Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

B U D G E T   S T A Y

W I T H   B A T H T U B

South Koreans have an adorable penchant for anything luxurious and old world. If it's gold, it must be elegant. If something's romantically draped, it's good for a buffet display accent. I've seen this sensibility one too many times in various Korean-owned establishments in the Philippines. And the newly-opened, Quezon City-based Cacao Hotel is no exception.

"I Love QC!" Blog Series Tour

Cacao Hotel is also managed by the owner's fellow Korean friend so the taste in what's plush continuously trickles down to the staff, the hotel's suppliers, and in everything hospitable. For my Quezon City immersion dubbed as "I Love QC!" Blog Series Tour, I had the 6-storey hotel as my base for an overnight stay. The landscape in that part of the city is nowhere near Bonifacio Global City nor the Ayala-Makati City business district. It was full of surprises in every corner.

Value Hotel

The hotel is a value or budget accommodation that conveniently serves the part of Quezon City that's accessible to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Partly hidden in the cluster of residential and television network district of the city is the hotel which is why a lot of celebrities from ABS-CBN or GMA-7 can be spotted there for program shoots. If you're coming from Manila via Quezon Avenue, turn left to Sgt. Esguerra Avenue to reach the hotel. Since I came from a food review of Eastwood Mall-based Potts Point Cafe, I had my taxi cab ply EDSA to make a U-turn at the Quezon Avenue junction and make a right turn to the nearby McDonald's to reach Sgt. Esguerra where the hotel is.

Deluxe Room Variant With Bathtub

As expected, my booked Deluxe Room variant (published rate at P2,800) was every inch modern Korean-inspired. It was like walking inside an Asian telenovela scene. The luxury for value was evident with full carpeting, shiny wall design accents, classic furniture from the conventional lamp shade to the old-school-style electric fan. My spacious room, 27-square meter overall, had a separate walk-in space and its bathroom can be accessed through a semi-corridor, a result of creative wall divisions.

Good Quality In Space and Water Pressure

I love how the closet was big and spacious. I did not get the purpose of the vintage-design electric fan but I adored how the bathroom was huge. It was a like a big walk in closet and it's great for changing clothes when you're with someone in the same room. The rain shower space was next to the bathtub and both had excellent water pressure. The best quality I've seen in years of all my hotel review duties. I had a nice time lounging at the bathtub for an hour. For a value or budget hotel, it's also remarkable to note that it has available clean towels, slippers, and personal hygiene products.

The floor corridor from the elevator
Spacious shower (hot and cold) space next to the bathtub

Expecting The Expected and Getting Surprised

The only downer was the poor Wi-Fi connection inside the room. I was only able to update my social media accounts at the lobby and at the hotel's F&B outlet called Cacao Resto.

I was not expecting the next morning for such an accommodation to have a buffet breakfast inclusion in the room rate but there it was when I woke up. I was planning of visiting the nearby Rufo's fast food but I decided to give the free breakfast a chance. The few selections were to be anticipated I was disappointed with the taste of the dishes served.

Quezon City is still considered by most hospitality practitioners as an un-served area. Maybe if more competing hotels opened next to each other there, the service wouldn't be as needing necessary improvements as I observed.

10-Hour Room Rates

One interesting accommodation feature of the hotel is its 10-hour rates on rooms which will work well for transients or those getting stuck in the area for horrible reasons like bad traffic, typhoons and related flooding. Or one can opt to stay at the hotel a day prior to special engagements in Quezon City since it's quite accessible to various universities in Manila.

A Revisit?

Will I return to Cacao Hotel for another stay? I will surely make a revisit soon to use my hotel VIP card which allows 20% off on room rates.

H E L P F U L   L I N K

Official website of Cacao Hotel

Cacao Hotel

Address: 70 Sgt. Esguerra Ave, South Triangle, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 351-8775 and (02) 373-1926
Check-in: 2:00pm daily
Check-out: 12:00pm daily

Check out my "I Love QC!" Blog Series Tour Posts:
Potts Point Cafe: Organic Australia In Eastwood Mall
+ Homemade Goodness At Momo Cafe

More Photos:

Cacao Resto


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