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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.

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 hundreds (I am not joking) of pictures we've taken was just not possible.
So please bear with me...
Welcome to the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. 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 m…

Honest Review: Golden Phoenix Hotel

I scored a free hotel stay from rewards earned using my Citibank Cash Back Credit Card. I used the points to book a room at the Golden Phoenix Hotel (GPH).
My expectations were high since we've visited the hotel before (just last year, if I am not mistaken) when relatives stayed there for a halfway hotel for their early flights out of Manila. I remember it was still a new hotel and there were on going construction, but that was fine (understandable).

Golden Phoenix Location is perfect , if you want to save yourself worrying time, whether you'll make it to your flight or not, as it is near the Manila airports.
I reserved a deluxe twin room, thinking there will be 2 twin beds (as shown in the hotel website), 

Deluxe Twin Room from GPH website. There is obviously no way (a family of 4) would fit in a twin bed, There was really no other options but to upgrade and pay an additional P1500. 
I was really surprised at check-in that we are having just one (1) twin bed. My fault for not check…

Escaped to Puerto Princesa ~ One Manalo Place

For my baby brother's Philippine visit after 10 years living abroad, I have planned a Puerto Princesa getaway for our family of  eleven (2 seniors, 6 adults, a teenager and 2 kids).
Up in our accommodation checklist: Good security Location must be within the city  It has to have pool Must have hotel amenities with personalized service (we initially wanted a big hotel, but soon decided a more private set-up that feels like home)
Our checklist led us to One Manalo Place, a modern and elegantly designed hotel with a resort vibe.  It is just 2 minutes away from the airport and very accessible to restaurants and shopping areas.

Amenities includes an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center (which was a plus from our checklist).

 My son had the pool all to himself :P 
We got 4 bedrooms all situated at the ground floor surrounding the pool area.  Each room has private bathroom , flat screen cable TV, air-condition and hot and cold shower.

WiFi connection is free, but was bit spotty in some areas…