Christmas is coming and we are looking forward to a fun and joyous celebration with our families and friends! Many are deciding to go home to their provinces or going out of town during this season while others choose to spend wisely by staying in the city.
discovered three economical hotels recommended for a Christmas or New Year staycation that will give guests a rewarding vacation without leaving Metro Manila!
Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
The façade of Picasso is stark white as seen from the front but a continuous painting across different units is revealed if viewed from a different angle.
Tired of the generic white walls and pale colors that common hotels offer? You can find an artistic and modern alternative boutique hotel right in the heart of Salcedo Village in Makati.
Inside, guests are treated with bursts of art in every corner starting from this creative lounge.
Known in the neighborhood as a former condominium complex, in 2009 the owners of Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
saw the building’s potential and turned it into a boutique hotel. Its managing partner, Hospitality Innovators Inc. (HII), suggested turning it into a serviced residence to cater to guests who wants to stay for a longer period of time but still receive the kinds of services offered in a standard hotel. Ardent Development Corporation, a partner of HII, collaborated to turn it into an art-themed establishment.
No need to worry about claustrophobia because the rooms in Picasso are very spacious.
Aside from the interesting interiors, what makes Picasso a perfect option for your Christmas staycation is their very spacious rooms. Because the building was originally a condominium, the rooms have a size of a condo unit. Their studio room, Malaga and Madrid Studio room , already measures 45 sq. meters! You won’t feel cramped or suffocated inside their rooms and having an additional guest won’t be a problem because there are plenty of spaces for an extra bed.
If you want something even bigger, their Montparnasse and Barcelona Suite, which measures 88 sq. meters, is perfect for big families. Meanwhile their Picasso Loft, with a floor area of 93 sq. meters, can very well show what luxury looks like and is perfect for your own cozy Christmas party.
Each room is equipped with a kitchenette that guests can use at their own leisure.
Because it is meant to be a serviced residence, each room is equipped with a kitchenette where you can buy food outside the hotel and cook it at your own convenience. Some guests even take advantage of the weekend market in the nearby Salcedo Village and buy organic ingredients that they cook inside their rooms. Just give the hotel a ring and you will be provided with the cooking equipment that you need.
Picasso’s in-house museum
They also have the usual amenities like the spa and the gym, but the definite stand out is their in-house art gallery that features up-and-coming Filipino artists. The gallery is open to the public and features new artists every two to three months. The hotel also has an in-house bistro and café so there is no need to look too far for a place to eat.
Overall, Picasso Boutique Serviced Residence is perfect for a family that wants a spacious and luxurious space with hints of artistry and modernism in the design. If you are tired of the generic white walls of a hotel, Picasso is the best place to spend your Christmas staycation goals. You can also visit their website to for monthly promotions that you can take advantage of.
As of this month, Picasso offers Christmas package rates called Beary Merry Christmas where guests can get 20% discount on their 2nd night for stays anytime from now until January 31, 2017, except December 31, 2016.
El Cielito Hotel – Makati
The façade of El Cielito radiates a classy, business feel. (Image: El Cielito Hotel Management)
Christmas is the season to be merry, but some just can’t get away with work responsibilities and commitments. And since everybody is surely going to party, it can be frustrating if you can’t join them. So we recommend you to go on a staycation in a hotel near you where you can relax and enjoy but find the time and space to concentrate on your work in between. If this is the kind of staycation that you’re looking for, the El Cielito Hotel
in Makati might be the one for you.
Front desk staff warmly accommodating online and walk-in guests and phone inquiries
Having started its operation with just five rooms, El Cielito Hotel Makati has been welcoming traveling businesspersons who are seeking for a practical yet comfortable accommodation since 1975. This homegrown family-owned hotel is conveniently located near Makati Business District and is just a 15-minute drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Not to mention, it is also a home to many companies that often hold live-in seminars because of its economical rates and efficient facilities.
