One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites



Looking for a place to stay in Tagaytay? As a top destination particularly among weekend warriors, Tagaytay is home to plenty of hotels and accommodations from private rooms to boutique hotels. If you are right in the middle, that is, looking for a mid-range hotels with the perfect rates for you and ample amenities, One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites is a good choice.

Big thanks to Air Asia Philippines for bringing me together with fellow Iloilo and Bacolod media for the inaugural fight.



Lobby and Checking in

We arrived late at night in Tagaytay and it was nice to arrive in a homey lobby. Homey and not intimidating that you can just drop your big bottom on their oversized sofa while checking-in. Their lobby also has plenty of Instagrammable spots.



Fast check-in. Front desk officers and staff are all attentive and cheerful throughout our stay.



Our room

Can’t help but think that my boys will surely love the towel folding. Rooms have enough space, with fridge and plenty of places for me to scatter my things. haha! They don’t have a hair dryer but just one call to the front desk and they sent it right away. Wi-fi was fast, great for us who continuously updating our social media throughout the trip.

Courtesy of One Tagaytay Place Hotel & Suites

We had a short tour around the hotel, checking different rooms. For those who love to indulge and some privacy, One Tagaytay has suite rooms that can house 4-6 guests including a penthouse suite.

Allure Suite | Courtesy of One Place Tagaytay Hotel & Suites

One Tagaytay Place’s Amacena


Dining at Amacena, I can say it is one of the hotel’s top assets. It is cozy with rich wood interior  and elegant tablewares  -it’s like dining in your rich Tita’s house. haha.  Seriously, the food was great. Gong beyond the usual Bulalo, Amacena served this. Oh la la!

Staff were also patient to our group. Plus, they serve us regional dishes for us Visayan guests to enjoy.  When you’re a blogger, it’s hard to miss their food presentation and other details.

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Breakfast at Amacena. Writing this makes me miss their homemade corned beef. I love their wooden bowls and wood charger plates.




Another thing that I like about One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites is their location. I’ve been to Tagaytay twice and so far, I like how it is located a little bit on the other side of where most touristy areas are. I urged by fellow Iloilo bloggers for a morning walk to enjoy Tagaytay’s cool weather and it was a nice experience to observe local life.


We passed by schools, churches and the popular Tagaytay Picnic Grove. One of my best moments to see Taal Lake early morning before tourists start coming and to enjoy a morning walk  – thanks to the One Tagaytay’s location.

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As I often travel with my family, I find it nice that this hotel in Tagaytay has a 7-Eleven store in front along with ATM Machines. If you travel a lot with kids, you know these stores are great help for parents.

Other facilities

For a mid-range hotel, One Place Tagaytay Hotel & Suites provide amenities and facilities at par to those of luxury hotels. They have a lot of function rooms from small groups to big banquets. Again, speaking of kids, they have a rooftop pool that includes a kiddie pool.

Not me!One Place Tagaytay Hotel & Suites rooftop pool | Courtesy of One Tagaytay Place Hotel & Suites


I was surprised how big and spacious their spa is! Sorry for the dark image. Needless to say, I like how much space they allot for their guests’ relaxing spa experience. After a day of exploring Tagaytay, would it be nice to knead those tired muscles with a good massage?


Family-friendly with all the right amenities, stay at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites for your next Tagaytay trip!

For more information, rates, and their latest promos,  contact

One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites

Barrio Sungay, Tagaytay City

Cavite, Philippines

Telephone number: +(63 2) 584-4111 or 477-7111


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The Mansion: Going Beyond Hotel Rebranding



When I was in college, it was hard not to look back at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center as you pass by. After all, a decade and more years ago, this hotel was then an imposing structure in Iloilo City. Grand and big where “it” crowd parties ( then called, ” disco” or “clubbing”), and its restaurants, where couples to enjoy romantic dates, were named as one of the best in the country. The hotel was then the only choice for those who want to stay in a luxury hotel in Iloilo and where  companies used to hold their conventions and events.

Along the way topped with new competitions, the hotel may have lost a little of its grandiose reputation. Still, it is undeniable that the name still rings a bell and people choose to remember its upscale appeal.


