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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle: Convenient Four Star Hotel Stay (Manila)

De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde Manila is one of the top institutions in the country for its The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management.  What many do not know however, is that it also has its own four-star hotel:  Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle.
hotel benilde maison de la salle
Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle is located in Arellano Avenue, Corner Estrada St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila.

hotel benilde maison de la salle
The hotel is strategically located that it is only a few minutes away from:
  • Malate - tourist center of Manila
  • Makati - Philippine's central business district
  • Airport - NAIA terminal 1, 2 and 3
  • Convention Centers: World Trade Center, PICC, SMX 
  • Malls: Harisson Plaza, Mall of Asia, Robinsons Place Manila, SMManila, Greenbelt, Glorietta, Century Mall, SM Jazz Mall and A Venue Mall
hotel benilde maison de la salle
Although it is a big building with many floors, the hotel area only occupies the 1st, 11th, 12th and roof deck.  The rest is dedicated for labs.

All rooms are equipped with an advance proximity card door lock system, electronic doorbell, DO not disturb (DND) and make-up room indicator.   For added security, the proximity card is also required for elevator use.

Deluxe Queen
deluxe queen
As you can see the room is very nice.  The queen size bed comes with a soft duvet bed linen, two super soft pillows and two extra pillows.  There is an extra loft which is even softer than the bed.  The carpeted floors are clean.  There are multiple lamps with appropriate switches.  There is even a minimal night light which I really appreciate.


deluxe queen
There's a work desk with lamp, telephone, tea and coffee with electric kettle.  For laptop use and gadget charging, their electric socket is compatible for 110v and 220v so no need for adapters.


deluxe queen
I find the TV as an important aspect of a hotel stay.  I like turning it on just for a more comfortable vibe especially when I'm alone so it doesn't feel too quiet.   The 40-inch LED TV gives a superb viewing experience.

refrigeratorsafety box
There's a fridge, more than adequate drawers, a huge closet with an electronic safe and iron with ironing board and hangers.

bathroom
The bathroom is also spacious.  I found the sliding door with mirror to be innovative and functional.

bathroom
The towel rack has a complete set of hand, face and body towels for two.

toiletries
There is also a complete set of toiletries.

Roof Deck
manila city view
One of the best hotel facility you can avail is the swimming pool at the roof deck.  It has a scenic view of the sun set and Makati City.

vatel restaurant
Also located at the roof deck is Vatel Restaurant - a French restaurant run by students.  This is required by Institut Vatel since it has a tie up with De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management.

Complimentary Breakfast
cafe romancon
At Cafe Romancon located at the ground floor of Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle is where you can claim your welcome drinks and the sumptuous complimentary breakfast buffet.  It also provides a free daily news paper so I did my morning routine of reading the newspaper after breakfast.

cafe romancon
Although choices are limited, they are filling and satisfying.  There's the usual Filipino breakfast fare like hotdog, other items including a soup dish, fresh fruits, pastries and cheese.

cafe romancon
Cereal lovers especially kids will be delighted with their cereal selection.

Sneak Peak of Other Rooms

Presidential Suite
presidential suite
I was also able to check out the other rooms available.  Out of the hotel's 49 rooms, there is only one Presidential Suite.

presidential suite
Aside from the spacious bed room and walk-in closet with dresser, it has a huge bath tub.

One Bedroom Suite
one bedroom suite
The special feature of this room is the glass-walled bathroom.  Don't worry, there are blinds if you prefer privacy.

Superior Twin
superior twin
Apart from the Presidential Suite and Dormitory area, the room sizes are standardized at 30 sqm.  Only the beds varied.

PWD Standards Compliant
handicap standards compliant
There are also two rooms allocated for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Dorm Room
dorm room
One thing I found unique is the dormitory.  For as low as 1,500, dorm guests can enjoy in this bed with work space and also avail of the complimentary breakfast.  This is the female dormitory.  I found the male dormitory to be a bit spacious.  To avail, it requires a minimum of 8.

bathroom
For this 64 sqm. room specially made for groups there's a twin toilet and shower area.

Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle
Hotel Address Arellano Avenue, Corner Estrada St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact (632) 230-5230 Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Jeep, Taxi
Room Types Room Amenities Published Price
Superior Twin
• Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
• Complimentary Mini Bar
• Complimentary Welcome Drinks
• Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
• Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
• Free Hotel-wide WIFI access (200mbps)
• Free local calls
• Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
• 40" LED Smart Cable TV
• In-room safety deposit box
• Hair Dryer
• Electronic Bell, DND and make-up room buttons
• Duvet bed linen
• Built-in bedside reading lights
• Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
•  Advance proximity card door lock system
3,500 php
Deluxe Queen
• Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
• Complimentary Mini Bar
• Complimentary Welcome Drinks
• Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
• Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
• Free Hotel-wide WIFI access (200mbps)
• Free local calls
• Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
• 40" LED Smart Cable TV
• In-room safety deposit box
• Hair Dryer
• Electronic Bell, DND and make-up room buttons
• Duvet bed linen
• Built-in bedside reading lights
• Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
• Advance proximity card door lock system
3,500 php
Deluxe King
• Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
• Complimentary Mini Bar
• Complimentary Welcome Drinks
• Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
• Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
• Free Hotel-wide WIFI access (200mbps)
• Free local calls
• Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
• 40" LED Smart Cable TV
• In-room safety deposit box
• Hair Dryer
• Electronic Bell, DND and make-up room buttons
• Duvet bed linen
• Built-in bedside reading lights
• Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
• Advance proximity card door lock system
2,100 php
Dormitory
•  Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
•  Free Hotel-wide WIFI access (200mbps)
•  Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
•  Electronic Bell, DND and make-up room buttons
•  Built-in bedside reading lights
•  Advance proximity card door lock system
1,800 php per bed (minimum of 8)
One Bedroom Suite
• Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
• Complimentary Mini Bar
• Complimentary Welcome Drinks
• Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
• Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
• Free Hotel-wide WIFI access (200mbps)
• Free local calls
• Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
• 40" LED Smart Cable TV
• In-room safety deposit box
• Hair Dryer
• Electronic Bell, DND and make-up room buttons
• Duvet bed linen
• Built-in bedside reading lights
• Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
• Advance proximity card door lock system
6,000 php
Presidential Suite 
•  Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
• Complimentary Mini Bar
• Complimentary Welcome Drinks
• Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
• Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
• Free Hotel-wide WIFI access (200mbps)
• Free local calls
• Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
• 40" LED Smart Cable TV
• In-room safety deposit box
• Hair Dryer
• Electronic Bell, DND and make-up room buttons
• Duvet bed linen
• Built-in bedside reading lights
• Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
• Advance proximity card door lock system
12,000 php
General Amenities •Gym
•Pool
Parking Yes
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cintai Corito's Garden: 12 Things to Make Your Visit Wholesome

