Saturday, September 1, 2018

Family Relaxation at Grand Hoyah Hotel, Subic Zambales

Hotel Name: Grand Hoyah Hotel
Location: Canal Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines
Contact No. Tel: (047) 252.9978 (intl: +, Manila: (02) 404.4784

Booking Details:
The family needed some sandy beach fix to enjoy summer time as we did not enjoy much the pool at city hotels the last time.  I searched for beach destination just some hours away from Manila and I was directed to either Batangas or Zambales.  As I find Batangas beaches as less kid-friendly due to rocks, coral reef and deep slopes formation which is  more fitting for adults' snorkeling and diving, I opted for Zambales.  I find this place to have more wide sandy beaches perfect for swimming or surfing.  There are sandy beaches also in Batangas especially in Laiya but we were a little bit intrigued to try Baloy Beach in Barrio Barretto and Pundaquit in Zambales.  To avoid the crowd, I did not get hotel at Baloy Beach but inside SBMA which is only thirty minutes away from Barrio Barretto.  Lucky to get Grand Hoyah Hotel also thru Agoda booking app with a 65% promo discount. 

The exact room that we got for 65% discount
Travel Time:
We had an almost four-hour drive from Manila to Subic.  We took the North Luzon Expressway /Mabalacat Interchange then headed to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) Interchange Road, Mabalacat then to Subic-Tipo Expressway.  As it was our first-time to drive to Subic, we were a little confused of the traffic regulations thus we were flagged down by an enforcer.  After asking some details about us and informing us of our minor violation, we were given a quick seminar on the traffic rules and we were provided with a brochure containing the do's and don'ts in Subic. We were impressed on how they professionally handled first-time tourists like us.  And we were thankful that they were considerate enough not to spoil our family's experience of Subic πŸ˜„. 

Check-in and Stay:
We arrived at the Grand Hoyah Hotel a little early at 11:30 AM. Although the regular check-in time is at 2PM,  It was surprising that the staff accommodated us instantly and asked for our booking details. The hospitality that the hotel staff accorded us was really exceptional. Maybe they understood that we came all the way from Manila and endured that long drive just to get there. 😁 They asked if we already had our lunch and provided details of available restaurants and malls nearby.  We opted to have our lunch at a nearby mall since we also wanted to tour around while they were still preparing the room for us.  They asked for our contact details so they could readily inform us if the rooms were all ready.  

We were still having our lunch when a hotel staff called to inform us that we can check-in. We decided to go back to the hotel to take some rest before heading to Baloy Beach at around 4PM.   The hotel staff assisted us with our luggage.  Since this hotel is only up to fourth floors, they only have stairs and quaint elevator that fits only three people.  Another good thing about this hotel was that they did not collect any incidental deposit. 

The rooms that we had really speak of the hotel's name because of its grand design/interior and spacious floor area.   It has a king-sized bed,  LCD television with cable channel, private in-room safe, telephone, personal refrigerator and complimentary coffee/tea and water. The bathroom has toiletries like soap, shampoo and conditioner.  The room is also adorned with artworks and black-out curtains. The bed and pillows were comfortable and the bed covers and blanket were clean.  

The next day, we had a very early breakfast which was included in our accommodation.  We really wanted to go to Pundaquit in San Narciso Zambales which is an hour drive from this hotel thus we checked out early at 9AM. 

Check Out:
I surrendered the key cards to the front desk staff then she instructed housekeeping staff to check our rooms.  We were given clearance to leave in as little as five minutes. 😊

Mosey Butterfly Rating: Scale of 1-5
Service: 🌺🌺🌺🌺
Cleanliness: 🌺🌺🌺🌺
Room Comfort: 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺
Facilities: 🌺🌺
Value for money: 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺

Summary of Expenses for this stay:(in Philippine Peso)
Hotel Accommodation = 6,000 (-) 2 days/1 night for two rooms
Actual date of Stay: April 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Family Relaxation at The A.Venue Hotel, Makati

Hotel Name: The A.Venue Hotel Makati
Location: 7829 A. Venue Makati Avenue Makati City
Contact No. +63(2)

Booking Details:
My husband and I planned another family get-together for the summer vacation.  Since both of us had busy work schedules and the kids were raring to go swimming, we decided to spend a long weekend at a nearby hotel.  I searched through Agoda for hotels that offer amenities like swimming pool and the gym since the family needs to have some physical activity for health reasons. Read More>>