The Mansion redefines customer value

Bringing not just back its old glory but setting the bar higher, Brightside Properties and Resorts, Inc acquired the property in early 2017 promising massive developments for the next 3-5 years. The family behind Brightside Properties and Resorts has been in the steel industry for half a century and The Mansion is their first ever venture in the hospitality industry.

Our hotel will redefine customer value, where comfort is premium and everybody is relaxed and at ease; where engaging service is synonymous to an all-around pleasant and singular experience,” said Mr. Noel Sinclaire P. Sy, Chief Operating Officer of Brightside Properties and Resorts, Inc.

The Mansion was formally launched last August 17 in the newly refurbished Kalantio Hall. The new name was a thrill and I personally like the name, The Mansion. After all, the city of love is home to old mansions and heritage homes. Purple and gold colors dominate that night symbolizing how the new management wants their guests to be treated –  with luxury and royalty.



More than a change of name

I have seen the major facelifting operations the night before the launch when I attended a school event in one of their function halls. More than the renovations, it was easy to spot the changes one of them was the food served during our parents’ assembly, the good impression continued during the launch with yes, great food all 300 guests devoured that night.

A quick media tour around the property where renovations and refurbishing operations are continually taking place. The lobby was given a minimalist modern look.


As a convention center, The Mansion has seven function halls and three boardrooms. See the Chinese-Filipino interiors of the renovated boardroom.


During the press conference following the brand launch, Noel Sy shares the impeccable team behind The Mansion coming from luxury hotels and top names in the industry.  What can we expect from The Mansion? Sy states that it will be ” a 3-star hotel with 5-star service“.

From the initial changes of the structure and food and seeing the team behind The Mansion, I am looking forward to what lies ahead. I’m looking forward enjoying their pool over great food and continuously patronizing Freddy’s now Freddy’s Bar + Kitchen.

Most of all, I’m looking forward spending a staycation in one of their renovated rooms, blogging about it as well as recommending The Mansion as hotel of choice for my family, friends, and you, dear readers.

For more information on this new hotel in Iloilo

The Mansion 

101 General Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines

+63 33 335 1021 & 27

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Staycation at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo




It was a surprise for the kids and I made sure they won’t have a clue even when I was trying to sneak our luggage at the back of the car. Because I always attend press briefing and events with Megaworld, the kids thought they were just dropping me off. ” Are we checking in?” – after they finally saw the bellman carrying our bags. What an effortless way to surprise them with an overnight staycation.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo offers a discounted local rate for us city dwellers to have break without traveling far. The rate may be higher than most hotels in the city but this hotel in Iloilo Business Park is one of the few hotels in Iloilo with pools.

As a new hotel, Richmonde Hotel possess modern and stylish interiors. You will love their sleek and minimalist approach that can please both business and leisure travelers alike. Spacious lobby that opens to their Granary Restaurant and BizBar on each sides.


BizBar doesn’t look like this; I took this photo when BizBar was used as a holding room for media during the inauguration of Iloilo Convention Center. Perfect for late-night drinks, guests can enjoy the exclusivity of BizBar.


Richmonde Hotel Iloilo has nice rooms – big and classy. The color scheme though in browns and neutrals makes our room calm and relaxing. The beds are bigger too, perfect for us with growing kids.


Yes, just like most hotel rooms nowadays, the bathroom has a clear glass wall to create an illusion of a much bigger space. Don’t you worry, you can still keep your modesty by pulling down the blinds.

My view inside the bathroom.


I love the bathroom especially the marble vanity except that the bottom corner of the shower was not properly cleaned. I’m meticulous with that corner because I know how hard it is to clean that part.  Other than that, the room is flawless.


One of their key facilities is their pool located at the 7th Floor.


The size is just right. My kids like it because it has a deep part but still safe. Here, I told them to get out of the water while utility crew were fixing the lights. A kid got a minor scratch. They were quick to respond though.


Nice pool deck. My kids love their food – ” Worth the wait“, they said. With the view of Iloilo Business Park, I love hanging out at the pool deck.


To sum it all, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is a recommended hotel in the city. The staff are professional especially the servers during breakfast. Great room and of course, they have a pool that my kids love. Can’t wait to stay at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo again with the family!

Have you stayed at Richmonde Iloilo?

