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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel: Value for Money Accomodation in Subic Zambales

Because work continuous even for the summer, many of us from Metro Manila try to squeeze in a quick summer escapade to nearby beach areas.  If you have Subic Zambales in mind then Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel might just be the accommodation you are looking for.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
Located at Waterfront Road in Subic Bay, going to the beach is as easy as crossing the street.  It is also near most restaurants and bars.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel has a beautiful and well-air-conditioned lobby.  You can enjoy lounging in this area where the free WiFi is strongest.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
The hotel is bigger than it looks from the facade.  There are rooms near the lobby and extended to the pool area totaling 53 rooms in total.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
While, most rooms like ours will require passing by the outdoor pool.  Not a problem for us though as the WiFi reaches even this area and even our rooms.  The staffs are very courteous and more than willing to accommodate your requests.

Family Room (With Breakfast)
 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
Our room is very clean and spacious at 65 sqm with 3 Queen-Sized Bed.  The price is more than reasonable at below 1 thousand pesos (20 USD) per person even with an additional charge for extra bedding.  There's a cable TV and fridge.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
The room has more than adequate outlets for recharging.  There's a safety deposit box inside the cabinet.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
There's even an cozy loft area.  Although I personally prefer the lobby area which is more classy.
There's a window for a natural light source but no view.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
Toiletries and a bottled water is free for each guest.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
There's a a shower with heater and bath tub but no bubble bath soap so bring your own.  Toilet has no bidet.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
The hallways to our rooms offers a good pool view.  However, because of the intense heat, you cannot stand staying there during day time. 

Pool Area
 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
The pool area is surrounded by the hotel building with some greeneries that works as a semi-shield against the direct rays of the sun.  The pool is very cool and clean.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
The pool is open from 8 am to 10 pm which life guard being visibly present.

 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
Swimming attire is encouraged but not to worry if you don't have one because they have some for sale.

Breakfast Buffet
 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
I'm told that if they have many guests, the complimentary breakfast comes in the form of breakfast buffet served at Nicco's Restaurant.

Niccos Restaurant
Breakfast is served as early as 6:30 am up to 10 am.

Niccos Restaurant
Since Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel is the sister company of Subic Pearl Hotel and Terrace Hotel, the breakfast selection for all three are basically the same. 

Niccos Restaurant
So here's my breakfast plate.  Food is so-so they have tocino, hash brow, corned beef, scrambled eggs, fruits and refillable coffee.

Overall, we Travel Tripsters would recommend Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel for your value for money kind of accommodation when you want to stay in Subic Zambales.
 
 Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel
Hotel Address Lot MC-9 Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic, Zambales, Philippines
Contact (6347) 252-2765 Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport No
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Family Room with Breakfast
• Good For 6 Persons
3 Queen-size bed
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• Free Wifi
• Mini ref.
• With free buffet breakfast
Around 6,000 php
General Amenities •Pool Parking Yes (Very Limited)
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Bahong Rose Garden: Rose Capital of the Philippines (La Trinidad Benguet)

I've been to Baguio City numerous times and yet, there's are still places around the Benguet area where I still have not visited and one of those it the Bahong Rose Garden or Flower Farm.

bahong rose capital
Barangay Bahong is found north east of the very popular tourist destination La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.   It is around 4 kilometers away from La Trinidad Municipal Hall.  From the main road, we followed the sign leading to a narrower road.  The steep and muddy road that offered a beautiful valley-side scenery led us to the small town of Barangay Bahong which comprises of 5 sitios: Sadag, Central Bahong, Anoding, Ma-e and Tomay.


barangay bahong
But, turns out Bahong Rose Garden or Flower Farm is empty when we visited.  I can only think of 2 reasons why that would be so.  First, is because it is more challenging to reach by commute.  It is not even found on Google Maps. And second, we went there on a late afternoon in May.  While, the peak of the flower season is from November to March.  This is where 80% of the flowers from Manila are from.  So I can only imagine thousands of flowers blooming here during the flower season.


bahong flower farm
The caretaker was so nice to tour us around.  I think the land mass is so big but we were only shown a few areas where there are flowers.  At first, we couldn't spot any roses.

bahong rose farm
But as we went further, we look at what we saw.  Roses are usually red but here they come in various hues. 

bahong rose garden
I rarely see yellow roses...

bahong rose garden
and white ones.

bahong rose garden
I found the pink ones lovely too. 

bahong flower farm
But, it wasn't just the roses that made me and my companions smile. 

bahong flower field
It was the first time in my life that I have seen flower fields.  It's so beautiful!  My friends and I couldn't help play around in the field.

la trinidad flower farm
Of course, we took a lot of photographs of ourselves being surrounded by the flowers.

bahong flower farm
Some of them have already bloomed.

bahong flower farm
While some of the buds are yet to bloom.

