A few blocks from where I live, the busy intersection of the Quezon City district comes alive at night.  By the strike of six in the evening, an ensemble of travel bloggers gathered for a buffet dinner and an overnight drinking spree stay in one of its main hotels. 

It was a get together to meet Rain of Words and Wanderlust and Ron of Flip'n travels, as they take a very short break from work in Australia and Singapore, respectively.  Along with the same cast, Hotel Rembrandt of Quezon City became a familiar rendezvous. 

The simple façade of the hotel may not be that inviting, yet the interiors and the service is excellent.  Adhering to the principle of realism and simplicity which changed the course of the late Renaissance era, the hotel lives up to its name, honoring the greatest Dutch Painter, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.

There are no grand chandeliers, expensive-looking wares and furniture in display but the spacious lobby is the best set-up for people to dine together.  With a pianist as backdrop, the soothing sound makes a difference in a buffet dinner.

The Lobby of Hotel Rembrandt is where good company and good food meet, and even a witness to a variety of causes - weddings, birthdays, business meetings, dating and even simply loitering.  The Lunch and Dinner menu is an assortment of Filipino, Asian and Western cuisine.  Dinner Buffet is offered every Thursday and Friday (6:00 to 10:00 PM), which in our case was on the latter.  The hotel's buffet is currently on sale at Ensogo (PhP299.00), definitely the best deal one can get for this season.  Rates if not from ensogo are: PhP499.00 for breakfast and PhP650.00 for dinner.

After the buffet dinner, we were checked-in on a Deluxe Twin Room (click to check room rates).  The room is equipped with IDD/NDD telephone facility, multi-lingual cable television, hot and cold shower bathroom amenities, laundry/pressing and dry cleaning services, daily newspaper, mini-bar in the guest room and electronic key lock facility safety deposit boxes (available at the reception upon request free of charge).

And with this group of travelers in one room, what happens next? Best times.

Morning came and sleep-deprived as usual, we have to hurry and try one of the best breakfast buffets in Quezon City.  Hotel Rembrandt's breakfast buffet features a wide selection of dishes from international cuisines such as waffles, pancake, bread, bacon, beef tapa, sausages, ham and fruits to name a few, which is further available everyday.

Staycation is an overused term in the social media.  The learned (grammar nazi to be specific) has spoken and corrected some by citing its exact definition, that is, "a vacation spent at or near your home, rather than traveling to another location."

If defined on a per city basis in Metro Manila, then this should be counted as my first staycation. And I'm glad I did it at Hotel Rembrandt in the company of good friends, food, booze along with great hospitality service and amiable management.

26 Tomas Morato Extension, South Triangle,
Quezon City, Metro Manila

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