Our little family love staycation. My kids are so excited whenever we tell them that we are going to have staycation! Madalas maaga silang natutulog para mabilis na daw mag umaga. Haha. This is our simple way to make my kids happy. As parents, we know kung anong magpapasaya sa mga anak namin. 😊

One of my officemates offered me overnight stay voucher to Marco Polo Ortigas, well he knows that we love staycation kaya sa akin nya inoffer yun. Hihi. I got the voucher for only Php 3,500 with free buffet breakfast for two, a steal price for a 5-star hotel! My plan is to use it for Rhian’s birthday since it falls exactly on a weekend so as early as 1st week of December, I called the reservation office to reserve our prefer dates.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is centrally located in Ortigas Commercial Business District between Quezon City, Mandaluyong and Pasig. For the 2nd time it was awarded by Forbes Travel Guide for 2018 as Five-Star Award. According to their friendly receptionist, this hotel has 316 luxurious guestrooms including upscale suites and Continental club floors offering the best views of the bustling Ortigas skyline and panoramic valley and mountain views. 



We arrived at Marco Polo Hotel past 2 in the afternoon, as we reached the hotel one staff told us that there are no available parking slots and they offer valet parking instead (we need to pay Php 100 for the service). We were directed in the 24th floor where the lobby can be found. There are lot of people checking in when we arrived so I ask my husband to wait for me at the lounge area while waiting for room, I don’t worry about their comfortability as there have plenty of seating available and a bar in the lobby if you prefer to lounge there longer. 

Reception area
Upon check-in, we were given our room key card for access in the elevator going to our room. (As an added security for their guests, you can only access your assigned floor, the common areas and amenities located at 22nd). Our room is located at the 41st floor, upon entering our room the first thing we saw were two sets of closets next to the marble topped luggage rack which was right across the bathroom. My kids are so excited to try the bed so they jumped in as soon as they saw it. 


The room is simple yet elegant designed with monochromatic tones and a splash of green and classy furniture. Very stylishly. It is well lighted and spacious as my kids enjoyed running around our room. I requested to have a King size bed (though you have option for 2 double size beds upon request). The bed is super comfy with right mix of soft and sturdy, the pillows and comforter are fluffy and plush.  

The room has a day bed/couch near the window where Rhian and Rhaine stays most of the time. It is also well-equipped with high-end amenities like a Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities, executive desk, LCD TV with cable, mini-bar and fridge, in-room safe, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi service. We were welcomed with complimentary bottled water and three fresh apples by your window. Since di namin sya nakain, inuwi nalang namin. 😊


The bathroom area in Marco Polo is definitely one of the best! The large and impressive bathroom was able to fit in a fully enclosed rain shower, water closet and marble full sized bathtub with view of the room and visible thru a large glass that can be hidden by lowering the window blinds. Look at my kids, enjoying the bubble bath in the bathtub! #FirstTimer


They also provided high-quality bathrobes, toiletries from shampoo, bath gel, bath soap, dental care and vanity kit. But what I like most is that they provided digital toilet with bidet. Ang nice promise! Oh before I forgot, they also provided two black high-class slippers.  


 

After getting settled in our room, we decided to explore the hotel’s amenities at the 22nd floor. Marco Polo Hotel has a beautiful indoor infinity pool and jacuzzi with overlooking Pasig area though it’s a little bit small. It was perfect as the temperature was not too hot not too cold. We were supposed to swim in the hotel’s indoor pool but my kids are already relaxed after a long warm bubble bath in the marbled bathtub. Guess what, my kids were knocked out as soon as we lied down in our bed. Haha. Nag babad ba naman ng higit 1 oras sa bath tub eh. 

Relax

Indoor pool
Gym
Waiting area for the Spa
We also visit the gym and spa located also at the 22nd floor. The gym was small but well equipped and provides right amount of privacy. We were not able to see the spa as the kids are so excited to try the Marco Polo Kids Club located at the ground floor. 


Our stay here includes buffet breakfast for 2, kids ages 5 years old and below are free of charge. The complimentary breakfast is served in Cucina, located at the 24th floor hotel lobby from 6am to 10am in the morning. Cucina is open kitchen that features a wide range of food selection of fresh and healthy choices that cover Continental and Asian Cuisines. Our breakfast at Cucina is memorably satisfying. 


Happy 5th Birthday, Rhian! 
After our scrumptious breakfast and before checking out, we let our kids have another bubble bath! They really enjoy it. It was their first time to experience a bubble bath. Did you know that my husband also tried the bubble bath?! Nainggit sya sa mga bata. Haha. 



Overall, it was a luxe staycation in Marco Polo. The rooms and amenities themselves are pretty amazing. The spa and gym are conveniently adjacent to one another. The only downside of Marco Polo is that they have two different lifts sections where in the other elevators will lift from Ground Floor to 22nd Floor then you need to transfer to another elevator which has access to the hotel rooms which requires  you patience and time to avail of its service.. Plus I keep on telling them that we are going to celebrate our daughter’s birthday, I expect them to prepare something to our daughter kasi sinasabi nga nila na they will do something, but too our surprised kahit man lang one slice of cake waley. Well, siguro I expect too much from them or maybe they overlook our request due to high volume of visitors. Nevertheless, it was a very excellent choice from a very smooth arrival and easy check-out and the very state of the art facilities! 


Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila
Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Philippines
Tel No.: (+632) 720 7777

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God has blessed me with two amazing young girls, namely Rhian and Rhaine but I often think about what life would be like if I have a son. Hhhhmm.. Not now ha, maybe tomorrow. Chos. Seriously speaking, I know gasgas na gasgas na tong word na to, but truly “Time flies so fast!”. Where did the time go? How is it slipping by so fast? I now have 5-year-old and 3-year-old children, they are growing up so fast! I don’t care how old they are now because for me both of them are still my babies.

I am proud of many things in my life but nothing beats being your MOM!
At Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Thank you for allowing me to be the one to help guide you through this crazy little thing called “LIFE”.
If only we could have a time machine that allowed us to go back and spend more time with our children, I will buy it and use it everyday because I know that I would pay almost anything to have another day with my children when they were babies. Tough I’m lucky enough that I was able to spend lots of time with my children especially weekend! Ang dami namin activities during weekend and my kids always look forward for that day. I really believe that nothing at all is more important than sharing precious time with your children as time will never come again.

Sharing is Caring
Merienda beside the pool area
At The Dessert Museum
At The Dessert Museum
At Circuit Mall, Makati
At Marco Polo Hotel Manila, Pasig
Morning Cheat Day :)
After mass at National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Everything seemed to be so much more important by spending quality time with my children like just sitting on the floor, playing a game with the children, help me cook, help me do the laundry and help me clean our house. Simple things but has a big impact to them. 



Rhian at 5 years old


Rhaine at 3 years old

A piece of advice to all parents, stay happy and the chances are your kids will be happy too and please enjoy your children while you can because they grow up so fast! 

#TeamVillareal at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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