Remember the entry I made about Familia Ladaga’s first Clark getaway in January? I mentioned there that I inquired at practically all the hotels in Clark and even in the town proper, yet it was the Holiday Inn Clark that was so memorable to me. Primarily because I saw that it had a playplace. So when I was looking for a hotel in Clark for our second lakwatsa there, the Holiday Inn was on top of my mind.
When I learned that Holiday Inn Clark has single detached villas that can accommodate up to eight persons, I gave it a go right away. See, Randy wanted to bring with us our two new helpers, Gina and Raviv’s Yaya Gigi. They are eager beavers when it comes to lamyerdas, as their previous employers never brought them along lamyerdas. And it was my sister-in-law Ruth’s vacation from her Erasmus Mundus master’s degree schooling and was staying with us, we brought her so Cousin Yoona could come with us. My mother-in-law also came along.
So what are my thoughts about our Holiday Inn villa experience? It was overall a great experience, but let me go to the nitty-gritty.
Ambiance: Holiday Inn hotel and villas are in nestled in a lazy and cozy community. Makes me think of a suburban village where trees and other plants still abound.
Downside: none that I can think of
Location: The villa we were in was a stone’s throw away from the main building/hotel where one can easily dine in one of Holiday Inn’s restaurants, swim in their pool (but the swimming pool was under renovation at that time. Darn.), or where kids can play in the playplace. Our villa was also near the outdoor playground of a smaller hotel, Monte Vista. Raviv and Yoona had a blast in that playground.
Aside from that, it is also relatively near Duty Free shops, SM, and tourist attractions (Dinosaurs Island, Zoocobia, El Kabayo, etc.) within the Clark. No traffic too!
Downside: The swimming pool was under renovation. Over the phone, I was told that Holiday inn guests could swim at Fontana. Turns out that we used the swimming pool of neighboring Monte Vista Hotel. Swimming pool was blah.
Decor & Ambiance Inside the Villa : Nothing special, really, but some features of the house made me feel as though I were in a “classic” US house. It was also fully air-conditioned so the kids loved running around the house. And oh, there were no breakable knick-knacks inside so the kids were able to run freely.
Amenities in the living room and dining included a ref, TV, and dining tables and water boiler. I forgot whether there were ready eating utensils such as spoons and forks (ed. Sept. 16).
Downside: Cooking was prohibited so there were no cooking utensils. There was also no microwave. There’s corkage if you bring outside food. And, I don’t like the wall. Rough-looking. Better if wallpaper were used.
Bedrooms: Well there were three bedrooms: a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and its own toilet and bath, a guest room with a double-sized bed and a single-sized bed, and a maid’s room near the kitchen.
And let me just say that I love the bedroom! So why do I love thee, Holiday Inn bedroom? Let me count the ways.
- First, I love the walk-in closet that was inside the bathroom. Instead of your usual wood with hinges, it was a sliding mirror. It was perfect because, 1) I could see my full body right after I wear my clothes…so kung pangit, I could change clothes right away, 2) No need to buy a full-length mirror that would occupy space, and 3) Perfect for couples. Wink 😉
- Second, I also liked that the toilet and bath were discrete (hindi po discreet. Discrete talaga.) I know it’s kinda old fashioned that the toilet and bath are in separate cubicles but when a husband or wife badly needs to do Number 2 but the other one is still bathing, you’ll thank all the saints that you have this set-up. And, aside from toilet paper the toilet bowl had a bidet! Thank God!!! Almost all high end hotels I’ve stayed in had no bidet!!!
- Third, I liked that they have beautifully-packaged toiletries. They did not come in the usual shampoo or conditioner plastic sachets that most Philippine hotels (sometimes, even high-end hotels!) provide. The packaging and design were both clean-looking and elegant. I love that.
I’m actually chronicling the reasons why I love the toilet and bath because when Randy and I build our “real” house, I want our private toilet and bath to be like this.
Fifth is the bed! Oh.em.gee. It was soooo comfy!!! It was king-sized and it’s really soft yet firm. And the comforter just felt so smooth and silky against my skin!!! Kung pwede lang humilata the whole day sa kama, I’d have done it! Randy asked me why I was raving why I was raving so much about the bed, as it wasn’t the first time we stayed in a hotel with a nice bed. And then I realized it was because ever since Raviv co-slept with Randy and me (blame Randy for this! Hindi n’ya kayang i-Ferberize si Raviv. Nadudurog daw ang puso n’ya sa iyak ni Raviv), our queen-sized bed has been too small for us. To the point that when I wake up in the morning, my body feels like it was beaten. No exag. And there were times when Raviv would kick me or roll on me as he slept. That’s why this king-sized bed was bliss.
Master bedroom king-sized bed
Further proof of the bliss that that bed was: Raviv, who usually wakes up early even when he clocks in late at night, slept until 8:30 a.m.! It almost never happens that his cousin wakes up earlier than he does but on our second day at Holiday Inn Yoona woke up about an hour earlier than Raviv did! As in ayaw gumising ni Raviv! Probably because even he felt that this bed was special!
All in all, I’d say that our Holiday Inn staycation was truly a staycation! Driving through the tranquil pavement surrounded by shady trees and then relaxing in a cool villa after shopping at Duty Free shops and pasyal at Dinosaur Islands was definitely blissful. 🙂
Tell me what you think!
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