If you noticed, I haven't been reviewing much about hotels lately because I felt at some point that they are all the same. Nothing much excited me. Was it because of the long lull that our stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center was extra special?
Araneta Center is the only commercial district in Metro Manila where Mrt-3 and Lrt-2 converge. That gives Araneta Center the edge in terms of location and accessibility, not to mention it is along Edsa. Novotel Manila on the other hand is smacked at the heart of Araneta Center Cubao. It is strategically located next to Smart-Araneta Coliseum and few blocks from Kia Theater and Gateway Mall so it is very convenient and you can expect a good mix of crowd staying here. Accessibility equals convenience.
Modern Araneta Center Skyline
Araneta Center is transforming into a chick destination for events, shopping, dining and lifestyle choices and Novotel Manila Araneta Center is part of the transformation. Novotel Manila has redefined Araneta Center as a premier leisure and lifestyle destination. Talk about a new and exciting place to be.
401 Stylish Rooms and Suites
- Fresh fruits to welcome you brightens the day
- I have never seen this many plugs in a room. Other than the ordinary a/c socket, there's ports for hdmi, usb, cable jocks and what have you. Cool!
- Fair trade toiletries, admirable!
- Wifi single log-in. No more disconnections anywhere in the hotel. Hassle free!
- Towels, robes, pillows, lines and bed on sale at the Novotel Online Store. Yes, even the beds!
And the 32’’ multi-touch play table too!
For pick-up when you check out. How convenient.
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Food Exchange Manila
I am not gonna pretend I am a food review expert because I am not one. I am just a travel blogger who appreciates delicious food when I taste one without going the technicalities. Food Exchange Manila, the main restaurant of Novotel Manila, has this "lively modern city restaurant vibe" to it. I like the space available for both dining and the buffet spread.
What we had that night.
Unleaded cucumber (drinks)
Le Mont Gourmand
The pizza was to die for and the beef caldereta sider was a welcome twist. My partner loves pasta so he really enjoyed the pesto pasta with talangka paste --another unique offering here. The bomb was the Le Mont Gourmand, it is a 15-scoop ice cream dream with in-house macarons, syrup, nuts, marshmallows, etc. It is so large that it is good for 5 persons. We felt very guilty we couldn't even finish half of it as we were already very full at that time. That was one overloaded meal.
Le Mont Gourmand
Had to burn all the calories the next day in the gym at the 6th level next to the pool. Although a little small, the gym is ready with the best equipments sufficient for a full workout. Too bad the sauna there was still not operational during our stay.
One thing I also love about Novotel Manila is that they have their own mobile app they call Virtual Concierge. This app is exclusive to Novotel and is available to all Novotel Hotels around the world. Every information you need to navigate your trip is in there whether it's checking your flight, nearby attractions and restaurants, maps and directions, weather, built-in messaging system and a whole lot more. So handy for a hassle-free trip.
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City of Stars, Hotel of the Stars!
Quezon City is also called the Philippines' "city of stars" because major tv stations are located in Quezon City. With Novotel near Kia Theater and next to Smart-Araneta Coliseum and with the Araneta"s linked to Bb. Pilipinas Charities, it's no surprise Novotel Manila has already hosted a number of stars and beauty queens in the short time that it has opened its doors. No less than Ms Universe Pia Wurtzbach and Ms USA Olivia Jordan we guests here. Other popular artists too like Brian McKnight, Gary V, Aldub to name a few. I call Novotel Manila, the hotel of the stars.
Note: All photos in this section bearing the Novotel Manila logo courtesy of their Facebook page:
candidates as Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan arrives at their official residence.
NovoDog K9 Rex
He came to the spotlight because of his selfie with no less than Ms Universe Pia Wurtzbach and again with Ms USA recently. I got to meet Rex after checkout, he greeted us farewell. Very cute and friendly!
Then I realized. It was not just the location and the best of amenities, it was people.
In the end, it's who runs the place that makes it great. And I noticed how innately friendly the staff are, not to mention being well trained for their work. Everything becomes a breeze because of the excellent service.
The hotel brims of positive energy because of the warm hospitality. This hotel is a feel-good place. I learned that the hotel is professionally managed by the AccorHotels Group which is the world's leading hotel operator so it was no surprise. You can see the difference of how smooth things are because of putting the right people in right positions. This hotel has it all going right.
Quezon City indeed has a new star!