Thursday, September 13, 2012

Oakwood Premier Joy Nostalg

We've been back in Manila for a month and a half now, but it seems like it's only now that I am settling into my real life. Part of my repatriation package was accommodation at a serviced apartment for a month to help me while I was finalizing arrangements for our permanent home. This plan went haywire when our Manila house was flooded during the really bad monsoon rains, so I asked for and was given a two week extension.

We only really came back home last Tuesday. Our house is livable but very chaotic with the flooring still work in progress in some of the rooms. But it feels nice and cozy, a feeling which you only get at home.

I'm doing this post because we loved our Oakwood stay once we adjusted to the Chinese-must-charge-for-everything-extra mentality that rules and their very nice staff who knew us by name. It made my adjustment to living in the Philippines easier in a way because it was still the familiar hotel life I enjoyed during my travels in the last 2.5 years, at least for six weeks.

Even Sofia's toys were at home at Oakwood.
One day, they prepared a surprise for Sofia.
The room is spacious with 3 mirrored panels of closet space.
Across it is the bathroom where the shower stall
converts into your very own Steam Bath (just like at the spa).
They also have a nice tub, with the third television.
We got a one bedroom apartment, so it came with a spacious living room.
Beside it is the dining table and the kitchen area.

Our stay at Oakwood came with daily breakfast for one adult, but children Sofia's age eat for free. The buffet spread is quite vast with some South Asian dishes in addition to the normal hotel breakfast fare. They have the best croissants, pain au chocolat and cinnamon roll because they bake it fresh every morning. The staff was kind enough to pack our breakfast to go on weekdays when we needed to go to school and work early. Just beware that they might charge you extra if you order a cappuccino and you are not classified as a Long Staying Guest.

Despite Parking Limitation issues (unlike a real hotel that validates parking for visitors, they provided me with only one parking space, so our visitors need to park elsewhere or pay), we had friends come over a few times.

Sofia invited Viele for a playdate and they both had fun in the play room.
Friends from work came over for a Wine and Cheese night.
Note to self: MUST BUY a raclette grill
An impromptu celebratory dinner with High School friends.
We were supposed to step out, but everyone just wanted to chill,
so we had Chinese food delivered instead.

Oakwood is conveniently located at the heart of the Central Business District in Ortigas, across ADB, with two shopping malls within walking distance.

Thank you Oakwood for our home away from home in Manila!

Oakwood Premier Joy Nostalg

17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1600
Tel: (63-2) 637 7888 / (63-2) 910 8888
Fax: (63-2) 706 7777

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