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Hotel Review: Icon Hotel Timog

Finding a hard time looking for an affordable yet clean hotel around Quezon City? Hostel and Cheap Hotels are your best choice if you are a traveler on a budget. Hostels are your best choice but if you want hotel facilities like en-suite bathroom and in-house restaurant then I suggest book a room in an affordable hotel like Icon Hotel in Timog. 

Room Type and Pricing:

Premium - 2,750 PHP / 55 USD per night for 2 pax
Deluxe - 3,000 PHP / 60 USD per night for 2 pax
Icon Suite 1 - 3,500 PHP / 70 USD per night for 2 pax
Icon Suite 2 - 3,750 PHP / 75 USD per night for 3 pax

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold shower, 2 bottled water, personal fridge, cabinet, cabled tv, telephone and come with a free buffet breakfast and WIFI access. Some rooms have a FREE international call (selected rooms). Access to swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath and access to hotel movie theater. 

If you do not like the food choices at the Icon Hotel's in-house restaurant, you have a lot of restaurants, pizza parlors and a local restaurant to choose from. 

Pizza Parlors around Icon Hotel:

Yellow Cab Pizza - located beside Petron Timog just beside Icon Hotel
Shakey's Pizza - few meters away from the hotel
Papa John Pizza - just beside Yellow Cab Pizza

Other Restaurants/Local Food and Establishment:

Mercury Drugstore
Petron Gasoline Station
Luxent Hotel (in front of Icon Hotel)

For inquiries and other info visit

Hotel Review: Icon Hotel Timog

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Simple and Oriental feel at Jinjiang Inn Ortigas

Jinjiang Inn Ortigas is another branch of this hotel in Makati. Opened the year 2014 that gives a simple, comfortable ambiance. Wooden floors, simple white painted room, and lobby will welcome you. 

Hotel Services and Facilities:

Meeting Rooms
Business Centers
Car Rental
Parking Space
Laundry Service
Luggage Storage
Housekeeping Services
Five Spice Restaurant 

Room Categories:

Business Room
Business Suite
Triple Room
Business Twin Room

Room Prices from 2,500 PHP / 50 USD to 5,000 PHP / 100 USD per night with free buffet breakfast and free access to WIFI.

Business Suite is the largest room category in Jinjiang Inn Ortigas with 1 queen bed, separate living room with one cable tv in the living room and bedroom. All room category has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower, air conditioning, coffee and tea maker, personal fridge, cabled tv, telephone and welcome 2 bottled water. 

Jinjiang Makati and Ortigas both have an oriental and simple design in all hotel floors - from the lobby to the hotel rooms. This gives hotel guests a home-feel ambiance that some travelers want. I love hotel staycations and personally, I do not like a simple and oriental ambiance of a hotel, I want that hotel-feel / luxury feel in my hotel room. Tiled / Wooden floors are not advisable if staying with small kids. They tend to run and roam around so when the floor is wet accidents is most likely possible so I strongly suggest on keeping the floors clean and dry for the safety of our little angels. 

If you forgot to bring your tablet or laptop, you can use these computer for free especially if you need to check your emails. 

Five Spice Restaurant is Jinjiang Inn's in-house restaurant. They serve buffet breakfast daily and you can order ala carte meal during lunch and dinner as well. 

For hotel promos and other info visits

Simple and Oriental feel at Jinjiang Inn Ortigas

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Practical Travelers Choice: Sequoia Hotel

Quezon City is the most populated city in Metro Manila and it one of the most urbanized in National Capital Region. Housing two of the leading Television Company in the Philippines - ABS-CBN and GMA Network. House of Representatives can also be found here. 

Reputable School in the Philippines is also found in Quezon City.

- University of the Philippines
- Ateneo de Manila University
- New Era University
- Technological Institute of the Philippines
- Far Eastern University - Diliman
- AMA Computer University

One of the Philippines President Manuel L. Quezon has a memorial here - The Quezon Memorial Circle is a national park and shrine. The remains of the second Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon is in his mausoleum here in Quezon Memorial Circle and his late wife Aurora Quezon. 

Numerous hotels are also found here in Quezon City. By Land, QC is the largest among the city on Metro Manila so expect heavy traffic in the streets of Quezon City, however, public transportation is not a problem here so going to/from your hotel is easy breezy. 

Sequoia Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Quezon City, with 140+ rooms that offer a warm and cozy ambiance that surely you will enjoy your stay whether you're on a business trip or just having a staycation with your partner, friends or family. Because Quezon City is the Lifestyle District in Metro Manila, shopping malls, restaurants, cafe, clubs are all easy to access from the hotel. 

