Friday, May 19, 2017

The Heritage Hotel – Pasay City


It was the weekend before me and my buddy embarked on our two-month backpacking trip when the usual suspects had a quick weekend staycation at The Heritage Hotel in Pasay City; nothing fancy, just pure bonding time that lasted for more than two days.

It was the first weekend of April when the group decided to have a breather from our uber busy schedule and have an overnight staycation in one of the foremost 4-star hotels in the metro. And when you're the only girl in a group of five, you'll know that you're in for some hardcore night-out.

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The Heritage Hotel is located in the heart of Pasay City, one of its salient features. Perfect for business and leisure travelers like, its close proximity to Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other recreational establishments is one of the reasons why people choose to stay here (check here for discounted tours, transportation and activities in Metro Manila). But as for my group and I, we were planning to have one last party before we temporarily part ways for the summer.

Arriving at eleven in the morning, we had the privilege to check in earlier than usual which gave us time to relax before we faced a battle, a happy battle that is. 


The Heritage Hotel Manila

My Club Room was located on the highest floor specifically on the Club Floor (check for discounted rates here). All of which do have an exclusive access to the Executive Lounge which offers all-day refreshments and cocktails in the afternoon. Our room were just upgraded so we didn’t get the chance to sample what’s in store for Club Room guests.

I went straight to my room right after we were given the key cards. I was surprised on how spacious it was. The wooden furniture and carpeted floors had this nostalgic old school vibe which brought back good childhood memories.

The Heritage Hotel Manila
Club Room
I had a huge bed, lounge sofa, TV, coffee and tea-making amenities, side tables with night lamps and a separate work station. My favorite part was the mini veranda with a pocket garden where I spent most of my morning musings. 

The Heritage Hotel Manila

The en suite toilet and bath was in white marble finish and had a fixed bath tub. Bathroom amenities were also provided for.

The Heritage Hotel Manila
There's a bath tub! :)
It was April and Café Riviera, the in-house restaurant of The Heritage Hotel, was featuring Fiesta Filipino as their theme for the everyday lunch and dinner buffet. And, of course, we had to try it.

The Heritage Hotel Manila
Cafe Riviera's Fiesta Filipino Lunch Buffet
I checked thoroughly each and every item on the extensive buffet spread then planned my attack, I always do that when I'm at buffet restaurants.

Fresh Prawns
Fresh seafood for freshly-made soup dishes
Lechon Belly
Who can resist lechon?
I started it off with fresh lumpia, pansit hab-hab, danggit, kilawin na tanigue, grilled squid, steamed curacha, chicharon bulaklak and of course, pork lechon. Judging from my plate alone, you’d know that it’s gonna be a real hardcore feast.

The Heritage Hotel Manila
Don't judge me, I'm too hungry. Haha
I went back and grabbed a sinigang na hipon from their live cooking station and a plateful of chicharon bulaklak, my favorite from the buffet spread.

Chicharon Bulaklak
Chicharon bulaklak is love!
The dessert part was fun. There's the famous halo-halo and assorted rice cakes. I was totally digging the different versions of suman they have, complete with latik.

Rice Cakes
Suman, kutsinta, etc.
What I love the most was the fact that you needed not to go to each and every province in the Philippines so as to try the authentic dishes they are famous for. You could actually take a quick tour around the country by just having a sumptuous feast at CafĂ© Riviera. 

The Heritage Hotel Manila
Culinary tour of the Philippines
Nursing our full tummies, we headed back to our room and had a round of siesta after the fiesta, I wish, but no, we went to one of my buddy’s room and made fun of each other for hours (imagine 30-something guys making fun of each other, really funny).

We didn't have supper that night as we were all still recovering from food coma. Instead, we had our long overdue karaoke night on a nearby videoke plaza and rented our own room. Our supposedly one-hour videoke sesh ended into 3-hour nonstop showing off of our singing prowess. These guys pretending to be tough and rough are power belters too. We went to Malate afterwards and carried on with our all-nighter beer drinking spree. 


The Heritage Hotel Manila

We all had a great sleep that we almost missed the complimentary breakfast that is served at Café Riviera. The buffet spread featured some local and international breakie favorites. I had dim sum and rice porridge, perfect for hangover recovery food.

The Heritage Hotel Manila
My breakie plate
We went back to our respective rooms and carried on with the slumber which didn't last that long as we had to check out at twelve noon. Checking out at The Heritage Hotel was a breeze and as clingy as it can get, we all went to a nearby mall and watched a movie then had an early dinner afterwards. We capped off the night with another round of all-nighter beer sesh, just the perfect way to end a wonderful weekend staycation.


The Heritage Hotel Manila (check for discounted rates here)
Roxas Boulevard corner EDSA,
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (+63) 2.854.8888
Email Address: reservations.hhm@millenniumhotels.com




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