Holy Week is coming up soon, one of the most important annual events in the life of a Filipino. While many devout Catholics will be doing the rounds for Visita Iglesia, others will be taking advantage of the holiday break. Others may opt to go to the beach to relieve them of city stress. But then again you would have to contend with that horrible Manila monster also known as EDSA traffic before and after your out-of-town vacation. The next best option for a tension free Holy Week is a staycation at a lovely hotel.
While some hotels may empty your wallet, we here at ShoppersGuide have you covered. We did the leg work and found affordable staycation packages for you and your loved ones:
1. BSA TOWER, Makati
The BSA Tower Makati website boasts of their capability to provide the convenience of a hotel and the warmth of a home at the same time.
Located in Legazpi Village, BSA Tower
is the best option for the foodie looking for a Holy Week retreat. The hotel is in the vicinity of some of the best food destinations in the the busy streets of Makati City— Legazpi Village.
On Sundays, Legazpi Village turns into farmer’s market where you can enjoy a variety of food—everything from homemade Filipino peanut butter to Turkish baklava. You can grab your organic loot from the Sunday market then enjoy it in the confines of your air-conditioned Studio Executive Room at BSA Tower.
For only PhP1,950++ from March 23 to 27, 2016, you can already book for BSA Tower’s Holy Week Staycation package that includes free wifi, a ‘welcome’ bottled water, and daily newspaper. As a bonus, if you book a minimum of 3 nights you’ll get a free gift voucher worth PhP1,500 of spa and services from Slimmer’s World. They are also offering 50% off on all of their One Bedroom Units! For more information, visit www.bsatower-makati.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
108 Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1223
2. HOLIDAY INN MANILA GALLERIA, Pasig City
Deluxe rooms at the Holiday Inn (Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn)
Holiday Inn Manila
is the next door neighbor of Robinson’s Galleria Mall which makes this the perfect Holy Week spot for the mall rats. There is a connecting bridge going to the mall*, which gives you easy access to shopping, movies, and a smorgasbord of restaurants to choose from. This hotel also gives you the option of going to The Podium, Megamall and St. Francis Square Mall which are all in walking distance. Holiday Inn will be having a “Stay Enlightened” promo
, for PhP3,000++ you can spend a night at Holiday Inn’s Deluxe Room which includes a buffet breakfast for two and complimentary internet.
Looking for a fun spot to go Easter Egg Hunting? Holiday Inn Manila might be the place for you. (Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn)
And if you loved Alice in Wonderland when you were younger, here’s a chance to awaken the child in you: Holiday Inn also has a “Madhatter’s Easter” party on March 27. Their PhP4,300 nett package is inclusive of one ticket (admits 1 adult and 1 child) to the Mad Hatter’s Easter Party. The promo is available for booking until March 27 for stay dates on March 19 to March 27, 2016.
For more information, you can call (+632) 633-7111 or email email@example.com.
One Asian Development Bank Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
3. SHANGRILA, Makati
Join Rafa the Rabbit’s Easter Adventures at Makati Shangri-La, Manila (Photo courtesy of Makati Shangri-La, Manila)
If you’re looking forward to having a luxurious staycation, try the 5-Star Makati Shangri-La Hotel
, which is known for their quality of service and superb facilities. They have an assigned mascot for Easter,Rafa the Rabbit, who you can see during your grand staycation this coming March 18 to 27. An online magazine starring Rafa the Rabbit has been created by the hotel so you can browse their Easter offerings: https://goo.gl/RxYQS9
Shangri-La Makati Deluxe Room (Photo courtesy of Shangri-La Makati)
Their staycation packages comes with a breakfast buffet for two (2) adults and two (2) children below 6 years old with rates starting at PhP6,800++. Their 2nd package starts at PhP13,800++ per night which includes accommodation on the Deluxe Suite for two (2) adults and two (2) children below 12 years old with daily breakfast buffet for two (2) adults and two (2) children below 6 years old plus access to Horizon Club Lounge. Both packages are inclusive of, get this: Easter-themed room amenities! And if you book two (2) consecutive nights, the 3rd night is free.
The cherry on top of your Shangri-La Makati staycation is that every booking gets you a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 3D2N-stay in Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa!
