Sunday, October 13, 2013

Our Mini- Moons and My Fave Rooms...

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
As a newlywed, the rooms we occupied during our Mini-Moons [i.e. short and within the country vacation after the big day] would always be memorable for me and topped as my favorites. Yes, our mini - honeymoon destinations may not be as expensive and lengthy as our dream honeymoon vacation in Maldives or a long - haul planned getaway in Taipei, Taiwan (which both have to wait until my hubby has a passport), but our stay in Estancia Hotel Resort - Tagaytay and Manila Hotel truly made me feel welcome as a MRS. in a big romantic way!
ESTANCIA RESORT HOTEL - TAGAYTAY is located in Bgy. San Jose, Tagaytay and is less than a kilometer from the Tagaytay rotunda and about 60 kilometers or one and half hours drive from Makati. True to its resort feel, Estancia has a vast areas for gardens, pools, hanging bridges, entertainment room, a billiard hall, a playgound and various themed and colored room facades and its uniquely designed rooms - orange deluxe rooms, executive suites, nipa-hut inspired casitas and blue and white santorini family villas.
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at this resort hotel and our wedding package comes with free two nights first class accommodations at either - Santorini clusters or Executive Rows.
We opted for Executive Room because it is closer to the reception venue and is spacious enough for the wedding preps. The room has an air-conditioning, cable TV, hot and cold running water, telephones and minibar. But what I like most about our room is that it affords us a breathtaking view of the Taal Lake and the lush and beautiful surroundings of Tagaytay. It surely makes our first breakfast as a couple romantically blissful!
Sweet Deal: Php 6,500 with plated breakfast. We will definitely come back here whenever we want to come home to nature!
MANILA HOTEL is a Philippine landmark built in 1912. It has 500 rooms including the Mc Arthur Suites and Presidential Suites in 17th floor where presidents of different countries stay and get hosted. It was a dream - come - true to stay in one of its room [courtesy of our ninong Atty. Joey D. Lina] and have a taste of history!
We were billeted at a Superior Deluxe room, Bay side at the 17th floor. The full sized glass window panes allow us panoramic views of the Manila Bay and the hotel pool area, and of course the sunrise and sunset.
Our room has a Filipiniana feel (just like our wedding theme), but equipped with modern amenities like high speed internet access (both wired and wi-fi ready), signature contact-less electronic door lock, individually electronic-controlled air-conditioning, remote-control LCD TV with cable channels, fully stocked mini-bar, in-room safe, coffee and tea making facilities (which I used for my noodles) and MP3 player-compatible with AM/FM clock radio.
And what I really enjoy in our room is the spacious Italian marble bathroom boasting an over-sized soaking bathtub with LCD TV, a separate walk-in rain shower and lavish premium bathroom amenities and toiletries.
Sweet Deal: Php 8,500 for this Superior Deluxe room that comes with welcome fruit basket, bottled water and buffet breakfast from 6am to 10am the next morning.
This is my entry to the October 2013 PTB Blog Carnival "My Favorite Room" being hosted by Eileen Campos of The Super Tourists. Check out the previous blog carnival topics in Estan Cabigas of Pinoy Travel Bloggers Carnival.


  1. Haven't been to any of these, but I would love the chance to stay at the Manila Hotel. Wonderful views! And great pictures, Mhe-Anne. Best wishes again!

    1. Hey Aleah dear and double thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments and your best wishes for our wedding.I haven't written in so long so forgot to check my blog comment page haha. Until my actual stay in the room, I always have the impression that Manila Hotel is old and that's it. But it's charm is more than being old but really lovely inside!

  2. Hello, I just want to ask if have tried to stay at Go Hotels? Thanks!


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