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Hotel Review: Crown Regency Hotel Makati

When I was in Boracay back in 2012 (I think), we were offered to be a member of Crown Regency Hotel, after listening to a one-on-one talk to their sales personnel we were convinced to be a member and we paid a reservation fee of 10,000 PHP/ 200 USD and will pay the remaining 400,000 PHP /  8,000 USD via cheque and payable for 3 years I think or 2, I honestly couldn't remember now. At first, we thought it was a good deal if we will be a member of Crown Regency, we get to have 10 hotel vouchers and can be used with their hotel partners also abroad. But after a few weeks when we were back here in Manila we feel like we will be wasting our 400,000 pesos just to be a member of a hotel? We could use that big amount of money in buying a property or something else. So we ended up wasting our 10,000 pesos reservation that the person we talked to wouldn't allow us to refund it. With all these hassles and unfortunate events I think the hotel is still a nice one and maybe it wasn't really for us to be a member/shareholder of this hotel. 

Crown Regency Hotel Makati is located in Aranaiz and just few walk away from Dusit Hotel, EDSA, SM Makati, Greenbelt and few good restaurants in the area. Hotel room is nice and clean with large bed, clean White sheets and a sink, microwave, en suite bathroom with hot and cold shower but the room size is a bit small for their biggest room type. Room Prices starts from 4,000 PHP to 6,500 PHP per night with free buffet breakfast in their in-house cafe/restaurant. 

It's good that every floor at the hotel there is a common sitting area right in front of the lift. 

I find this hotel old and needs to be renovated especially its interiors and designs especially. It's so outdated and floor tiles needs to be carpeted to look more hotel interiors.  I feel like their room prices is way too much for the kind of room size and look of the hotel. This may be a good alternative for stay especially for businessman who needs a place to sleep when they have a conference in Makati area. 

Hotel Review: Crown Regency Hotel Makati

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Celebrating Birthdays in Crimson Hotel Alabang

I live in the south of Metro Manila where we only have a few good hotels to choose from and one of the hotels I've been wanting to try is Crimson Hotel in Alabang. Situated in front of Festival Supermall Alabang, a 3-minute walk from the Muntinlupa Fire Department, Alabang Market, and South Bus Station. Last weekend, my family and I celebrated my mom's and sister's birthday by having a relaxing weekend staycation at this hotel. A bad weather will not ruin our staycation and mood for celebrating their birthdays. My mom turned 63 and my youngest sister turned 27 by the way.

The hotel floor starts from the 8th floor to 28th floor. Level 3-5 is the parking area and level 8th is where the lobby is located, 8th Cafe, swimming pool, and gym as well. Our room is located on the 19th floor where the pool is overlooking, Laguna de Bay and a mountain in Rizal (which until now I cannot find it on google, poor me, lol).

Upon booking my room via Traveloka app which by the way I got my room with 40% off discount so I just paid our Deluxe room for only 2.500 PHP / 50 USD with no breakfast. After booking our hotel room I immediately called the hotel to request for a 2 bed. It's best to always call the hotel reservations after booking a room especially when you booked it in a hotel app. 

Room Prices starts from 4,000 PHP / 80 USD  to 9,000 PHP / 180 USD per night. They also have a nice restaurant 8 Cafe which offers a variety of food (buffet). 

Out room has 2 double bed, a sitting area with a floor lamp, a large tv, ensuite bathroom, and a nice view at the 19th floor. 

We had dinner in one of the restaurants in Festival Mall. We just walked from the hotel to the mall which is about 5-minute walk only. There are tons of restaurants in Festival Mall to choose and as usual, you can shop till you drop there, lol. 

It was a nice and relaxing weekend, we all enjoyed our stay here, and we celebrated 2 of the most important women in my life - my momma and my sister. Happy Birthday you both! Love you!

Celebrating Birthdays in Crimson Hotel Alabang

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Posh Living in BGC: Ascott Hotel

Bonifacio Global City or The Fort (also known as) is one of the busiest and urban cities in Metro Manila. Housing Big Companies offices, posh restaurants, clubs, and luxury residences and hotels. Before the tall buildings stand here, before those luxury brands built here, Bonifacio Global is the home of Fort Bonifacio, where Philippine army also situated, their base camp and some underground tunnels. I remember coming here back in high school where we attended our CAT (military training) on their huge field and this is where I had the first hand with a real gun and rifle - where I learned to dismantle a rifle. Fast forward, now all the streets of The Fort are filled with buildings and posh establishments. 

