Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014
The roof deck pool
The hotel lobby

I was to go on a food trip venture in Pasig City's Barangay Kapitolyo one humid weekday of April for my Pasig City Food Trip post and I needed a cozy hotel as my headquarters. The area where I spent my formative years used to only have the barbecue-and-pancit restaurant Three Sisters as its top dining destination. Decades after and now residing 15 minutes away from it, I was amused to see the place's popularity online for suddenly having unique eateries from those offering pastry treats to man-up meat-oriented meals.

Since I always appreciate a standard room with enough space to move around in over econotels that don't have windows or seem to overuse a 15 square meter floor, I opted to try the newest hotel (as of this writing) standing along Shaw Boulevard, almost across the newly-opened Capitol Commons, for its initial appeal. From the outside, the 177-room establishment looked decadent with its artsy facade that contemplates of Italian fashion and architecture. I assumed that anything that has respect for design has enough accommodation for the value of space.

The view of Kapitolyo and The Fort from Privato Hotel
Capitol Commons view

Executive King Stay

My contemporary style Executive King room for my overnight stay is published on Privato Hotel's website and flyer as setting anyone back up to more than P5,500. However, the business and leisure hideaway just opened early this 2014 and I was offered an introductory rate that's almost half the published rate. It even has a promo this Holy Week that's good for a paid 2-night stay with the 3rd one being free.

Local Furniture Advocacy

I used to rent a condo unit that's cleverly designed for its small 20 square meter space and my art deco furniture complemented the layout just enough. With the Privato room that I stayed in, I was glad to know that owner Gab Perez personally picked the various elements that turned out to shape the Italian design-inspired hotel. He even got my respect for upholding there his local furniture advocacy. I must opine that it was challenging to compliment the Italy-supplied marble design that fabulously accentuates the hotel lobby like a dreamy snake wrapping guests into a blissful and enchanting stay that's devoid of the hustle-and-bustle of business but whisked away with the comforts of leisure. The outcome is that it works. The reception area looked divine during my stay.

One bedroom suite with kitchen
Executive King room

Leisurely Stay

The hotel, as it professes in its promotional materials, is primarily meant to appeal to guests who are doing business or any related activity in the area and need it to be more than just a comfortable bunk space experience. Its business-meets-leisure credo sure appealed to me as I was also in a schedule to check out nearby condominiums and bungalows in the residential area behind it.

Reliable Internet Connection

In between my real estate exploration and foodie duty, I appreciated going online at Privato Hotel as Wi-fi at the establishment was strong, fast, and very reliable, something that I was not able to appreciate in another Shaw Boulevard-based hotel.

Fancy TV Set

I also liked how the flat screen TV has an adjustable wall fixture so I was still able to watch my favorite morning shows from the bathroom.

Dining At The Sixth

My booked accommodation did not include a breakfast meal so I opted to order my 7:00am-self a so-called adobong puti at its affiliate restaurant called Piazzo Privato (6th level and operated by the Romulo Group). It was a Monday morning and most guests were probably out for business or had checked out the day before so I had the luxe dining space all for myself.

My Room With A View

Perhaps the cherry on the top of my stay at Privato Hotel was the splendid view of The Fort and Makati Business district skyline as both are wonderfully unobstructed by the clusters of residential areas nearby. The view was extra-charming at night while I sipped my complimentary tea from my bed.

Perhaps the cherry on the top of my stay at Privato Hotel was the splendid view of The Fort and Makati Business district skyline...

Relevant Location

Capitol Commons is just a 5-minute distant walk and Barangay Kapitolyo's eclectic strip of restaurants is a 10-minute walk away. Guests who have not been to Pasig City's former town center where the municipal hall, the Immaculate Conception Parish, and the charming public plaza are, can appreciate its close proximity. And just a 5-minute drive away is the Greenfield district that's been holding a weekend market since March of this year.

And just a 5-minute drive away is the Greenfield district that's been holding a weekend market...

A Hopeful Return 

I hope to return to Privato Hotel soon on another promotional rate and for a different reason. Besides, isn't it what hotel stays are for -- all the right reasons for leaving home temporarily?

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Davao-based artist Ann Pamintuan's ostrich sculpture

Privato Hotel

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Location: 706 Shaw Blvd., Pasig City, Philippines
Phone: (632) 717 5888

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