A deluxe room has one king-sized bed located at the middle next to the working area.
El Cileto’s rooms are divided in three categories: single standard, twin standard, and deluxe. All are spacious enough for solo staycation, but most recommended is the deluxe room because of its almost-like-home interior. Their deluxe rooms are furnished with a king-sized bed, a soft living room couch, a working table, a cable television, and a closet spacious enough for a guest’s belongings.
Deluxe room’s working desk is facing the television.
To complete a relaxing stay at the hotel, a guest can request for a massage service. El Cielito has tied up with Mont Albo Massage Hut to make this service available upon request.
Kaffenena is an in-house restaurant serving Filipino dishes.
Another reason to stay in El Cielito is their in-house restaurant named Kaffenena which is located at the right side of their information desk. The chairs with playful hues are sure to catch the attention of every guest entering the hotel. Since El Cielito is Filipino-owned, you can expect Kaffenena’s menu to be catalogued with a list of Filipino cuisines. Guests’ most favorites include Bistek Tagalog and Chicken Cordon Blue.
The restaurant also offers healthy breads for 24/7.
Kaffenena also offers breads that do not contain sugar, egg, or butter for health-conscious diners. The restaurant is open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM only but their breads are available 24 hours for checked-in guests upon request.
Did you know that El Cielito has fixed rates even on peak seasons? They don’t raise room rates throughout the year and that’s a good deal for penny-pinching guests especially for this holiday season.
While El Cielito Hotel Makati offers prudent accommodation rates, it never falls short in giving their guests a cozy environment. Any business fellow can turn to this hotel for good work space surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
City Garden Suites Manila
Another value hotel with ornate amenities is City Garden Suites
in Ermita, Manila. Coming from a well-known chain of Filipino hotels that qualifies world-class standards, City Garden Suites looks promising with its vintage-styled interiors reminiscent of the classic Filipino home.
Front desk staff warmly greets everyone who comes and goes out of the hotel.
It is accessible to old Manila’s eating district and entertainment or recreation places such as Malate and the Luneta Park.
While most guests are groups from companies and business travelers, City Garden Suites also serves as the second home of students reviewing for board exams.
Despite being in the middle of the city, no amount of noise can be heard through the hallway and that makes it a perfect staycation venue for fellows who want to have a sweet respite. And who says staying indoors is boring? You can be amused just by walking through their hallways that looks like a mini-gallery because of an array of paintings installed on the walls.
The Penthouse Suite has a spacious living room for group movie viewing.
Group staycation is welcome. You can stay in one of their Penthouse rooms that can accommodate 6 persons. They have two Penthouse Suites: one with a veranda facing the city, and one with the view of the notable Manila Bay. One has a kitchenette while the other one has a living room next to the bedroom.
The Penthouse Suite bedroom
With 142 rooms, including the 45 contemporary rooms in their newly built Annex, you can choose an ambient space you truly deserve. The Annex has a different interior design from the City Garden Suites main building’s but still elegant and classy.
Each room is well-lit, well-ventilated, has Wi-Fi access, and has television with cable connection—everything you need for a relaxing stay away from home. Not to mention, they have active promotions until December 30 this year perfect for couples, families, and barkada on the go! Promos are posted on their official website.
The mini-bar at the lobby serves a selection of wines and other liquors. (Image: City Garden Suites Manila)
Café Miranda serves breakfast buffet for stay-in and walk-in guests
Those fond of snacks and chit-chats can relax in its vast lobby that has a mini-bar where you can unwind and grab a snack with your buddy. On the opposite side is the extension café, Café Miranda, their in-house restaurant which serves breakfast buffet of both local and international cuisines. Guests are also entitled to free use of the hotel gym.
Overall, City Garden Suites is an ideal space for those who want to spend the holidays in a different way. Even without outdoor facilities, its impressive amenities promise a good rest on a holiday staycation before the year 2017 starts.
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