Ascott has another branch of their luxury residences and hotel here in BGC and has multiple rooms to choose from.

- 75 studio apartment
- 55 1bedroom executive
- 20 1bedroom premier
- 13 2bedroom executive
- 2  2bedroom premier
- 14 3bedroom executive
- 1 3bedroom premier

Hotel Amenities sand Services:

Alta Restaurant - located on the 2nd floor
Business Offices - located on the 8th floor
(located on the 7th floor:)
Sauna Room
Swimming Pool
Children's Playroom
Meeting Rooms
Rooms Service
Airport Transfer 
Secretarial Services
Laundry (optional)
Baby Sitting (optional)

Ascott is best for expat staying in the Philippines for a month or more. They have all the amenities that a hotel has and an apartment can offer you. Comfy bed, sitting are with a nice sofa/couch, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and a nice bathroom. Room prices from 8,000 PHP /  160USD to 21,000 PHP / 420 USD pe night. They also have a monthly option for longer stays. 

If you get bored in your hotel room, I suggest visiting the Venice Piazza Mall in Mckinley. For us Filipinos who has never been to Venice Italy we don't know if this is an exact replica of the Piazza but as per my Italian friends and colleagues, they thought I was in Venice (minus the building) when I posted this picture on my Instagram account - @ILOVEPAARS. 

You can dine in here and you can choose from their various posh restaurants in the area, though they have the local favorites like Chowking, Jollibee, and McDonalds. You can also shop clothes and shoes here (of course it's a mall after all, lol). 

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Posh Living in BGC: Ascott Hotel

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3 Reasons Why Gardenia is a Pocket Full of Fun Sandwich

Being a mom is never easy, dealing with my pre-schooler is tough. Getting up at early in the morning,  making her breakfast, bathing her and even making her school 'on'/snacks is what I deal every single day. My kid loves cookies, chocolates and sometimes chips and her favorite school snack is something sweet. Recently, I discovered a new product of Gardenia that my kid will surely enjoy - a packed sandwich that 2 of my kids fave are the flavors. Aside from that, it is made from a trusted bread company in the Philippines.

Here are my top 3 reasons why Gardenia Sandwich is a Pocket Full of Fun:

1. It has 2 flavors to choose from.
- Chocolate and Peanut Butter

2. Available in all supermarkets nationwide

3. Very affordable and you can carry it anywhere
- For only 15 pesos each pack your kid will enjoy their sandwich like never before. It is the perfect baon for my preschooler kid and best for our kid's children's party as well. 

Not only it has delicious flavors but it is also enriched with vitamins and moms are sure that their kids are eating a freshly baked sandwich, so, head over to your favorite supermarket and grab your own Gardenia Pocket Sandwich. 

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3 Reasons why Gardenia is a Pocket Full of Fun Sandwich

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Herald Suites Solana Makati

Herald Suites Solana is their second branch in Makati. A hotel with 40 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Located at 2914 Finlandia corner Einstein Street Makati City, Philippines. Room types are Superior for 5,000 PHP, Deluxe for 6,000 PHP, Junior Suite for 7,000 PHP, Executive Suite for 8,000 PHP and Presidential Suite for 10,000 PHP/night with free buffet breakfast in their in-house restaurant. 

*These prices are their published rates. 

All rooms is equipped with electronic card lock system, personal fridge with mini bar, cable tv, coffee and tea making facilities, NDD/ID telephone, WIFI Internet access, safety deposit box, room service and ensuite bathroom with bathtub. 

If you traveling with your family and with kids, I suggest booking a Deluxe Room here. It's the biggest room with living room and King bed. This room is also best for couples who are getting married - Bride's Room (on a budget). It's very spacious and you photographers and entourage could all fit in int his room for preparation of your big day. 

Hotel services:

- Foreign currency
- Laundry and valet
- Transportation services
- Cafe Mondo
- Roof Deck Pool
- Gym
- Sauna
- Massage services

 How to get to the hotel from Manila International Airport:

- Commuting to Makai is easy breezy, take an UBER/Grab car from the airport and fare would be around 200 PHP / 4 USD (depending on the traffic).
- on a budget? take a jeepney from Manila airport going to Baclaran, drop off to Baclaran Church and ride a bus going to AYALA/Taft Buendia, tell the bus conductor to drop you off to DIAN Makati. Drop off to BDO Dian and walk towards Finlandia corner Einstein street and you will see the hotel on the left side.

