Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Breakfast in bed via room service



With the burden of heavy traffic happening in Metro Manila these days, there is now no certified way on how to move around from one place to another in a desired time frame. It's like every trip from one city to the next is a silly game of chance. Case in point: the usual thirty minute cab ride from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to nearby hospitality districts where most hotels are can sometimes take more time to traverse than a shortcut to cities like Pasig or Mandaluyong. Instead of getting upset, most travelers have learned to zero in on the quality of the hotel they're staying in instead of the location itself. This gives more leisure time for layovers which travelers are more satisfied with.

Nothing shines more as a result of this new urban phenomenon than Quezon City which has long suffered the prejudice of being a great distance from the airport. With the presence of the 35-room Madison 101 Hotel at its fringe, having an affordable stay at a value hotel is now possible for tourists. It shines in its corner of Aurora Boulevard and Madison Street after which the establishment is named. San Juan City is easily accessible right across it and Mount Carmel Shrine is just a few blocks away for weddings. Not far away is the cluster of bus terminals that unload hotel-seeking travelers from provinces on a daily basis. With the dining district of Tomas Morato being just a few minutes away, it's also potentially a good base for food trips.

The view of New Manila from my booked Double Deluxe room
A view of San Juan City from my booked King Deluxe room
(left) The Premier Suite; (top right and bottom) The Presidential Suite
(top) The bathroom of the Double Deluxe room; (bottom) The Double Deluxe room

Hotel, Dorm, and Events Place In One

The 10-storey establishment stands out in the New Manila landscape for being relatively new and for towering against a grid of Quezon City's affluent residences. Redefining the hospitality scene where some brands have come out as serviced residences (hotel rooms and residential units), Madison 101 Hotel is unique for housing not just standard rooms for its hotel guests but also modern, housekeeping-appointed dormitory-style rooms for students. As a matter of fact, it currently has 85 of those rooms dedicated for college reviewers. Soon, though, more hotel rooms will be added to replace a whole floor of dormitory-style rooms as a result of the tourism boom happening in this side of Metro Manila.

What will greet you at the hotel lobby
The Double Deluxe room
With a bevy of attractions for revelry in the area, the hotel's function rooms are also starting to get noticed by consumers. From seminars to banquets, the hotel has packages that can cater to any special occasion whether as small as a group of 30 people or as many as a group of more than 200 people.
The time extent of use can range from as short as four hours to eight hours depending on the chosen package. For example, its Brooklyn 3 function room that caters to 30 people can be booked for as low as Php4,000 only for four hours. A majority of the hotel's wedding packages for 100 guests is also attractive for having inclusions like an overnight stay for two guests with breakfast, four-hour use of the Skydeck, and a lot more for reasonable rates.

The charming hotel lobby
A view of New Manila from my booked Double Deluxe room
The hotel cafeteria
The hotel hallway

Guest Rooms To Choose From

For now, travelers can choose from a varied set of guest room options when booking a stay. The hotel has a total of twenty Double Deluxe rooms to cater to guests who always come in a group of more than two people (families or friends on staycation or work colleagues on a business trip). Also great for such a number of guests are the hotel's six King Deluxe rooms and two Family Rooms. Couples can opt for the Premier Suite which is decked with a sensational ceiling-to-floor glass wall for an unobstructed view of the city. It's also where most requests are done for romantic setups like proposal announcements and celebrating anniversaries. For those checking in solo like transients or backpackers en route to and from provincial destinations, the hotel has four decent-sized Single Superior rooms. For those with a large number of attendees, the Skydeck (located at the penthouse) can work for Php25,000 (4 hours) or Php35,000 (8 hours). The view of the city up there isn't bad at all, so that's basically budget-friendly.

The kitchen of the Presidential Suite
The cozy Qups Quarters Cafe at the hotel's lower ground level
Presidential Suite On Introductory Room Rate Discount

Perhaps the space there that's getting so much attention from tourists these days is its newly-built Presidential Suite. Located at the penthouse, it's what large group of guests prefer to book for special occasions from intimate parties to simple reunions. Once the Jacuzzi is finally installed, it's one luxurious floor that guests can experience for long stays. It's currently on an introductory room rate promo of 50% discount until December of this year (Published Rate: Php15,000), so booking for the holidays as early as this month can be a wise decision to make given that rates tend to peak by the end of the year.

The Presidential Suite is on introductory room rate promo until December, 2016!
Room service
The expansive view from the romantic Premier Suite
A function room for seminars

No Bells and Whistles But Fine Standards

I recently had the pleasure of staying at two of the hotel's guest rooms for a couple of nights -- the Double Deluxe and the King Deluxe. Having spent a night in each room, I've come to recognize the hotel's consistent standards regarding room features with a few sterling add-ons like the inclusion of a mini-refrigerator for supplies and the presence of a bidet in the bathroom which some pricey boutique hotels I've stayed in didn't even have. I no longer expected the rooms to be designed in unconventional ways because of their affordable rates which somehow focused on less distraction and more comfort for travelers. And with unobstructed room views, a stay can be considered not only remarkable but also value for money.

My booked King Deluxe room with a view of San Juan City
Room Service Meals and More

For my meals during my stay, I opted to order from the hotel's cafeteria for room service as the latter allows for such arrangements. Breakfast and dinner in bed? No problem as they were delivered right on time for both meals!

More than the guest room, an interesting bonus in staying at Madison 101 Hotel was access to the cozy Qups Quarters Cafe for coffee and pasta. In retrospect, it was a convenient source of comfort food for the two days of stay that I had because a sporadic drizzle outside made going out of the hotel for snacks a bit difficult.

Mount Carmel Shrine as viewed from the Skydeck
The romantic Premier Suite, perfect for couples
Daytime view of New Manila
Should I happen to have another reason to stay in Quezon City, I don't have a problem shortlisting Madison 101 Hotel as one of my options. It will just depend on my mood. For a no-frill stay, it's definitely on top of my list. Sometimes straightforward comfort is the luxury that we're really looking for.

Other Important Points of Interest:
Across the hotel is a major grocery which is housed by Broadway Centrum, a landmark that you can consider in reaching the place. For monetary concerns, there's a bank, plus ATM in the same building of the hotel.

Watch A Quick Tour of The Presidential Suite:

Madison 101 Hotel

Official website of Madison 101 Hotel

Address: Corner of Aurora Blvd. and Madison St., New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: 02 723-1111
Mobile: 63 936-9119-039

Vittorio's Steakhouse

Where to eat out in Quezon City? Check out these restaurants:

Vittorio's Steakhouse For Steaks and More
Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps For Seafood
Millie's All-Day Dining For Exquisite Meals
49-B Heirloom Kitchen and Leonardo's Lechon
The Hardcore Burger Joint Called Pepe's Meat


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