I booked this hotel online in a rush as i had to fly out the next day to Manila to attend a friends wedding in San Agustine Church in Intramuros, this hotel was located within the general area and more importantly to me was it was within my meagre budget. Without wasting anymore time i confirmed and paid for the hotel for the whole 4 days i was to be in Manila.
The day i was about to leave i decided to do a little research on the hotel and to my horror 80% of the reviews were bad. The one that got me was when this guy wrote " If i knew it was this bad i would have slept in Rizal Park".
I panicked and it was too late to cancel by then so i resigned myself to blowing my budget and booking in to another hotel the moment i reached Manila but i would give it a shot and at least look at the place before i decided.
When i got to Manila and took the taxi to the hotel it was a little difficult to locate at first, as i had never been to this part of Manila and from the look of the streets we were heading on i thought it was gonna be one of those Hotel...Motel...Inn...1 hour room rentals for a quickie kinda place....all sorts of visions were going through my mind after all it was only Ph$1400 per night including tax and breakfast. For the amount charged I wasn't expecting much just let the beds be clean, have a working air-conditioner and breathable air not stuffy or mouldy and i would be a happy camper.
When the taxi driver finally found the Hotel and we stopped in front of the entrance i was pleasantly surprised to have two security guards helping us out of the taxi and guiding us to the main entrance, when we entered the lobby it was a bit of mixed emotions as the lobby itself looked grander than i had imagined but apparently the air-conditioner wasn't working and it was swelteringly hot. I asked the receptionist if the air-con had been out a long time trying to get a jest of the maintenance situation but she answered it was only just that they had to shut it down. Things were looking up, i was getting anxious to see the rooms. I remember reading one of the reviewers tipping off to request for a room with a window when registering and that was what i did.
After a long while waiting in the sweltering lobby the receptionist finally advised we were on the 6th floor....uh oh i thought as i did not see an elevator when i walked in and the thought of climbing stairs to the 6th floor made me glossy eyed again. But lo and behold there was a large elevator behind a glass door at the rear of the receptionist counter....Fantastic!
The receptionist gave us a key card for the room we were assigned and this was great assurance as it couldn't be that bad if the hotel had invested in electronic door lock mechanisms for their rooms....could it? I was right.... when we got to the room it blew away my expectations. It was clean, the bed, floor, and bathroom were spotless. The room was standard sized and not small compared to the other budget places i had stayed at before....very comfortably sized. We had two of each towels, soaps, shampoo and even toothbrushes. There was a small LCD type television with more than enough channels to keep you entertained, the air-conditioner was excellently positioned at the side of the bed making sure you got a cool breeze constantly over you all the time (really needed with the extreme heat and humidity you get in Manila). The bathroom was well equipped with working hot and cold shower and faucet and the toilet even had a bidet wash pipe attached. The bed and pillows had to be one of the better ones i had slept on....very supportive without any hard spots you could feel when you got up in the morning. To top it all of there was freaking WiFi available in the rooms (though the internet availability stopped the last two days i was there but i didn't bother to mention it to the staff) There were a couple of minor things if you wanted to scrutinize like yes the walls and doors were on the thin side whereby it is noticeable to hear other tenants in the hall opening and closing their doors but it didn't bother me. It would have been nice to have a couple of cups and fresh drinking water and slippers provided as well as per most budget hotels i had been to.
Overall i thought it was perfect for the price paid...oh and did i forgot to mention this included a very nice daily breakfast of local Filipino dishes at their very nicely decorated in-house restaurant and all the staff were very pleasant with always a smile and a warm greeting.
I never write reviews but i felt i had to do justice to the bad reviews given previously to this establishment that gave me so much grief and i wanted others to hear of an honest first hand experience. I hope this will help someone out there make their decisions based on honest reviews and expectations. Thanks for reading.
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