Jeepney fare is 8PHP / .16USD
Bus fare is 14-16PHP / .32USD

Herald Suites Solana Makati

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Affordable Stay Around Rockwell Makati: Palm Rock Residences

Palm Rock Residences is situated in the residential neighborhood of Poblacion Makati City. Right in front of this hotel is St. Paul Makati so if you went outside the hotel you will hear those girls screaming (maybe when the teacher is out of the classroom, lol). The place is really quiet but you might have a hard time finding a place to eat in a decent restaurant. You have to walk to the other street like near A. Venue Mall or Rockwell Powerplant Mall which is about 10-12 minute walk from Palm Rock Residences. There are some Korean and Japanese Restaurant on the other street near Makati Junction Hotel. But if you are looking for a cheap food there's one house selling home cooked meals for a very affordable price. 

Deluxe Published room rates is 5,000 PHP / 102 USD but if you will book a room via hotel apps or website you will get a much cheaper deal like more than 50% off. 

All rooms have a/c, LED TV, ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower and a complimentary plated breakfast for two people. A cabinet for keeping your things and clothes especially if you decided to stay here longer than 3 nights. The hotel offers monthly rates for 45,000 PHP / 918 USD exclusive of electricity and water. However, you can call the hotel and ask for a discount at +632-8820123.

Other hotel room amenities are personal fridge, coffee table and chair, coffee and tea maker, and telephone.

Getting to Palm Rock Residences from Manila International Aiport:

- Ride an UBER, Grab taxi and head to Palm Rock Residences (fare will most likely be around 200 PHP / 4 USD only.

Affordable Stay Around Rockwell Makati: Palm Rock Residences

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Am I Inside a Cruise Ship at Green Sun Hotel Makati

Green Sun Hotel is located at Chini Roces Extention Makati City. One of the newest hotel near Pasay and Manila Airport. Another alternative hotel for travelers staying here in Manila who wants to stay around the metro and near the airport. The standard room costs 3,500 PHP / 71 USD for published rate rooms. This is per night and good for 2 persons with buffet continental breakfast. For non-hotel guests, they can avail the buffet breakfast for 299 PHP only. They have bread, fruits and salad section and a few Italian pasta, Filipino food like Cebu sausages and porridge, and fish meals.

Standard Queen has a window view (small window), a seating chair at the mirror and beside the bed. 

Standard twin does not have a window view and even their Executive room. Which I find it claustrophobic at times. But all rooms has enough space (not too spacious, just enough). All rooms have clean and crisp bed linens and ensuite bathroom that looks like you are on an airplane or cruise ship. According to their staff, all rooms are designed to have an airplane/ship bathroom or toilet style. 

Getting to Green Sun Hotel from Manila International Airport:

- Take a cab, UBER or Grab a taxi for more convenient especially if you are traveling with luggage and kids with you.
- For solo traveler or backpacker, I suggest in taking the jeepney from the airport going to MRT Taft. Buy train ticket going to Magallanes Station and drop off at that train station. Go down the station and walk towards Alpha Land Building, beside the building find any jeepney going to Chino Roces Extention or with a signage Ecoplaza and let the driver know to drop you off outside Green Sun Hotel. 

Am I Inside a Cruise Ship at Green Sun Hotel Makati

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Vintage Hotel in the heart of Pasay City: The Henry Hotel Manila

Henry Hotel Manila opened 2014 and this was an old house by the owner (which the staff did not disclose). When the owner decided to have a hotel, they build another structure and now they have 29 Classic or Standard room, 4 Suite rooms, and 1 owners suite. Henry Hotel Manila is just 6 kilometers away from Manila Airport and the owner's friend designed the interior of the hotel. The renowned interior designer - Eric Paras is the man behind the lovely vintage yet hip hotel. The hotel has a mid-century furnishings with the modern hotel facilities and amenities. 

All rooms are non-smoking so you have to get out of your room is you want to light up a cigarette. The hotel has a huge garden area, just beside the pool where you can have your morning coffee or cigarette time. 

