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7 City Vacations You Barely Need to Plan

by Annicca Albano
April 8, 2019

A staycation can be a wonderful alternative to an expensive, painstakingly planned trip.

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Holidays make for the perfect excuse to drive out of town or jet off to wherever your wanderlust desires. Lounging on a white sand beach, getting a wisp of the cool breeze at the alpine countryside, or camping under the stars are all enticing escapes to take when you can afford more time (and money) to spend with yourself or with your loved ones.

Alternatively, holidays are when the city becomes less packed and more peaceful. As the election day rolls in, staying in hotels becomes a more attractive option as it offers the best of both worlds—you can exercise your right to vote while soaking up a relaxed version of urban living. So whether you’re scrambling to plan for the long weekend or gearing up for the usual staycation, consider these seven affordable hotels—vacations in themselves!

1. The Cirque Serviced Residences, Quezon City

A fleeting look at The Cirque Serviced Residences will give you the impression of a chic abode you’d find in Europe. But at a cost that beats any seat sale, you can already experience this Scandinavian-inspired stay for yourself and enjoy its first-class amenities for rest and play.

Situated in Circulo Verde, this apartment hotel provides you a direct link to the bike park, kid’s play area, basketball court, dog park, Remote-Control (RC) Race Track, and a Ninja Academy you won’t find in any other hotel. You can also choose to stay in the comforts of your loft or room, wade in the pool, or break a sweat at the gym.

The Cirque Serviced Residences
Circulo Verde, #70 Calle Industria
Brgy. Bagumbayan
Libis, Quezon City
(02) 318 4600
(0917) 841 9987

2. Element Boutique Hotel, Makati

Owned by a Franco Filipino couple with a shared passion for food and travel, Element Boutique Hotel will surprise anyone who walks through its doors. Designed with the art lovers and epicurean aficionados in mind, this ‘art hotel’ promises quite a sensorial experience—eclectic European and Asian décor, bespoke rooms, and the bistro-boulangerie’s signature cocktails inspired by the four elements of the natural world.

Featuring talents from around the globe, the hotel’s art gallery with rotating artwork display is a visual feast one should not miss. While some of your favorite restobars in Poblacion might close for the holidays, grab this opportunity to taste test the highly reviewed French, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine at the charming Bohem Bistro. We guarantee—each bite will convince you that Element holds Poblacion’s best-kept secret.

Element Boutique Hotel
4950 Guerrero Street
Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
(02) 805 1360
(0917) 505 7500

3. Acacia Hotel Manila, Alabang

One of the country’s top luxury hotels, Acacia Hotel Manila was created for families and couples who prefer their staycations tastefully designed and thoughtfully equipped. Showing off Alabang’s calm and contemporary lifestyle, the hotel offers activities that cover an entire spectrum of wellness—an expansive swimming pool and premium fitness center for working up a sweat, temperature-controlled hot tub for soothing your tired muscles while you gaze at the cityscape, outdoor garden for clearing the mind and getting a gust of fresh air, and its very own spa and sauna to deepen your wellness journey.

Here, you can indulge in luxuries you won’t find anywhere else. Drift off to paradise courtesy of their customized orthopedic bed called "dream bed" and a “pillow concierge” that lets you select the right pillow for your sleeping pleasure. Another thing to look forward to is dining at the sought-after Acaci restaurant. This is where your scumptious breakfast buffet will be served before you head out to nearby malls and food hotspots via the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service.

Acacia Hotel Manila
5400 East Asia Drive cor. Commerce Avenue
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 720 2000
(02) 588 5888

4. Astoria Plaza, Pasig

Astoria Plaza is a sleek piece of modern architecture with fully-equipped rooms to satisfy all types of staycationer—32” LCD TV with DVD player for the movie geek, cooking and dining area for those who love to bond over lovingly made meals, bathtub for spa-like soaking and relaxation that weary urbanites seek, and floor-to-ceiling windows for romantics' private viewing of the skyline.

The all-day dining spot Café Astoria and sakura-inspired Japanese restaurant Minami Saki are great additions to Pasig’s food locale. While you’re here, don't forget to check out Kapitolyo’s newly opened dining spots and visit all-time favorites.

Astoria Plaza
15 J. Escriva Drive
Ortigas Business District, Pasig
(0918) 990 6017
(0917) 889 8277

5. Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City

Making summer a break to remember begins with ensuring that each loved one will have something to get excited about. Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria takes away all the hassles of planning from you with their all-inclusive summer package. Comprising an overnight stay, tickets to Kidzoona OR PlayLabPH, and movie passes to Robinsons Movieworld Galleria, this deal spells a whole day of fun for everyone.

The only motivation you need to propel yourself out of bed early is the delicious breakfast buffet waiting for you at the celebrated Seven Corners restaurant. Let your kid’s dessert dream come true with eight scoops of toothsome ice cream, a sweet bonus folded in this deal!

Note: As with most malls, Robinsons Galleria will be closed on April 18 and 19.

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
1100 Ortigas Ave
Ortigas Center, Quezon City
(02) 633 7222

6. Belmont Hotel Manila, Pasay

Belmont Hotel Manila is so much more than a business traveler’s haven. Aside from its convenient location beside the airport, this charming Pasay hotel has complete amenities to entertain the children and provide relaxation time for the parents.

The Jacuzzi, kiddie pool, fitness center, and two food spots are there to satisfy your dining and lifestyle cravings. While your kids are enjoying a refreshing night swim, kick back at Rooftop 11 and have a glass of wine or beer to cap off the evening.

Belmont Hotel Manila
Newport Boulevard, Newport City
(02) 318 8888

7. Z Hostel, Makati

Straying away from its reputation as Manila’s red light district, Poblacion has evolved into a magnet for anyone looking for culinary delights and craft beers. The homey Z Hostel is an excellent choice to crash for the night post-pub crawl and extend the fun into the next morning.

Without a doubt, your stay here will be mostly spent immersing yourself in the kaleidoscope of bistros and bars nearby. For a real-vacation feeling without flying, head over to the hostel’s communal spaces like the rooftop, game room, and restaurant café where locals and backpackers from different corners of the world gather and exchange experiences.

Z Hostel
5660 Don Pedro Street
Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
(02) 856 0851

Now, there's only one thing left to do: enjoy.

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This article was last edited on May 7, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.

About Annicca
Always the designated trip planner but never the navigator, Annicca loves crafting travel itineraries with a mix of city, island, and cultural exploration. At age 21, she authored an ethnography on spoken word poetry in the Philippines, the first of its kind in the country. Follow her Instagram @anniccalbn to know her whereabouts.

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