We decided to leave for Ortigas one rainy weekend and stay overnight at the Malayan Plaza Hotel. Why there? Well, we wanted a quick weekend getaway. A long drive was out of the question and we did not want to be away from the conveniences of Metro Manila.
Another requirement I had was a kitchenette and The Malayan Plaza’s serviced residences had these. Studying our options, what really tipped the scales in its favor were the rates. Why? Go check them out at Agoda.com.
It wasn’t just raining when we left. It was stormy. I wasn’t sure where exactly the place was and after circling the area, we were overjoyed to find out that The Malayan Plaza Hotel stood right next to Discovery Suites, very close to The Podium, El Pueblo, and is a good 5-10 minute walk to Megamall!
Located at the corner of ADB Avenue and Opal Road in the Ortigas Business District, the hotel has a decent lobby. The staff are courteous. When we were ushered into our room, husband noted that the keys are a blast from the past. They still use real keys over there. Not Vingcards and the like.
The room, a de luxe, is quite spacious. It has a balcony but its door is kept closed for safety reasons.
Buffet breakfast at the Executive Lounge was pleasant although the area is a bit cramped. Given the lack of space, your omelet has to be cooked in the kitchen, in case you want one, and not in front of the guests. One thing that really disappointed me though was the coffee. Yes, they did serve brewed coffee. But the coffee beans were either months old or were not stored properly. If you’re a coffee lover, you would know what I mean.
While having breakfast, the noise of one waitress bothered me. She wasn’t really loud but I could hear her talking about how her work at the hotel will come to an end in a few days. She was doing a countdown of some sort.
Right next to the breakfast area is the two-level business center which offers a good view of the surrounding areas. Its a nice place to hang out in, read the papers, and do some internet surfing.
Just off the business center is a dipping pool not far from which a kiddie playroom may be found.
Some units at Malayan Plaza are being used as dwelling places for long-term use. This is why, in the parking area, one gets the feeling of entering a condominium building more than a hotel.
Upon checkout, we forgot our iPad charger and my husband had no trouble retrieving it from the hotel staff a few hours after we left the hotel.
What’s the best thing about this place? I’d say the location and the price make this hotel a runaway winner over its neighbors Oakwood and Discovery.
What didn’t I like about this place? Apart from the stale coffee, not much really. Overall, the service is good, I would say.
Would I go there again or recommend this hotel to my friends? Yes, I definitely would.
The official website of The Malayan Plaza Hotel is http://www.themalayanplazahotel.com
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