Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Hotel Review: Seda Manila Bay

The newest hotel in town is now OPEN!

Seda Manila Bay is the latest addition in the booming hospitality industry this side of the city offering a more affordable option other than Okada, Solaire, Conrad, and the City of Dreams hotel chains. It is also a great alternative for passengers looking for a hotel near NAIA Terminals 1 to 4 which is about 10 to 15 minutes away via Skyway. While most Seda hotels are known to be business hotels, this 350-room property is set to cater to both business and leisure travelers with its sprawling water playground, game room and children's playroom, mini-golf, and spa.

Lobby was spacious and check-in was a breeze.

Water playground

Adult pool

Children's playroom


Game room

Seda Manila Bay's deluxe room is a functional 30-sqm space with your choice of a king bed or queen + twin beds, a chaise lounge with table which may also serve as dining area, a mini bar, in-room safe, luggage rack, and separate toilet and bath with basic toiletries.


Buffet breakfast is served at Misto, an all-day dining restaurant that serves international cuisine during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since the hotel is still on its soft opening, don't expect too much variety but we were happy that they served the basics and the ones we usually eat like pancakes and waffles, cold cuts, champorado with danggit and fresh fruits.

Pros: Superb location with ample parking space, decent rooms, game room was a hit with the kids, and irresistible introductory rate of Php5500 (inclusive of breakfast) until September.

Cons: Construction was still on-going during our stay so there was noise and dust, and some recreational facilities were unavailable such as the gym, spa and mini-golf.

Seda Manila Bay
Aseana Avenue corner North Abueva
Aseana City, Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 5304-8888
Website: www.manilabay.sedahotels.com

Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Louvre Museum, Paris FR

 Another item ticked off my travel bucket list.

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Venus de Milo

Liberty Leading the People

The Coronation of Napoleon

Daphnis and Chloe

The Raft of the Medusa

Mona Lisa

My personal tips if you're planning on visiting the Louvre Museum:

  1. Buy your ticket in advance and directly from their website - its cheaper and you get to pick the earliest schedule which is not available to 3rd party sites. Click here.
  2. Enter via the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall where there are less people in queue.
  3. Head straight to the Hall of States which houses Mona Lisa as soon as you enter (preferably the earlier sched) so you won't waste too much time in line to see her as closest as possible.
  4. Get a map and plan your visit accordingly. The Louvre is a huge place and getting lost among 38,000 pieces of artworks can be quite overwhelming.
  5. List down your favorite pieces because you cannot see all the artworks in one day. In our case, the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People are my must-sees so we prioritized those 4 then spent the rest of the time admiring other arts along the way.
  6. Lastly, enjoy the masterpieces and take as much photos as you want!

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Sunday Treats No. 71


Terres de Cafe
67 Avenue dela Bourdonnais 75007
Paris, France
Tel.: (331) 4550-3739

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Hotel Review: Le Tsuba Hotel, Paris FR

Paris has always been a dream destination of mine. Ever since I was young, I have always dreamed of traveling to the City of Light to see and climb the Eiffel Tower, visit The Louvre, eat as much crepe and French soup as I can, and shop to my heart's content. Well, I am happy to share that my lifelong dream has finally came true - and now with my little family which made it extra special!

We stayed in Paris for almost 2 weeks and we chose Le Tsuba Hotel to be our home away from home. Rate is on the pricey side but with its convenient and secured location, I say it was worth it.

Check-in was fast but since we arrived in Paris early morning, the deluxe room with a bathtub (my daughter's special request) was not yet available. So we left our luggage at the concierge, strolled Champs-Elysee by foot and explored nearby places as far as our feet took us.

We did not avail of the hotel breakfast as we were always on the go. Besides, I can always grab a €1 croissant from Franprix (convenience store) which is just located beside Le Tsuba.

The hotel lounge is one of the chicest I've seen so far. A huge skylight and a backlit bar, its a sight to behold during daytime and even more at night with a resident pianist entertaining guests.

We reached as far as Pont Alexandre III, about 2kms away from the hotel, before we decided to return to the hotel. It was 3PM already so our room was clean and now ready for occupancy.

Our 21sqm deluxe room features:
  • a double bed and a baby cot
  • air-conditioning
  • TV with international channels
  • free high-speed WiFi
  • mini bar with complimentary coffee and tea
  • safety deposit box
  • work desk
  • toilet and bath with a tub

My daughter insists that the curtains be closed all the time as she did not like the window design.

Pros: Gorgeous hotel, central and convenient location, outstanding service, well-maintained room with an amazing bed, and complimentary Nuxe toiletries.

Cons: Drinking water and toiletries were not replenished regularly unless we call housekeeping.

Le Tsuba Hotel
45 Rue de Acacias 75017
Paris, France
Tel.: (331) 4060-0202
Website: www.tsubahotel.com

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