We haven’t made any out-of-town plans yet ever since Olivia was born. Since we are still in the process planning it, we intend to have at least one staycation per year instead. We stayed at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center Cubao for this year.
The reason why I chose this hotel was because I wanted to try other hotels in Quezon City. I booked Novotel Manila from Agoda last November. The rate I got already included a breakfast buffet for two.
The Lobby and Checking In
Our Grab driver mistakenly dropped us off on a different entrance. So, Olive and I had to walk a bit from there to the main lobby to meet my husband. Good thing, an attendant helped us carry our bags inside.
The main lobby was crowded with guests that time. But you cannot miss its elaborate decor on the ceiling. There were different types of seats suitable for both adults and kids. There was also a corner exclusive for Accor Hotels Club members.
I approached the check-in counter while father and daughter got busy exploring the lobby. There were three smartly organized counters. I think it was built that way to minimize crowded counters and would somehow insinuate guests to wait for their turn.
The receptionist was courteous and answered my questions patiently. She reviewed the details of our reservation thoroughly before handing us our key cards.
By the way, the Novotel Manila requires a three thousand peso incidental deposit, which is refundable after check-out.
Novotel Manila has five types of rooms — Superior, Deluxe, Executive Room, Executive Suite and the Presidential Suite.
We booked the brightly colored superior room with a king-sized bed. It is equipped with these amenities:
- LED TV with cable connection
- Daybed couch
- Tea and coffee making facility
- Work desk with multi-plugs and adapters
- Wi-Fi connection
- Safety box
- Side desk that could function as a “coffee table”
- Bath robes and bedroom slippers
- Flat iron with board
- Complimentary bottled water
The toilet and bath has:
- “Fair Trade” toiletries
- Motorized privacy curtain
- Hair dryer
- Hot/cold rain shower
Our room has a great view of the pool and garden below, as well as the city’s skyline. We enjoyed it for a while before heading to our next activity.
Novotel Manila has two types of pool — one for the adults and one for kids. We registered our names first, then the attendant will provide all the swimmers with bath towels. We are also required to take a shower first before dipping into the pool.
The adult pool side has lounging seats and sunbathing couches, just enough for everybody’s comfort and enjoyment. It is also surrounded by rubber mats to avoid slips and skids.
The main pool is around 5 ft deep. I appreciate that the pool’s stairs are not made of slippery tiles. It’s also accentuated with a wall fountain.
We then switched to the kiddie pool. It’s smaller and around less than 3 feet deep. It also has a wall fountain. There is also an outdoor playground nearby where kids can also play. I think that area can also be converted into a kid’s party area.
There is also a lifeguard nearby just in case.
All of us had a fun and relaxing time swimming in the pool. People started to fill the area by late afternoon, so we decided to head back to our room.
I like how Novotel Manila aims to be a family oriented hotel. The Kids Club is a play room made especially for active kids with busy parents (just in case they are going to a meeting or shopping). In our case, we just wanted Olivia to spend her time here to play.
The play room has:
- Ball pit
- Play kitchen
- Fire station and play house
- Pretend costumes
- Coloring area
- Video game pods for bigger kids
- Waiting area for guardians
I think for guests like us, we were only allowed to play within 30 minutes. Not bad though, but “bitin” for kids. Maybe exclusive members of the hotel can get to play longer.
Novotel Manila’s Location Advantage
Since it is located within Araneta Center, we did not run out of choices on where to eat dinner. We just had difficulty in choosing one ?. Novotel is only a stone throw away from Gateway Mall, so we decided to have dinner in one of the restaurant there.
It is also very convenient to shop for necessities and (midnight) snacks since it’s surrounded by supermarkets like Shopwise and Rustans.
Breakfast at the Food Exchange Manila
We went to the first floor at Food Exchange Manila the following morning to eat breakfast. Since it is a breakfast buffet, expect an array of food. We had various choices such as Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Arabian and Continental food assortment that had surely energized our day.
After breakfast, we took a brief stroll in their garden. It’s actually a great place for an outdoor wedding.
Other Facilities in Novotel (But We Didn’t Get to Try)
One night is not enough to experience everything in Novotel. Maybe if we could extend longer, we could try these :
- Fitness center
- Spa and steam room
- Pool bar and lounge food and drinks
- Ice Cream by Novotel
4 out of 5 Stars
There is a lot to like at Novotel Manila. The room was generally spotless (no unusual smell). The bed was very comfortable to sleep on. I particularly liked the daybed couch by the window, which is something great to lounge on when reading or just admiring the view (I wish I have one at home).
All the staff were helpful, courteous and friendly.
The pool water was clear and not too cold. The playroom was nice, but I think it needs an additional staff to put the toys in order (there was only 1 attendant during that time). Breakfast menu had variety, but nothing really uniquely remarkable to the palate.
Overall, we had a pleasant stay. I do recommend this to families looking for an enjoyable staycation in Quezon City. ?