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Multigenerational Staycation at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


Marco polo cebu


Traveling with kids needs careful planning and a little bit of skills ( if you want to enjoy yourself), top that when you are traveling with parents. We love traveling with my parents but there are special considerations to think about like looking for senior-friendly hotels. I have brought my parents along in local trips like our week-long trip in Camiguin. We often travel together during the Holidays as it coincides with my mom’s birthday and their anniversary ( a day after her birthday).

The year 2016 was the year my mom turned 60 and she made it clear to us that it should be special. We planned to just send them to Hong Kong but as always, it didn’t push through 😀 So I thought about letting them enjoy what my kids and I love – staycation.

Being her daughter, I had a feeling that my mother is adamant of the idea because she likes to roam around. Because I know my mother as someone who like fine things, I was pretty sure she will end her stay at Marco Polo with a big grin.

Marco Polo Cebu Lobby


Why Marco Polo? Because I know the kind of service they render and my kids always remember our wonderful staycation at this family-friendly hotel in Cebu back in 2014. My kids back then

Marco Polo rooms


My boys now with their Mamalo upon check in.

marco polo plaza lobby


As expected Marco Polo Cebu was festive during Christmas, still service was swift and pleasant. I was surprised that we were billeted to city view rooms. Just look at that. My beautiful Cebu! The two buildings is Marco Polo Residences Cebu.

view from marco polo cebu


When you spend decades in Cebu, you can just stand by the window and watch. My parents had fun spotting buildings, reminiscing how once in the 70s a particular structure was the only “tall” building in the Queen City and sharing a little bit of what they know about Cebu Plaza Hotel history.

The view from Marco Polo for me is one of the reasons why it is on top of the list of hotels in Cebu.

cebu cityscape


My parents’ room..

marco polo plaza rooms


Our room. We own Pikachu and Charmander.

Cityview marco polo


Room as spacious and I love the working station.

marco polo cebu cityview


The hotel’s Continental Lounge is something I was eager to let my parents enjoy.  Privacy and sweeping views of cityscape, the sea, and the mountain. We stayed until it was dark.


marco polo lounge


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is also one of the hotels in Cebu with swimming pool. They have adult and a kiddie pool.

cebu hotel pool


Speaking of which, Marco Polo is genuinely family friendly with a kid’s club and a clinic ( a must for families). For adults to totally relax, they have a spa. I used their gym. Clean, modern, spacious.

My father and I were enjoying our drinks at the lounge when my mom texted that the hotel sent an anniversary cake. Oh boy, she was so kilig!



Well, it was sweet to know both parents were kilig of the gesture. haha. They too sent their famous Malicious cookies for the kids. I tell you, it’s not a hype. They are really good but I can’t pinpoint exactly why. One of their housekeeping also gave us Chocolate Liquor with cacao sourced from the mountains of Balamban, Cebu. My dad ate all of them before I can document them.

Our second day of course is my mother’s special day!



Officially a senior! I got those fresh flowers from my bathroom. 😉

Because my mother was expecting a cake…



Another thing that my parents love about our stay is the food. Well, Marco Polo Cebu restaurant is one of the best in the city. Our Continental Lounge access includes breakfast at the lounge but I wanted to experience the buffet. My parents love the buffet that we still opted to enjoy our breakfast at Cafe Marco.

Marco Polo buffet is also one of Cebu’s specifically when it comes to their theme. My family enjoyed their Spanish dinner buffet,  Sabores de España last 2014.

marco polo buffet


My folks were impressed with the wide selection and the taste. My father noted how great their cooks especially how they were able to make delicious Cebuano dishes, which is hard to achieve when offering it to locals who can cook.  We also love their soya milk and fresh juices.

All we wanted was to give our parents the gift of relaxation. Thank you Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for helping me out in making my parents enjoy their special days. As my father said, they will never forget their experience at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Now, I have a feeling they are expecting for a staycation every anniversaries. Oh boy…


As children, we want to enjoy our time with our parents and spoil them a little bit. If you are planing on what to give to your parents, why not treat them for a staycation. They will surely love it and you can never go wrong with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Thank you so much!


For Marco Polo Cebu room rates promo and other packages, contact:

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

+63 (32) 253- 1111

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Nobu Hotel Manila




A brand unmistakeable in the world of luxury, everyone was thrilled when Nobu opened another franchise in Manila- the first in Asia-  in May 2015, attended by members of society’s top tier as well the people behind the brand such as Chef Nobu, Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer, Meir Teper.