Overall, we Travel Tripsters enjoyed the fun brought by the natural beauty of nature at Bahong Rose Garden.

Tip: As of 2016, there is now an ordinance requiring tourists to register at the Barangay Bahong Tourism Office to pay for an environmental fee of 20 php/head (local) and 50 php/head (foreigner) and tour guide fee (for a maximum of 10 persons) of  200 php/ tour guide (local) and 300 php/tour guide (foreigner).
 
Bahong Rose Garden or Bahong Flower Farm
Address Barangay Bahong La Trinidad Benguet
Budget Per Person 20-50 php/head + guide fee 200-300 per tour guide (maximum of 10 persons) Bahong Rose Garden Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
7 am-3pm
Reservation Required No
Contact  (63947) 821-4555

Monday, November 28, 2016

Edsa Shangri-La Hotel Staycation

Being under stress for the past few weeks, sis and I decided to have a weekend staycation at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.

edsa shangrila hotel
Amidst the busy city district of Ortigas, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel offers a refreshing escape away from the smog-filled city.

edsa shangrila hotel
We booked ourselves at the Garden Wing which was farther from the main lobby but nearer to Shangri-La Mall.

edsa shangrila hotel
The other wing is the Tower Wing were the convention halls and restaurants are.

edsa shangrila hotel

edsa shangrila hotel
This is the Garden Wing Lobby.

edsa shangrila hotel
The hotel was not so crowded so we didn't have to wait for our turn to use any of the two elevators.  Although if you have to wait, there are two kinds of newspapers available as early as 5 am in the morning.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
The fancy hallways exudes luxury.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
Finally, we reached our room with two twin beds.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
 Everything was flawlessly clean except for the dusty TV remote.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
We even had complimentary banana breads waiting for us.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
And, the greatest advantage of staying at the Garden Wing Deluxe is the breathtaking view of the pool surrounded by lush greens of coconut trees and some cityscape too.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
If you're a workaholic like me, you'd appreciate a few glance to watch the wind blowing the coconut tree leaves.  The wifi is also fast and reliable.

Bathroom
edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
The bathroom is clean and spacious.  They have the usual compliments.  And, ladies will also appreciate the ponytailers.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
We have a shower, bath tub and a retractable clothing line.  Too bad we didn't bring any bath foam.  But, I still spent a relaxing time in the tub.  I loved that they have bathroom sound system which port sounds from the TV so I was able to listen to the news too.  Perhaps, the only thing I would suggest in their bathroom is to have a bidet.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
There's a bench closet for our bags...

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
electric kettle for coffee or tea and a fridge.

edsa shangrila hotel garden wing
You can secure your belongings in the safe which we felt we didn't need.  And, you can even iron your clothes.

edsa shangrila hotel pool
I wanted to try the Gym.  But, decided to take a quick night stroll instead.

edsa shangrila hotel pool
I was tempted to chill by the pool bar...

edsa shangrila hotel pool
or get a night massage but decided to head back and stay snuck up in the room instead.

edsa shangrila hotel pool
  I really appreciate how well-lit the place is.

edsa shangrila hotel pool
Come morning sis woke me up at 6 am to have a morning swim with her.  We claimed our towel and took a dive.

edsa shangrila hotel pool
The kids pool has a slide...

edsa shangrila hotel pool
And, aside from the playground they have this too.

edsa shangrila hotel pool
The adult pool is divided into two parts: 4 feet and 9 feet. 

After our swim, we went availed our complimentary breakfast buffet at the Heat before checking out.

Overall, our Travel Tripters staycation at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel was an awesome experience.  The staffs are courteous and the buffet sealed the deal.

Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Hotel Address 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Contact (632) 435-3545 Reservation Required Recommended

Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Jeep, Taxi
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Garden Wing Deluxe Room
• Good For 2 Persons
34 sqm 
• Garden and pool view
2 Twin-size bed
• 1 hair dryer
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• Free Wifi
• Mini ref.
• Ironing board
• With free buffet breakfast
7,000 php
General Amenities •Pool
•Gym
Parking Yes
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