How I spend My Weekend at City Garden Grand Hotel

City Garden Grand Hotel review

Hello ladies!


It's been while since we've shared our staycation reviews, and I'm telling you we have LOTS to share from our trips and staycations all over the Metro and outside the country.


City Garden Grand Hotel review

So for now, allow me to share you one of the staycation that we had recently at City Garden Grand Hotel. I guess some of you have heard of it, and I guess some of you would agree about how good (or I said great) staying at this hotel.


{You may also read my staycation at Dusit Thani Manila hotel}




City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review

It was one gloomy holiday of January, a not so good day as it seems there's a storm coming that day. I decided to book a hotel to spent my regular staycation holiday at City Garden Grand Hotel, a modernly, stylish place located at the heart of Makati City. It was then a long weekend con-holiday here in Manila (from January 15 to 19, 2015) to celebrate the Papal Visit here in the Philippines. 


City Garden Grand Hotel review

Located along Makati Avenue and corner of Kalayaan Avenue, it was actually my second stay (the first was last year, some time of October 2014), and I find it enjoyable and relaxing. 


City Garden Grand Hotel review

My first staycation here last for 4D3N on a cool breeze of October, I was just blessed to afford this kind of 'simple pleasure'. Although during my first experience wasn't perfect (it was a 'disaster' I coined then), and I'm glad that the hotel management has sorted things out my concerns, and did their very best to make-up with my remaining stay. Back then, I thought I wouldn't be coming back to this hotel, but I guess I was wrong. As I came back on the lovely gloomy days of January (3 months after)  and spent my long weekend with them.

{You may also check my staycation trip at Thunderbird Beach Resort Poro Point}


All my staycations are not purely spent on relaxation and pampering (well, sometimes it is). It the best time for me to enjoy everything that I love doing - thinking freely and update this blog, take some interesting photographs and do editing for the next feature post, and also being ME - I mean I could whatever I want to do, and combine two worlds that I have. (Anyway the other world is kinda complicated, ^_ ^ )


City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel just opened last July 2014. and surprisingly it become a HIT to MOST TRAVELERS. I've been observing its trend via Expedia and day by day almost fully booked! I'm so lucky that they always have available suite for me.


City Garden Grand Hotel review

I always booked the Superior King suite and as you can see its FULLY BOOKED! This room cost less that Php4,900.00 (I remember it's Php4,200.00 per night).

If you'll happen to pass along Makati Avenue, you'll notice that there is two (2) City Garden Hotel. I stayed at the new hotel City Garden GRAND Hotel, the one near Century City Mall, and NOT the old hotel City Garden Hotel. 


City Garden Grand Hotel review




City Garden Grand Hotel review

It's lobby is well-maintained and very tidy. I enjoyed sitting in their comfortable sofa, reading the morning paper, while sipping my brewed coffee. It was very cozy and it feels like I'm home, surrounded by courteous and kind hotel staffs ready to serve you and make your stay memorable. From a misfortune experience 3-months ago from the time of my first visit, to a relaxing and enjoyable second time, everything seems to be fine and I kinda like it.




City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel has 311 fully air-conditioned rooms, a conference rooms, huge dining area, well equipped gym, spa, and rooftop deck, bar and a pool overlooking some part of the city. 


City Garden Grand Hotel review


But it's not perfect. Their pool deck is not that appealing for the mean time, as you could see there is an on-going construction (probably a new residential condominium). So expect some curious audiences watching you enjoying your dip (well I got used to it).


City Garden Grand Hotel review




What about their rooms? Is my room looks nice and comfortable too? Well-maintained and well-light? See for your selves! 


City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review

It was SO COMFORTABLE! It was soo good enough, that I always have a very nice sleep. Sheets are changed regularly, including the towels and toiletries. They always make sure that my room is always in-place, have enough complimentary bottled waters, a phone next to my bed, WIFI is also good, plus they have a hair-dryer (yeah it's a must to my list). This is my Superior Room during my January staycation.


City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review


And this is my Superior Room during my first stay last October 2014. Looks the same right? Both these rooms are situated on the 20th Floor.

City Garden Grand Hotel review


City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review

One of my favorite part is to spend my me-time soaking myself to this bathtub with my favorite bubble bath and aromas, with complete toiletries and enough towels. Isn't it glorious experience? 



City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review

Look at their gym, complete of these good equipment ready to pump your ass, release your energy and sweat a lot to be more fit and healthy. I bet this area will be fitness junkie's favorite place.



City Garden Grand Hotel review

City Garden Grand Hotel review

They have this spacious banquet / dining room for their guest, over-looking some part of the city. They serve decently good food - not fancy but it was good enough. It includes free breakfast for 2, and you also have an option to omit this. 


