Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
(top L-R) Parque Espana Residence Hotel, Luneta Hotel, and Azumi Boutique Hotel
(middle) Alcoves Philippines and Red Planet Hotels
(bottom L-R) AurumOne Makati, Nichols Airport Hotel, and Golden Phoenix Hotel
The roof deck swimming pool of Parque Espana Residence Hotel




Even in a region like Metro Manila where there's no shortage of reliable lodgings, there are a few hotels that stand out to amuse. Should you have the penchant for staycations but have a slight derision for 5-star accommodations, you must find boutique hotels attractive. Chances are, you can also be easily cajoled by an intrepid traveler friend to have an overnight stay at a budget hotel just for fun. You might also find an airport hotel not a waste of money for a layover since you know what it takes to be in good condition for your next primary destination.

For someone like you who simply knows what it takes to have a great stay away from home, has compiled this set of exciting accommodations to book for your next escapade. To have a full grasp of the region's potential, you can also check Part 1 of this post. Find more recommended hotels there or check out this new list:

Parque Espana Residence Hotel's Two Bedroom Family Room
Parque Espana Residence Hotel

Parque Espana Residence Hotel (Muntinlupa City)

Parque España Residence Hotel fits my staycation parameters for a lavish stay in Alabang from its rustic roof deck space that holds a swimming pool, mini-garden, and restaurant to its fully equipped Two-Bedroom Family Room. Its interior’s European charm beckoned me to appreciate a few details like the living room wall’s colorful Spanish tile design and a modern set of bold and conventional lighting fixtures. The cheery hues of yellow, blue, and green juxtaposed well with the opulent patterns of gray and black.

Read more here.

Luneta Hotel's Deluxe Room
Luneta Hotel

Luneta Hotel (Manila)

One mid-day stroll from Intramuros in Manila, I chanced upon the aptly named renaissance architecture of the six-storey Luneta Hotel and decided to test it for a stay. It was an easy choice because the almost century old lodging makes neighboring establishments look basic next to its ornate French windows, elaborate grills, and iconic gambrel roof. Suddenly, next-door convenience stores weren't as essential as they appeared to be. Its present restored state of elegance makes every guest relive the grandeur of old Manila when the city's elite, foreign dignitaries, and respectable merchant marine officers used to grace its opulent lobby. Having recently been re-opened to the public after ceasing operations when former President Corazon Aquino came into power, it's now in full operation.

Read more here.

Azumi Boutique Hotel's Garden Room veranda
The roof deck infinity pool of Azumi Boutique Hotel

Azumi Boutique Hotel (Muntinlupa City)

In the bustling commercial and business district of Alabang, the hospitality boom has given rise to Azumi Boutique Hotel, an essential landmark within the Madrigal Business Park that successfully keeps the city traveler on cue without dramatic impositions. The sensory guest experience starts at the chic lobby upon check-in and culminates at the penthouse where the boundless sky meets the edge of a roof deck pool.

My overnight stay at its Garden Room lent itself to be a pleasant experience. Room features proved to be the standard of boutique hotels. At 47 square meters, the air-conditioned guestroom was spacious with reliable room inclusions.

Read more here.

Alcoves Philippines
Alcoves Philippines

Alcoves Philippines (Makati City)

In Makati City where moving around can be relaxing one moment and demented the next (due to vehicular traffic), a pivotal spot for touring the city is essential. Where hotels and hostels fall short in, an apartment stay like Alcove Philippines fills. It seems to be amping up the tourism scene in the country with its unique approach to hosted stays. My check-in involved being welcomed by an Alcoves host directly at the penthouse past the building lobby which felt more personal than hotel-like, but as soon as I closed the door, any further correspondence was up to me.

Read more here.

Red Planet Hotels
Red Planet Hotels-Amorsolo

Red Planet Hotels (Makati City and Pasig City)

The short stretch of Urban Avenue in Legaspi Village and its neighboring informal district of Ayala North is home to a little of bit of everything that the city has to offer. Its got a university, hospital (Makati Medical Center), fine dining restaurants, fast food, convenience stores and other corporate institutions. For peace of mind, there is a fire station nearby. Look no further for a satisfying immersion because it's where Red Planet Hotels Amorsolo is located.

Red Planet Hotels-Ortigas
For affordable rates that match reliable features, the hotel is definitely value for money. It's got the same power shower that I enjoyed in another hotel of the brand in Ortigas, Pasig City. The same custom-made beds and crisp linens are present along with basic room features. Unlike other budget hotels that drown out the reality of the world, it has a charming window for a view of the scene outside.

Read more about the Amorsolo, Makati City branch here.
Read more about the Ortigas, Pasig City branch here.

AurumOne Makati's lobby
AurumOne Makati's Loft-type Room

AurumOne Makati (Makati City)

From quirky shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, the first district of Makati City sticks out for having Bangkal as a village where a relatively new hotel stands in all its whitewashed 7-storey glory against a plethora of industrial and residential colors. Called AurumOne Makati, the 1-year old mid-market hotel is starting to get rave reviews from most of its guests who stay on layover or have an important business to transact in the area that's bordered by Pasay City and the main thoroughfares of EDSA and South Super Highway. It's setting a standard in value features that are enhanced by its brand of high-touch guest service. Located at a busy corner of Evangelista Street, the 63-room hotel is across the community's beloved garage-style thrift store called Bodega. The former's proximity to the latter is enough hint that an overnight stay or long stay there can also be a sentimental shopping spree of vintage pieces at very low prices. What's more, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is just a 15-minute drive away and a quick visit to the nearby Mall of Asia or Ayala Center is possible.

Read more here.

Nichols Airport Hotel (Paranaque City)

Where to get that glorious repose for layover upon arriving at the airport before setting out to your ultimate destination in the Philippines? There are a lot of options actually. There's the straightforward budget accommodation called Nichols Airport Hotel, a 70-room hotel that houses a spa, a sensational roof deck restaurant, and a coffee shop. It has been in operation along Paranaque City’s Quirino Avenue near MIA Road for the past 15 years. Local and foreign tourists in the country have so far been converted into patrons by it thanks to its clean rooms, cozy ambiance, and affordable rates. Most of all, guests prefer it over expensive hotels and cheap motels in Metro Manila for its close proximity to the airport.

Read more here.

Golden Phoenix Hotel (Pasay City)

Golden Phoenix Hotel is the newest hotel in Pasay City that I've come across this year. It's close to the airport. Also, it's accessible to premier gaming and entertainment complexes such as Mall of Asia and Star City. For vacations, staycations, and layovers that can make you feel like royalty in Metro Manila, the classic charm of this newly-opened luxury hotel is exactly what you need. It's so new that its swimming pool is yet to be constructed, but that's the least of your reasons for missing out on the rest of what this 281-room hotel can offer. What it currently has far outweighs a single upcoming amenity.

Read more here.

Didn't see what you're looking for?

Check out Part 1 of Essential Metro Manila Hotels For Staycation here.

Planning for a getaway outside of Metro Manila?

Check out Quick Escapes Near Metro Manila:
• Part 1      • Part 2


  1. Luneta Hotel is cute! I remember this hotel being used as a set during the shooting of Chuck Noriss's film "Missing in Action." Some of the neon lights were deactivate so the sign would read "Lun Ta Hote," which is supposed to be a hotel in Thailand.

  2. It's really a worthy hotel to stay here for weekends. I love the hotel rooms, party area, and specially pool.. I would love to stay here, and for for sharing with us.
    kimber (


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