Weekends are always something I look forward to. After five full days of working, this is definitely a welcome breather. So, when Mai of Budget Biyahera invited me to join the Familiarization Tour organized by Microtel Philippines, I immediately said yes. And, good thing I did. :)
After checking out at Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub, where we spent the night prior, fellow members of Pinoy Travel Bloggers (PTB) – Mai of Budget Biyahera, Ed and Ramil of Pinasmuna.com, Kaiz of Missbackpacker – and Sir Dandi of Microtel Philippines and I headed to our next stop – Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis.
Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis is another one of Microtel Philippines’ properties that I recommend to be in your list of possible staycation options. Located along E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. – within walking distance from Eastwood and a few minutes’ drive to the business district Ortigas Center – it is a great jump-off point for the area’s awesome dining and entertainment establishments (such as Eastwood City, Ortigas Center, and Araneta Center). So, whether you are looking for a place near enough leisurely activities or you are a corporate traveller, Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis is something definitely worth considering.
Spacious rooms. It has 84 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 or trolleys. We were assigned to stay at one of their Queen Double Rooms, with two queen-sized beds, 32-inch cable LED TV, refrigerator, IDD and NDD telephone, clean full-sized bathroom running hot and cold (rain) shower, and safety deposit box. All of their beds have chiropractic-approved mattresses (Microtel by Wyndham is famously known for this, rated under American Chiropractic Association standards), very comfortable on your backs, so you’d be sure to have a restful night of sleep after attending exhausting meetings or touring the city, as we did!
They also have a Queen Suite, with a queen-sized bed and all the amenities I mentioned above, plus coffee/tea making facilities, kitchen counter with sink, sofa sleeper, microwave oven, and bath tub (a bath tub!!!). If you are looking for a more luxurious stay, this may just be the room for you. After a tiring day, you deserve it!
They have disability accessible rooms as well and, if you’re travelling with your baby, a baby crib is also available upon request. Neat, yeah?
Nearby attractions. I was born and lived in Quezon City my whole life. But, I haven’t really explored this part of the metro. It is a pity, to be honest. I have traveled to and experienced other provinces and countries, but never really got the chance to intentionally visit highlights in Quezon City. As part of the tour, however, I got to immerse myself in some of what my hometown has to offer, thanks to Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philippines.
Mystery Manila. If you’re looking for something out-of-the box to do with your family and friends, then Mystery Manila might just be for you. Just within walking distance from Microtel Acropolis, you get to solve one mystery, with one way out, in one hour. We had a blast cracking our brains as we unraveled the mystery behind the Buried Bodies, while both Sir Dandi and Kara of Traveling-up were inside two caskets (yep, caskets). It took us longer than an hour (damn you, math problem) but our facilitator, Grissom, gave us 3 chances to figure the mystery out. And, we did (only on our second try, yeah!)!
Art in Island. I’ve long known about Art in Island because of posts of my theatre friends. Located in Cubao and just a few steps away from Cubao X, it’s a 3D art museum that allows you to be kids again as you play around with the 3D paintings of Art in Island. Here are some snapshots of PTB members, as each of us posed like a boss! ;)
Convenience for corporate travellers. And, what if leisure isn’t your thing? Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis also serves business guests. As it is nearby business districts and establishments, it is easily accessible to meet up with clients and be on the go. They also provide wireless internet access, photocopy, fax and mailing services – which could come in handy for your business needs.
Before we left the hotel, we had a glimpse of their meeting rooms, which could accommodate anywhere between 20-50 people. Perfect for smaller gatherings, such as Board of Trustees meetings and the likes. Mental note to recommend the place to INCITEGov.
Happy meals at Tito Chef Restaurant and All-Things Culinary. After an exhausting (and fun!) day, we were looking forward to the night’s dinner at Tito Chef Restaurant.