For more information and reservations, call (+632) 813-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. DIAMOND HOTEL, Manila
Deluxe accommodations at Diamond Hotel (Photo courtesy of Diamond Hotel)
Instead of the usual rabbit-and-egg-themed Easter events, Diamond Hotel
has sugarcoated Holy Week with their “Sweetest Room Package”
which is available from March 19 to 27. Rates start at PhP4,300 nett which includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room for two, 20% discount on massage, and use of Health Club and Spa facilities. Or you can choose an overnight for only PhP5,000 per night which includes, aside from the aforementioned features, breakfast buffet for two at Corniche restaurant and one complimentary ticket per stay to the Easter Event on March 27, 2016. This PhP5,000 per night offer can be further reduced to PhP4,800 nett per night if you stay for two nights.
Sweet dreams come true at Diamond Hotel (Photo courtesy of Diamond Hotel)
Diamond Hotel has prepared a Holy Week treat especially cooked up for those with a sweet tooth— the “Candy Wonderland Easter Event” celebration. This includes everything on a kid’s party bucketlist like face and egg painting, cupcake decorating, photo booth, glimmer tattooing, musical entertainment, and of course loot bags to take home. It’s definitely worth mentioning that Diamond Hotel is a five-star hotel so you can expect receiving first class service while enjoying the sunset along Roxas Boulevard.
For more information, you can call (632) 528-3000 or email email@example.com.
Roxas Boulevard Cor. Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila
5. ACACIA HOTEL, Muntinlupa City
Acacia Hotel Deluxe room accommodations (Photo courtesy of Acacia Hotel)
If you’re looking forward to spending Holy Week some place down south, your best option is Acacia Hotel
in Alabang. The hotel is conveniently located right smack dab in the middle of Festival Supermall and Alabang Town Center, two of the best shopping places in south Manila. Each guestroom has special customized orthopedic beds with memory foam tops called Dream Beds which assures you of a restful sleep.
Get your kids ready to go ‘egg’ sploring at the Acacia Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Acacia Hotel)
The hotel is currently offering an “Easter Room special” on March 26 and 27 atPhP7800 nett which includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, buffet breakfast for two, two tickets to the “Little Eggs-plorer Easter Party” at the Grand Acacia Ballroom on March 27, use of fitness center and swimming pool, free WiFi, and complimentary shuttle service within the Alabang area. They also have a Holy Week Stay package fromMarch 23 to 27, 2016 with rates starting from PhP 4,888 nett. The package includes most of the amenities mentioned above except for the tickets to the Little Eggs-plorer event. It does, however, cover an additional complimentary scheduled shuttle service to St. Jerome Emilianni Church, St. James Church, and San Jose Village Church.
5400 East Asia Drive corner Commerce Avenue, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
6. THE MALAYAN PLAZA, Pasig City
A look inside the Studio Superior of Malayan Plaza (Photo courtesy of The Malayan Plaza Hotel)
If you want to be in the middle of the action for Holy Week, stay at The Malayan Plaza Hotel
. Set along ADB avenue in Ortigas, it will give you access to the different spots that will fit the budget of both the modest staycationer or the holidaymaker who enjoys lavish but affordable experiences.
The Malayan Plaza website brags of a hotel with modern design that provides functionality and comfort for today’s world travelers. (Photo courtesy of The Malayan Plaza Hotel)
From March 21 to 27, the Malayan Plaza is offering Holy Week Room Promo packages for studio superior room and studio twin deluxe room at PhP 3,000.00 nett and PhP3,900 nett for one bedroom deluxe room. These Holy Week Promo Rate comes with buffet breakfast, daily complimentary bottled water, daily local newspaper, in-house coffee and tea-making facilities, and use of facilities like gym and swimming pool. For more information, you can contact (+632) 706-0055 / 634-6534, Fax (+632) 635-2969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADB Avenue Corner Opal Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
7. H2O HOTEL, Manila
The unique rooms at Hotel H20 give an under the sea feel. (Photo courtesy of Hotel H20)
If you’re secretly hoarding mermaid wannabe dreams, H20 Hotel is the place for you to spend Holy Week. Situated above the famed Manila Ocean Park, staying at H20 Hotel will give you immediate access to exciting water attractions.
Enjoy the Easter with the amenities at H20 Hotel and Manila Ocean Park. (Photo courtesy of H20 Hotel)
They are also hosting an event for the young ones and the young once with their “Hop and Hunt Adventures” on Easter Sunday! For a walk-in rate of PhP1,099 for adults and PhP899 for kids, families will get to enjoy lunch buffet, art activities, a show and tell of Manila Ocean Park's creepy crawlies, face painting, film showing, mermaid show (yes!) and an Easter egg hunt. For more information, you can call (+632) 238 6100 or email them at email@example.com.
Luneta, Manila, Philippines (Behind the Quirino Grandstand)
* Malls are closed on March 24 and 25 in observance of the Holy Week.