Almost a year and a half after the opulent opening, it’s not that too late to have the chance to spend even for one night in one of Manila’s luxury hotels. Nobu Hotel was the official residence of the media for the Vivo V5 Grand Launch held last November 23.




Nobu is one of the three hotels of City of Dreams, an integrated resort of Entertainment City in Paranaque. City of Dreams is hard to miss with its gold hue and the distinct Fortune Egg.




Lobby and Reception

Location wise, Nobu Hotel and its sister hotels within City of Dreams are good options for those who don’t want to go far from the airport ( read: traffic!).  The facade is not too gaudy or too decorative but security measures at the entrance reveals that Nobu means business and pleasure.


True to the Japanese theme, the whole hotel carries the color scheme Japanese like – neutral colours blending from dark to light. I need to get adjusted to the dark browns all over the property as I have grown some liking to citrusy but not bright colours in hotels.  Right at the entrance of Nobu is the casino.


Polished Elegant Rooms



Not just spacious or complete with amenities, you will appreciate how rooms are personalised, giving guests a feel of owning the room during their stay at Nobu Hotel Manila.  Sheets and linens are comforting, firm bed with plenty of seating spaces. Ergonomic workstations with electrical sockets all over the room for guests who might be bringing a gazillion gadgets.



Rooms are splashed with touches of Japanese art and style from the brush stroke painting at the wall above the bed’s headboard to the geta-shaped ( traditional Japanese slipper) in-room slipper. Very Japanese but not trying too hard.

While some rooms have garden views, I have the Manila skyline far away.




Personalized greetings on screen will greet the guests. TV includes paid movies but I was contented with cable shows. The phones are programmed to guest’s name. Nobu’s mini bar includes bottles of wine and sake.

I love the work station with their purple pen and notepad with its dainty holder that I was tempted to take it home. I tried contacting guest services via phone and it took only one ring and they answered with ” Good morning Ms. Caulin how may I help you?“. Hmm, impressive.



Now let’s go to the bathroom. It would be nice to have a tub in my room to enjoy ofuro but I’m cool with what I had. The corners of the shower glass – spots that most housekeeping often miss – were squeaky clean.




The sink is too big that you can wash some laundry here or if you are traveling with a baby is perfect! Sakura are printed on the designs of their toiletries and other fixtures.

My only concern about Nobu Manila Hotel’s room? I hope they can have a socket close to the mirror. It took me twice the time to dry my hair with the power socket located at the far end of the wall. Challenging if you are giving your own hair a blow out.




Nobu Restaurant

There is a reason why Nobu is such an acclaimed name in the culinary world. Food satisfying not just to one’s palate but to your whole senses. It is not just eating but dining experience.

Breakfast was impeccable in terms of flavour, variation, and service.



Another factor is the interior of the restaurant.




Breakfast is served at Nobu and it is just one of the dining options at City of Dreams. For affordable dining, go to Red Ginger.




As a luxury hotel, Nobu Manila has a long list of facilities and services. To get the complete list, I recommend visiting their site.


Beyond Nobu Hotel Manila

Going out of the posh walls of the hotel, the garden is a wonderful place to kill time. Some do this while waiting for check in or in our case, while waiting for our shuttle schedule to the airport.




It is heaven for fashion bloggers and influencers. Families will love the open space for kids to roam and explore.




Speaking of kids, City of Dreams is home to Manila’s top family attraction – Dreamplay! I can’t wait to bring my kids here.




If you don’t have plans to enjoy the casino, City of Dreams has a lot of options when it comes to shopping and dining, or malling.




With a casino and dark color scheme, I asked myself if this is a kid-friendly hotel. I think, yes. I can bring my kids here and I think they will love it. The space, Dreamplay, the pool and awesome breakfast – what more can we ask for, right? Plus, I’ve been few guests with little children.

For Nobu Hotel Manila contact information or Nobu Hotel Manila rates, visit their site.

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Novotel Manila Araneta Center




One of the newest hotels in the Metro, Novotel Manila Araneta is the official residence and venue of Blogapalooza .  With this,  I had the chance to spend two lovely nights at this modern business hotel.

Set in the business center of Cubao, Novotel Manila (the first Novotel in the country), has the best location. A few steps from the hotel is Smart Araneta Center and it is surrounded by malls as well as train and bus stations.



