Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014



Z O N E   S T A Y

I was recently tapped as a participating blogger for the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 organized by various reputable travel bloggers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The privilege to sample the best of Pampanga cuisine was something that I first experienced last year with the restaurant of my college classmate at the University of Santo Tomas when she opened the doors of her San Fernando-based restaurant, Nona's Kitchen to me.

An excerpt of the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014

Less Than An Hour From Metro Manila

It was then when I realised how comfortably close the province is to Metro Manila. My classmate boasted how she would go to Divisoria in the morning and be back to cook at her restaurant before lunch time. It turned out that, after a few road improvements, a commute to Pampanga doesn't have to be more than one hour.

3-Day Food Tour Base

For the 3-day food tour, we had to be in the city center most of the time. As pivot, we needed a pleasant stay at a hotel that was to be our home away from home. It had to have the luxury of 5-star amenities like an elegant swimming pool designed to inspire green sensibilities of the outdoor space. It had to be Widus Hotel and Casino.

Hotel Details

The Clark Freeport Zone-based Widus Hotel and Casino is a destination in itself. Not anymore just a stopover for those flying off to nearby provinces via the Clark International Airport (CIA), the 3-clustered establishment boasts of top-rate reasons why a guest should stay for more than a day. Rated as a Deluxe Class Hotel by the Department of Tourism, it has also been rated under the radar of the prestigious online travel portal, TripAdvisor, to be one of the top 13 luxury hotels and top 25 hotels in the Philippines for 2013. The accreditation certificate is certainly a good boost for a hotel that needs to stand out from a landscape of thriving hospitality hubs.

Dining and Party Destination

Starting to become Central Luzon's one-stop leisure destination, Widus Hotel and Casino has its signature food and beverage outlet in Salt Resto where Korean, Hongkong dimsum, Japanese, Italian, Western and Filipino cuisine are at their finest. Dining is certainly well complemented by multi-featured rooms that are essentially equipped with amenities and furnishings above and beyond most hotel offerings in the Clark Freeport Zone. Understandably so, it is of high-end quality for being one of top-rate hotels in the Fuego Hotels chain lineup. The presence of Prism Lounge next to the hotel's restaurant is a bonus for those who prefer to party the night away.

Vantage Views

Visible from my Executive Room accommodation with fellow travel bloggers Will and Adrian of Will Explore Philippines were huge, century-old canopy trees. And from my assigned bed, the bathroom interiors could be seen through a glass partition designed to evoke transparency. If I were to stay alone in the room for my next visit, I'd appreciate the romantic rendition as more of a security guarantee because I easily get claustrophobic. With the bedroom being visible from the bathroom, I always feel calm and not looking out for intruders. This is probably why I leave the bathroom door opened in all of my hotel stays in Luzon.

I remember the hotel lobby to be visually stunning as guests were welcomed with natural light upon arrival. Unlike in similar rated hotels, its modern Asian-designed lobby works well enough to exude distinction of stay with its high ceiling and vastness of space for natural ventilation. There are a lot of vantage spots for scenery-viewing within the hotel grounds.

Room Rate Inclusions

Room rates include an access to breakfast for 2 people, a complimentary newspaper, welcome drinks, a couple of complimentary bottles of mineral water, access to the pool area and a parking slot. Each room also has a coffee-making facility which worked well for me since I always want to have a night cap on my bed before sleeping.

With fellow travel bloggers Will and Adrian
Memorable Stay

Formerly opened in 2008 as Hotel Vida, the property has elegantly evolved to be the luxurious destination that it is today. With the glut of accommodation venues in Pampanga, Widus Hotel and Casino definitely offers a distinct and remarkable experience that stays with guests. Perhaps, what they will remember upon checkout is the sense of belonging to a comfortable stay that's synonymous to the "with us" quip.

H E L P F U L   L I N K

Official website of Widus Hotel and Casino

Check-in: 2:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm

Widus Hotel and Casino

Address: 5400 Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga, Philippines 2023
Phone: (+63 45) 499 1000/ (+632) 584 4091
Fax: (+6345) 499 0979

Manila Sales Office:
Address: Unit 2311 Cityland Herrera Tower, 98 V.A Rufino corner Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City Philippines
Phone: (+632) 840 1430
Fax: (+632) 840 1429

Check out my participating posts about the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014:
+ Abe's Farm: A Paradise of Capampangan Cuisine

Room Rates (the following rates may change without prior notice):

Widus Tower Suite

Deluxe Rooms - P6,000
You can choose 1 Queen Bed or Twin Bed. Toilet and Bath with
Bathtub and 8″ Shower Head, 29″ Flat Screen Cable TV, Personal
Refrigerator and Balcony.View our special offers and guest reviews.

