But I digress. So when the opportunity came for Hubby and I to spend a night at Orchid Garden Suites (a boutique hotel founded upon an old pre-war Manila mansion) for a night, I jumped in glee and happily prepared an overnight bag.
As mentioned, the Orchid Garden Suites' foundations are set upon an old pre-war Manila house, a part of which now houses the main lobby and restaurant. Additional storeys were later added to accomodate more guests and for hosting corporate or celebratory functions and other events.
|This being a boutique hotel, expect a small but cozy lobby...|
Complete with marble floors, stately columns, oil paintings and cozy seating areas; the cool lobby is definitely an oasis from the hot city weather outside and a luxurious, welcome sight from the grisly Manila streets (NOTE: the hotel is located along Vito Cruz street, in front of Harisson Plaza.)
The Standard Room
We got a Standard room, which cost us only Php2,800 (includes buffet breakfast for 2 at their Cattleya Restaurant.) A cozy room which features the basic neccesities one would ever need.
Also includes the standard bath and toilet amenities as well. For Php2,800? Not bad eh? =)
Every room comes equipped with free wi-fi access and cable TV for your pleasure. However, the refrigerator isn't stocked with any food or beverage (not a big deal in my book) and there is no room safe (these are made available only at the reception areas.)
The floors tend to be a little dusty at times so make sure to have them clean the rooms before occupancy.
Buffet Breakfast at Cattleya
As mentioned, room accomodations include buffet breakfast for 2 at their Cattleya restaurant. Located at the ground floor, this small, quaint dining area serves a variety of local and foreign cuisine. Food is, at best, average but I do recommend their lugaw with tokwa; and their ensaymada. Yummy!
Oh! And another thing, their egg station is located in a closed area with no exhaust to drive away the smells, so expect to return to your room with clothes smelling a little smoky. =)
Orchid Garden Suites does employ the most couteous and attentive of personnel, who try their best in making your stay truly memorable. This is always the main clincher for me. Having attentive and responsive staff at all times makes any hotel stay precious, regardless of whether it is a 5-star establishment or not.
All in all, our overnight stay at Orchid Garden Suites was a restful one. We're definitely coming back here again. =)
Orchid Garden Suites Manila
620 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street