Vivere Hotel was the first Hotel in Alabang and it has been #1 in the area for five years and running. That, at least, according to Tripadvisor which is the world's largest travel website.It definitely is #1 among the many who have tried the place and that includes myself now.
I call Vivere Hotel, the Queen Hotel of Southern Metro Manila.It is character, class and sophistication.
the elegant lobby of Vivere Hotel Alabang
We stayed in a Premier Penthouse --the best city hotel room accommodation we had to date.A total of 65 sq. m of space divided in four (4) sections. The cozy and spacious living room area, the chick bedroom with a workstation, another workstation with a lovely sofa and wall accent and the luxurious marble bathroom with lots of mirrors.
"The room has mirrors in all corners, I love it!" my wife remarked.
The room is full of warmth and beaming with details.Comfortable chairs, fully equipped office desk. three flat screen cable tv's, high speed (unlimited) free wifi, a fully stocked mini-bar, a large refrigerator, an in-room safe, large closets that could fit tons of stuff in case you wanna stay for a month of more and a nice little kitchen with a dining table. What more can you ask for?
I call it 65 square meters of happiness!
Sorry I couldn't help myself taking #selfie shots.My wife and I had tons of em in almost all corners of the room. :p
You could see the spread of the skylines of Makati, BGC, Ortigas and Manila from here on a clear day.
Our room was sooooo nice I had to drag my wife to get out and check the amenities.
31st floor --The Nest (sky restaurant)
29th Floor--Executive Club Lounge
8th floor ---Vivere Spa
I thought it's a bit confusing where the amenities are. It would have been nice if they can simplify things by bundling certain amenities together.Although, on second thought, each is a unique space and going through different floor to try one after another is like being transported to a distinct place each time. It's a matter of personal preference I guess.
The Lama Pool photo posted on the Hotel's Facebook Page was one of the things which really made me very excited to try the place. I imagined having a romantic dinner here with my wife.Nobody was swimming in the afternoon when I checked the place.Perhaps because of the ongoing drizzle brought about by the storm passing North of Manila. We were supposed to be back for a quick dip at night as the weather has significantly improved but it was closed. I guess nobody was in the mood for a swim so most guest were at The Nest where we headed instead.
With its tagline "Dining in the Sky", it is open to in-house and non in-house guests of the hotel.
It's awash with diners round the clock, proof of its popularity.In the morning, for breakfast buffet and at night for fine dining. We had a drink here the night before and the ambiance makes for a perfect romantic date ---candle lights and mellow music playing.Perfect.The mini-pool ads to the fresh, resort ambiance.
I planned on going here at night to have a few drinks but I already had beer 1. at the executive club lounge and again at 2. The Nest. We had an appointment for Spa next so Cafe Arts should have to wait for another visit. :p
The hotel is strategically located at the heart of business and shopping. It's a few blocks away from Northgate Cyberzone which is recently seeing high concentration of offices and contact centers and a few meters away from Festival Mall. Alabang Town Center is only five minutes away by car. For business or shopping, this is the place to be in Alabang.
And this is the culprit. Go figure. hahaha
Thanks to the short walk back to the hotel, we burned a few calories from those giant burgers. That means we had a little space for some cocktail food at the Executive Club Lounge.
The Executive Club Lounge is an exclusive lounge for guests staying at Penthouse Levels on the 29th and 30th floors. In short, VIP's. Cocktail buffet with free flowing drinks is served from 6pm-8pm.
But we wanted to experience the night ambiance at The Nest so we transferred there for a few more drinks. The Nest transforms into one romantic space at night. It was full of people during our stay, evident of its popularity. The crowd was a mix of locals and foreigners, many of them are Koreans. Family, friends , lovers, this is where they go.
It's one massage experience that would certainly land in my #2 list when it comes to the massage treatment itself. My #1 would still be Aum Spa in Crimson Mactan. Ahavia Spa would have to move to #3 and Luljettas Hanging Garden Spa to #4 although I would still rank Luljettas 2nd when it comes to the overall experience.
The Spa is fully owned and managed by Vivere Hotel which is an indication of the good reception the Spa receives. We often encounter hotels with their spa section in concession, which could mean that segment isn't profitable so they pass it on to a private operator.Makes sense right?
my wife relaxing at the Jacuzzi
The massage was excellent!
We had for breakfast beef tapa, kielbasa, fabada, roasted herb chicken, baked penne in tomato sauce,Spanish style grilled vegetables with breadcrumb picada.
I expected a lot from the beef tapa but I was disappointed because it was a a little salty for me.The roasted herb chicken was nice and the Spanish style grilled vegetable with breadcrumb picada too. My favorite is the seafood stew.Just the right spice for me.I remember going back for a second serving.
I like the Macau Lechon the most.It's a respite from Pinoy lechon. This one is more similar to lechon kawali but with a richer flavor and its sauce is thick and a bit salty for my liking. That's how it is originally and this one is a must try. It's just me being a typical Pinoy with a sweet tooth. haha
And I was surprised when he said I might want "taho". I thought I heard it wrong so I asked again.He confirmed it is "taho".I almost jumped out of my seat in joy.My love for taho a few months ago when I realized how good it could compliment my workout.I enjoyed a mouthful of it.
Read my review on our breakfast buffet at "The Nest"here: http://www.pusangkalye.net/2013/10/the-nest-dining-in-sky-at-vivere-hotel.html
FITNESS EDGE GYM and SAUNA
Yes, I still managed to go to the gym after that sumptuous breakfast buffet at The Nest.Not immediately of course. Time to burn some of the excess fats consumed. I was still a bit full 20 minutes after the meal so I decided to use the Sauna first. It is located at the corner of the gym. You have go out of the sliding door leading to a small balcony of some sort. Nice little space for fresh air. A plant on the corner, pebbles on the floor for a more outdoor feel, a shower and the sauna on the corner and you are all good.
The sauna room is pretty small and can accommodate only around 4 pax at a time. Temperature inside was consistent. There are two small wooden benches outside where you can rest after few minutes inside and leave your towel if you are not using it. It was just me and my wife who used the sauna that time so it was all good. I reckon it would have been a little uncomfortable should there be other people coz the shower is outside so others can see you when you wash. For thorough washing, there is a bathroom inside the gym complete with basic toiletries.
Vivere Hotel (right) from Festival Mall
I uploaded 100+ photos on this post.That's a visual feast -----indicative of how much I love this place.I know it's only November and a surprise could still come up but I am already calling this my
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