Friday, April 21, 2017

Hotel Review: Infinity Tower Suites Makati City


It has been customary for my husband and I to take day off from work on Special Family Occasions. 

This year however, my eldest' birthday fell on a Tuesday and this busy office mama, can't afford to take Monday off as well... 

Thank goodness, I found a perfect solution,  I got a very good deal online on a hotel located barely 2 blocks away from where I work "wink-wink"... 



So the idea was, to do a Sunday check-in, walk to work Monday (and spend lengthy breakfast time,  meet with the family for lunch and not rush going home at night).  Since I was on leave Tuesday we had the following day ~ "free and easy". 



I bought 2 nights stay at Infinity Tower Suites via Deal Grocer, half of the cost paid using Citibank Rewards Points
(My cash out was only P4500 for a 2 nights stay in a 1 Bedroom Suite, inclusive of Breakfast for 2 with free parking and wifi).






Welcome to Infinity Tower Suites ~ a no frill  service apartment that is right on the budget.   Note though, that since I knew Infinity Tower Suites is already a bit old, I lowered my expectations bit.


Check-in was fast and easy.  The receptionist was very good natured.  We were greeted nicely and attended to immediately.  Really nice start to our stay!

>Our room comes with only 2 free breakfast sets and since we were a party of 4, I requested if we can get the 2nd day free breakfast on the 1st day, I was really pleased my request was granted.


We were offered assistance with our luggage, but we are light packers and declined their offer,  
so we led ourselves to our Suite at the 20th floor. 


There were 2 cupcakes welcoming our arrival. 
I think they are delicious, since my boys took one each and ate the cupcakes as if they are hungry, considering we just had lunch.


I was awed at how huge a 1 bedroom suite is. 
According to the Infinity Tower Suites website, a 1 bedroom is about 74sqms in size.   That's bigger than most condo units right?


The Bedroom has a Queen size Bed.  The bed was a bit hard for me, but my husband liked it. 



There is also a separate study area.


A working kitchen, with cooking equipment, utensils and dinnerware. And look at that full size refrigerator.


There is also a dining area for 4 and a living room area with a huge sofa facing a TV (with Cignal cable ~ very good channel selections, but my boys were tuned in to the sports channel the entire time we were there). 




I can like throw a party for 20+ in this room and would still have a personal space in the bathroom.



Toiletries were not top notched, but it was really not an issue.  Linens, towels and bathrobes though were soft and fluffy. They are new and nicely laundered. 


Also comes with the essentials, such as hair dryer, ironing facilities and in-room safe.

It was nice that there is gym and fitness room.  I wanted to try it out
but I did bring workout clothes and shoes.

The pool was a bit small, but it was clean and the water looked newly replaced when we came in.  My son had a grand time swimming with his papa, while I was working :P

There is also a mini playground beside the pool, but it is for small kids only.  My youngest is already 8 and can't hardly fit in the swing.



Our next day complimentary breakfast was at  The Wholesome Table.  The Wholesome Table offers organic food. My hubby, however is not fan of organic food. He finds the taste too bland. 
I on the other hand enjoyed breakfast. The boys seemed to like theirs as well.


Some photo snaps while waiting for our food. The place looks awesome. I felt like I am one with nature.




Our Free Breakfast

 Gluten Free Pancakes
 


Meat and Eggs Plate
(Free-range Eggs. Broiled Tomatoes. Breakfast Side Salad. Sourdough Toast) each for me, hubby and my eldest.



*Breakfast meals costs about P300 if not part of your room package.




Coffee is good too (P80 for 8oz if not part of your package).



  Extra order for our bunsoy "Almond Milk" (P180).

Infinity Tower and Suites is another "SULIT" Staycation Find!

We had a wonderful time and we would not have second thoughts in staying there again.


Infinity Tower Suites is location:
H.V. Dela Costa Street corner L.P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City, 1227
Metro Manila, Philippines


For additional information, check out Infinity Tower and The Wholesome Table webpages: 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Las Casas de Acuzar ~ Staying at Casa Jaen


Best way to get the most out of a visit to Las Casas is an overnight stay in one of its traditionally decorated rooms/houses.

I reserved 2 rooms for our recent trip to Las Casas de Acuzar accompanying my "balikbayan" brother and his wife.

I was surprised we were billed into a house instead of the hotel. 

We an entire mansion "Casa Jaen II" to ourselves.

Sorry no "horror stories" here...

It is a 2 storey house with 3 bedrooms each room with an ensuite bath.


The entrance to our "Casa".

