I was just recently in Krakow, Poland for a week (due to work) and I could not believe that I will be able to go there. Great thanks to my employer who sent me there, I was finally able to have my first trip in Europe.
I have tons of photos and blog posts to consider but probably let me begin my review of the first hotel I stayed, Novotel Centrum.
Who wouldn’t want a view like this just outside your bedroom?
I never realized that I could have a perfect view of the beautiful limestones of El Nido, Palawan just outside my room at an affordable price. Many say that the Alternative Inn has the greatest view of El Nido limestones along the shoreline of El Nido town proper and they were not wrong. Good thing also that we reserved a room last Jan 2013 before our trip last March 8th.
I’ve decided to travel with my mom every year during her birthday so for this year, I decided to treat her to an overnight stay in Tagaytay. Good thing I was able to purchase an overnight stay voucher at Hotel Dominique through a group buying site. The original price of the superior room is PHP 3,300 but I bought it almost half of its price.
Hotel Dominique is located in Aguinaldo Highway and just near the Tagaytay Rotunda. We don’t have a car so we only rode the bus from Manila (particularly at the bus station in Edsa – LRT – behind Sogo motel). The bus passed by Coastal Road then took the Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas then Silang, Cavite route. If you will be taking this route, you won’t miss Hotel Dominique because it’s just at the right side of the road and before you reach Olivares (Tagaytay Rotunda). You can tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the Olivarez terminal or Pink Sisters. If you drop off the Olivarez terminal, you’ d have to walk around 10 meters which is relatively ok if you only have your backpack with you.
Restaurant and Lobby
During our trip to Bacolod last February, three of Sha’s officemates joined us. We are 5 (five) in the group. Instead of getting two separate rooms, we decided to get the Family Suite where we just added an extra bed. The room is perfect for group and family holidays because our room has four single beds, one sofa, and a dining table and chairs that’s good for four people.
For the bathroom, there are two cubicles for shower and there are two cubicles for the toilet which I like because it would be hard to follow our schedule if there’s only one shower and one toilet to be used by all of us. There’s a TV inside the room (yes, they do have cable). They also provide free Wi-Fi access which is available in all of the rooms with no extra charge. I’m sure that bloggers, and for those who will go to Bacolod for a business trip will surely enjoy this.
What I don’t like about the Family Suite is that there are a few outlets available for us to use for charging our cameras and mobile phones. Thus, if you’ll be checking in at Circle Inn’s Family Suite, I suggest for you to bring an extension cord. 😀
TV and sofa
It’s too bad that the plunge pool jacuzzi is turned off at night. Thus, they were only able to swim at the other pool. If you plan to use their jacuzzi, just go there earlier. 😀
Another thing that I like about Circle Inn is that there’s a nearby convenience store. It became easy for us to buy snacks and bottled water since we do not need to ride a jeep or walk further to be able to buy those items. 🙂
Lopez Jaena – Malaspina Streets, Capitol Shopping Center Bacolod City 6100 Philippines
Telephone: 63-34-709-9111 OR 63-34-709-9009
Mobile/Text Messaging: 63-917-445-9972
1st waterfall at Mambukal Resort
It was in February when we first went to Mambukal Resort. From Circle Inn (the hotel where we stayed), we took a jeep and went off at Libertad (7 pesos). And then, we took a non-air-conditioned bus going to Mambukal which costs 35 pesos/pax (one way). Just tell the conductor that you’ll get off at Mambukal. And yes, the bus stops in front of Mambukal Resort.
The travel time from Bacolod to Mambukal is around 1.5 hours. It’s not that long. On the way to Mambukal, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the vast fields of sugar cane and of Mount Canlaon. 🙂
Upon arriving Mambukal Resort, just go inside, and pay an entrance fee of 30 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for kids.
It’s actually my first time to stay in any Microtel in the Philippines. I agree with most of my friends who have stayed in a Microtel Hotel, the experience is worthwhile. Aside from its clean facilities, Microtel boasts their chiropractic beds (like the ones you see above). Even though I only had 2 nights to sleep there, at least my back was able to experience at least 4 hours on it :D. It was such a comfort to lie down there after a tiring day from the activities.
Two weeks ago, I stayed in Traders Hotel because a family friend “sold” us her overnight stay gift certificate for half the original price. It was a good deal and just used it so that it won’t be wasted. My mom and I stayed in their Deluxe Room which includes Breakfast buffet. I think the original price of this kind of room is about Php 5800 + per night. The best thing about this hotel is that every room as a complimentary broadband internet connection! You don’t need to pay extra because it’s already included the package. I was online from 11 pm to around 5 am and didn’t have any extra cost!