Checked in with my boys at the Bayview Park Hotel for NYE. I would have preferred checking in at the Hotel H2O since we were having dinner there, but it was fully booked, and the other hotels were too expensive so I just settled for Bayview, where I got the standard room for only $65 (around Php2,700) over at Asiarooms.com. Lucky us, when we got there, our room got upgraded and we got free buffet breakfast for two. Happy New Year indeed!
As usual when staying at hotels, the first thing Joey does is to check the beds. Tons of jumping, or as Joey and I like to call it, “boinging”. This time, Joey was more hyper as he kept jumping from one bed to the other that I almost had a heart attack.
|Getting ready to jump to the other bed|
Not much really to report on the room – the only good thing was the bed. It was clean and comfortable and the pillows were soft. But overall, the hotel is old and it reflects on everything: the furniture, the flooring, the carpet. There was even a huge stain on the carpet and I felt quite icky walking around barefoot so I made do with the thin slippers that came with the room.
|One queen and one twin bed|
The CR, while just fitted the basic necessities such as shower, sink and toilet, is at least clean and bright.
|A good thing Joey didn’t ask for a bath tub; this is the first hotel we’ve stayed at that doesn’t have one|
The buffet breakfast was nothing spectacular as well. It’s a good thing we got it for free as I wouldn’t want to pay Php495 for it (Php295 for kids). At that price, I was expecting a feast with cold cuts, cheese, and many choices. I only saw tocino, meat loaf, sausage and egg. Oh, and congee and two types of cereal. There was salad, but it didn’t look appealing – just the leafy greens and tomato and boiled eggs. The fruit juice selection was also kind of disappointing: cheap pineapple and orange juice (suspiciously like the powdered kind, or the concentrate one which you buy by the litre and mix with gallons of water).
The kid disliked it so much he didn’t eat at all. A good thing he got in totally free otherwise, I would have had to demand a refund. As it was, we had to go to the Starbucks outside to eat some chicken pandesal.
The only redeeming factor for this hotel is its staff – they were all so nice. Not stuffy at all and all the bell boys were so helpful. So for that, I would consider staying again at this hotel.