A Post-Valentine's Staycation with Roomorama
|Metro Manila's cityscape from One Rockwell's sky lounge|
I was reading through the website and learned that Roomorama.com was founded in 2009 by entrepreneurs Jia En Teo and Federico Folcia out of their Manhattan apartment. Caught between professional obligations and the love of travel, the two would rent out their New York apartments to their friends. They used their earnings to subsidize their travel needs. Gradually became a habit, they advertised their apartment but noticed that advertising back then involved too many risks. They identified the need for a platform that will handle short-term rental transactions securely and quickly, thus, the birth of Roomorama.
I got intrigued by the concept, so I started browsing through their properties online, and to my delight, the wide array of accommodations they offer did not disappoint. Roomorama offers practically all sorts of accommodation around the world- from quaint rooms to opulent villas. There's this stylish executive suite in Soi Langsuan in Bangkok, a beachfront property in Sri Lanka, a luxury apartment in Taipei, a minimalist villa in Krabi...name it, they have it! And surprisingly, the rates (compared to suites and villas of the same size and amenities in hotels and resorts) are way more affordable! Having seen this, I browsed through their properties in the Philippines, and in a snap, a plethora of different properties that they offer appeared on my screen. Imagine, they have vacation houses,villas, suites and rooms in Bohol, Davao, Palawan, Cebu, Metro Manila, Baguio and a lot more!
Since I have no plans of going out of town for Valentine's Day, I decided to check out their Metro Manila properties. Nice serviced residences, condominiums and apartments were available. There was even a beautiful house with a rustic Old Manila charm. Among these, I chose a loft at One Rockwell in Makati. Just a few clicks and voila, our V-Day celebration was all set. I must say that Roomorama is so fuss-free and easy to use.
I also had the chance to communicate with the owner of the loft I would rent for the weekend succeeding heart's day. The owners were so helpful and accommodating in answering my queries about the unit.
When I asked them what do they think of Roomorama, this is what one of the owners said:
"Booking a vacation property at Roomorama gives travelers more variety -- for a lower price. Our Loft for instance. We don't know of a hotel that has the kind of architecture that we have. It is fully furnished with complete dining, kitchen, living, bedroom & bathroom amenities and is located in a secured, posh community. The loft is also walking distance to practically everything you need; has 24-hour concierge; has 100% stand-by emergency power, has hi-class building amenities; has very good wifi & cable TV for FREE, selection of movies on DVD for free, has local assistance--all these-- for just US$75 a night. It does sound cool, doesn't it?" says Chris, one of the owners.
On the day of our staycation at the loft in One Rockwell, the owners' caretaker met us at the chic lobby. The owners pre-arranged the necessary permits from the property management office, so checking-in was fuss-free. The caretaker had given us an access card, which will serve as our pass to practically everything in the building - elevator, swimming pool and sky lounge.
When we entered the loft, I must admit I was so happy. Not only it is beautiful and well-maintained, the loft indeed feels like a home - exactly what I want for this staycation.
|The cozy living room|
|Staircase leading to the second floor of the loft|
|The bedroom has a nice view of Rockwell Center|
|A vintage luggage serve as an accent in the bedroom|
|The lap pool at the sky lounge on the 53rd floor|
|One Rockwell West Tower from the ground floor pool|
|Pool at the Ground Floor|
|Rockwell Center at night|