As a child, I always get excited when school year ends because this mean we’ll be going out of town very soon. I can already imagine the beach, palm trees, sand, sea and sun. That’s my traditional summer vacation.
But when the 2nd millennium came, the idea of “vacation” was somehow transformed. Now, one can take a break without any salt in the air or sand in the hair. No need to go that far away too. The idea of ‘staycation’ was slowly introduced.
‘Staycation’, as the name suggests “Stay-at-home-vacation”.
What is ‘staycation’?
A vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. (Defined by Oxford Dictionaries)
I once heard ‘staycation’ from a friend. She and her family spent a weekend in EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, which is 30 minutes away from their home. It was a rainy weekend in August. It’s not yet near summer neither they’re celebrating any occasion. It was a just break from the usual routine.
We all need this relaxing weekend without ripping off your pocket. So below are my picks for ‘staycation’ hotels in the metro.
- This is not a paid or sponsored post.
- We have stayed on some of them at our own cost.
- The nightly rate for couple (2pax) we considered justifiable is from Php 3,000 to Php 5,000.
- Photos by Booking
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas
Astoria Plaza, a hotel in Pasig, offers you a private niche in the heart of the city. It is the new standard in urban living with all the space and comfort of home combined with the modern convenience of a deluxe hotel.
Amelie Hotel Manila
Step inside and into the Manila of old. Contemporary interiors infused with art deco style make Amelia Hotel hip, artsy, and in tune with its location. It’s perfect for young professionals seeking a quiet getaway in the city. Enter the roof deck and you’ll find a pool, gym, and events place with sweeping views perfect for events and for chilling out.
If you love cityscapes view and minimalist interior facilities at an affordable price, then you should try this modern hotel in the heart of Pasig city. Every corner is an great photo opportunity. Starting from the lobby, rooftop pool, Verona rooftop lounge, Piazza Privato (where buffet breakfast are served) and of course, up to their minimalist room with touches of colors and patterns.
Ramada Manila Central
Strategically situated in the world’s oldest Chinatown, Ramada Manila Central is a fresh luxury hotel that offers Asian inspired rooms and superior facilities. This hotel boasts good proximity to gastronomic adventure in Binondo, historical tour in Intramuros and shopping spree in Divisoria.
Best for people, who are looking for relaxing and straightforward staycation. This hotel may not boast any usual facilities like swimming pool or gym but they’ll make sure that you’ll have a pleasant and unique weekend.
Azumi Boutique Hotel
A safe haven in Alabang, Azumi Hotel is a breath of fresh air. This hotel has been creating a buzz among younger market. This is best for those who were looking for relaxing staycations with eye candy facilities. They offer minimalist rooms that characterizing earth tones with few hints of color orange. But what makes them more interesting is their modern lap pool. It boasts an infinity pool effect and 180 degrees view on the city. Who would not love to swim on that kind of pool?
Hotel Jen Manila
Known before as “Trader’s Hotel Manila”, Hotel Jen was rebranded by Shangri-La to cater to the new “Jeneration”. Along with the brand transformation, they’ve also introduced their online persona – Jen. Who is Jen? She’s a virtual hotelier that will give you a detailed guide on how to maximize your stay. Starting from the tourist spots near the hotel, where to eat and more!
Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub
Microtel Hotel will always have a special place in my heart. Long before ‘staycation’ became popular, this hotel gave me my first bath tub experience. I won’t tell which branch though! Haha With more than 10 branches strategically located in Ph’s summer getaways, Microtel provides consistent experience to every guests. Whether you’re in Baguio or Palawan or Boracay or even in Manila, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay.
Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila
A four star hotel from Southern part of Metro Manila, Crimson Hotel is a luxurious high rise hotel offers stylish rooms, modern amenities, chic lobby, exceptional dining and stellar service.
The Bayleaf Intramuros
Within the protective three mile-long circuit of massive stone walls rose a city of churches, palaces, museums, fine courtyards and finally, The Bayleaf Intramuros. Launched in November 2011, this boutique hotel promises a restful experience for its guests given its 5 star quality beddings, room amenities and a spacious bathroom.
A unique vacation experience awaits at Hotel H2O, an aquarium-themed hotel overlooking the beautiful Manila Bay. Hotel H2O takes its inspiration from the waters of the Philippines. It’s location, perched atop Manila Bay; its marine-themed rooms and suites that allow you to “sleep with fishes”; and its easy access to Manila Ocean Park all combine to make Hotel H2O a hotel like no other. A tribute to water, the elixir of life.
The Bellevue Hotel, Manila
Towering over Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Bellevue offers modern air conditioned rooms with cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Each room features luxurious interiors, with abstract paintings on the wall and muted colors for a calming ambiance. Experience the trademark Filipino sociability translated into a world-class setting. From small details such as your welcome fruit platter to the bigger picture like seamless assistance for your wedding photoshoot, our greatest pleasure is to make you feel at home with our world-class hospitality.
Torre Venezia Hotel
This hotel is a towering landmark in Quezon City, strategically located a short distance from major media networks like ABS-CBN and GMA, government offices, banks, cultural sights, universities and the city’s main commercial district. They offer rooms that are Italian inspired with a fusion of modern and traditional designs, tastefully and elegantly furnished against a backdrop of warm and welcoming hues.
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila With this many rooms, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is sure to have one that’s right for you. In the heart of Manila, the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila features luxurious rooms with spectacular views.
The Henry Hotel Manila
2680, a one-hectare residential property also referred to as the “Chinese compound,” was built in 1948. Originally, there were 21 individual houses in the compound. Built in the prevalent “Liberation Style” that dominated the post war years, the houses feature austere exteriors but with the presence of high ceilings, large windows, a spectacular use of colorful Baldoza floor tiles. To date, The Henry Hotel Manila is occupying total of 5 houses within the compound.
Hotel Celeste is a haute-couture boutique hotel that enchants guests through unique experience of luxury and excellent service in every stay. The first boutique hotel in the city and now the crown of business travelers and desire of most serious leisure explorers. Behind the silvery-white and gray concrete and glass structure are 25 elegant and uniquely designed Deluxe rooms and 5 European-inspired Suites to feel and experience the taste of Europe and its finest luxuries.
Joy~Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila
Delivering the experience of a 5-Star hotel in Manila but with the personality and exclusivity of a private residence, the property is the first and only serviced apartments awarded the prestigious “Deluxe” classification by the Department of Tourism. It is located in Ortigas Center in Pasig City, one of the three CBD’s in the National Capital Region of Manila.
The Luneta Hotel
Housed in an exquisitely restored national landmark, The Luneta Hotel Manila offers the finest boutique accommodations, superlative dining experiences and thoughtful personalized service.
The building, reminiscent of the French Renaissance architecture, first opened in 1918 in one of Manila’s most legendary addresses. After years of faithful renovation, the hotel reopened with a collection of 27 guest rooms and suites close to the city’s shopping, dining and cultural attractions.
There is no shortage of ‘staycation’ hotels in Metro Manila. Tell me, which of them will you book for your ‘staycation’ experience?
How about you?
What do you think of the hotels on the list?
Have you stayed in these hotels before? Tell me more about your experience!
Would you like to try them out? Why or why not?