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The yellow taxi from the airport did not have trouble finding this hotel because it was along EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue), the artery of Metro Manila, and was beside Robinson's Mall Pioneer. When we got to the hotel, the security guard readily helped us carry our belongings and promptly assisted us to the lobby where we were to check-in. The front desk staff could use some hospitality though. Intending to check in, I lined up behind a guy transacting with the front desk personnel and after he was done, I thought I was next. I was a bit surprised that without a word, the staff just took a glance at me, picked up her handbag, said goodbye to her colleagues and left. Thus, I had to line up again at the other lane where when it was my turn, I was advised to wait for the 2:00pm check in time. I asked the staff if I could leave our luggage so we could eat lunch at the nearby mall and she said I could leave them inside their reception area. She headed in the direction of the entrance to their reception area and I expected that she open it to let me put my luggage in. Instead, again without a word, she just entered the door to the backroom and never returned. There was no one left at the front desk so I stood there considering entering the reception area myself or waiting for who knows how long for somebody to come out. Luckily, another security guard came by and he assisted us in taking our stuff to a luggage room. I was a bit uncomfortable with leaving our stuff there without a corresponding claim stub because that would mean that anyone could just claim it to be theirs especially that the room was full of luggage but I was hungry and was in a hurry to have lunch. Besides my fear was assuaged because of the numerous CCTVs all around the place.
When we returned at half past 2:00pm, our room was ready and we were also assisted in going there. Gohotels.ph is expansive but all rooms were only on 2 floors so our room was a bit of a distance from the 2 elevators that were very spacious as well.
They provided us with a keycard that is inserted in a slot beside the room to turn the electricity on. I was very happy in seeing our room because it was how it looked like in the pictures. It was not spotless as I saw that some dust (looked more like colloids) had accumulated on my bedside table and also saw two hair strands that were definitely not ours. Otherwise, the place was relatively clean. The room must not have been used in a while and housekeeping failed to retouch before we came in.
I had a good night's sleep in the very comfortable queen-sized bed. The pillows were ok and the sheets were clean
Other than the front desk staff and these two concerns, gohotels.ph is very good: 1. The air conditioner which was a vent on the ceiling did not cool the room quickly enough, and 2. gohotels.ph is supposed to be a non-smoking hotel but I am sure I smelled cigarette smoke in the bathroom. I am not sure if it was the scent sticking to the walls after someone had smoked in there or if it was carried in through the exhaust from someone who was smoking in the other rooms. I wish management would check on this because for non-smokers like me, cigarette smell is a big turn-off.
Our room had a view so we had the option of drawing the curtains to let light in. The television also had lots of channels for entertainment.
As for the bathroom, there was a steady flow of water. The toilet flush also worked well. Towels and a towel-mat for the floor were provided. Aside from those, no other amenities were in the bathroom except for a small packet of soap and shampoo. It did not matter though because we always never get to use bathroom stuff because we bring our own preferred brands anyway. What was most important is that there was hot water and the showers worked well.
For transportation, we have not tried hailing a taxi or taking the MRT at the nearby station but I suppose that there would not be any trouble if one chooses those options. Gohotels.ph is not necessarily near where the action is but an MRT station is near so getting to destinations will not be a problem.
Not wanting to be troubled by having to hail a taxi in going to the airport the following day, we arranged for one at the taxi table at the hotel lobby. We think that the Php400 flat rate is worth not having to be hassled by having to find a taxi and haggling with the rate, considering that we had more than a few luggages. The taxi that was provided for us was clean but I wish the driver would look presentable. He looked like he just got out of bed. He was the same guy I talked to the previous day and he might not have gone home over the night because he was wearing the same clothes early morning the following day
In sum, I would consider staying at Gohotels.ph again because I am willing to overlook the few cons because of the pros and especially because of the price.
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