I used to go to a place just for the sake of having gone there but now I prefer to have a checklist to make every experience wholesome.  Before our family day trip to Cintai Corito's Garden, I have to admit... I also tried to check the place out.

cintai corito garden
Yet, there wasn't much details when I searched for it.

cintai coritos garden
We were all amazed at how majestic this Balinese-inspired place is.

balinese garden batangas
Good thing they have a map and signs so you can easily find your way around the place.

12 Things to Make Your Visit Wholesome
Allow me to suggest 12 things to make your visit wholesome that I discovered during our day trip.

1. Follow the Trails
cintai coritos garden batangas
Although there's a map, it's also quite interesting to just take a stroll by following the trails...

bali in batangas
it takes your mind of troublesome things as you slow down and relax and allow yourself to be enchanted by the surroundings.  This is a great option when you've got a lot of time.  Then when you are tired and have yet to figure the route out, you can check the map as your last resort.

2. Hear the Origin Story
cintai corito garden balinese
One of the best part of our experience is encountering one of their staffs who volunteered to take us to see one of their two pavilions.

cintai corito events place
One our way there, he told us about the meaning of "Cintai" and the touching story behind Cintai Corito.  Although he told us that it can also be found in the website, hearing it from someone with a personal knowledge made it more sensational and memorable.

3. Take Shots As If You're in Bali
cintai corito bali in manila
The rates at Cintai Corito is justified because of its Balinese attractions.

cintai corito garden bali in manila
Not only are there a lot of them and in huge scale, there are also well-made in terms of colors and textures.

cintai corito garden bali in batangas
Bring a camera because you can take as much snapshots as you want.

cintai coritos instagrammable

cintai coritos prenuptial shoot

4. Calm Yourself with the Water Features
cintai coritos bridge
There's just something soothing and calming with water features.

cintai coritos fountain
Don't you agree that the sight and sound of flowing water is therapeutic?

cintai coritos pond
If you do, Cintai has a lot of these to appreciate.

cintai coritos garden bridge

cintai coritos garden image
This is my favorite scenery.

5. See the Animals
cintai coritos monkey
There are both caged and free roaming animals at Cintai Corito.

deer
The animals are scattered all over the area.

cintai coritos garden zoo
It's actually a good idea so you get to be in tuned with nature in terms of animals, greens and water wherever you are.

cintai coritos garden birds

cintai coritos garden animals
`The free roaming animals are safe to approach and feed.

pony
According to the staff, this is one of their last ponies that survived.  It's both a good and saddening story.

6. Sit and Chat
cintai coritos garden
The most understated amenities is the bench.

cintai coritos garden
A great vacation isn't as fulfilling when you don't take time to just sit, relax and chat with whoever you are with.

7. Swim
cintai coritos garden swimming pool
There are four swimming pools to choose from.  This one is the most photogenic.  But, I'd suggest the bigger one near the changing and shower room for swimming.

8. Play Mini Golf
cintai coritos garden mini golf
I'm not a golfer or a mini golfer but if you are into this, they have it! =)

9. Eat
abadi restaurant
After the a long walk under the scorching heat of our equatorial sun, I bet you'd be hungry.

abadi restaurant buffet
Well, fret not because there's a buffet served at Abadi Restaurant on weekends for only 550 php.  The dishes from salad to soup is really good!

suman at tsokolate
They also serve afternoon snacks.

10. Pamper
cintai coritos spa
If you want to upgrade your stay, you can opt to have a full body massage for 1,000 php per hour.

11. Rent a Stay
cintai coritos garden hotel
Although we found it economical to avail of the day tour, you can also rent one of their four villa for an overnight stay.  Since it is located near Taal Lake, Marian Orchard and Bee Farms while offering a one of a kind ambience, it is a great accommodation option.

12. Watch a Movie
Cintai Corito also has a TV Room where you can watch or sing.  Its a perk for those who avail their accomodation.

So hope you have a wholesome experience at Cintai Corito just like we did!

Cinta Corito's Garden
Hotel Address Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas, Philippines
Contact (63917) 833-1508
Website
Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport None
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Terrace Villa
• Good For 2 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed
• 60 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
5,999 php net
Terrace Villa
• Good For 4 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed
• 60 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
11,500 php net
Garden Villa
• Good For 6 Persons
• 3 Queen-size bed
• 75 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• Couch with table
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
16,500 php net
Executive Villa
• Good For 6-8 Persons
• 3 Queen-size bed
• 90 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• 1 jacuzzi
• 1 pocket garden
• Long table with benches
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
27,500 php net
General Amenities •Pool Parking Yes
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