I previously mentioned that sometimes, it’s better to stay in a hotel if a storm makes commuting impossible. Since the traffic getting worse by the minute, I decided to give up.
As luck would have it, I ended up booking a room at the Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub. Once I checked in, the storm started to peak well into the evening.
I could even see the eventual traffic that resulted in Commonwealth Ave. from my hotel room window. I definitely did not want to get caught up in that.
During my stay, I couldn’t help but be impressed at the services this 3-star hotel in Manila offered. Let’s take a look at them one-by-one.
The Twin Bed room I booked was a cozy-looking suite. One thing you’ll notice right away is that the beds felt so comforting to the back.
I later found out that the hotel uses chiropractor-approved mattresses to give their guests a most relaxing sleep. They weren’t kidding about that, I slept like a log that night.
The air-conditioning was excellent too. After setting it at my preferred 18C temperature, it didn’t take long for the room to have a nice, cool environment.
The room also has a writing desk with 2 power outlets, allowing me to plug my laptop and even get some work done that night. A Wi-Fi connection was also available thanks to the router mounted under the table.
As for the bathroom, a decent hot-and-cold shower is the one thing people on business trips always look for. In that regard, I’m glad to say Microtel – UP TechnoHub delivered well. The toilet even had a bidet with it.
Finally, there was even a small refrigerator. It was perfect for storing the water and cereal bars I bought from a nearby FamilyMart when the rains finally stopped.
As for the security, guests are given access cards to open the doors, use the elevator (as shown above), and to power the room.
For food, UP Microtel has an in-house restaurant called Millie’s. It serves a buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner.
The dinner menu had items ranging from pastas to steaks. It even had a selection of wines if one wanted a fancy dinner, but I opted for something simpler.
Dinner that night started with pumpkin soup, followed by bolognese pasta. The soup was a perfect appetizer because of its creamy consistency and how well it went with the bread.
The pasta, on the other hand, had generous amounts of meat, with the red sauce having just the right kick for its taste.
Breakfast the next day had sausages, cheese omelette, garlic rice, and cereals – the typical comfort food you have at home to get you started.
Staying at the hotel allowed me to avoid the worst of the storm. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to use the rooftop pool due to weather conditions, but at the very least, I didn’t have to be left out in the cold that night.
Traveling home showed me the extent of the typhoon’s devastation: the Pasig river’s water level was rising, trees were uprooted, and some roads were flooded. Seeing all that made me thankful I decided to stay at Microtel – UP TechnoHub. I’d definitely check in again if I end up in another emergency like this, or if I have business in the area and have to book a hotel in Manila.
Microtel by Windham – UP TechnoHub is located in Diliman, UP-Ayala Land Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. For reservations with instant confirmation, book through their official website.