Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hotel Room Review: Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas

 I celebrated a special family gathering at Marco Polo Ortigas recently and stayed for two nights at a Premier Suite.

Prior to this stay, I’ve had the opportunity to visit three times, twice to dine at Cucina and once at Cafe Pronto. The attentiveness of the staff made a great impression on me. So did the tastefully decorated check-in lobby at the 24th floor. Other common areas are equally well put-together.

Even more impressive were the rooms. The Premier Room is 51 square meters, with floor to ceiling windows, a king size bed (you can request for 2 doubles instead), a lounge chair, a bench chair at the foot of the bed and a round glass table with two chairs for dining.
The water closet has separate bath and shower areas, lavatory, and double basins so you and your companion can get ready at the same time. So much space!

The room is also equipped with a cute Nespresso machine and three capsules in a variety of flavors.

Even better are the price points. Because we were booked for an event, I got the room at P7,500 net. The most affordable rooms are the superior rooms, which were offered to me at P5,000 net. All rates are inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Cucina. The buffet spread, both for breakfast and dinner, has a substantial selection of continental and Asian fare that has enough variety yet is manageable and well curated.

We booked a total of four rooms for our family but, as expected, my nieces invaded my room. JM loved soaking in the tub. I had to request for housekeeping service three times to keep my OC self sane. The staff were always obliging.

The banquet services attended to all our needs without any hassle. I expected to be badgered with paperwork and approvals but, to my delight, there was none!

The most trouble I had was figuring out which elevator led to the parking since there was no direct lift from the rooms. But I got the hang of it eventually so it didn't dampen my impression of the hotel.

A Long Overdue Thanks to 2015

It’s already three weeks into 2016 but I have yet to bid 2015 a proper goodbye and give it the recognition it deserves. This early, my 2016 is turning up to be quite eventful, largely because of the curveballs 2015 threw my way.

Here are the highlights of my 2015:

1. My Mama’s 70th birthday

We celebrated the occasion with a small gathering of family members at Heat restaurant in EDSA Shangri-La. I enjoyed the food as usual but nothing gave me more joy than seeing my Mama’s beaming face.

2. JM’s Junior Prom

My darling niece JM went to the prom so we went agog getting her prepped for the ball and welcoming her escort.


I panicked when the makeup artist applied heavy foundation on her that was at least two shades darker than her skin tone. I had to call it out. Thank God, it was fixed just in time, although I still think I would have done a better job doing her makeup myself. But I am happy that she had a superb time.


3. Madrid Fusion Manila

With Asia's Best Female Chef, Gaita Fores
What a feast! And a proud moment for Pinoys! Read the highlights of my Madrid Fusion experience here.

4. Travels Near and Far

We took a respite from the Pope Francis fever with a stay at Domicillo Hotel in Tagaytay. Nothing restores the spirit like some quiet time and a priceless view.

For the first time in a long time, Badette and I were able to travel together again.

I enjoyed my moment in the sun with Casa Artusi and Gaita Fores.

I had a rare chance of bonding with relatives in Tuguegarao including those based abroad for Uncle Angel and Auntie Linda’s wedding anniversary. We all had a lovely time.

A most wonderful time in Tokyo and Kyoto with our dearest friends, the Sarmiento couple.

5. The Most Unexpected Birthday Gift Ever

6. A New Home

7. A Tiring But Joy-Filled Holiday Season

It felt like Valentine's Day in December.

8. The Best Gift Ever, to be unwrapped soon

Thank you, 2015. You won’t ever be forgotten.


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