Antipolo City is no longer full-on bucolic. It's more than the rural scenery that your grandparents used to tell you about back when its famous waterfalls called Hinulugang Taktak was still so pristine. Although it still has a lot of trees, this city in Rizal is now highly urbanized and has gone through major changes being that it's just next to Metro Manila, thirty minutes away from it to be exact. Aside from its enduring locals, it now has upscale inner city communities and high-end malls to match them.
LeBlanc Hotel and Resort couldn't be more timely now that the city is ripe for a stylish lodging and events place that's normally only seen elsewhere. It's right along Taktak Road, so it's hard to miss.
|The Sky Garden for special events|
|The hotel hallway|
|The hotel parking space for guests|
|The kid-friendly pool|
Cozy Guestrooms For Relaxing Stays
Booked at its cozy Deluxe Room, I had the view of the busy Taktak Road and was just a few steps away from the lobby, the hotel's restaurant, and swimming pool. I'm assuming that the room amenities were designed to be basic to keep them aligned with the overall design -- no-frills and accessible. The spacious bathroom, open cabinet and easy-slide table drawers were all evident of this. Thanks to the room's many switches for ambient lighting, I had the chance to set the mood of my stay depending on the time of the day.
|My booked Deluxe Room|
The hotel's F&B facility called The Bistro is just next to the lobby. The bar and restaurant is seamlessly connected to the front desk, so any guest can immediately sit down, relax, and take advantage of what's on the menu upon check-in. Or one can have something delicious to end one's stay before check-out.
In my case, I had the restaurant's memorable version of Pork Binagoongan for dinner. The hefty plate of thinly sliced crispy pork belly in bagoong seemed great for two or three people, but I had it all for myself. It's that good! To seal the meal, I paired it with a refreshing glass of Ube Shake.
|Pork Binagoongan for dinner|
|Ube Shake at The Bistro|
What I enjoyed the most, though, was the garlic fried rice for tasting the right kind of dry because sinangag is not meant to be soggy in my opinion. One should be able to tell the level of expertise of a hotel's F&B in the most basic items including such part of the meal.
|My buffet breakfast plate|
|Buffet breakfast at the hotel|
The hotel swimming pool is not much to look at if you're after dated designs. It's meant to be sleek and simple to match the modern vibe of the establishment. Once soaked, though, you will realize that there's a nifty add-on at one end of the pool -- an elevated portion where you can stay seated or relaxing on your belly half-submerged underwater. Push your back against the wall and you can have a rainfall massage. The kids have a separate pool that's just next to the main pool so interaction can still be had between adults and young ones.
Should you be needing a quick and stylish retreat from Metro Manila, LeBlanc Hotel and Resort is an ideal venue for such a getaway. It's new and modern, a different side of Antipolo City that's worth experiencing.
LeBlanc Hotel and Resort
Official website of LeBlanc Hotel and Resort
Address: 3 Taktak Rd., Antipolo, Rizal
Phone: (02) 509 1840
Mobile: +63 917-504-7086
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