Tag Archives: Hotels

Cocoon Boutique Hotel (Quezon City)

There’s the story about how an ugly, slow caterpillar transforms into a beautiful, graceful butterfly. We know how the story goes. We know how the caterpillar eats its heart out in an eat-all-you-can vegetarian buffet, then “sleeps” inside “somewhere” (or “something”), while it is magically transformed into a butterfly. And if the process of this transformation is called metamorphosis, what’s the name of that “somewhere” where the metamorphosis happens? Continue reading Cocoon Boutique Hotel (Quezon City)

Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu

In terms of historical significance, we know Mactan Island as the place where the forces of the Spanish conquestador, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Filipino forces of Lapu-Lapu, [see also Revisiting Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino]. In terms of tourist attractions, we know Mactan Island as the location of a number fine beaches and 5-star resorts, including the Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa CebuContinue reading Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

The first time I saw the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino years back, I looked closely at the opal-green rooftops, or domes. The architecture and design are impressive, yes, but these were not the reasons why my eyes were attracted to those domes. I was more interested, and imagined, that I’d see Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, bouncing back and forth, sliding down the domes, looking for his Esmeralda. Continue reading Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Hideaway at the South Drive Manor

Summer or Christmas, for business or pleasure, during peak or off-peak seasons, tourists flock to Baguio City. Different accommodations await different folks. For those who seek a mid-range place that lies serenely amidst pine trees, in the quiet borders of Camp John Hay, there’s the South Drive Manor. Continue reading Hideaway at the South Drive Manor

Manila Hotel: A Historical Landmark

General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Far East (USAFFE), lived at the Manila Hotel. His comfortable stay was disrupted by the Japanese when it attacked Pearl Harbor on 8 December 1941, reaching the Philippines shortly thereafter. With the Philippine defenses crumbling, Gen. MacArthur retreated to Corregidor then to Australia in 1942, where he made his famous vow: “I shall return”. He surely had a real good reason to do that, but I figure he was also thinking of his luxurious home, the Manila Hotel. Continue reading Manila Hotel: A Historical Landmark

Microtel Inns & Suites (Sto. Tomas, Batangas)

The location of Microtel Inns & Suites (Sto. Tomas, Batangas) makes sense if we consider that it’s inside an economic zone, the First Philippine Industrial Park, which naturally holds foreign-owned locators (various economic zones scattered throughout the Philippines, under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority or PEZA, offer tax breaks and other incentives to encourage foreign investors). Continue reading Microtel Inns & Suites (Sto. Tomas, Batangas)

Discovery Suites (Ortigas Center, Pasig City)

The larger-than-normal orange-colored chair at the lobby neatly summarizes the weird feeling one gets while checking-in at the Discovery Suites. It’s probably like having tea with Alice in Wonderland‘s Mad Hatter, except that the madness here seems to be the identity crisis of the Suites (though in a good way). Continue reading Discovery Suites (Ortigas Center, Pasig City)

Hotel Dominique, Tagaytay City

Many factors make a place memorable, sowing the seeds for a visit again in the future. Sometimes it’s just the place. Sometimes it’s what happened in that place. Sometimes it’s both, or some other factors. Let’s consider Hotel Dominique, found along Aguinaldo Highway, a nice hotel just a few meters from the rotunda in Tagaytay City. Continue reading Hotel Dominique, Tagaytay City