Thursday, August 22, 2013

ORION HOTEL --- A safe haven in the heart of Divisoria

I've always loved Divisoria for being Manila's all-around market. You can haggle and buy almost anything there without breaking the bank. Although Divisoria is quite far from where I live (I'm a QC gal), it's still a marketplace worth visiting every now and then. But thanks to all the LRT lines, I can easily take a trip to Divisoria without worrying about getting stuck in traffic, and inhaling all the vehicle fumes. But what I loved even more about exploring the grounds of this bustling shopping center was the opportunity to seek refuge nearby. That's when Rubel and I found the comforts of home in Orion Hotel.


When I found out that Orion Hotel was situated inside the Tutuban Mall building, I got all giddy happy. Imagine my excitement in staying in a hotel that was just atop a myriad of potential things to buy (Tutuban Mall definitely offered its customers a wide-range of cheap items).

THE RECEPTION

The receptionists of Orion Hotel were very accommodating, and were very easy to transact with. I didn't have a hard time settling my booking reservation with them. Even the staff that mans the elevator was very courteous despite being confined inside it several hours during the day. But aside from that, the division of the lobby and fixtures also looked pleasant and harmonious.


ROOM AMENITIES

Rubel lacked sleep, especially after coming from a graveyard shift. So when we finally got the go signal to check into our room, he took a bath and went immediately to sleep. I on the other hand, went around Divisoria to look for cheap finds. But before that went on, we took photos of the hotel surroundings and of our cozy room.

We availed of the 21 sq. meter Superior Room, and was impressed with what was furnished inside. We entered into our room using an electronic keycard, and was welcomed with a comfy looking double-sized bed. But aside from that, our earth-toned sleeping chamber also had the following:

  • Airconditioning
  • Ample lighting
  • Reliable Wi-Fi Connection - faster than ours at home!
  • Wooden Cabinet with hangers
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Small Refrigerator - stocked with different kinds of drinks
  • Water Heater - which I used a couple of times to warm some water for my tea
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Cable-ready LED Television - had limited cable channels though
  • Minibar - I ate the Chip's Ahoy, which was quite affordable!
  • Radio Clock
  • Windows with curtains
  • OTHER INCLUSIONS: Complimentary Breakfast (our Tapsilog meal was truly sumptuous!)


The bathroom was also a sight for sore eyes! Although there was a damp smell upon entering the en suite bath (it smelt of wet clothes that weren't sun dried), we were still pleased with the fixtures, bath accessories and toiletries that were placed inside. We had fresh towels, and were also provided with pre-packed toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and soap. 

The en suite bath also had a rainshower stall that was separate from the toilet. I would've enjoyed the rainshower if it heated the water after just a few seconds. Sadly, I had to wait for 2-3 minutes before the water was warm enough to bathe in (despite setting the heater to its maximum level). Also, the toilet wobbled a few times. I think it wasn't perfectly fitted into the ground. It certainly needed fixing.


ROOM RATE

The Superior Room that we availed online was priced at PHP1,688/night. But according on their leaflet, the published rate for our room type was PHP2,925/night. Thankfully, we snagged a more inexpensive deal when we booked from their website. 

DIRECTIONS 

If you're facing the escalators of Tutuban Mall (the one facing 999 Mall), walk towards the right side of the building. You'll see a door on the left that will lead you to an elevator that services the hotel. You won't miss the entrance since the establishment has a huge signage on the wall. Plus, it faces a grocery store that is just across the street. Now, the hotel can also be accessed from inside the mall. It's on the 3rd floor, in case you couldn't find the main door from the ground level.

Taken from Orion Hotel's website

FEEDBACK

Our stay at Orion Hotel was relaxing. The staff were courteous, the amenities were commendable, and the location was perfect (especially for a shopper like me)! I didn't have to worry about going home and braving through the rush hour after shopping, since Orion was just nearby. It was an ideal escape. I would definitely come back and stay there!

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

Orion Hotel
3rd Floor Prime Block Bldg., Tutuban Center
C.M. Recto Avenue
Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (632) 4503007 to 10
Email: reservations@orionhotel.com.ph
Website: http://www.orionhotel.com.ph/

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