City Garden Grand Hotel review

I ate my breakfast here and have my lunch or dinner outside. Not because I don't like their food (because I never tried having lunch and dinner here). It's because I like to try other things, anyway its a vacation and my opportunity to visit other places, other than the place where I sleep. 


City Garden Grand Hotel review

Let's see what other travelers comment about City Garden Grand Hotel. I grabbed these short reviews via Tripadvisor.

City Garden Grand Hotel review

I agree about the staffs situation - they are eager to be with you around, ready to serve you (like your personal butler!). Plus they are kinda cute :)


City Garden Grand Hotel review

Wow! This reviewer seems shared his sweet-and-not-so-sweet experience (laugh) but I do agree with him location wise. The hotel is located near the business district, and also near for red-light entertainment district. This place is kinda more appealing for single travelers (especially the men travelers), but kinda have distance for nice restaurants. You'll need to grab a cab going to Greenbelt wherein you will have choices of restaurants and decent bars. Or if you want to explore the place, you can just walk from the hotel (its will only take less than 30 minutes).


City Garden Grand Hotel review

Definitely value for money - and I love it too!


City Garden Grand Hotel review

I couldn't wait to spend my next long weekend and hopefully they have available suite for me. 

My Ratings are:

Location: 3/5
Cleanliness : 5/5
Sleep Quality: 5/5
Room: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value: 5/5




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131 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Hi, does the room include a free buffet breakfast or just a normal breakfast?

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    1. Me too! Their sheets are so lovely :) This isn't a luxury hotel but they are making me feel living in luxury :)

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  3. I love staycation. They are the best where you can temporarily run away from home and be pampered some place else.

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    1. I agree. Whenever I felt so bored at home and I need inspirations - I usually booked a stay at some hotels and just relax, to regain my writing zest.

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  4. That bed would be so hard to leave! The hotel looks beautiful.

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    1. Yeah it is, I could just stay here and watch the movie hahaha.

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  5. Gorgeous rooom. I love the look of th egym and pool. Great amenities

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    1. I couldn't agree more, and their staffs are so nice :)

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  6. Ooo I'm impressed. Everything about this hotel looks amazing. That food looks delicious.

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    1. Thank dear! Yeah though these foods are just simple, I enjoyed it a lot.

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  7. I agree by looking at your photos. The facilities and hospitality of the staff is the main deciding factor whether it is worth the say or not.

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    1. Thank you Liza,

      They make every clients feel at-home and well taken cared of, one of the reason why I love staying here :)

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  8. Good staycation! This place look comfortable too.

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    1. Yes Cindy, so true! And the sheets are always fresh :)

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  9. looks like nice play to stay. This hotel I no stay before.

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    1. Hello Sherry,

      When you visit Manila, add this hotel to your options :)

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  10. I wish to go for a staycation in KL soon.

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    1. Hello Sunshine!

      Yeah you must dear. You deserve every minute of pampering :) Priorities!

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  11. The hotel room looks quite decent and it's pretty huge. What I love the most is the gym. Good hotels must have a well-equipped gym!

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    1. Yeah they have an impressive gym, so bad I'm not a gym buff :)

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  12. Looks like you enjoyed your stay completely. I like hotels with a personal touch and I need great cleanliness! They seem to have big rooms, plus point! :)

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    1. Hello Helene,

      Yes I like their rooms because each rooms have bathtubs! and their beds are very good too!

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  13. Wow, the room looks amazing and the view is lovely. I might be planning my next vacation thanks to you.

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    1. Hello Esther,

      That's great! Yeah the nice is also nice, but I don't like the part where the swimming pool is located because of the construction on the next building.

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  14. I've never really done a staycation before, but I imagine I would enjoy it! Any pampering time is always a win in my book! ;)

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    1. Hello Divya,

      Ohh you must have your pampering session! You deserve it dear :)

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  15. This place looks fabulous! I'm sure that you had a fabulous time!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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    1. Hello Beth,

      Yes I am now am thinking of booking a stay again at City Garden Grand Hotel.

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  16. This looks like a lovely hotel! The room was beautiful, and that bathroom even looked amazing!

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    1. I agree Jessi,

      As long as there is a nice bathroom with bathtub, am a happy girl :)

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  17. OOoh the hotel look lovely and I love the decor. Very nice. xx

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    1. Thank Anna! I love staying here and if only I could here longer then I will :)

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  18. This is a gorgeous hotel. It reminds me of one I stayed I while in Seoul. Love the bikini top.

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    1. Thank you Saidah!

      Summer is almost here so many staycation and bikini pictures soon!

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  19. Enjoyed reading this post and seeing your lovely photos. Looks like a great place to stay! You're making me want to trav3el indeed.

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    1. Hi, ohh you deserve to travel again. Go for it!

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  20. Impressed with the luxurious room. The price seems like a steal as well.

