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Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila

My wife had to attend a 3-day conference at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City which meant that she will be away from home for at least 4 days which includes her travel time to and from Baguio City. 
Being away from us plus the transportation condition in Manila is already stressful so she requested to stay in a hotel that is very near Mall of Asia, preferably walking distance. 


There were several options but the main consideration is price and it should really be close to MOA. With that, her workplace decided to book her at Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila located at Oceanaire Bldg., CBP D. Macapagal, Sunrise Dr., Pasay City, 1300 Metro Manila.

The hotel is just .4 kilometers away from SM MOA, just walking distance but the hotel staff suggests to take a cab because the heat can be extreme during this summer.


I was not supposed to join my wife in Manila but my son has been asking where mommy is, it is his first time to be away from mommy for that long na yung naaalala na niya talaga. Thank goodness my schedule freed up. This will be another opportunity to review a hotel.

So this stay is business for my wife and pleasure for our son and I. 
LOCATION

If you are looking for a hotel near SM Mall of Asia area, this could be one of your best options as it is just .4 kms away.  You can walk to the mall probably in the afternoon or in the evening.  If you don’t want to get sun burned or suffer from heat stroke, take a cab or bring with you an umbrella if you are going to the mall area.

ROOMS 

What was booked for my wife was a delux twin room with 2 twin beds.  Here are the details:


However, my wife had to request for a transfer because the first room given to her had a view of the condo buildings surrounding the area and is a little smaller so you can actually verify those details first before booking especially if you want a room with a view.

Below is a pic of the first room given to my wife:

I suggest that you request for a room with a view. Here are some captures from the room where we were transferred, it’s in the 7th floor:


The bathroom is also spacious to accommodate this mess:


Here is how it looked before we used it:


RATES
You can click my travel book badge below and search for Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila for their current rate.

POOL

What I like about the pool is that it is not directly under the sun so you don’t have to worry about getting sun burned.  
The hotel shares the pool with the residents of some condo units in the building so not all who are using the pool are actually checked in, some are residents of Oceanaire Luxurious Residences.

What I don’t like is that the pool area is at the same time being used as the smoking area so the quality of air in that part of the hotel is not healthy. I hope they will take a look at that concern.

If you notice the small squares in the pool as shown in the pictures, I am not sure if the water there gets regularly changed there. Parang may lumot.

Regardless, we swam though. (Wink wink)

From the pool area, you will get a glimpse of this view:

At di mo alam kung ma-iinggit ka na mas maraming pool sa kabila. Haha. Ang naisip ko lang, parang ang fresh ng tubig doon!

BREAKFAST


The booking of my wife includes buffet breakfast. I just noticed that most of the hotel guests are chinese and so probably explains the chinese food buffet. They also have breads and pastries, pasta, a selection of drinks, egg counter, and cereals.

GYM


For people who can’t survive the day without working out, the hotel provides free use of their gym.

MISC 
Plantsa


If you forgot to iron press your clothes, no worries as the hotel provides an ironing machine or plantsa in Filipino. So kung namamahalan ka sa kuryente sa bahay, dalhin mo na din mga bagong labada sa bahay at dito plantsahin kapag may extra time ka. Haha

Weighing Scale


I am not sure kung ano ang punto kung bakit may kilohan sa loob ng kwarto. Pwede rin na para makatipid ang hotel sa breakfast buffet? Kasi kapag nagkilo ka at nakita mo na medyo hindi ka-aya-aya ang resulta ay pwedeng ma-discourage ka na gamitin ang breakfast stub mo? 

Hmmm so magandang tactica ito sa mga eat all you can resto. Lol.

Pero dito ko nalaman na medyo gumaan ako ha, from 71 to 69 kls.
Mini Sari-Sari Store


In fairness, mas mura ang cup noodles dito kesa sa 7/11. Pero teka, ramdam siguro nila na maraming nagtitipid na nakatira sa hotel kaya nagbenta narin sila ng cup noodles. Lol. 

Toothbrush, Comb, Shaving Kit, and Vanity Kit


Walang problema kapag nakalimutan mo ang toothbrush, suklay, o pang-ahit dahil meron sila dito.  Ang maganda pa, i-re-re-replenish nila ito araw araw to make sure na mag-toothbrush ka!

Pero teka, nang buksan ko ang vanity kit ay eto ang laman:

Kelan pa naging kalandian ang mag-linis ng tenga? 

Pero ganun nga siguro ang tawag diyan.

Vault


Para sa mga katulad ko na nagdadala ng milyones tuwing nagtatravel, napaka-importante ng vault and I am super glad they have it.

Napadami din kasi na-widraw ko sa atm e I don’t have time na to deposit it back.


Tapos nung nagpa-gas ako,eto pa sinukli sa akin:


Kaya kinailangan ko talaga ng vault, kinulang yung vault sa room namin so I also had to book 3 more rooms pa. Nainis nga ako. 

Room Make Up


You can ask for your room to be made up every day just by hanging this sign, just like in other hotels naman. I didn’t plan to have the sheets changed kasi malinis naman but even before I said it, nakita ko na pinapalitan na yung sheets.  Good thing to witness na talaga namang they will give you fresh set of comforters pala tuwing room make up. 

Lamp and Light


For readers, you can read your heart out even if you have all the lights off dahil meron silang spot light. Or kung gusto mo lang mag-emote with this spot light ay pwede rin.

The Hallway


Napaka-luwang ng hallway nila which probably explains the disconnect that I felt. Pagpasok mo din ng lobby, mararamdaman mo na parang di lang talaga siya hotel, parang ang daming nangyayari. 

Wifi

Malakas ang wifi nila, very reliable and it’s the one I’m using to write this blog.

Sewing Kit


There are times na matanggalan ka ng butones o mapunitan ng damit pang conference, no worries dahil you will have enough sinulid and butones to save the day! Sa dami ng kulay, you can even come up with your own design!

Parking


They have a designated parking lot at the third floor for hotel guests. That’s me looking tired with my cousin who graciously drove Phillip and I from Baguio City.  If you are looking for an on-call driver, you can contact him: (0928) 591 3331. 

FINAL VERDICT
All in all, okay naman ang stay kung location talaga ang hanap mo na malapit sa MOA. Pero kung relaxation for your child, the pool will not suffice unless you have to go to the mall for entertainment. 

If you plan to stay here, I suggest that you book the 7th floor kasi dun na mismo yung resto for breakfast area and the pool. 🙂

Sige, till our next hotel stay!

About Dexter Diwas (14 Articles)
Dexter Diwas is a native of Baguio City. He spends his free time writing about anything that has got to do with Life, Law and the City of Baguio. Read, Like and Share his articles to inform, inspire or plainly just to make someone happy today. :) You can reach him on twitter @dexterdiwas
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