From the lobby, a resident security dog welcomes you and staff checks your luggage before you enter the lobby. With this, the first impression will always be that Novotel Manila is not just an upscale hotel but a business hotel.

Still has a business atmosphere, the lobby is straight forward with highly efficient front desk officers. From its chic fixtures, their lobby has an interactive table for kids to enjoy while Mommy and Daddy are checking in.





Novotel Manila has 401 guest rooms, all equipped with the latest amenities. I like the color scheme – citrusy and soothing to the senses.

The rooms are also spacious that it can accommodate an extra bed. Their extra bed looks like a regular bed – a far cry from mattresses offered by most hotels. The seating area has a sofa bed for extra person. For families, each room can accommodate up to 2 children.



I like their bathroom especially their eco-friendly toiletries and the “diva” lights from the mirror.




Here’s what it looks like if you want some privacy inside the bathroom.





Though the hotel is surrounded with a long list of restaurants, Novotel offers six dining venues. Whether you are enjoying Novotel Cubao buffet at the Food Exchange Manila or a relaxing nightlife at the Pool Bar, this hotel has everything covered.

I love their breakfast. Great selection and food. I appreciate how much homemade offerings they have like their butter and their juice bar. Likewise, they have an Indian and Korean spread – giving more options for international guests.  Staff during the buffer were attentive and offering what I might need. Let us say, I truly enjoyed my me time during breakfasts.


Premier Lounge

For luxury hotels, I always look forward to their exclusive lounges and Novotel’s premier lounge is worth a visit. Novotel’s decor and interior are impeccable and I adore the Filipino and local inspirations of their interiors at the lounge.


Located at the 24th floor, guests staying at executive suites can enjoy some privileges like afternoon teas and free use of their meeting room.




Other Facilities and Amenities



Novotel is the metro’s “it” venue from weddings to conventions. Its 6th floor is where you will find the pool and the Bridal Gazebo and Garden. Novotel also has a spa, fitness center, and a kid’s club.


Family-friendly hotel

Though the hotel seems business-like, I’m impressed with Novotel’s family policy. From spacious rooms, their kid’s club is spacious and big in relation to Novotel’s size. At the premier lounge, they also have an exclusive kid’s area where even bigger kids will enjoy the entertainment offerings.




Now that my kids are getting bigger, it’s a respite to know that hotels like Novotel Manila Araneta Center let parents with bigger kids enjoy without spending too much starting with their breakfast. Kids below 16 years old, eat for free. Therefore, I can’t wait to bring my family back to Novotel.

If you live within Metro Manila, they offer special discounted Novotel Cubao room rates for you to enjoy a much-deserved staycation. For the latest Novotel Cubao rates or Novotel Cubao promo, visit their Facebook Page.

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A Night at B Lifestyle’s Bed & Bath Serviced Suites




After leaving my kids for three days for Blogapalooza, it was timely to bond with them over an overnight stay at Bed&Bath Serviced Suites of B Lifestyle Complex. Giving more options when it comes to hotels in Iloilo, it’s my pleasure to introduce to you this new accommodation in the city.

Bed & Bath Serviced Suites is one of the lifestyle brands housed at B Lifestyle Complex, located along Diversion Road. It reminds of Airbnb with the services (room service, etc) offered by conventional hotels and resorts. So basically, you enjoy the best of both options and truly a nice place to stay in Iloilo if you want some privacy, peace, and a less-rigid lodging while in Iloilo.



There are only few rooms and if you like staying in small hotels, B Lifestyle’s serviced suites perfectly fit.

We stayed at Brisbane Room. All rooms are named after destinations starting with the letter B like Bali, Barcelona, Boracay etc. Yes, all lifestyle brands within the compile start with the letter ” B”, giving homage to the owner’s family name which starts with no other than the letter B.



As soon as we got to our room, my kids hugged the bed, feeling the smooth and soft cover. They loved the sheets for it reminded them of their baby blankies 😉



Perfect for business travelers, it has a nice work station with the plenty of sockets.



The rooms at B Lifestyle gave me a lot of inspirations on how to maximize rooms in a smaller space.  I showed it to the husband for our future space. Bed&Bath has all you need- it has a kitchen, dining and living/seating spaces.



