|Photographed by John Louie Dela Vega|
There are four things I love about Novotel Manila Araneta Center: The accommodating and friendly staff, the posh interior, the very comfy room, and the sumptuous breakfast buffet.
Upon entering the hotel, I was welcomed by the hotel staff bearing the sweetest smile. It was like the typical way Filipinos welcome their guests. The personnel were accommodating. I had to reach out to them several times for some concerns and they gladly assisted me without hesitation. They gave me immediate attention and acted on my requests without me having to say it a second time. Whenever they felt that I needed something, they would gladly approach me and ask me if I needed anything. Their customers indeed are treated like a royalties—well served and pampered. Who wouldn’t love to be treated like a king?
Upon checking in, the first thing that caught my attention was the lobby's ceiling. I wished at that moment that I had that piece of art in my room! Actually, I loved the look of the entire lobby.
|The Hotel lobby's trendy ceiling. Photo by: EJ Dangla|
The best part for me though was how the Food Exchange was designed. I loved how they played with colors without the presentation being busy and tacky. It exuded sophistication.
My room was located on the 7th floor and it was styled to my taste: very simple yet sharp. The hotel rooms were well thought out. The beds were soft and the green accents on the wall made the ambience more relaxing. Plus, the Internet connection didn’t fluctuate. That's good news for tech savvy and always online people and tourists who want to share their travel experiences.
Lastly, I enjoyed the buffet a lot! They have a wide array of food choices—from Asian to western cuisines—and I was the happiest whenever there were fresh fruits and refreshing smoothies made available for everyone to grab. The bread, the home made corned beef and the noodles also tasted great, but what I liked the most on the feast was the taho.
Novotel is definitely on my list of must-visit hotels and I will surely recommend it to my friends and my readers/followers.