The South isn’t usually top of mind when it comes to planning a staycation.
But what many don’t realize is that Alabang, a dynamic yet laid-back neighborhood, is one of the best places to take a breather from the stress of everyday life. Parque España, the very first hotel in the area, is known for offering world-class service in a homey environment. Want to learn more about the unassuming residence hotel? Here are some points that will convince you to book a stay ASAP.
Parque España has six types of suites (yes, suites!), each equipped with thoughtful amenities such as an LCD cable television, DVD player, WiFi access, dining area, hot and cold shower, and mini-bar. Each spacious suite also comes with a fully furnished kitchen—with an electric stove, microwave oven, rice cooker, electric kettle, refrigerator, the works!—so you can bond with your family and friends over prepping your own meals. The suites feel just like home: cozy in a way that's low-key and non-intimidating, putting you at ease right away.
If you want to spend some quality time with your significant other, you can book the One-Bedroom Deluxe—or the slightly larger One-Bedroom Executive—for a staycation to remember. If you’re traveling with your family, consider the Two-Bedroom Premiere or Two-Bedroom Family. Both suites exude a homey and laid-back vibe, perfect for a chill weekend. The Business Executive Suite, ideal for corporate guests, also includes an office desk with a printer.
Now if you’re planning to have an intimate overnight party, the 120-square meter Three-Bedroom Suite might just be the place for you. Its living room and dining area are spacious enough to accommodate a large group of people comfortably. You can hold a family reunion, bridal shower, or even a despedida here!
Where to Eat
Bistro del Cielo, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, offers a breakfast buffet that caters to all tastes, and hearty meals reminiscent of your lola’s signature dishes. From classic Filipino fare like pork barbecue to Italian favorites like baked spaghetti, your craving will surely be satisfied here. If you’re looking for good quality coffee, head on over to The Coffee Kitchen, which provides a range of its own unique blends.
If you’re looking to head out for a bite to eat, there are many popular food spots in the area. See what the hype about Serenitea’s new brown sugar drinks is all about at Festival Mall, which is only a stone’s throw from the hotel. You can also go to Alabang Town Center, where you will most likely find whatever it is your taste buds are looking for. Major craving for a meaty Korean buffet? Samgyupsalamat is the place for that. Authentic Chinese food? Gloria Maris has got your back. Juicy, flavorful burgers? There’s 8 Cuts, Pound by Todd English, and more.
A little further out is the bustling Molito complex, which houses Ramen Yushoken (undeniably one of the best ramen spots in the Metro), Recovery Food (one Alfonsorizo with brown rice, please!), and other noteworthy restaurants.
What to Do
It’s tempting to make a beeline for the bed upon entering the room and glue yourself to the plush sheets and soft pillows for the rest of the day. But if there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss when you go on a staycation, it’s going for a relaxing swim at the hotel pool. The one at Parque España is located at the rooftop terrace, which offers a gorgeous view of the Alabang skyline—perfect for a chill morning swim or refreshing evening laps. If you’d rather burn some calories by squeezing in a workout session at the gym, you can head to the fitness center, which is well-maintained and stocked with state-of-the-art equipment that will help you work up a sweat. The hotel also hosts karaoke nights at Bistro del Cielo, where you can rock out to your favorite songs and show off your vocal chops.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re in for a stress-free weekend at this cozy, relaxing stay. With its no-frills vibe, Parque España makes a case for uncluttered joys and low-key luxuries, proving that sometimes, simple is indeed the best way to go.
Parque España Residence Hotel
5309 East Asia Drive, Filinvest Corporate City
(632) 850-5880 to 81
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