A sweet surprise: Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub

I long knew that Microtel Philippines exists. In Baguio, they are located just beside the terminal of Victory Liner, where I usually ride whenever I want to visit the place. But, in my mind, checking in there would be expensive and way above my budget for accommodations because of how strategic it is located. I never checked. But, over the weekend, I got the opportunity to visit Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub (thanks to Mai of Budgetbiyahera.com and Sir Dandi of Microtel) and, boy, was I in for a sweet surprise.

A few minutes after I stepped into the vicinity, I was warmly greeted by Microtel Development Corp.’s Marketing Communications Manager, Mr. Dandi Galvez. I checked in and I was led to the room Mai and I were going to share. And, by the looks of it, I knew that I was missing something and I MUST visit Microtel by Wyndham – Baguio. Why do I say so?

Spacious Rooms. Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub is a six-storey hotel that has 120 clean and secure guest rooms. All spacious (25 to 30 square meters big), so you have more than enough room to move around with your large backpacks. Being a budget traveler, I normally look for accommodations with the lowest prices and amenities I consider basic (i.e., clean toilet and bath, airconditioning system, free Wi-Fi). So, when I experienced checking in a room with that and so much more – two queen-sized beds, 32-inch cable LED TV, telephone, full-sized bathroom running hot and cold (rain) shower, and safety deposit box – I was thrilled. Haha!

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

They have larger rooms, too, with queen-sized beds and mini-kitchenette and sofa bed as well, perfect for those who are preparing for weddings in nearby churches.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

But, what impressed me is that they have PWD-friendly rooms as well. If you have an elderly or a PWD-family member or friend with you, then you should definitely consider checking in at Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub.

Chiropractic-approved mattresses. I can sleep anywhere as long as it’s flat (and sometimes, even if it isn’t haha) but as I’ve been working the entire week for over 60 hours (yes, I’m a workaholic like that), I was looking forward to a restful sleep. Their mattresses are chiropractic-approved (Microtel by Wyndham is famously known for this, rated under American Chiropractic Association standards) and so, you have guessed it right, they’re very comfortable on your backs. You would surely have a great night’s sleep (as I did!).

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Clean toilet and bath. I am not very particular with beds, to be honest. As long as they don’t ache my back, then that’s fine. But, I am very particular about the cleanliness of the toilet (whether it’s a private one or for common use) – I want them in tiptop shape. I dislike seeing stains on the bowls or moulds in between tiles (a bit icky, right?). Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub’s toilet and bath inside their rooms were indeed clean and spacious. Oh, and they have bidet (yes!) plus toiletries, too! Okay, that sounded a bit too deprived of the basics of hotel services, haha! But, hey, that’s the truth. Not having to use a dipper to clean up after you-know-what is a big plus for me. :)  Here’s a shot of a PWD-friendly room’s toilet and bath.  Quite huge, right?

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Inviting pool area. I first met my fellow Pinoy Travel Bloggers, Edgar and Ramil of Pinasmuna.com and Mai of Budgetbiyahera.com on Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub’s roof deck, where their lovely pool area is also housed.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

It offers a clear view of the sky, with no mega buildings as distractions. So, it’s perfect for stargazing at night, while you relax at their lounging chairs or regular chairs and tables, which are free for guests to use.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Initially, we were quite disappointed that the pool hours were only until 7.00 p.m. We do understand that it’s the hotel’s policy so we kind of let it go. But, when we mentioned it to Sir Dandi and he asked Mr. Guy Umali, Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub’s General Manager, if they could open it for us, he said yes (win!). We didn’t get to, though. We just opted to visit the retail area of UP Technohub after having our coffee and tea. :)

As we were running behind schedule, we only stayed in the roof deck for a few minutes and then headed down to Millie’s for dinner. But, later on in the evening, we had a chance to visit it again. The view from the top was really beautiful!

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Delicious food at Millie’s All-Day Dining. So, yes, it’s time for dinner.  Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub houses the latest and one of only three Millie’s All-Day Dining in the country.  It is located on the ground floor of the hotel and is open to hotel guests and outsiders from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. As Mr. Umali and Ms. Ajie Pedalino (Microtel Development Corporation’s Assistant Director of Sales) explained, some of those that comprise the interior are from the owners themselves. So, it adds a bit of personal touch to it, in my opinion.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Millie’s All-Day Dining serves as the hotel’s official dining facility. We had the opportunity to have a taste of their delicious and filling dinner of fried chicken, salad, and fries.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Plus, Mango Panna Cotta for dessert! Yum!

