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tranquility at t house

Published August 2, 2014 by ladyemelye

whenever we are in need of a quick getaway from work and other stress, we always opt for a tagaytay staycation.  and one of our favorite places to stay in is t house.

we have been going to this place way back 2007.  we used to avail of their set dinner which included 2 choices of soup (served in cute shot glasses), a salad, an entree, dessert and drinks.  this is no longer being offered.

almost once a year, we have an overnight stay in this very cozy bread and breakfast place.  here are some of our stays:

 

december 2010

a preggy me

a preggy me

goodnight tea + cookies

goodnight tea + cookies

 

february 2012

hubby, little boy and i

hubby, little boy and i

rose petals on the bed

rose petals on the bed

something for valentine's

something for valentine’s

 

we have been frequenting the place, that most of the staff already recognizes us. 😉

last june, in celebration of their 7th year annivesary, they had a promo where you only had to add php 7.00 on top of your room rate and you will get a set meal for two and a massage for two.  we decided to have this as our post father’s day celebration.

upon checking in, we were informed by the front desk that there was some kind of conference that was going on and they were occupying the regular rooms (which we always book).  because of this, we were upgraded to stay in a suite, free of charge. 😀

our suite

our suite

aside from having a very large room space, there was also a sofa.  in the bathroom we had the usual toilet and bath area plus a bath tub where the little boy enjoyed taking a bath.  t house also now has a swimming pool but we haven’t had checked it out yet.

here is the set menu which was included in the promo.  we availed it during dinner of our first day.

anniversary set menu

anniversary set menu

drink - not sure but some kind of four seasons blend

drink – not sure but some kind of four seasons blend

caesar salad with shaved parmesan and honey bbq chicken

caesar salad with shaved parmesan and honey bbq chicken

grilled mahi-mahi, skewered vegetables in lemon butter sauce

grilled mahi-mahi, skewered vegetables in lemon butter sauce

slow roast pork in grilled ginger pineapple

slow roast pork in grilled ginger pineapple

croissant butter pudding

croissant butter pudding

breakfast is always included in the room rate and you get to choose from a wide range of items available.  i usually go for the spanish-style tawilis, but unfortunately it was not available that time.  also included are bread basket with butter, seasonal fruits and your choice of coffee or fresh juice.

beef tapa

beef tapa

corned beef

corned beef

one the things i look forward to, in all of our stays at t house, is the goodnight tea.  they deliver to your room an herbal tea together with some pastries. 🙂

goodnight tea + mini chocolate cupcakes

goodnight tea + mini chocolate cupcakes

the massage included in the promo is also good.  the therapists are very good in kneading out the stress in our bodies and i felt very relaxed thereafter.

another thing that i like about t house is their set of green tea + honey toiletries which they source locally from ilog maria.  i just love the refreshing smell of it.

if you are looking for a place to unwind, with nice surroundings and good food, t house is definitely worth checking out.

 

T House Tagaytay

3195 Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Sun: +63922-8THouse / +63922-8846-875
Smart: +63939-9039-587
Globe: +63917-5413-584
Manila Landline: (02)788-7354

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staycation: hubby’s birthday celebration at acacia hotel

Published May 26, 2014 by ladyemelye

for hubby’s birthday celebration this year, i got a voucher for an overnight stay at acacia hotel from deal grocer.  for php 4000.00, the deal was for an overnight stay in a deluxe room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two.  you will also be allowed to use the hotel’s facilities like the swimming pool, and also avail of the free shuttle around alabang area.

we arrived at the hotel at around 3pm.  after checking in and having our welcome drinks and snacks, we were ushered into our room.

our room

our room

king sized bed and reading chair

king sized bed and reading chair

closet / hallway

closet / hallway

the room was very spacious and i like the way the natural light comes into it.  in the center was a very comfortable king sized bed. there was also a reading chair, a working desk, minibar/ref and of course the television set.  acacia hotel boasts of the “pillow concierge” wherein you can choose a particular type of pillow based on your needs.  the “menu” is available inside the room, and you can just call housekeeping if you want to change your pillows — they have latex, microgel, aromatherapy and fiber.  for us, we were already contented with the fiber pillows in our room.  we also had complimentary internet access, and it was very fast and reliable.

shower area

shower area

sink / vanity mirror

sink / vanity mirror

bathtub

bathtub

the toilet and bath was also of considerable size.  there was a separate shower area, a toilet and a bath tub which was already filled with water and bathgel, ready for you to use.  my son enjoyed taking his bath in the tub.  toiletries were also provided.  their quality and scent of their line was ok.  my only complaint is the packaging since it was a little bit hard to squeeze the product out especially when my hands were already slippery due to soap.

cake courtesy of the hotel

cake courtesy of the hotel

the birthday celebrant

the birthday celebrant

when i was making the booking for this stay, i informed the hotel that we were celebrating my hubby’s birthday during our stay. they told me that the guest relations services will be preparing something.  so, after we got back from dinner at alabang town center, we found this slice of cake with greeting in our room. 🙂

as mentioned, we were able to use of the shuttle service to and from alabang town center where we had our dinner.  i also availed of the in-room massage which was very relaxing.

the next morning, we had buffet breakfast at their restaurant acaci.  the breakfast spread had varied options, and i can say that i was satisfied with how the food tasted.  i had soup, omelet, bacon, sausages and some breads.  there were also fruits, salads, cereal and other staples for breakfast. (we were just unable to take photos during breakfast… sorry).

the pool

the pool

view from the pool

view from the pool

after breakfast, we went to the pool area where hubby and my son spent some time swimming and playing in the pool. it was a little chilly given that the pool is at the third floor, and it was january. 🙂  we were also offered glasses of iced tea while we were in the pool area which i enjoyed while lounging around.

