Alabang always seemed far away to me with memories of the horrendous traffic during the construction of the Skyway. Nowadays a trip to Alabang is faster than going to Caloocan as evidenced by our 25 min drive from Ortigas to Alabang on a cool Saturday morning a few weeks ago. We were going to have a little staycation at the Crimson Hotel Manila in Filinvest City, Alabang. I’ve seen Crimson hotel before and had commented that the building looked like a Borg ship from Star Trek with its glass and steel facade.
There’s a ground floor drop off point where a Concierge and travel services desk was located. It still looked like a normal looking hotel to me as I dropped off Irene and Lauren together with our bags and headed for the parking area at the 4th floor. I’ve got to say, there is no problem at all with parking.
I took a short elevator ride to their main lobby which was on the 8th floor. I was fiddling on my phone and was not prepared for how beautiful the lobby was that I almost dropped it. It was spacious but still had a sense of warmth, the water sounds from the fountain in the middle also helps a lot in setting the mood. The lobby just makes you want to stay and lounge there, you can actually see many people hanging around there.
We were booked in an Executive Suite so check in was completed at the 28th floor. There is a spacious sitting area with great views of Alabang, pastries and refreshments and reading materials were also provided. I’m not too sure what they serve in the afternoon since we were not able to go back again.
Our room had a separate kitchen area and living room/ante room. There are couches and arm chairs with a mounted LCD TV plus a small dining table by the window.
There a spacious desk, perfect for laptops and other gadgets with another mounted LCD TV.
Let’s move on to the bed, its super comfortable with bedding that is top notch. The air conditioning was perfectly cool and we slept so soundly that we almost missed breakfast the next day.
The first thing we do after arriving in our room is always opening the cabinets and drawers. Lauren used to play with those, hiding inside them, something I’ve heard other children also do. There are robes, slippers and a luggage rack in one, and even ironing horse in the other one.
The toilet was well appointed with all the toiletries you would need available. They even provided a weighing scale, something I’m not too fond off (you can guess why).
They have a fully equipped kitchen complete with pots and pans and even a blender. The most surprising thing behind the cabinets was a full sized washing machine, I can’t recall ever seeing one in a hotel before.
After having lunch at Cafe Eight (I’ll blog about this next), we walked off our tummies by checking out the facilities. We first looked at the Gym, although I had no intention of using it at all. It was equipped with brand new Life Fitness machines, so nice that Irene was wishing they had those at Fitness First.
After that we moved on to the pool, Lauren’s favorite hangout of all. There are two separate pool areas, adults and kiddie, that is actually separated by concrete slabs you can walk across on to get to the shower area. The pool is nice, the only problem I had with it was the strong wind, as you can see from the swaying trees in the picture.
Lauren had her complete gear with her as well as her usual pool paraphernalia like her nice floater as well as sinking toys we got on sale at Robinson’s for P50 per pair. She loves diving for stuff in the pool, and usually challenges me to a race to get to them first.
In the deck area, where they also hold barbecue nights, is a pair of Dedon Nestrest that are probably the most photographed location in the whole hotel. Laying inside fells like looking at a kaleidoscope as the light filers in from the gaps.
You can also get in room massage at a reasonable price of P1,000. Lauren really enjoyed it and was so relaxed she does off a few minutes after this.
Coming back from dinner, we were enticed by a sultry voice emanating from the lobby lounge. You can have a nightcap and chat away with friends while being serenaded by her beautiful voice.
It was a rejuvenating staycation at Crimson Hotel Manila in Alabang. It felt so relaxing, we had to pry ourselves from our rooms when it was time to check out.
To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Crimson Hotel Manila last March 21,2014, they have graciously sponsored a small giveaway. At stake is an overnight stay in a deluxe room with breakfast for (2) at Cafe Eight. This is a short giveaway ending on April 20,2014, perfect for an Easter Sunday surprise for the lucky winner.
Crimson Hotel ManilaEntrata Urban Complex 2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1781, Philippines
Contact No.: (632) 863-2222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org