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In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
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Hotel Review: Garv's Boutique Hotel Mandaluyong


Mandaluyong is where I grew up, where I first had friends, where I first attended school and lived for 10 years before transferring and stayed for good in Las Pinas. I remember Mandaluyong to having calesa at the corner of P. Cruz alongside the jeepney with a fare of 2 pesos when I was in grade school. I also remember our apartment along the main road of P. Cruz where we have limited space to play piko, patintero, and taguan. 



These were my stories to my co-bloggers when we stayed 2 days at the Garv's Boutique Hotel. I was in awe seeing how Mandaluyong changed more than a decade of no visiting the place. I'm shocked to see and got a headache driving the streets of Mandaluyong as it has so many one-way streets and getting to the hotel took me 2-hour drive from Las Pinas. Of course, I used Waze and /or Google Maps while driving but thankfully after 2-hour, I was able to find Garv's which is right in front of Mandaluyong Medical Hospital along Boni Ave.

Back then, there was no Mandaluyong Medical that's why I was so confused getting around Mandaluyong at night. Once I get there, I was able to park at their 3-car parking space. See my video to better picture the hotel.





The Room:

Upon entering the room, I immediately noticed that their Queen Room is spacious, home-feel and I love the wooden bed plus the bare cement floor. It is not your typical boutique hotel that's very stylish and modern looking. Yet I love the rooms here. If you are staying with a group of 3 with kids, adding an extra bed here is ok as the room has huge extra space intended for pull outs. 

The room has no bedside lampshade, so when I slept at night I had to keep my bathroom's light open and door as well so I can have a little light while sleeping. The room window type airconditioning is cold, the bed is comfy and the bathroom is spotless. Strong shower with hot and cold. 


Room Price:

Queen Room: 1399 pesos (14 sqm)
                          1499 pesos (18 sqm)

Deluxe Twin 2299 pesos good for 3 pax, 5 years old below

Deluxe Premium 1599 pesos good for 2 pax

Deluxe Standard 1,199 pesos good for 2 pax , bathroom is outside

Checkin is 2pm checkout is 12 noon

All room has Guest kit and FREE wifi.


Currently, the hotel has no in-house restaurant or cafe so don't expect breakfast provided at Garv's however, there are plenty of restaurant nearby the boutique hotel. We had dinner at R&J Bulalohan, we drive to Kanto Freestyle to have breakfast and bought fresh fruit shakes few walks away from Garv's. 


R&J Bulalohan:


Mixed Seafood Sisig for less than 200 pesos
Bulalo Small Regular for less than 300 pesos
Shanghai Rolls for less than 200 pesos



Kanto Freestyle:


Champorado with Chocnut
Fried Corned Beef
Ilocos Longganisa with rice and egg

The only food that I liked on the meals that we ordered is their fried corned beef the rest is overrated and I feel like a waste of money because it's overpriced o somehow I could get the same price from other cafes/restaurant that has better tasting food.







Around Mandaluyong

We visited San Felipe Church that's about 10-minute drive away from the hotel. Via commute you take the jeepney going to Kalentong. 


I enjoyed my quick staycation at the hotel and planning to go back with my kiddo soon and will visit some church and see my old school in San Juan. 

Getting to Garv's Boutique Hotel via commute:


From Boni Ave, take a jeepney going to Hulo/Kalentong and just tell the driver to drop you off in front of Mandaluyong Medical Hospital. Just across the hospital, you will see the hotel. 

Garv's Boutique Hotel Mandaluyong


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