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That extra special staycation in Makati.

With 311 well-appointed rooms and luxurious amenities, the City Garden GRAND Hotel has always been the popular choice of business and leisure travelers. The four-star hotel is currently at top 5 out of 89 hotels in Makati City, according to TripAdvisor Philippines, and recently it opened its doors wider to families and staycationeers.

'For those who are looking forward for a leisure type hotel, we welcome them with services and amenities that comes with plenty of enjoyment options,' shares Angela Denilla, City Garden GRAND Hotel's assistant public relations manager.

For a staycation, family members and staycationeers should make it a point to enjoy and have a relaxing dip at the 4-foot-deep swimming pool on its 32nd floor. While hotel swimming pools are nothing new, this one comes with a Jacuzzi and that unique city vibe courtesy of the amazing view of the Makati skyline. The city landscape is quite an interesting scene viewed from such height that later turns lovely and romantic come at night. The pool is conveniently open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Spacious and well-kept rooms are always ready for a relaxing stay; Spa services are available from La Famosa spa; Firefly Roofdeck's Sisig; and Firefly Roofdeck's Paella

Sharing the same floor is the Firefly Roofdeck bar and restaurant, where guests can find their drink of your choice is best partnered with appetizing barbecue or bar chow. The Firefly Roofdeck menu selection also includes Filipino and Spanish dishes, pizza and pasta, sandwiches and desserts.

Open from Fridays to Saturdays, diners usually hang around at the Firefly Roofdeck to chill and listen to an acoustic band perform retro hits. For hotel guests who want to stretch their legs, they can swing by the Poblacion area and explore the trendy food and arts hub that's teeming with hip bars and pubs.

For indoor dining, there's the all-day dining restaurant Spice Cafe on the seventh floor where they serve appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, Filipino and Japanese dishes, as well.

While breakfast meals are always available, staycationeers should look forward to the breakfast buffet, promptly ready at 6 a.m., that offers varied food choices and quality meals. Dinner time at Spice Cafe is also something special, since good food is paired with good music from a retro band that plays every Saturday.

Executive chef Dennis Peralta heads both kitchens with one goal in mind: to bring time-tested techniques and taste of traditional cuisine to each dish that was refined and developed according to hotel guests' dining preference and experience. And that garnered great reviews from satisfied clients of both restaurants.

To make most of the hotel stay, staycationeers should visit the La Famosa Spa at the ninth floor for body treatments, hand and foot spa services, and hair treatments. The spa is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., while in-room services are available 24/7. For those who opt to burn some calories, the gym area is equipped with treadmills and bikes fitted with individual TV screens and cable network. There are also aerobic and dance sessions, exercise machines and sets of dumbbells for the weekend fitness warriors.

It's a good thing that Century City Mall is right around the corner, conveniently and literally three minutes away from the hotel. Kids can spend some fun time at Kidzoona while older ones can try out Mystery Manila. It also houses several cinemas. For some gift shopping this holiday, that mall has a good collection of high-end shops and restaurants. Shopping trips can also be extended at The Rockwell Powerplant and Greenbelt malls.

A staycation at the City Garden GRAND Hotel can surely deliver more than what is expected. The experience provides hotel guests the opportunity to rest and relax, walk and explore the city, and enjoy its charms sans the usual hassle of metropolitan living: driving through traffic, keeping busy schedules, and beating deadlines. More importantly, staycationeers can reconnect and enjoy each other's company without having to worry about practical concerns, for at least a day or so.

Above it all, there's always something extra hotel guests can rely on: the staff's warm service and ready smiles. Their sincere effort to pay extra attention to the guests' needs and pleasure is the sweetest topping that can be highly anticipated in every staycation at the City Garden GRAND Hotel.
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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Nov 25, 2018
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