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    1. Its so affordable! And am so happy I got it :)

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  21. That bed is huge! it looks divine! Great review, looks like a really nice play to stay!

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    1. Hello Donna,

      Thank you for reading my hotel review, and yes its a Queen size bed. It is huge for me - but this bed is quite smaller if I'm with my boyfriend - he is huge so this is just enough for him alone, LOL

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  22. I love a good staycation at a beautiful hotel. A little room service can definitely turn a gloomy weekend into a great one.

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    1. Hello!

      This time I didn't order for room service because there are many awesome restaurants nearby and I could save a lot than ordering room service.

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  23. Sounds like you had fun. The hotel seems great

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    1. Hello Nisha,

      Yes it is and I can't wait to spend my staycation here soon! Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking me review :)

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  24. Looks like you had a great time relaxing! I would love to visit sometime soon.

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    1. Hello Kathryn,

      Thanks for visiting! Keep on exploring my blog :D

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  25. Looks like a nice place to stay in. I am happy you got it for a cheaper price!

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    1. Yes, I diligently search Expedia deals were I got many hotel discounts :D

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  26. Ahhhh the hotel looks so pretty! I would definitely stay there and that food looks so freaking good!!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! You might consider staying here when you visit Manila :D

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  27. Wow such an extensive review of your experience! Seems like a good place to stay! Thanks for this post!

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    1. You're welcome Milton, and thank you for reading my review! I will post many hotel review soon. Some are from the last year's staycation that I haven't posted yet, but still way useful info.

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  28. WOW! That's such a beautiful place to stay! I especially loved that bathroom!

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    1. I agree Ellie!

      Its a little space I truly appreciate from this hotel. And I could spend hours just soaking in the bath and listening to music, and drinking champagne :)

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  29. Woww such a wonderful place it is. I can see you had an amazing time

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    1. Yes I am and am happy to share my lovely experience. Hope you could stay in the hotel when you visit Manila. They are so kind with their clients.

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  30. Wow, that hotel looks amazing!! I've never considered a staycation at a hotel, but I may need to after this!

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    1. Hello Emily,

      Since there is no beach resort in the heart of Manila, I opt for a hotel staycation, as long as they have a swimming pool and a bathtub :)

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  31. The hotel looks beautiful! What exactly is a Staycation?

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    1. Hello dear,

      Staycation is a term we use for a stay + vacation. Frequently used for a short-term vacation mostly done in a hotels.

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  32. That's so cool that you take the time to have a little vacation for yourself in your own city! I'm all for taking myself out and doing things just for me, but I never even thought about doing that before!

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    1. Hello Caitlyn,

      Staying at home during weekend is also cool. But sometimes I got so boring at home and I felt so lazy. So it is nice to have at least an overnight stay in a different place just to regain my energy.

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  33. Wow!!! This hotel looks amazing! I can see why you would spend a weekend there.

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    1. Thank you Kristin :) Keep on exploring my blog :)

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  34. A very nice hotel with great facilities. Glad you enjoyed.

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    1. Thank you Linda :) Hope you could visit Manila soon!

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  35. Seems a beautiful and confortable hotel!
    You sure enjoyed your we!

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    1. Thank you Chiara, yup I did enjoyed it :) I can't wait to spend another vacation!

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  36. This place looks amazing. The room looks really comfortable. I also would love that breakfast, it looks yummy.

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    1. Hahaha yeah and the sheets are soo nice and always freshly changed. I like their house keeping :)

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  37. Shame that it was not completely perfect but it is close enough. The decor is fancy, the staff are nice and it is spacious , what is not to love?

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    1. I know right :)

      Well hopefully when I visit the hotel soon, the construction from the next building are finished. I don't like having uninvited audiences, LOL

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  38. Girl i wanna be you when i grow up lol . I always love your travel stories and this is so fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing again

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    1. Hahaha you're welcome Kay! Well you have amazing travel too. Would you like to switch places?

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  39. Hotel stay is always nice, your room look so relaxing :)

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    1. Thank you Ivy! Yeah and I also can't get enough of their bathtub :)

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  40. Looks like a really nice place to stay! I am loving that bed, looks so comfortable I would not want to leave.

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    1. Yes that's what I felt each time I stayed there.. I could stay all day laying in bed! But I have to take advantage of the city, so nope I have to move.

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  41. The hotel seems nice to stay at. Will mark down when we visit Manila in future

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    1. Thanks Wai Yee, yeah you'll gonna love it here too!

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  42. This looks like a great staycation. Loving the bed!

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    1. I know right. NO one will HATE this bed.. so heavenly :)

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  43. Must be a enjoyable stay. You seem enjoy it. Only the pool view is emmmm.... But overall can see the hotel maintain it facilities and service well.

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    1. LOL same reaction when I saw the pool! It's kind of disappointing on that part, but everything else are so good.

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  44. I love it when hotels have a fully equiped gym!

