a couple weeks ago, our facebook friend daphne posted a status saying it's that time of the year when GCs are expiring. we can relate haha! if it's for food, we pass it on to the parental units. if it's for clothes, accessories, or shoes, teenage nieces are only too happy to be the recipients. but if it's for a hotel overnight stay, we like to check in and check it out for ourselves. today, we used up a gift certificate for the bellevue manila, a hotel in alabang, because it was expiring by the end of the year. it's located within the filinvest corporate city, so it's surrounded by all these call-center buildings. our de luxe room was upgraded to an executive suite, which excited us, woo-hoo! but our heart sank once we entered the room. here's the living room:
and the bedroom:
and the bathroom:
all nice and spacious and decent enough. but the view, oh the view...
na-upgrade nga ang room, pero na-downgrade naman ang view :-( for some people, the most important thing in a hotel room is the bed, or the bathroom, or its cleanliness, or even the smell. while all those things are important, for us the view can make or break our stay. the first thing we do when we enter a room is open the curtains and inspect the view. we like to leave the drapes open, even at night. we like to wake up to a nice view. but then we realized that this hotel was probably built for principals or expats who have to manage the call centers, so it's just a place to sleep in. we like the lobby christmas tree and decorations, though. we thought they were quite tasteful.
and we've heard so much about vue, the new lounge on the 22nd floor of the new tower wing. we made sure to go up and have a cocktail, while catching the sunset. unfortunately, it's closed on sundays. sayang...
and as we made our way through the lobby of the tower wing, we wondered why we weren't booked in this newly opened wing. because it looks nicer, brighter, more spacious, more modern, and more mabango. hmmm we wonder if the rooms are just as nice, bright, spacious, modern, and mabango... haay, but we guess beggars (or GC recipients) can't be choosers!