32” LCD TV, complimentary coffee & tea & mini bar.
Rates are affordable especially if you’ll book with HotelQuickly. Click our code JMANI6 to REDEEM YOUR FREE HOTELQUICKLY PHP 600 CREDIT.
Location is also not a problem because it’s very much accessible to different commercial and leisure establishments. Robinsons Galleria is just right next door building while SM Megamall, St. Francis Square, The Podium, Tiendesitas, Greenhills Shopping Center, and EDSA Shangri-La are 10-15 minutes away from Holiday Inn Manila Galleria – if there is no heavy traffic within the area.
Check out our Holiday Inn Manila Galleria blog.
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Since we’ve mentioned, HotelQuickly, a perfect last-minute mobile booking app for your hotel reservations, we also wanted to share with you our experience at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.
It’s not our first time to stay at a Crowne Plaza property. We’ve been to Crowne Plaza West Hanoi in Vietnam during one of our out of the country trips last year. Our fascination with Crowne Plaza started there and that’s why we aimed on staying at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, to compare and enjoy this premier hotel.
We’re not disappointed at all and if there’ll be another chance, we’ll be back in this hotel.
More from our Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria experience here.
Crown Legacy Hotel
It’s not all sweet and lovely stay, as per our hotel experiences are concern. Once in a while there are places that aren’t what it seems when you first look at it. Especially when you’re talking about expectations versus reality.
Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio has a marvelous facade and a big structure that will be perfect for your ultimate Baguio escapade. Interestingly though, this European-inspired hotel is ranked among the 3-star hotels in Baguio City.
Maybe. But that’s not what we’ve experienced during our stay in this hotel. Best rates, maybe. The rooms are big but the service and food is quite not amusing.
Compare it to Hotel Elizabeth and Azalea Residences, we’ll vote for the two instead of Crown Legacy.
Here’s a fearless review of Crown Legacy from Earthlingorgeous.com.
Quite and unexpectedly, ESL Resort, a private pool resort in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas was something worth to have your overnight stay when in this area. Traveling could be exhausting considering it will take you 3 hours the least to get here if you’re coming from Manila. But the precious experience of staying at ESL Resort is a win.
With quiet surroundings and fronting Taal Lake, ESL Resort is perfect for guests who are looking for a place that’s not polluted with too much noise. You can either have your soul-searching by walking the neighborhood or just simply enjoy the pool at ESL Resort.
Here’s what we did during our stay at ESL Resort.
Midas Hotel & Casino
Situated along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay, Midas Hotel & Casino was formerly known as Hyatt Regency Manila that offers vibrant stay for overnight accommodation, Deluxe, Executive, and Presidential Suites to guests coming in.
Each room at Midas Hotel & Casino in Pasay is lavished in comfort and luxury. They showcase truly upscale amenities, including Egyptian cotton bed linen, a connectivity/multimedia panel with US, 3-way combination showerhead plus bathtub, and private balcony with view of the Manila Bay sunset and cityscape.
We’ve never been to experience the awesome accommodation of Midas Hotel & Casino, so we’ll just let CamSurStayStray feed you with their Midas experience.
Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
One of the highly-anticipated grand hotel opening of the year was Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. It opened its door this November and we were supposedly to join a group for its welcome invitation to try out the overnight stay at Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to join the group during the soft opening.
On their website, it says that “it has 281 rooms divided into 3 types: Deluxe Single Room, Deluxe Twin Room, and Suite, all of which are set in a modern, minimalist style. The neutral and earth-tone colors used in each accommodation promote a peaceful atmosphere conducive to relaxation so you can attend conventions, shop, or go about the city in your best condition. The rooms also have beds with chiropractor-approved mattresses, desk and seating area, LED TV, iPod docking station, mini-bar, and coffee/tea making facilities.”
We checked online the availability and pricing of rooms and we’re glad to know that they offer low rates as well. Available rooms included are Superior Room, Deluxe King, Deluxe Twin, and Suite.
Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila is located at Oceanaire Bldg., CBP D. Macapagal, Sunrise Dr, Pasay City.
Best Western Plus Subic
Best Western Plus Subic is the very first branded midscale hotel in Subic, approximately 100km north of Manila. The brand new building has the feel of contemporary style and offers 77 midscale rooms, all featuring flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, and complimentary Wi-Fi. It’s also the 7th Best Western brand in the Philippines.
Best Western Plus Subic also offers range of facilities for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel boasts of a gym, infinity pool, and function rooms for meetings and special occasions.
For visitors, Best Western Plus is strategically located near shopping malls and corporate business offices within Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It’s also near from the popular Ocean Adventure theme park for the whole family to enjoy.
Yup. The motel known for quickie accommodation. But as you might be surprised, Hotel Sogo is not just for the 2-3 hours fun and loving love hotel for couples.
We have been a patron of Hotel Sogo for many times now and believe it or not, we book our stay whenever we need a very affordable place to stay when we have an early flight schedules or out-of-town trips.
Not only it’s economical but there are plenty of Hotel Sogo branches to choose from, especially near airport terminals.
If you also care to know, Hotel Sogo is also trying to rebrand as a wholesome family hotel, a feat that’s challenging for them to accomplish. At least they’re trying.
Amax Inn Makati
Conveniently located in the busy area in Makati, Amax Inn Makati is another choice for affordable and budget-friendly hotel that can accommodate guests with their 42 rooms varying from Single Room, Studio Room, Large Family, Single Deluxe, Premier, Studio Deluxe Room, and Studio Premier Room at lowest rates possible.
Basic amenities like bath and shower essentials, bath tub, LED TV, air-con, telephone, kettle, and complementary snacks aside from the mini-bar are available inside each rooms. Amax Inn Makati also offers Rooms w/o Breakfast with Daily and Weekly Room Rates available upon checking-in.
Check out other details of Amax Inn Makati on this article.
Red Planet Amorsolo
One of the value-for-money hotels that we really follow is the Red Planet Hotels brand. Ever since we’ve discovered the brand, we rely on them for future bookings because of the affordable yet wonderful services that they offer. They may not be the kind of mid-range or premier hotels you’re looking for, but the value-for-money service is really worth it.
We booked our Red Planet Amorsolo a couple of days back and we had it as our last-minute resort so we can spend the night at 12 Monkeys without worrying of going home late. We booked thru HotelQuickly, thanks to our accumulated credits, we paid the remaining balance via PayPal.
Rooms at Red Planet Hotels are almost identical and they come with all the room features just like in any other hotels, except breakfast.
The Peninsula Manila
Back in July (or was that in August?), we won one of the grand prize from an event and that prize was a gift certificate for a 3D/2N stay for two at the Premier Suite of The Peninsula Manila. Valued at PhP 36,000+++, a lot of our friends were anxious asking us when we’ll be reserving this grand staycation.
As you all know, The Peninsula Manila is a 5-star hotel in Ayala, Makati. Owned by Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., The Peninsula Manila is the first hotel chain of The Peninsula Hotels outside of the Chinese territory. It’s where the historic Manila Peninsula Siege happened to be in 2007.
It’s an 11-storey hotel with 497 rooms, 46 suites, and 7 restaurants.
Running close to its expiration date, we decided to book the dates Dec. 9-11, 2015 for our hotel stay.
It was a fabulous and elegant hotel experience from dining, amenities, service, and room accommodation.
We reserved the dates in advance and when we got there to check-in, the room was already prepared for us. Wi-Fi service is generous from room to the lobby and up to Escolta restaurant where we had dinner and breakfast. Since we were outside covering events during the day, we had our lunch in Glorietta and Greenbelt area.
Here’s another hotel review from Mommywrites and she’s sharing her The Peninsula Manila Mother’s Day experience.
The Peninsula Manila staycation is the ultimate hotel experience for us this 2015. We’ve enjoyed every minute of it and who knows, we might come back here for next year.
Last-minute Hotel Bookings
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