Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013


S T A Y   T E S T

Cabanatuan City seemed like one farming area after another with no stunning image of a hill or mountain anywhere nearby. Almost smack dab in the middle of the province of Nueva Ecija, the city almost had me feeling restless towards the end of my four-hour Five Star Bus commute from Metro Manila. I figured that only a pleasant hotel accommodation could recharge me for a quick tour of the city the next day.

Fortunately, my booked room was at the 50-room Microtel By Wyndham at Sta. Arcadia which meant that customer service was in full rendition. I was delighted to see that its location was not in the city center and that its next door neighbor was the pleasant-looking Avida Residences. All the right things were in place for my restful evening. There was even a swimming pool for unwinding.

My room's window view of the swimming pool area

Getting Familiar

It makes sense that I have not been to the city until last week because most of my out-of-town trips from Metro Manila to the North were destinations that didn't need plying any route within the province of Nueva Ecija. My bus commutes would always have me pass through Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan. I had to target visiting the province to really make it happen. I'm glad I did.

Until a few days ago, Cabanatuan City and its neighboring municipalities were unfamiliar places to me. I scheduled myself for an overnight stay in the city to supposedly visit tourist spots like Camp Pangatian, landmarks like the General Antonio Luna statue and marker, and a few more places that I hoped to discover while I was there. One remarkable thing I found out about the city was its strategic location along the Cagayan Valley Road where a detour to Aurora is possible. I figured that in the near future, I could return to Cabanutan City and treat it as a restful stopover if I decided to visit Baler or Dingalan in the province of Aurora. I would still prefer staying at Microtel By Wyndham if that plan materialized.

Mircotel By Wyndham's Suite Guestroom

Reasons For Repeat Stays

A repeat stay at the hotel can happen for so many good reasons that my experience of my overnight stay provided me.

First, I appreciate the two-storey design of Microtel By Wyndham which is consistent of its other branches in Luzon. It exudes a homey atmosphere that an oftentimes tired traveler like me couldn't get from staying at a high-rise hotel.

The second reason why I would not give a second thought visiting again is the hotel's spacious room design which extends to its bathroom interior. I've stayed in other hotels where only one of the other is wide enough to move around in. At Microtel By Wyndham, I didn't bother being mindful about moving in any close direction within the room for fear of bumping a fixture or hurting myself. You can just imagine the space that it allows its room for a Person With Disability (PWD) to have. I checked it out for myself and found it quite complimenting to a PWD's situation.

I also managed to take a peek inside its Suite room where guests can enjoy more features and amenities such as access to a coffee or tea maker, refrigerator, microwave oven, kitchen counter with sink, sofa sleeper and bath tub.

Lastly, simple details like sleeping soundly on a chiropractor-approved mattress or having access to a free-flowing supply of coffee at the reception area would make me consider revisiting the hotel.

My restful evening at Microtel By Wyndham-Cabanatuan eventually led to a rejuvenated morning where I had a complimentary breakfast at the adjacent Liquid Bar & Restaurant. As I traversed the highway leading to my target tourist spots, I was able to see the endless plain of farming land in Cabanatuan City in a different light. I reckoned that there was no need for a mountain range to accentuate the landscape. Like my stay at the hotel, Cabanatuan City is the way how nature had made it -- unpretentious and relevant.

H E L P F U L   H I N T S

Hotel Location: Sta. Arcadia ,Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, 3100, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (63 44) 958-7777, (63 44) 958-7042 and (63 927) 804-2929
Email: cabanatuan@microtel

Check out the hotel's official website here. See an online map and directions to it here.

Manila Sales & Reservations Office Email: and

Children 11 years old and below (maximum of 2) sharing room with adults and utilizing the existing bed/s are free of charge.

More Photos Below:

The swimming pool area
The Suite Guestroom's bathroom with bathtub
The spacious bathroom of the Disability Accessible Room
The Single/Double bathroom
The hotel reception area with its friendly staff
My bed during my stay

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