|Value for money bed and bedding|
Way back in the early '80s, North EDSA didn't look like the bustling commercial attraction that it is today. It actually looked desolate, given that Quezon City is really big and considered far from the Manila International Airport compared to Makati or Mandaluyong. There was not a single mall in the vicinity. There was only the once famous multi-storey 680 Home Appliances along EDSA and across it was one big squatter's area. The only amusing space to hang out in from Cubao was as far as Munoz where Barrio Fiesta used to be. It was definitely not where you wanted to be 23 years ago when you craved for a staycation or a food trip.
budget hotel has finally opened this January to cater to travelers who are after value stays and warm, Filipino hospitality. For anybody who has stayed at a Go Hotels anywhere in the Philippines, a Go Hotels North EDSA branch opening here is certainly good news. Well, it is for me.
|Each standard room has a window|
|The hotel entrance from EDSA|
|The Country Style dining area and lounge for guests|
Waking up from my bed with sunshine penetrating through the glass window is always priceless. And gazing at a lit city grid at night before hitting the bed is a routine for me when I'm hotel-hopping. A hotel window with a view is non-negotiable for me and this budget hotel has one in each of its 18-square meter sized room.
A hotel window with a view is non-negotiable for me and this budget hotel has one in each of its 18-square meter sized room.
Also, this Go Hotels branch has bidet-equipped bathrooms which is value for money because typical budget hotels are not even expected to have one.
|Pull-out table for laptops (left) and super shower (right)|
2. Convenient Location Along EDSA's Bus Passenger Drop-off
Anybody getting off a provincial bus from a long commute up north can find it comforting to know that the hotel sits right along EDSA where passengers are routinely dropped off past Munoz. That's how convenient it is to arrive at the entrance of the hotel even if you have not made any prior booking and just intends to book on a whim.
|SM City North EDSA and TriNoma Mall for exciting food trips and shopping finds|
|SM City North EDSA|
|Breakfast at Country Style|
Being a guest at the hotel also means that you're just a stroll away from two major malls in the city. This makes your meals suddenly a food trip or shopping adventure. Just a few blocks away from the hotel entrance is the overpass that crosses EDSA to reach the entrance of SM City North EDSA. From there, you can also walk to a connecting overpass that lets you enter TriNoma Mall. For sure, you'll be spoiled for choice. Also, a stroll away is the nearest MRT Station which can bring you to any point in Metro Manila quicker than any commute can.
Should you decide to not leave the premises of the hotel, there's a Country Style next to the front desk at the second level of the 167-room building for brewed coffee, bagel, sandwiches and rice meals.
While booked at the hotel, I did not only enjoy a food trip of a nearby mall. I also made sure that I availed of a wellness service inside the hotel that let me have a back massage for only Php200. For the convenience of not having to go outside to look for a spa, that's basically a steal.
5. Flash Promo Booking
From time to time, Go Hotels makes a Php588-per-night flash promo in any of its branch in the Philippines. I remember a friend -- a frequent traveler -- who has enjoyed booking a long stay at another Go Hotels branch for almost a week because he availed of the promo, so take advantage of the room rate sale by monitoring the hotel's official Facebook fan page for such announcements.
Go Hotels North EDSA
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Address: 1107 EDSA, Veterans Village, Bago Bantay, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 (2) 939-8000
Check out my reviews of Go Hotels Manila Airport Road and Go Hotels Pioneer.