When my kids were babies, I only stay in suites to give me more comfort and I can prepare their meals.  The fridge let me stock on food and for their milk. Same with the microwave. Within the complex is a convenience store in case you need some provisions. Thus, if you are a family with babies, stay at B Lifestyle Bed&Bath serviced suites.



Bed&Bath guests can enjoy their meals at The Barn. I love The Barn and I can’t wait to dine there again.



It is homey and the interior resembles a barn ( of course) and the food is great. My blogger friends who had a food tasting at The Barn recommended their homemade corned beef.



As a whole, Bed&Bath offers a respite for guests who want to avoid busy hotels. With only few rooms, guests can assure that their needs are well taken cared for. With little children, my requests can be tedious but the staff efficiently provided them.

B’s Lifestyle Brands

There are more reasons to visit B Lifestyle as it offers more than dining and lodging. It has a shop for all natural wellness products. Perfect for gift-giving this Christmas!




A gym, Boost Beyond Fitness, which I’ll be signing up by 2017. #NewYearsResolution



And a beauty salon, Blush.



Breezy for your laundry. This is also great for long-term guest of Bed&Bath. If you are traveling and you don’t want to bring home your dirty clothes, have them cleaned. They also used commercial washers – I haven’t seen them in other laundromats in the city.



Co-working space is a hit nowadays, especially in the Philippines where our coffee shops can be rowdy. A freelance writer myself, I would love to try BONDS coworking space when I need a change of scenery while working.



B Lifestyle is a place you should check out in Iloilo. It appeals to everyone from freelancers to those who need a place to stay while in Iloilo.

To get to know more B Lifestyle Complex, visit their official Facebook page.


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Our Accidental Staycation at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod




Living in Iloilo, Bacolod will always be the best idea to enjoy a trip without going too far.  With my kids, there is only one hotel in Bacolod for us over the years – L’Fisher Chalet–  but I wanted to stay at the first hotel, L’Fisher Tower I, for a change.

Alas, our car had a problem as soon as we arrived in Bacolod and we were just lucky that my good old car, Sally, still brought us to the hotel with her engine dying every now and then. Therefore, our plan to visit Bantug Lake Ranch and Lakawon Island had to take a setback.

And there is only one thing to do to avoid ruining our planned semestral break vacation – staycation. With L’Fisher’s amenities and location, we did beyond fine and the kids had a great time.





L’Fisher is located along Lacson Street, the city’s main street where everything particularly restaurants are just a short walk. To name a few, across is Calea and Chicken Inasal if you want more options on top of L’Fisher’s dining venues like Ripples and C’s Cafe.

For those traveling with kids, the hotel is close to the Lagoon for your kids to enjoy a safe open space. Nearby is a local zoo. The hotel is also close to malls like SM Bacolod. To cut the story short, I think L’Fisher has the best location in Bacolod.


Lobby and Room




Tagged as the top leisure hotel in Bacolod, guests will feel the affluent vibe of the property as soon as you find yourself within the realm of its lobby. The lobby is the quickest access to Ripples where buffet breakfasts are served. At night, the piano serenades guests.




On its 26th year, L’Fisher Hotel is well-maintained and at its best shape. Our room is just on the 2nd floor and it is fascinating to watch the activities at the lobby.



Rooms are more spacious compared to L’Fisher Chalet, great for my kids.




As a freelance writer, I like it when hotels have big working stations.




The bathroom is tidy with the right amenities. Our room has a tub, to the delight of my kids.




Amenities and Facilities



As Bacolod’s premier hotel, L’Fisher has a wide array of facilities like conference halls, a casino, spa, and gym. But for traveling families like us, their Rooftop Deck is the best. I like their pool, with a separate kiddie pool.

My kids are can swim and they prefer to enjoy the adult pool with a swim-up pool bar.



We never miss ordering their pizza while here. During our stay, L’Fisher offered coupons like free pitcher of iced tea for every pizza or free coffee for every cake at C’s Cafe. Moms might want to avail their promos at their Cocoon Spa.



Our vacation seemed to be ruined with my broken car but thanks to L’Fisher, my kids were having a great time. Well, the only thing kid2 wailed was that we had to go home after 3 days.


Thank you for the 2nights and 3 days of fun, L’Fisher! Definitely, the best hotel to stay in Bacolod for families!




PS. If you are on a budget, stay at L’Fisher Ecotel Tower III. You can still enjoy the amenities like the pool at affordable prices. 


