Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A RELAXING WEEKEND AT LUXENT HOTEL


Quezon City has been my home in Metro Manila.  For the past years, I have been passing by the entertainment and media district of Timog and Tomas Morato Avenue as a usual rendezvous with friends.  Now, majority of my friends migrated outside the country, some opted for a domesticated life and most of my constant hangout place have closed and drastically changed into offices and banks.  Change is indeed inevitable.

Just when I thought I am familiar with Quezon City, a towering 14-storey high rise commercial building stood and became an instant landmark in Timog Avenue, now in the name of Luxent Hotel.  It was a vacant lot years ago.



Grand but always accommodating.

The slogan of Luxent Hotel so declares.  Does it really deliver according to how it markets itself?  A resounding YES it is for me.

I was the first one from the group to arrive at Luxent Hotel coming all the way from office.  The guards manually inspected my backpack as I make my entrance.  Then, the spacious and swanky hotel’s foyer became a sight to behold.  The play of colors on the interiors sans a chandelier, which is common for hotels, still produced a grand entrance of a posh hotel.



Luxent Hotel’s reception area is a peek to what kind of weekend staycation we will be experiencing.  As the slogan imparts – grand but always accommodating.

Location

Luxent Hotel’s location is not the usual confusing network of interconnecting pathways.  It is so easy to locate that even google maps and physical maps can be dispensed with.  With our group coming from different cities in the metro, everyone was able to navigate the hotel with ease.

Luxent Hotel is situated at 51 Timog Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila and a walking distance from the famed and historical Boy Scouts Memorial Rotunda linking the Tomas Morato Avenue. The nearest public transport terminal is the MRT GMA-Kamuning Station. The central location is further minutes away from key government offices and the studios of GMA Network, Inc. and ABSCBN Broadcasting, Corp.


Lush Bar and Lounge

As soon as the group was complete, we were treated to a gastronomic late lunch at the Lush Bar and Lounge situated at the ground floor.  A fusion of Filipino and international cuisine was presented served ala carte.  Non-stop chat ensued under a relaxing ambiance while we indulge in the main entrées and desserts.  We were warmly welcomed to the hotel by the hospitable and friendly people from the marketing department of Luxent Hotel, Ms. Marielle Cabaltera and their Director for Sales and Marketing, Ms. Mayette Sagales, who likewise joined our late lunch.


Beef Tapa (PhP320.00)

Spaghetti Cioppino (PhP320.00)

Asian Salad (PhP380.00)

Roasted Chicken (PhP450.00)

Tofu Ramen (PhP250.00)

Japanese Platter (PhP400.00)

Toblerone cheesecake (PhP250.00)

I had chicken and pork adobo complemented by ripe mango juice for lunch.  It was delectable and I was fully satisfied.    


Chicken and Pork Adobo (PhP300.00)


The Rooms
Checking in was a breeze.  We were booked at the 7th Floor, a smoking area, in a Standard Superior Room with 2 queen-sized beds and an extra one, since we were five in the room.  Two adjacent rooms in groups of five were our transient abode for this weekend.  (click here to check room typesand rates)



One of the rooms' amenities include a flat-screen TV with cable channels, enjoyed by the group as we all together watch Filipino and Hollywood romantic-comedy films.  I have to admit I was entertained.  Let’s talk about hopeless romantics but a non-believer of forever.  Contradicting isn’t it? So what.




























The room also comes with a DVD player, free wi-fi internet access, in-room safe, refrigerator with mini-bar set-up, complimentary coffee and tea-making facility, complimentary bottled water with daily replenishment, complimentary daily newspaper, individually controlled air-conditioned system, spacious private bath with hair dryer and vanity mirror and a telephone facility.

Lakad Pilipinas featured one Sunday's complimentary daily newspaper
In time for the birthday celebration of one of our friends, Chino of Juanderfulpinoy.com, one of the rooms became the venue for the party.  Dishes were brought by some on a potluck and with the special appearance of no less than the groups’ favorite – Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly.

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly
Never-ending stories of all sorts, fun and laughter filled the room from midnight until nighttime wanes and the sky was about to clear for another day.  It was 6AM I recall when I hit the bed, snored like forever for exhaustion and slid into deep slumber.

Garden Café Restaurant

Garden Cafe Restaurant

We made it on time as usual before the last call for breakfast was made.  Dizziness and hangover were slightly cured by the array of breakfast buffet served.  We were then joined by Ms. Shiela Leodones, Luxent Hotel’s Marketing Manager for our first meal of the day.  With all the friendly staff met on the duration of our stay, they truly have an accommodating personnel apt for the hospitality industry.

Our dinner and breakfast buffet were served at the Garden Café Restaurant situated at the ground floor of the hotel adjacent to the Lush Bar and Lounge.

The night before during dinner, Luxent Hotel became the instant host of Chino’s birthday celebration as they presented a birthday cake with an ensemble of waiting staff to sing and greet him a happy birthday. 

Currently, the hotel offers an exciting package for birthday celebrants which inclusions are: birthday cake for the celebrant, 15% discount on massage, 10% discount on food and beverage, free wi-fi access and use of pool and gym. Book now to celebrate your birthday in style.




Photo by:  Kurtzky.com









Seasons Ballroom

In this weekend stay, we were not the only ones celebrating a special occasion, as we visit the Seasons Ballroom of Luxent Hotel.  There was a debut and a company anniversary about to start when we passed by the hotel’s spacious ballroom which can accommodate 200 persons.  The Seasons Ballroom is pillarless which features high ceiling and elegant lighting, where space can be configured to suit the clients’ needs.  There are two well-appointed conference rooms as well for private meetings.




Reluxe Spa

At the second floor of the building connected through a staircase at the back of the Lush Bar and Lounge, we were lead to the area for spa and massage treatment known as the Reluxe Spa.  Beside the Reluxe Spa is the Mezzanine floor where a dining area can be set-up with quite a good vantage of the hotel’s lobby and lounge area.



For reservations on spa treatment, one may email at sales@luxenthotel.com or call (02)863-7777. 

The Reluxe Spa has both an ordinary room and a VIP room for massage.  Interiors were plain and relaxing.  Though not into spa treatments and massage, the room was filled by an aroma of mint which I like and kind of rejuvenated me.



Photo by:  Kirk Acebron
Aqua Trim Fitness Center


The Aqua Trim Fitness Center provides a kiddie pool, infinity center and a fitness center.  Depending on the needs of the guests, either a pool or a fitness center may be a good place to hangout.  The infinity pool and the well-equipped gym provides a panoramic view of the bustling neighborhood.




The perfect way to end our staycation was to plunge at the hotel’s infinity pool with a good vantage of the sunset and the skyscrapers of Quezon City.




The infinity pool served as our playground.  The floor area further provides a shower room with free towels for use and equipped with bath gel and shampoo dispensers.  Truly, we were pampered by our stay at Luxent Hotel, which you too can experience.


Grand but always accommodating.  This is what our stay at Luxent Hotel was.

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3 comments :

  1. That swimming pool is too cool! I could just stay there the whole time and lounge as I watch the sunset. Definitely, this place is worth visiting!

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    1. Yes and it's within the center of QC where night life happens so really worth the visit hehe

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  2. Is there any swim dress code? And I'd be had to know how much is the spa?
    Thanks

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