Room Type:

Standard - 3,500 PHP / 70 USD per night for 2 pax
Superior - 3,800 PHP / 76 USD per night for 2 pax
Superior with Balcony - 3,950 PHP / 79 USD per night for 2 pax
Deluxe - 4,100 PHP / 82 USD per nigth for 2 pax
Superior Deluxe - 4,400 PHP / 88 USD per night for 2 pax

All rooms have free access to WIFI, buffet breakfast for two, welcome bottled water, fridge, ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower, cabled tv, and telephone. Children below 12-year-old are free given that they are bed sharing with parents. 

Right outside Sequoia Hotel is Style Hub Salon and their in-house restaurant - Ombu Modern Filipino restaurant. 

Few meters walk is Music 21 - one of the most popular family karaoke bar in the Philippines. So, if you are staying in Sequoia Hotel with friends then Music 21 is one of the best place to chill and enjoy your night with beer while singing your favorite songs with private rooms. 

For other room packages like weddings and other occasions visit

Practical Travelers Choice: Sequoia Hotel 

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Skyscraper View in Malayan Plaza Ortigas

Aside from Makati where you can find tall buildings and condominiums, Ortigas Center is home to many skyscraper building where big Philippines companies houses and even International companies. Shopping Malls, office, and condominiums are all found here. It is the second important business district in the Metro Manila, Philippines. San Miguel Corporation, Banco De Oro, Asian Development Bank, Jollibee Corporation are only a few big company offices residing here. 

Living in Pasig or nearby areas and looking for a good school for you kid? Here are the few good schools in Ortigas:

- Saint Paul Pasig
- Saint Pedro Poveda College
- University of Asia and the Pacific
- Ateneo School of Medicine
- Lourdes School of Mandaluyong

These skyscrapers in Ortigas are offices, condominiums, and hotels. One of these is the Malayan Plaza Ortigas. With 35 floors housing residential and hotel rooms. Their lobby doesn't look like a posh hotel like some in Makati and Manila, it does looks like an office lobby though. 

Room Categories:

Studio Twin Deluxe - accommodates 2 persons
One Bedroom Deluxe - accommodates 2 persons
Studio Triple Deluxe - accommodates 3 persons
One Bedroom Premier - accommodates 4 persons
Two Bedroom Superior - accommodates 4 persons

Room prices from 2,800 PHP / 56 USD to 5,200 PHP / 104 USD per night with free buffet breakfast, access to free WIFI, free use of the pool, gym, playroom for kids, daily newspaper and welcome bottled water. 

One Bedroom and Two Bedroom has a kitchenette with cooking facilities, fridge, a separate living room and dining area from the bedroom. 

Studio Deluxe also has a kitchenette. All rooms have a/c, fridge, ensuite bathroom, cabled tv, telephone and office table. Slippers, dental kit, and other toiletries except for shampoo, soap, and liquid bath soap are all for request with no extra charge. If you want in-room massage just call the reception and ask for a massage therapist. 

First time to see a hotel room with a walk-in closet. Even posh hotels like Ascott, and Diamond does not have a walk in closet. 

A separate living room and dining room to accommodate your friends for a beer night and hours of catching up. 

You can also cook inside you One/Two Bedroom Deluxe Room, just call the reception/housekeeping to request for pots and kitchen utensils. 

Bedroom apartments have balcony access to see these skyscrapers. I can see here BDO building from here.

Traveling with kids? Malayan Plaza have kids play room where they could also enjoy while staying here in the hotel. 

Adult and Kiddie pool can also be enjoyed by hotel guests. Cafe/Restaurant is also located here on the 33rd floor where the pool, gym, playroom are all located. For hotel room promos visit

Skyscraper View in Malayan Plaza Ortigas

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Hotel Review: Jinjiang Inn Makati

Makati is the best place to stay when you have a layover in Manila, so many hotels to choose from, shopping malls are just a few minutes walk, public transportation is easy to access like bus and MRT. Jinjiang Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Arnaiz Makati and just a few minutes walk from Greenbelt and Landmark Shopping Mall. Offering room prices from 3,000 PHP to 6,000 PHP per night with free buffet breakfast for two persons. They have Business King/Twin room and 1 Bedroom to choose from. 

Upon entering the lobby, you will know that this hotel is a Chinese-owned establishment, you will immediately see it at their in-house restaurant and some pieces of furniture in the lobby and even in all their bedrooms. 