Follow them on Facebook for the latest and best deals – L’Fisher Hotel Facebook Page


L’Fisher Hotel

14th Lacson Street, Bacolod City

+63 34 433 3731


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Days Hotel Iloilo’s Renovated Rooms




To keep loyal guests, hotels know the significance of room renovations because no matter how impeccable the service, guests pay high value on room quality. Nobody likes spending a night in an outdated accommodation.

Days Hotel Iloilo is one of the first hotels in the city that still has a solid pool of loyal guests. Over the years, they have renovated their lobby, front desk, and guest rooms to answer the needs of today’s guests as well as to keep their rooms at  their best.

It is such a delight that my family is always billeted at newly renovated rooms whenever we spend a night at Days Hotel Iloilo. Last week, we spent two nights at Iloilo’s top hotel.

Welcome to our room!




We stayed at the Modern Deluxe Room ( with Window). The room we stayed at is one of the newly renovated rooms of Days Hotel Iloilo. This year alone, the hotel has renovated 11 rooms. As of this writing,  only 15 guest rooms ( out of the 69) need renovation.




If you were are returning guest, what are the things that you’ll immediately notice? On top of the newly painted walls and fixtures, the rooms are brighter with white LED lights installed.  They have stripped out the old carpet, giving guests the experience of staying in a brand-new hotel.

Days Hotel Iloilo is preferred even with the advent of new hotels in Iloilo because of their spacious rooms. The hotel is also designed to cater to business travelers but personally, it’s a nice hotel for those with kids.

Their guest rooms are way bigger compared to other hotels in the city.



Certified kid-friendly



Plenty of space that each room has space for a sitting area. Most new hotels skip this part.



A must for business travelers.



I like how the working station is placed in a nook. It felt like giving me my own personal working space.




For the bathroom snobs, Days Hotel Iloilo provides spacious bathroom and it is also renovated.




New tiling on the floor and walls complete with ceiling mount rain shower head. I love the backsplash, instantly updating into a modern bathroom.




If you are looking for a hotel in Iloilo, stay at Days Hotel with rates start at PHP1,999.  I suggest you book direct to get the best rate.

Staying at Days Hotel Iloilo also includes free use of their fitness gym, sauna, and power breakfast at The Promenade.

For Days Hotel Iloilo contact number, call +63 33 3373297. Visit their website, and like their Facebook page.


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Seda Atria in Iloilo




Part of  Seda Hotels under the Ayala Group of Companies, Seda Atria is the first Seda hotel in the Visayas. Seda is not that new to us because my family and I had the pleasure of staying at Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro .  I also have attended various events at Seda Atria.

Weeks ago, we had a quick overnight stay at Seda Atria. I can’t even call it a staycation since we were out most of the time. As one of the newest hotels in Iloilo City, it is nice hotel from its lobby to their rooftop bar.

The hotel faces the Pison Rotunda at the Atria Park District.  Seen here is the Pison Monument, which is a muscovado chimney, paying homage to one of the business ventures of the Pison Family.


A lot of similarities between Seda Atria and Seda Centrio starting with their color scheme. Here is our room at Seda Hotel Iloilo.




The morning after…



It’s not spacious but not cramped either like those hotels in Hong Kong.  Seda Atria has everything you’ll need and personally, I think it is catered more to business travelers.

I love the workstations in Seda Hotels. Not just chic and stylish but ergonomic as well.




I also like that a PokeStop was accessible from our room! Another reason to stay in bed and cuddle with the babies. 😀

Bathroom is spacious and hygienic.




We are satisfied  by the complimentary breakfast served at the Seda hotel Iloilo restaurant. My kids appreciate our attentive server. With its location within the Atria Park District, guests can enjoy local dishes from various restaurants like the famous batchoy.

I think this hotel’s asset is their furniture pieces. The lobby is impressive. Grand yet homey.




I took this photo at night to avoid disturbing guests especially during check-out times. iMac at their E-lounge.  Beside is their in-house restaurant, Misto Restaurant.



Another favorite is their Straight Up Roof Deck and Bar where  husband and I stole some couple time over drinks.



A nice place to end the day.



The hotel also has a gym but they don’t have a pool. To sum it all, Seda Atria is a lovely small hotel in Iloilo City.



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