The pool is open and free of use for hotel guests. 

Ample parking space for hotel guests who are bringing their card with them. Also, the hotel is open for a wedding reception and you can book the whole hotel for your special day with your future spouse for 350,000 PHP / 7,142 USD. 

This includes:
- Overnight stay with breakfast for 68 persons which are a total of 34 rooms. 
- Reception at The Lawn for 4 hours
- Buffet dining for 80 persons at Apartment 1B
- Basic tables and chairs set up
- Basic sound system and projector for 4 hours

For other wedding, promos visit their website at

The hotel also has their own gift shop, when I was here a few days ago, I see a lot of foreign travelers and family staying here so having an in-house shop is easier for them to buy gifts back at their home country. 

Standard / Classic room is a bit small as to compare with another hotel with the same price as the Henry Hotel. The room costs around 6,000 PHP / 12 USD per night for two persons with free breakfast. 

I love the home feel at The Henry Hotel. Right outside your room, you will see the garden and pool area which gives more relaxing stay. 

They have a branch outside Manila, in Cebu that has a rustic European style with a touch of industrial design. Both are a unique hotel that every travelers and family on vacation with truly love. 

Vintage Hotel in the heart of Pasay City: The Henry Hotel Manila

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Stay with Elegance at Hotel Celeste

Hotel Celeste has been in the hotel business for more than 15 years now and the hotel is situated and accessible both in Arnaiz and Makati Avenue.It has 25 Deluxe rooms and 2 Suites will distinct room designs and all has a European interior. 

Hotel Celeste is also near embassy like Australian and New Zealand embassy. Walking distance from EDSA Ayala MRT Station and even to big shopping malls in Makati like SM, Greenbelt and luxury restaurants and boutiques in Makati City.

Published room rate starts from 9,900 PHP / 202 USD to 12,900 PHP / 263 USD per night for two persons with buffet breakfast in their in-house restaurant. You can book via their website and other booking apps to get discounted rate. 

This Deluxe room is good for single or double occupancy. Upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and also comes with a welcome foot and leg massage at 3 in the afternoon until 10 in the evening. Also, has a free wifi access at the hotel. A maximum of 3 adults in their Deluxe room can be accommodated and 4 adults in a Suite room. 

They also give discounts to senior citizen given that you will book your hotel room at a published rate and ID should be presented upon check in. 

Comfy bed, spacious room and elegance are what I love most here and this gives you a total relaxation even for a night of your stay.

How to get to Hotel Celeste from Manila Airport:

- Via commute, take a jeepney from Manila Airport Terminal 3 going to MRT Taft Station. Buy a ticket at the MRT station going to AYALA Station. Drop off to Ayala Station and walk towards Arnaiz Avenue. It's about 10-minute walk from the MRT station only. 

Stay with Elegance at Hotel Celeste

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Citadines Hotel Makati: Condo Living in the Business District in Manila

Citadines Salcedo Makati is one of a premier collection of The Ascott Limited's serviced residences in over 100 cities across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region. This is the first Citadines in the Philippines, a service residence with 215 units - studio unit queen, studio twin, studio premier, one bedroom deluxe, one bedroom premier, two bedrooms deluxe, two bedroom premier. The hotel also accepts 1-month stay or longer. For pricing please contact reservations at +632-5503200.

This gives us travelers and staycation lovers that whenever we stay in Citadines or any of the Ascott Hotel will give us luxury and top notch hotel assistance by their hotel staff. 

Studio room cost PHP5,000 / 102 USD per night with buffet breakfast for two, free use of pool and gym. The room is equipped with alarm clock radio, ensuite bathroom with complete toiletries, fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, cooker hob and hood, glassware, cutlery, and utensils. Hair dryer, home entertainment system with TV with digital cable channels and DVD player. Iron and ironing board, telephone with IDD, washing machine with dryer (in selected residences) and wireless internet connection. 

I'm a sucker for hotel staycation yet I have never tried the hotel's gym even if I will stay for 2 nights in any hotel that has a gym equipment. Now you all know why I'm still fat, lol!

The only amenities I always enjoy especially my kid is the hotel's swimming pool!

For travelers, a solo backpacker who wants the comfort of a home with hotel amenities and services, book a room here in Citadines Salcedo Makati.

Citadines Hotel Makati: Condo Living in the Business District in Manila

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