Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our Unpleasant Stay at Microtel by Wyndham - MOA

Before Conrad Manila came into the picture, there was only Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham to cater to guests who prefer staying near the Mall of Asia. There may be several hotels within the area, not counting the Sea and Shell Residences with available rooms for rent, but those who like the full amenities that a hotel offers usually go to Microtel for its convenient location. I've been meaning to check it out for the longest time but kept backing out mainly because CS and I thought its not worth the high price it commands especially on weekends. So when Agoda offered a promising rate, we thought it might be the best time for an overnight stay at Microtel.

The staff at the reception said that I made a mistake of booking a smoking room when we went back to her to request for a room transfer. From the elevator, we immediately noticed the strong scent of cigarette smoke that instantly transferred to our clothes and hair. Since they were full that day, we had no choice but to just call it a night and spray cologne to the entire room with the hopes that it will overpower the unwanted smell. The room was already paid for and we were bone-tired to look for another hotel but it was a very uncomfortable stay for non-smokers like us. Only consolation was the room was on a higher floor and is facing Manila Bay and Conrad Hotel.

Our 2-Queen Beds Corner View Room had chiropractor-approved mattresses, perfect for people who have back problems, air-conditioning, LCD television with cable channels, an NDD & IDD phone, coffee and tea maker and an empty mini-ref. The hotel does not offer complimentary wifi, the fee may be minimal but a free internet access should already be included if they're charging at least Php4,500 per night for the most basic room, definitely #HindiSulit.

The bathroom was spacious with hot and cold shower and basic toiletries. 

We should probably have trusted our instincts on why we kept passing on Microtel even if there were chances that we could have stayed there before. The hotel features and room amenities may be above par for a 3-star hotel but CS and I both agreed that we paid more than what we probably should. I guess that was the first and last time we are staying there because aside from the free parking and its strategic address, there was nothing else to rave or be happy about our experience at Microtel Mall of Asia. Trust me, there are way better options and value for money hotels in the area if you're looking for a place to crash before your early morning flight. My top picks are:

Red Planet Aseana City
Golden Phoenix Hotel
Hotel 101 Manila


Microtel by Wyndham - Mall of Asia
Seaside Blvd., Coral Way
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 899-7171

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