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    1. Hello Dear,

      That's why this place is also a favorite of most gym buff travelers :)

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  45. Same with me, I love it when the hotel provides a hairdryer! Then damn sad if don't have although some need to ask at the lobby, scared people take it home like toiletries? Lol Overall, room looks similar to Eastin Hotel. Too bad about the swimming pool's view.

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    1. LOL That's funny! Gladly most of the hotels I've stayed-in always have hairdryers.

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  46. Staycations are my favorite! You get to relax in such a lovely room and you don't have to go out and get dressed or do anything during the whole weekend. Looks like you picked a great place!

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    1. Staycation is one of a little me-time I always do and I love it. Yeah in this way, you can relax and don't think of anything.

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  47. Wow! I love the room, it looks so spacious and the bed is perfect for staycations. It's definitely a great place to stay in for the weekend.

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    1. Hello Carol,

      Yes and a good place to regain those energy from the busy and tiring week. Ahh I want to stay here again!

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  48. Having some alone time with ourself can help us unwind for a moment and rejuvenate for a while. I miss that thing.

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    1. Hello Sarah,

      You must do it babe! You deserve every pampering moment.

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  49. LOVE THE PICTURES! Looks like you had the time of your life. The hotels looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you Mabella! Keep on visiting my blog :D

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  50. Looks like you enjoyed your staycation! The hotel is lovely!

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    1. Thank you Cameron, and yes I love it. Am actually booking for a room for this weekend :)

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  51. You are the Queen of Travel. How about finding your dear sweet blogging friend Valerie a hotel gig in her home state of Oklahoma in the U.S.A. I need a staycation. Pleaseeeeeeeee

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    1. Hello Valerie!

      Would you like to switch places? How can we do that?!

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  52. Awww i love staycations and this hotel looks amazing! That view is perfection!

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    1. Thanks Lynnette! Keep on exploring my blog.

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  53. Looks like you had a really good time! Taking time out for our self is important to relax & rejuvenate, and to prevent burn out. In other words: Self-care :)

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    1. That's true! We can also call it as PRIORITIES!

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  54. That place looks amazing and comfortable! I will need to see if I have somewhere like this near me.

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    1. That's great Michelle, you deserve pampering coz you work so hard everyday :D

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  55. After reading your post, making me miss staycation!! I need a short getaway from my life for now T_T

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    1. Hello Sharon,

      Thank you for visiting my blog, and you deserve every inch of pampering! Book your hotel now!

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  56. looks like an amazing hotel. You seemed to have a luxurious and beautiful experience there. nice photos.

    www.learn2livefully.com

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    1. Thank you Nisha! Actually this staycation is just a humble one. I have the most luxurious stay that I haven't shared yet :)

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  57. I like the Tripadvisor's reviews screenshots you put into the post. Lovely idea to give some extra info to the readers. Anyway, the hotel seems to be a great place for weekend getaway.

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    1. Thank you Milijiana! Many hotels and staycation review will be up soon :)

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  58. For that price, I'd say you got a good deal for the hotel! Plus it's a good location too! I should really plan a staycation with my husband soon! Thanks for inspiring!

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    1. You are welcome, and am glad that my post made you inspired to spend your staycation too with your hubby. Enjoy!!!

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  59. Looks like a chic hotel in the middle of the city. The city view and open terrace pool are just perfect!

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    1. Thanks dear. But not too perfect especially the pool area. You will get lots of instant fans! Hahaha

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  60. I think the location would matter to me. But other facilities do win over this disadvantages. Food spread too looks yumm.

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    1. LOL I know what you mean. However I learned that being situated to red-light-district adds it appeal and making your stay more interesting.

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  61. Such a luxurious accommodation! Props to you for pampering yourself with a staycation. The rooftop pool looks to die for!

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    1. Hello Shane and thank you for visiting :)

      Quite luxurious but not too much. I would like to spend another staycation at Raffles or Fairmont Hotel.

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  62. I love staycations! It can be so relaxing. And it seems like this is a great place to stay even with construction. Glad your room was so comfortable.

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    1. yeah, oohhh I love my bed then, I could spend my whole day being lazy.

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  63. Seems so comfortable and nice. It is good to get pampered in hotels like this....gets you so relaxed. :)

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    1. Ohhh I want to spend another staycation this weekend! Thank you for visiting Ami!

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  64. You just reminded me how relaxing a staycation can be..its been a while since I had one of these...just a lovely lazy weekend doing absolutely nothing, without the internet!

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    1. Yeah, though there is no internet... my phone is keep on feeding tons of photos for future posts!

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  65. I haven't really had a vacation with a lavish stay and i am craving it. This gave me some major vacation goals and I am going to pamper myself pretty well.

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    1. You've been working so hard Laveena. You deserve a break and a me-time :)

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