Thursday, March 12, 2015

Travel Diaries: City Garden Grand Staycation

I'll be completely honest. I'm not used to this whole 9-6 job business. It's a struggle for me to be cooped up in an office every single day, mostly because I've lived a life of a freelancer for way too long, and even when I was working full time as a magazine editor, there was no such thing as a "regular" day at work. Sometimes a work day would mean a shoot in the morning, an event for lunch and a spa review in the afternoon, and then churning out all the writing in bed late at night.

Now that I have a "normal" job, my weekends have become absolutely SACRED. I plan what I'm gonna use them for ahead of time and make sure they are activities that will either help me relax or act as a creative outlet because as much as I do love building the site I now manage and watch it grow, the hours of free time I used to have for personal growth are sorely missed.

When City Garden Grand asked me to staycation at the hotel, I jumped at the opportunity. I'm leaving for Sydney this week, so I could not take any days off to do a long weekend out of town. So I packed an overnight bag, called an Uber and went to the hotel for some much needed R&R.

I didn't even know this place existed (Goes to show how little I go out nowadays!) so I had no idea what to expect. When I was ushered into my suite on the Penthouse floor, I was happy with how spacious it was. It even had an electric stovetop and full sized refrigerator! None of that bar sized mini fridges that hotels usually have!

The living and dining area was good enough to have a small wine and cheese party had I wanted to invite a bunch of friends over. The design is that of a typical hotel but cozy, and room service has a pretty good selection of food. I think my daughter ordered their blueberry cheesecake at least 4 times in 24 hours.

The bedroom is huge! I like that little reading corner by the window and the king sized bed of course. For those who travel with kids that move around a lot in their sleep, the king sized bed is a godsend. It's like having two separate beds and your kid can move around as much as they please without ruining your sleep.

The rest of my stay I just lazed around, had a few gin and tonics and tanned by the pool. For people hustling on the daily like I do, this is sometimes the only thing on the agenda on weekends. Some may argue that you can do this at home- true, but sometimes, not having to do the mundane things like make your own bed or cook your own food, or getting away even from your own home, is awesome. I do it every chance I can get.

City Garden Grand is located at the corner of Makati and Kalayaan Avenues, Makati. Check out for more information. Follow them at @citygardengrand on Instagram and Twitter and City Garden Grand Hotel on Facebook

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