It was a very productive weekend for me. I didn’t go out for story-hunting (maybe I’ll do that next weekend) and decided to stay at home and finished some of list of articles and stories I would like to share you this week!
Days are so fast AF and Holy Week is this week, and I’m here thinking what I will do during that long weekend. Pardon me but am not your typical gal who truly observe the Lenten Season, because for me that season is definitely for my own pleasure and relaxation. Maybe this year I might have a trip to Hong Kong again and do gallery-hopping, or wherever that my whims and passport will take me.
While having those thoughts, I remember when I spent my Lenten Season at Intercontinental Hotel Manila back in 2014. Yeah that was quite long time ago, but it is good to remember those days. I spent my long weekend being a lazy hotel resident, and since it was summer I thought, geez I deserve it!
Why I said “..my nostalgia with Intercontinental Hotel Manila” ?
Because this hotel is permanently shut down since 2015.
OMG, WTF Why??!!
Yeah I know you have those huge questions in mind, and believe me I was in deeply shock when I learned it back in October 2015 when they released that farewell statement.
In its statement, the hotel management contract between AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation subsidiary and InterContinental Hotel Group ended last December 31, 2015.
Some of you might think “She’s such so lame. It’s a hotel for sake. As if she owns it, blah blah blah…”
But I don’t f**king care to what others’ think of me when you read this post.
Intercontinental Hotel Manila is not just your typical hotel. It is a f**cking iconic hotel that stands in time and have witnessed this city grows for the last 46years!
As we speak, it’s been 18-months that Intercontinental Hotel Manila is disappear in our sight, and when I took that photo in 2016 – believe it was so hard to bear.
Yeah I got deeply emotional for this place.
As a regular lazy-hotel-resident of Intercontinental or Intercon as we usually called it, for me this is not just a 5-star hotel in the city of Makati. Intercon was my home for many occasions and every time I spend my days with them, everything feels so right, feels so safe and secured, all feels comfortable just like home. And it truly makes me saddened that fact that it bids au revoir on us. And even now, I couldn’t bear to look in that place, and not seeing that home I used to stay in.
So here I am reminiscing those days, and I am so glad that I took some photos of my stay at Intercontinental Hotel Manila. Allow me to share you my never-been shared staycation photos in 2014 during its 45th year in service.
This place on the left side from the lobby, is the known salon and bar were you can find the most prestigious clients hang-out. And if you walk all the way straight, it will lead you to the hotel’s pool area. It was also lovely but not too big, but spacious enough. They cater both an adult and children’s pool and also have a restaurant nearby and you can dine near the pool and enjoy the view. It was so romantic to dine here during night time, and also enjoy the cool breeze of air. They’ve also have a lovely choice of music…. Ahh I remember exactly when me and my Dada dined here. You’ll feel the love is in the air every night.
They could say that I like their bathroom! Every rooms have bathtubs, lots of wide mirrors, and abundance of toiletries. If you want more, they were willing to give you more complimentary toiletries. They like that their clients appreciates those toiletries which means they have chosen the best.
But I also love those lemon verbena that they always delivered to my room. The scent of it lasts for longer hours and I love sniffing my skin and hair after washing with these.
And I know that some of you always irritated when a hairdryer is not available in your room, and guess what – at Intercontinental Hotel, every rooms have hairdryer installed! I just don’t understand why some hotels doesn’t have an installed hairdryer. It is a necessity, duh!
And my king size bed! Ahh it was soooo comfortable and it was heavenly AF. Intercontinental Hotel Manila have amazing duvet and the floors are well-carpeted.
I forgot how huge my room is, but my estimate is around 36SQM. And it was spacious truly. It always smell so good AF and have a room facility.
I even have a working area with an awesome free wifi connection were I could simultaneously download and upload, and watch streaming movies online without interference.
They also have complimentary tea and coffee complete with some snacks (however those snacks are not complimentary, and I don’t careless coz they all junkfoods). And more spaces for your other things, keeping your room more organized.
I loved staying in this hotel because it helps me to relax and gain my writing mojos. I could work more comfortably and enjoy my whole stay!
And did I mentioned how much I looooovvvveee their food! Every stay comes with free buffet breakfast at their restaurant called Jeepney, which houses all the foods that you can imagine. Continental breakfast, Indian foods, Mediterranean, Chinese foods, Filipino foods, Japanese foods, etc. they have it all.
To avoid too much crowd and enjoyed the freshness of foods served, I make sure I wake-up at 6AM and enjoy my morning with these foods, and sipping my freshly brewed coffee and some hot news from broadsheets like The New York Times. Ahh it was a glorious morning every day!
Same during dinner time, I’ve got to enjoy the buffet and feast on those desserts like Marie Antoinette! That’s a total relaxation, baby!
And if I have not in the mood to go down for dinner, there’s a reliable room service available! Their foods are also fantastic, plus if I want a room service massage, they have it!
So ask me why I have such nostalgia for this hotel?
I also remember many times that even am not a resident of their hotel, I’ve felt that they have trained their hotel staffs very well. Many times that I was offered a temporary shelter at their lobby while it was raining so hard and I couldn’t get a cab. Many times that their guards assisted me to hail a cab even though am not a resident from those days.
Their hotel staffs are so good and very caring, very accommodating and it saddened me that this amazing hotel had shutdown.
During my stay, I’ve got a chance to visit their photo exhibit showcasing the best photographs of the iconic hotel in celebrate of its 45-years in giving service to its clients.
Seeing these photographs is a great privileged for me. I’ve learned why this iconic hotel deserves recognition and respect for their services they’ve done to us.
This might be too late, however I would like to thank Intercontinental Hotel Manila for giving us that valuable services that I truly cherished. I would never forget those happy days with them, and those night that I was soaked in the rain, and their hotel offered me shelter. I would like to commend all the hotel staffs, including their guards for their services.
For the former staff and employees of Intercontinental Hotel Manila - if you guys are reading this post, from the bottom of my heart I would like to say Thank You Very Much!
And I do hope and pray that there will be a new InterContinental Hotel here in Manila soon. And if my prayers will be granted, I would choose to stay with them again. Because InterContinental Hotel is HOME.