Junior Suite (rate not available)
15 rooms of this category boast the same floor area of 43.5 square meters, a King sized bed, a trundle bed in the adjoining living room, T&B with bath tub and 8” shower head, 32” flat screen cable TV, coffee and tea station and, most of all, a mini kitchen with 6 cubic feet refrigerator and a microwave oven.

Family Junior Suite - P8,500
40 rooms of this category boast the same floor area of 43.5 square meters, a king sized bed and one single bed in the bedroom, a trundle bed in the adjoining living room, T&B with bath tub and 8” shower head, 32” flat screen cable TV, coffee and tea station and, most of all, a mini kitchen with 6 cubic feet refrigerator and a microwave oven.

One Bedroom Suite - P10,200
This premier room measuring 57.5 square meters elevates an already luxurious stay at Widus to a notch even higher with more features and amenities. The One Bedroom Suite has a king – sized bed, spacious living room with trundle bed, T&B with bath tub and 8” shower head, 29” flat screen cable TV in the bedroom and a 32” flat screen cable TV in the living room, a mini- kitchen with 6 cubic feet refrigerator and microwave oven plus a coffee and tea station can be enjoyed in 16 rooms of this category.

Presidential Suite - P20,000
The most expansive of them all at 85.5 square meters, the Presidential Suite is the pinnacle of a luxurious stay at Widus Hotel. Feel like a star or a VIP when you book in a Presidential Suite with two rooms. The master bedroom has a king bed, jacuzzi, private bathroom and a 32” flat screen cable TV. Suit yourself and enjoy an invigorating soak in the jacuzzi or a rejuvenating bubble bath in the private bathroom. The second room is also a luxury by itself, with two single beds and another private bathroom. Laze in the comforts of the spacious living room with a 50” flat screen cable TV and a writing desk and chair to scribble down those important business notes. A dining area and a kitchen with a 6 cubic feet refrigerator and microwave oven complete the irresistible bundle of luxury, comfort and convenience, defining an experience like no other only at Widus Presidential Suite.

Widus Tower Two

Executive Room - P6,500 (Deluxe Queen and Double Deluxe)

Executive Deluxe Queen Room
Measuring 33 square meters, the Executive Deluxe Room exudes an atmosphere of both elegance and comfort with its Zen-inspired interiors. Here, the queen size bed invites the guest to lie down comfortably while watching news or a movie from a 32” flat screen cable TV. There’s a coffee and tea station plus a mini ref within one’s reach should one feel like munching chips or sipping jasmine or green tea. The bathroom is luxurious with an 8” shower head and top of the line toiletries. Staying here assures guests of a night well-spent, what with the ambience and amenities available.

Executive Double Deluxe Room
Just a little bigger at 35 square meters, the Executive Deluxe Queen Room is an extension of the atmosphere of elegance and luxury of its bigger version Double Deluxe. Twin queen beds are laid out here, with the linen in classic design adding to the elegant ambience of the room. A of quiet and serenity that most guests are looking for in a hotel room pervades here. The signature Widus experience of luxury and comfort is further enhanced by amenities such as coffee and tea station, mini ref and even the bathroom with an eight inch shower head and top of the line toiletries. Guests opting for an Executive Deluxe Queen Room will not regret their choice and leave feeling refreshed and reinvigorated after the experience.

Executive Suite - P7,000
The roomiest among the three room categories at Widus Tower Two, Executive Suite rooms measure 58 square meters each. This category is the most luxurious among the three kinds of rooms in this tower and has not been categorized as a Suite for nothing. The expanse of the Executive Suite King creates a sense of rest and relaxation especially with the presence of a stand-alone living room with a wide and flat screen TV. Imagine yourself lounging in the sala glued to the television, watching the latest news from around the globe while your significant other sleeps undisturbed in the bedroom, comfortably tucked under carefully-selected fine linens. Another flat screen cable TV in the bedroom allows the second guest to watch shows or movies of his or her own liking. The standard coffee and tea station and mini ref are also available. Luxury also defines the bathroom, with top of the line features like a bathtub plus classy toiletries. The Executive Suite Double, on the other hand, has one queen bed and one double bed plus the usual amenities but with a bigger bathroom. There are 5 Executive Suite Double and 4 Executive Suite King rooms.

More Photos Below:

The fancy smoking area

My Executive Room bed

Working on my blog at the hotel with strong Wi-fi (up to four devices)


  1. Replies
    1. I agree. Maganda ang Widus. It's actually a four-star hotel pero it's already 5-star quality. Paperwork na lang ang kulang haha!


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