Fernandina Suites & Hotel was a welcome surprise for vacationers looking for a vacation experience other than the beach or sigh seeing. Seeing Fernandina’s location in the web, I was intrigued by its location and accessibility to major thoroughfares. It’s located at the Araneta Shopping Center in Quezon City where major shopping outlets, restaurants, grocery stores, etc, are in place including a farmer’s market.
The hotel rate is lower compared to condotel or service apartments in Makati area. The rate, location and the farmers market lured me to book a 2-bedroom suite for a family of five. In case I did not like what I see upon arrival, I booked other hotels for back up.
The hotel’s façade is ordinary and the services basic but you get what you pay for; besides the hotel passed my test of cleanliness and security. The two bedroom suite was around $105 a day (2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living/dining room area, and a kitchen). Our suite was clean with A/Cs in the living room and the two bedrooms and hot running water 24/7. There was housekeeping services daily. Laundry services were also available at affordable rates and outgoing local calls (using landline) were free of charge. There was free complimentary breakfast for two daily. Transportation plus driver were also available although we only required their services for out-of-town trips since the hotel was conveniently located and we walk most of the time. Again, the rates for car (but in our case a van) + drive are very competitive and much lower than Avis and/or other car rental agencies in Manila/Makati. We extended our stay for the duration of our vacation because of all these factors.
Cooking utensils and cutleries were for rent at Php300/daily (less that $8). The kitchen has a standard size refrigerator with plenty of cupboards and large kitchen sink. If one is health conscious and/or easily tires of restaurant foods, a farmers market with its wide selection of fresh seafood, fish, meat, veggies, fruits, etc, is open almost 24 hours and a walking distance from the hotel. If one is inclined, one can easily whip up a gourmet or authentic native dinner rather than relying solely to eating out although there were so many eateries and restaurant around to choose from. In fact, fresh gourmet foods were available at the farmers market and I was able to introduce my children to the wide varieties of fruits, vegetables, and seafood like shrimps, fish, crabs from tropical country like the Philippines. We also found gourmet cheeses, chocolates and coffee. We enjoyed walking around the area and tasting native foods. Since it was Christmas time, there were so many varieties to sample.
The public lightweight rail transit (LRT) is conveniently located at Gateway Mall. One could hop to Makati by using the LRT since its Ayala Avenue stop in Makati is at Glorietta Mall (near the Intercontinental Hotel).
If one is adventurous enough, a block away from the hotel is a huge bus terminal with bus services going to exotic places like Quezon, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Tagaytay City. The buses are all air-conditioned.
We go out everyday and although there was no safety deposit box in our suite, our valuables and passports which were store in our suitcase were left untouched.
I would recommend Fernandina Suites to people looking for a clean, safe, affordable and accessible place to stay. The staffs were helpful and friendly and the two drivers we had opportunity to meet, Bobby and Lino who sometimes acted as our tour guides, proved to be reliable and friendly complete with their witty and funny commentaries.
- Also Known As:
- Fernandina 88 Hotel Quezon City
- Fernandina 88 Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of a dynamic business Center, Fernandina 88 Suites Hotel is a few steps to all that Quezon City's Araneta Business and Shopping Center has to offer, such as Rustans department store, ShoeMart, Farmer's Market, Fiesta Carnival, Araneta Coliseum and many international restaurants which are all in the neighborhood. Banks, theaters and transportaion are all close at hand. ... more less
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