i would say that it is definitely worth your while to stay at this hotel.  they have good facilities – even the design and interior of the building is nice and impressive.  service was superb – they are true to their offering of “filipino hospitality at its best”.  they are always ready to help and please, and give you whatever it is that you might need.  rates are also very competitive.

would we go here again?  definitely. 🙂

 

Acacia Hotel Manila

5400 East Asia Drive corner Commerce Avenue,
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang,
Muntinlupa City 1781

Telephone: 720 2000 / 588 5888
Email: enquiry@acaciahotelsmanila.com

wooden anniversary getaway: sofitel manila

Published April 6, 2014 by ladyemelye

hubby and i celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last december 2013 by having a quick staycation at sofitel.  we availed of their magnifique promo which included an overnight stay in a deluxe room, buffet breakfast at spiral for 2, and an additional discount for f&b.

we arrived at around 3pm in the hotel’s premises and after the usual check-in procedure, we were ushered into our room.  side note:  days before our actual check-in, i received several emails from the hotel asking for our preferences so that they could prepare it ahead of time if it is available.  it was really nice that the hotel cares for what their guests will be needing ahead of time.  one of the forms asked if we were celebrating a special occasion for our stay, and i indicated that it was our anniversary.  i was kind of hoping to have “something” when we arrive, but i guess they might have been too busy and overlooked that fact, or they were just really asking for details. 😉

room 822

room 822

we stayed at room 822.  the room was spacious with a king sized bed, office table, minibar and veranda.  it was complete with all of the basic necessities like flat screen tv, phone, player, etc.

bed, office table, and door going to the veranda

bed, office table, and door going to the veranda

other side of the room

other side of the room

fully stocked minibar

fully stocked minibar

the bathroom consists of a shower area, the toilet and the sink.  i loved the lanvin toiletries that were provided.

lanvin toiletries

lanvin toiletries

shower

shower

sink

sink

we also spent some time in pool.  it was a little cold though, but we had fun playing and swimming.  matteo especially enjoyed the shallow part of the pool where he can just walk around.  we also ordered our dinner from the cafe and ate it by the poolside.

swimming pool at night

swimming pool at night

one of the things i was really looking forward to was the breakfast at spiral.  i have eaten at this restaurant several times before for their lunch buffet, and i can say that this is really the best buffet in town in terms of quality, choices and service.  i wasn’t able to take pictures of everything that we ate, but here are some of the plates:

shot samplers of healthy juices which you can get at the beverage station

shot samplers of healthy juices which you can get at the beverage station

hubby's noodle soup

hubby’s noodle soup

cheese + cured meat + honey + bread

cheese + cured meat + honey + bread

different breads for the baby

different breads for the baby

french pressed coffee

french pressed coffee

meats + bread + jam

meats + bread + jam

jam from the fruit garden + abra honey

jam from the fruit garden + abra honey

we enjoyed everything that we had for breakfast and we were really full afterwards.  eating at spiral is really a treat, you will always find whatever food will suit your fancy.

overall, i enjoyed our stay at sofitel.  the price we paid was worth it in terms of quality and service that they provide.  every member of the staff was really helpful and courteous, and the facilities are good.  there was even a small playground where my little boy spent his time playing around.

would we go back? definitely!

 

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City

Tel: (+632) 551-5555
Fax: (632) 551-5610
H6308@sofitel.com

staycation: lee boutique hotel tagaytay

Published January 5, 2014 by ladyemelye

whenever we have the time and budget, we always do a quick getaway somewhere to recharge and refresh.  it usually coincides if we are celebrating something like birthdays or anniversaries.  tagaytay is one of our go to places since it is just an hour drive from us.

using a voucher that was purchased through ensogo (now living social – one of the online group buying sites), we decided to head to Lee Boutique Hotel for our anniversary weekend last 2012.

from their website:

Lee Boutique Hotel, the city’s first Euro-Asian fusion hotel, provides lodging in the heart of the city. It features large guestrooms and suites, as well as a viewing deck where one can catch a breathtaking scene of Taal Volcano.

the voucher was worth php 3000.00 which included a 2d/1n stay in a superior room plus breakfast.

the bathroom

the bathroom

bed

bed

mini living area

mini living area

the room was nice.  it was quite spacious that it even has a small living area with a sofa and a small dining area which could seat 2 persons.  the wall paintings and room decor was also tasteful.  the bathroom has a bathtub with shower and complete set of toiletries were also provided.

the boutique has an in-house restaurant called oui drink tea eat rice located at the basement.  based from our stay, this is where the improvements should be made.  since the location is in the basement, the atmosphere seems a little sad especially when there are not too many people.  you will also have a hard time calling for a waiter since they are not always around.  the food is mediocre.  you can find better food somewhere else.  for convenience, we had our dinner here during our first night, and we were not satisfied (as you can prove with the lack of pictures).

filipino breakfast - longanissa

filipino breakfast – longanissa

american breakfast - bacon and toast

american breakfast – bacon and toast

for the complimentary breakfast, hubby got the filipino breakfast of longanissa and i got the american breakfast of bacon and toast.  as you can see in the picture, the serving was quite small and it looks unappetizing.  the meals come with a cup of coffee which was instant.

overall, i would say that the service and the room was alright, but it was with the food that i have some reservations.

since our stay here was more than a year ago, i really hoped that there have already been some improvements most especially with the food so that more people will be encouraged to stay here as they will no longer to go outside to look for a restaurant to eat at.  most especially, the complimentary breakfast could be a deal breaker.  as we all know, most b&bs and hotels offer breakfast with their accommodation so this could be a deal breaker if the food served is unsatisfying.

 

Lee Boutique Hotel

Tagaytay Calamba Road
Brgy San Jose, Tagaytay City
Phone: 63 (2) 781-1432 / 781-3632
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