At the ground floor is a seating and a toilet.

The stairs than leads to second floor living room and bedrooms. 

The second floor.


And a picture of me (hehehe)...


Our second floor living room.

Casa Jaen is perfect for huge families with plenty of seating and lounging areas.


We had a good night sleep on this comfortable bed.


Toiletries were from Tess the Farmer ~ very good and high quality. 

The bathroom is huge and literally fit a queen size bed inside.


There is a separate shower with hot and cold water.


It is the little details that get to me...
I just love this table lamp!


For reservation inquiries please visit their webpage at www.lascasasfilipinas.com.

Please see also my post on the our Las Casas Heritage tour by following the link below:




Las Casas de Acuzar Resort Review


"Pride in the past. Hope for the Future".


Let me start by apologizing ~ this post is picture heavy. 

I simply can't decide which pictures to choose.  Choosing just a few from hundred (I am not joking) pictures we've taken was just no possible.

So please bear with me...

It is a Heritage and Convention Center developed by New San Jose Builders under Mr. Gerry Acuzar, located in  Bagac Bataan.

Las Casas is a living museum that showcases architectural pieces of a bygone era, from different parts of the country with the beautiful Bataan countryside as its backdrop.

One can re-live age-old Filipino traditions and way of living within the resort's walls with the luxuries and comforts of contemporary time.

Amenities include: the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, cultural shows, and heritage tours.



The first one was 4 years ago. Las Casas has improved much since our last visit.

Check here: Our visit to Las Casas in 2013.

We were back for our second time to accompany my "balikbayan" brother and his wife. 

We arrive at Las Casas at 2pm just in time for check-in, rested a bit and joined the last heritage tour of the day which starts at 430pm.  Timing was perfect as the sun was already setting and not as scorching.

Our Beautiful Tour Guide, Ms. Kesha. 

The tour started with a pocket performance of the history of one of the houses (Casa Unisan).
Story has it that Casa Unisan was raided by bandits, killing all of the members of the household except for the youngest child of the owner, who escaped. She was placed inside a laundry basket by one of the house helpers.


One of the four Casa Cagayan houses located along the shoreline of the resort.  These are often referred to a "Poor Man's House".  These house are currently occupied by the artists of Las Casas.





Paseo de Escolta is a replica of typical buildings in Escolta Manila. 
It is a strip of commercial establishments at the ground floor, housing Tess the Farmer, La Tiendecitas, La Panederia, Fotographia de la Escolta and Antiquedades.


Plaza Belmonte
Casa Luna (1850)
This mansion was originally owned by a prominent Novicio family of Namacpacan, La Union. It was renamed to Casa Luna in honor of the brothers Antonio and Juan Luna.



Casa Jaen I
This house was owned by the Esquivel Family and was used to house the first Mayor of Jaen, Nueva Ecija.

Casa Quiapo used to house the Escuela de Bellas Artes Filipinas.
The house's ground floor entrance felt like a medieval castle.

Casa Binan is a two (2) storey house built by Gregorio Alonzo (maternal uncle of Jose Rizal) in the 16th Century. This house has a dark story, folklore has it that Mr. Alonzo's wife had an affair here with one of the Guardia Civil. 

If you have seen movie Heneral Luna, this back drop is sure to ring a bell.



 Our group crossed this bridge called Tulay ni Lola Basyang.  According to tour guide this bridge was modelled after the Jone's Bridge located in Manila.

The iconic Lola Basyang


Casa Hagonoy
This is my favorite house of those we have visited due to its wonderful vista.
We ended the tour with a picture perfect Bataan sunset.


It was truly an enjoyable-educational day at Las Casas de Acuzar. 

See and experience its beauty and leave with a better appreciation of the Filipino culture and heritage.

Please check out our Las Casas Accommodation by following the link below:


Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
2107, Philippines

Landline: (+632) 332-5286 (+632) 877-4501 (+632) 332-5338 (+632) 355-3032
Mobile: 0917-872-9361
Front Desk Mobile: 0917-537-8418 (Sundays & Holidays only)

E-mail addresses:
reserve@lascasasfilipinas.com
marketing@lascasasfilipinas.com
anneorosco@lascasasfilipinas.com
dos@lascasasfilipinas.com


Pampanga Office:
Landline: (045) 300-3265, (045) 300-3272
Mobile: 0927-843-5449 (Roanne C. Palad), 0956-506-8939 (Ezeel Maan Cruz)
Email addresses:
roannepalad@lascasasfilipinas.com
ezeelmaancruz@lascasasfilipinas.com