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Millie’s All-Day Dining’s best-seller is their Baby Back Ribs.  I must try that one!

Lovely quadrangle.  Accessible through Millie’s All-Day Dining, this is perhaps one of my favorite spots in Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub.  It’s breezy, perfect for conversations, or just plain relaxing.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

In addition, they also have a huge function hall above the restaurant, aptly called Oblation, which can accommodate 200 people.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

It is perfect for corporate events or other social gatherings – like wedding receptions and graduation ceremonies. During our stay, there were six (yes, six) events being held (graduation and weddings, woah!).  No wonder, the hotel staff seemed very busy Saturday after lunch!

The photo below was taken Friday evening, when they were preparing for the first graduation they were holding the following day. :)

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

For smaller gatherings, like Board of Trustees meetings and the likes, they also have three meeting rooms good for 30 persons. Mental note to recommend the place to INCITEGov.

Great customer service.  Having dealt with a lot of international clients in the past, I am very particular with this. I may sound a bit snobbish but I expect nothing less than what I would be willing to provide for a client. Going the extra mile is part of my requirement (haha). And, Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub definitely provided that.

As it is the largest international hotel chain in the country, I would’ve expected that it would be run by a foreigner. But, no, as president Jose Mari del Rosario said, “Our 100 percent Filipino management team has been successful in fusing Pinoy hospitality with Wyndham’s global standards.” It was apparent and I am proud.

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Nearby attractions. Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub is strategically located at UP-Ayala Land Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. I was raised and born in Quezon City (and went to UP Diliman for college) but most of the places we visited on Saturday were those I’ve never been to. It is sad, really, because I’ve experienced different provinces and countries but at one point or another ignored what my hometown has to offer.  So, when Mai forwarded to me the itinerary, I was very excited! These were some of the places we got to visit in one day and may probably something that you would also want to explore if you are in this part of the metro.

Quezon City Circle

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

The Quezon Heritage House

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

Vargas Museum

© Monica Manuel | Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines | March 2016

La Mesa Ecopark

La Mesa Ecopark (Familiarization Tour: Microtel by Wyndham - UP Technohub)

Value for your buck.  I was looking at their rates for a possible overnight stay in July, my birthday month.  And, saw that they currently offer a discounted rate of Php 3,800.00 (published rate:  Php 7,000.00) for a bedroom with 2 queen-sized beds, including breakfast.  The price reflects inclusion of taxes and fees, so that’s Php 1,900.00 per person for an overnight stay at Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub. Really not bad for an overnight stay at the largest international hotel chain in the country. If you are like me, who wants a balance between comfort and price plus a better place to stay, then I highly recommend Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub and its other properties in Acropolics, QC (review coming soon!), Baguio, Batangas, Boracay, Cabanatuan, Cavite, Davao, General Santos, Manila, Palawan, South Forbes, and Tarlac.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience. Would I come back and/or try other Microtel by Wyndham properties? Definitely! Spacious rooms, clean toilet and bath, chiropractic-approved mattresses, relaxing ambiance – all for a reasonable price – why not?  Microtel Baguio is next on my list. :)


This is first of the 2-part write up on A sweet surprise:  Microtel by Wyndham. Thanks to Mai of Budget Biyahera for inviting me to join her. Many thanks as well to my fellow members of Pinoy Travel Bloggers (PTB), Edgar and Ramil of Pinasmuna.com, Kaiz of Missbackpacker.com, and Kara of Traveling-up.com for a wonderful experience. And, thank you to Sir Dandi of Microtel Philippines for the warmth, fun, and hosting us for the weekend. :)


Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub
Address: UP-Ayala Land Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1121
Check-in Time: 2.00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12.00 p.m.
Contact Number: +63.2.804.6888
Email address: uptechnohub@microtel.ph
How to get there: If coming from Cubao, Quezon City, take EDSA north-bound, then turn right at either East Ave., Quezon Ave., or North Ave. When you get to Circle, turn right at PHILCOA (Commonwealth Ave.), take a U-turn at Tandang Sora, then on your right, you will find Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicrotelPhilippines
Website: http://www.microtelphilippines.com/, http://www.microtel-uptechnohub.com/



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