Hotel Services:

- Airport Transfer
- Restaurant
- Laundry Service
- Smoking Area (Yes!, lol)
- Safety deposit box
- Convenient Store

All rooms have a/c, comfy bed with nice bed sheets, satellite/cable tv, telephone, ensuite bathroom with complete toiletries and slippers. 

Jinjiang Inn offers inimalist and simple room yet gives you comfortable sleep, stay and home-feel vibe which personally I like. I like the wooden-like tile floors that give more Asian style. If I am staying with my kid, I would prefer hotel rooms with carpeted floor, kids tend to run and get so hyper so this tiled floor is not kid-friendly especially when they get our of the shower and they are all wet, tiled floors are slippery. So a family with kids staying here should be extra careful. 

The bathroom is what I love the most - it has a zen feel that you would want to take a 1-hour shower to de-stress, lol. Jinjiang Inn is a good hotel to stay for business travelers who want comfort and easy access to public transportation and near to most establishments in Makati. 

Hotel Review: Jinjiang Inn Makati

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Makati Condo Living: Somerset Olympia Makati

Somerset Serviced Apartment is under the same management of Ascott Hotel. They are both offering luxury, utmost comfortable condo living in the metro. Somerset has 5 branches here in Manila and 1 in Cebu. Not just here in the Philippines they have but all around the world.

Asia Pacific:

Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. 


Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom

Middle East:

Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE

Room Categories:

Studio Executive
- has 64 rooms with King sized or twin beds to choose from.
- 26 to 26sqm

1 Bedroom Deluxe
- has 23 rooms with King size bed and separate living and dining area.
- 54 to 57 sqm 

1 Bedroom Executive
- has 37 rooms with King sized bed
- 57 to 72 sqm

1 Bedroom Premier
- has 8 rooms with King sized bed
- 67 to 90 sqm

2 Bedroom Deluxe
- with 11 rooms with King sized bed and twin beds
- accommodates 4 persons
- 90 sqm

2 Bedroom Premier
- 6 rooms with King sized bed and twin beds
- 145 to 172 sqm

Somerset Olympia is located few minutes walk from Greenbelt, Ayala Triangle and Ayala and Makati Ave - the central business district here in Manila. 

Getting to the hotel from Manila Airport:

- take an UBER/GRAB
- cheaper commute, take a jeepney going to MRT and drop off to TAFT MRT Station. Train fare is 15 PHP only going to AYALA Station. From AYALA MRT Station walk towards Makati Ave - 15-minute walk and you will see Somerset Olympia beside AYALA Triangle. 

Room Prices ranging from 5,300 PHP / 106 USD to 10,600 PHP / 212 USD per night with free breakfast and WIFI and use of their gym and swimming pool. 

Hotel also offers monthly stay for a different price, to know more about their monthly rates visit their website

Makati Condo Living: Somerset Olympia Makati

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Hotel Review: Eurotel Makati

Another brain of the chain hotel Eurotel is here in Makati. Located near Don Bosco and Makati Cinema that offers affordable hotel rooms for travelers ranging from 1,250 to 3,500 PHP per night with free buffet breakfast. I noticed that this branch (aside from North EDSA) has the largest and spacious restaurant/dining area in their lobby. 

Getting to the hotel from Manila Airport:

- via commute, ride a jeepney from airport with signage (Baclaran, fare is 8 PHP), drop off to Baclaran and ride a bus going to AYALA/CUBAO/PASAY and pay 14 PHP, drop off to Mantrade and ride a jeepney going to DonBosco/Makati Cinema and tell the driver to drop you off to Eurotel Don Bosco. 
- Take an UBER/GRAB for easier and more comfortable trip (fare is around 150-200 PHP). 

Standard, Deluxe and Family room all have an ensuite bathroom and some rooms have bathtubs with complete toiletries. If you are traveling in Makati and will be staying for a few days and you don't want to sleep in with fellow travelers in a bunk bed/hostel dorm rooms then Eurotel Hotel is one of your best choices because all rooms are private and have a queen size bed. 

Also, all rooms have safety deposit box, and the hotel offers therapeutic massage, free parking for hotel guests, free WIFI, transport services (to/from airport). 

Eurotel Makati also a good place for venues like birthdays, baptism, wedding (if you are on a budget). Also, accepts seminars and conference and their rooms can accommodate these gatherings. For room, promos visit their website

Hotel Review: Eurotel Makati

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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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