Monday, November 28, 2016

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences: An Inspired Makati City Stay In Luxury

My booked Montparnasse Suite
The artsy wall at the hotel lobby










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From the inscrutable lobby to its guestrooms' unconventional interior design, The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is not for the faint of heart. The Makati City hotel is in the middle of the pulsating Ayala business district, and a 3-minute stroll away from the weekly Salcedo Saturday Community Market, but it's clearly off-center at the onset. Like the prolific Spanish-born artist Pablo Picasso, it strikes a chord in travelers who have a tremendous lust for life regardless if it's for significant overnight stays by professionals or luxurious layovers by intrepid travelers. Once booked at its well-appointed room, the guest has enough reasons to briefly step out for a whiff of the cosmopolitan lifestyle in the area which reflects in every way the name of the hotel.

Creative Walls and Corners

The 136-room hotel is designed to make stays both interesting and relaxing. With an obvious predilection for wide spaces, its studio rooms and suites are sensational for solo travelers and families with kids. Equipped with a modern kitchenette that has an electric stove, microwave oven, and electric kettle, each stylish guestroom is great for long stays even if the area is a dining destination in itself. Its loft is so spacious at 93 square meters that staying in Makati City is guaranteed to rid anyone of travel listlessness despite the busy skyline.

Post-dinner soak
The spacious living room of my booked suite
The view of the lobby from the Wi-Fi lounge
The electric view from my booked suite's private veranda

Previously Reviewed On TV

I've reviewed the hotel on GMA News TV's Pop Talk way back in 2015, but it's only this year that I got to experience its 88 square meter-Montparnasse Suite that's named after an area in Paris, a known euphoric meeting ground by artists in the 1930s. The frenzy of the day is cleverly captured in the bold colors of my booked suite. I read somewhere that post World War 1 residents in the French district spent their days in lavish self-expression which is creatively reflected by the suite's distinct furniture and generous walking space.

Watch my Pop Talk interview here.

Crib in the middle of the Ayala Business District
The spacious bathroom
The view of Makati City from the private veranda


Private Veranda

My favorite spot at the suite is its private veranda which looks out to the city. Beyond the white facade of the hotel, each room section can be spotted from the outside with a pop of color giving the impression that what's inside is an enigma that needs to be discovered. From the veranda, though, the view is urban by day and electric by night.

DIY Spa

With a bathroom that's almost as wide as the bedroom, my booked suite easily became a temporary sanctuary for me during my stay. I simply set up next to the bathtub my DIY spa of complimentary treats of kale sour cream and chive-flavored kale chips and Sagada drip coffee that I found on the living room work desk. For more than an hour it was nothing but an idle soak indoor. With a surprise knock from the hotel's attendant, I even got to finish my relaxing soak with free milk chocolate bars! It was bliss sans the masseuse.

My DIY spa indoors
When the weather outside's chilly, simply open the glass doors and let the air in.
Truffle Mushroom and Olive Oil Linguine for dinner at Pablo Bistro
Quezo de Bola Cheesecake at Pablo Bistro
Pablo Bistro

Sumptuous Dinner At Pablo Bistro

For dinner, I conveniently stepped into the hotel's affiliate F&B called Pablo Bistro which is located at the ground floor. Even if the district is dotted with fast food and fancy restaurants, I opted to try what the bistro could offer in terms of sumptuous dishes. Since I was in the mood for pasta that night, I had a Truffle Mushroom and Olive Oil Linguine which tasted remarkably delicious. I was not at all deceived by its unpretentious appearance because I've tasted a lot of beguiling dishes before which looked more enticing but unfortunately lacked in flavor. This one, along with my order of the decadent Quezo de Bola Cheesecake, definitely sealed my pampered night.

Visiting the nearby Salcedo Saturday Community Market
The scenery at the weekend market
There are a lot of delicious options at the Salcedo Saturday Community Market.



Salcedo Saturday Community Market

Since my stay coincided with the weekend market at Salcedo Village's tree-shaded parking lot that's just a stroll away from the hotel, I decided to make it my early morning activity. The community market starts at 7:00am and ends at 2:00pm every Saturday, so I had the convenience of spending my pre-breakfast hour there to check out where the hotel got its complimentary kale chips.

I summoned the will to not indulge in the variety of food available at the market since I was yet to have my breakfast at Pablo Bistro. However, if I was visiting on an empty stomach for brunch, I wouldn't be able to resist tasting two or three organic and homemade treats at the weekend venue.

My breakfast of sauteed vegetables
Hearty Breakfast

Back at the hotel, I appreciated the breakfast setup at Pablo Bistro where buffet tables for cold cuts, salad, bread varieties and fruits can be accessed by guests aside from the a la carte options. I had a plate of mixed salad to go along with my order of sauteed vegetables (with two sunny side up eggs) and coffee.

Gym, Salon, Spa and Function Room

Guests on long stay who want to step out of the comfort of their booked rooms can visit the hotel's art gallery at the 4th floor where local contemporary Filipino art is regularly showcased. The hotel also has a salon, gym, and spa.

The buffet breakfast tables at Pablo Bistro
The spacious living room has this interesting work desk




Function Room

For those on official business and needing a space for meetings, it also has a function room that can seat up to 50 people. Basic amenities like a projector, sound system, flip chart, whiteboard, notepads and pens will be provided once the room is booked.

There's so many reasons to choose The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences over other neighboring hotels as the area is well-served. One is that it's not dated in terms of facilities and design. The rest of my satisfaction can be alluded to my relaxing stay that the hotel's well-appointed room allowed me to experience.


Watch a short video tour of my booked room at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences:


Home away from home in Makati City
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

Official website of The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

Address: 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines 1227
Phone: +63 2 828-4774
Email: reservations
@picassomakati.com

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