A brainchild of Chef Menoy, an instructor at Center for Culinary Arts and one of the founders of the culinary school Professional Academy for Culinary Education, Tito Chef Restaurant and All-Things Culinary originated from the community of BF Paranaque. It serves awesome and flavorful masterpieces on the menu and some of the comfort food options they offer, we got to try (lucky us!).
DISCLAIMER: I am not really good at photographing food and I admit that those I have taken didn’t do what we’ve tasted justice. Please do check out the blogs of the other PTB members who joined this tour for more enticing photos. :)
Truffled Mushroom Puree. Mushroom melange of shitake, oyster and porcini pureed and finished with truffle oil essence – this one is probably my favorite among the different sumptuous meals we’ve tasted.
Spicy Kung Pao Wanton Salad. Crispy fried chicken wantons with mixed greens Asian slaw and siracha vinaigrette – I couldn’t stop myself from getting another serving of this! I am not a fan of veggies but this one definitely suits my taste. :)
Aussie Lamb Paella. Tender lamb morsels in classic paella with chorizos and garnishes – It looked really pretty and well-prepared that no one wanted to touch it. Haha! And, when we did, I just loved the experience of every bite.
Cedar Grilled Salmon. Fresh salmon fillet smoked-grilled over cedar wood, served with a fresh petit salad and caviar topped mashed potatoes – Tito Chef Restaurant and All-Things Culinary’s best-seller!
Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Chicken. Broiled chicken thighs glazed in a zesty teriyaki sauce with grilled leeks, carrot batons and Japanese rice – you definitely should try.
Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya. Barbecue chicken leg served with a flavourful jambalaya rice casserole. – you definitely should try.
And, it’s time for dessert. At this point, we were all sooo full. Haha! Could you blame us? We had so much fun trying out their best-sellers and other must-haves. But, we couldn’t pass the chance to have a taste of their mouth-watering desserts, too!
Dulce De Leche Cheesecake. Chosen as one of the top 10 Dulce De Leche cheesecake in Manila
Nutella Sanrival. Toasted almond sansrival cake with Nutella buttercream.
Hungry now? As it is the main food provider for the hotel’s culinary needs, you can definitely have a taste of their sumptuous meals when you check in or hold your meetings in the hotel. :) They are also open and happy to serve the public so go check out what they are offering. Otherwise, you’re really missing something!
*Thanks to Ms. Ali Makabenta, General Manager of Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis, for letting us try all of these out!
Accommodating and helpful staff. I have said it in a previous post and I’m going to say it again – I am impressed with how accommodating and helpful Microtel by Wyndham Philippines’ staff were. They served us with a smile and were patient with our requests. As customer service is one of the things I look at before recommending a particular place, I would give Microtel by Wyndham Philippines definite high marks!
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 3,900.00 (published rate: Php 6,000.00) for a bedroom with 2 queen-sized beds, including breakfast. The price reflects inclusion of taxes and fees, so that’s Php 1,950.00 per person for an overnight stay at Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis. 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 – Acropolis and its other properties in Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub, 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 part 2 of the 2-part write up on Microtel Philippines: A sweet surprise. 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), Ed and Ramil of Pinasmuna.com, Kaiz of Missbackpacker, and Kara of Traveling-up for a wonderful experience. And, thank you to Sir Dandi of Microtel Philippines for the warmth and letting us have so much fun for the weekend.
Address: E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Philippines 1110
Check-in Time: 2.00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12.00 p.m.
Contact Numbers: +63.2.962.8899, +63.927.557.2602
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get there: If coming from Cubao, Quezon City, take EDSA south-bound, then left at Col. Bonny Serrano Ave. Drive to Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave (Libis) and you’ll see Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis on your right.
Website: http://www.microtelphilippines.com/, http://www.microtel-acropolis.com/
- Microtel UP Technohub, Quezon City
- Quezon City Hotel: A Refreshing Weekend Escape at Microtel-UP Technohub
- A Sweet Surprise: Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub
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