Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekend Hotel Staycation in Midas Hotel and Casino

Just checked out today from a 2-night stay in Midas Hotel and Casino with my wife, son and mom. The hotel, opened for over a year already, is a boutique type and is one of a kind among the hotels in the metro. Previously, the building housed Hyatt Regency until around 2007.

There is an in-house casino for guests of legal age. As we have a toddler in tow, we didn't even bother coming in as for sure he won't be allowed inside.

The lobby was very inviting and on display are  furniture and ornaments that are very classy and stylish and they do look like designer items to me. The chandelier is made of fiber optic lighting. The waiting areas at the hotel lobby were furnished with comfy stools, chairs and sofas that we didn't mind waiting for my mom for half an hour before we checked-in last Friday.

Ethan having fun running around and lounging at the lobby

Checking in was a breeze, for there weren't a lot of guest at that time (12PM). The concierge staff who took our things and the front desk were very eager and accommodating, ready to answer our questions and happy to take us in as guests.

It's cute to see an adobe wall display in an enclosure in the lobby. It is said to be restored and being protected.

We were given a deluxe room facing the Japanese Embassy. The room had twin beds and its own balcony where we were able to watch a bit of sunset these couple of days although it was raining a bit during late afternoons. Room rates for the hotel starts PHP6000 net, inclusive of breakfast. Internet is provided hotel wide for free (via wifi).
 
I'm not sure what to say about the room as it was comfy and spacious, but the twin beds were really twin beds in size, unlike other hotels who provide double-sized or sometimes queen-sized bed. Because we have Ethan in tow, we had to lay the comforter at the floor so he won't fall off while sleeping.  Good thing there was extra space although I find the room a bit dull because of this. Some of the furniture like closet and desk are starting to age and hope they do some refurbishment soon.
 
The toiletries provided in the bathroom were high grade (O London) and the containers were cute. Just look at the square bottle in the middle for lotion). Same shape for shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
 
Of course, one of my favorite aspect to look at on every hotel room is it's view outside. Since we have a balcony en suite, we have a place to chill out at night just sitting around doing nothing, and also a place to hang some wet clothes too (discretely of course). The hotel is just beside Japanese Embassy in Manila and that is mostly the view from our balcony.
 
view from the balcony

I'm not sure I get theme of the hotel, specially as to why it is named as "Midas". Well, there were a few things with touches of god
 
There were at least a couple in-house restaurants and one lounge bar (2702 located at the penthouse). We had dinner one night at Yanagi located at the mezzanine floor. Yanagi is a Japanese restaurant, catering mostly to the guest who perhaps had business at the embassy. They serve buffet food (PHP699/pax) and a-la carte. We opted the former. There weren't a lot of food offerings though. There were sukiyaki beef, miso soup, croquettes, chicken teriyaki and a few others. They serve temporary very fresh (and hot off from the kitchen) in the tables (had hefty servings of it!) and I'd say that despite not being very fanatic of ebi temporary (prawns), I loved theirs as it is very fresh and the meat was very tasty! On one serving they included vegetable tempura too (squash and potato), as well as kani (crab meat), but went back to ebi tempura on the next ones. As it is served on the table, you have to ask the staff for it.

There were sushi on display too and you will see a chef prepare one on the spot if you have special request.

my bowls and plates
 
There were a few items for desert too. There was coffee jelly (which I liked very much), some beans with cream, and 3 fruit varieties (melon, papaya and pineapple). Coffee and tea (hot/cold) were also included on the buffet price.

For breakfast, it is serverd buffet style in Midas Café, located at the 2nd floor. They had a lot of variety for their breakfast items which is a big plus, specially for those who take time for their morning meal. The café also serve meals during lunch and dinner (mostly a la carte, on some occasions buffet).

I would have rated the stay in this hotel as one of the best I had in Metro Manila as it is near a lot of establishments (a few minutes cab or drive away). SM Mall of Asia was on sale this weekend and it is very convenient to go there. The hotel also provide complimentary scheduled shuttle services to the mall for guests. What I don't like though is parking was very scarce, even for in-house guests. They do provide free valet parking but they park the car at the back and you wouldn't have access to it specially if you do get some things from your vehicle from time to time (like in our case for Ethan's stuffs) and prefer not to bring everything to your room. Other than that, the stay overall has been great.

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