A Staycation at the Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila

Our well-appointed bathroom complete with a free-standing tub, steam bath, rainshower, and premium bath amenities
Let's admit it -- back to back trips can be exhausting, too! But don't get me wrong. I am not complaining.Yes, I love to travel. I love it when I got to see new places and meet new people. Travelling keeps my sanity intact. Travelling is the breath that keeps my body and soul alive. But sometimes, just packing and unpacking my stuff alone in between trips can be so stressful! And jumping from a plane to a van or bus to another mode of transportation can be so tiring. Agree, travelistas?

So, when  I feel like I'm having a travel overdose, I try to squeeze in some staycations in between. Staycations give me some sort of a breather from the daily grind without the need to travel far, or without being away from my loved ones.

After our Holy Week escapade in Biliran and our quick getaway in Bauan, Batangas, I felt like it's time to have some quality time with my family, so we spent a night in Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila on LaborDay weekend. Located at the heart of Ortigas Center in Pasig City, the hotel is just about 20 minutes away from where we live. Perfect!

Our one-bedroom deluxe suite
We got a one-bedroom deluxe suite which has a spacious living room, a kitchen, and a separate bedroom. The suite is just perfect for us (we were three adults with my five-year-old foodie and travelista daughter, Akisha). Ideally, the suite is good for two adults and two kids but you may opt to add an extra bed for the additional adult.

A welcome gift for Akisha. So sweet!

The living room
The living room features a plush sofa and an ottoman where you can lounge, take a nap or have some snacks while watching your favourite TV series at the suite's 40" LCD TV. With its floor-to-ceiling walls, the living room also commands a beautiful view of the Ortigas skyline.

A view of sunset from our living room

The kitchen
The kitchen is fully-equipped with a fridge, oven, stove, microwave, coffeemaker, as well as pots, pans, utensils, and dinnerware. There's also a washing machine for your laundry just in case you need it. The suite is actually designed to accommodate long staying guests.
A Black & Decker coffeemaker to make their house brew

Kitchen cabinets are loaded with stuff you can use for cooking during your stay

The bedroom
The bedroom features a cozy king-sized bed, an ottoman, and another LCD TV. The room is so spacious that putting an extra bed did not even make it look cramped at all. A glass wall also serves as a divider between the bedroom and the toilet and bath but don't worry, there are blinds should you prefer some privacy. There are also cabinets and full-length mirrors available.

The LCD TV and the writing desk

Oh, and did I tell you we have the ever reliable Angie on call?
The bathroom is my favorite part of our suite. Why? With this bathroom I felt like I have my own, private spa without having to go elsewhere outside our room. It has its own freestanding tub complete with bath salt and gel, and another LCD television; and it has its own steam bath which I LOVE. Guests can also easily book a room massage from the concierge.

The steam bath/glass shower enclosure

Premium bath amenities

The water closet

After settling our stuff at our suite, we went around the serviced residence to check out what activities we can do and what facilities do they have. 

The gym
At the seventh floor is the gym complete with state-of-the-art fitness machines and an instructor that can guide you throughout your routine. The gym also offers seasonal group classes like yoga, etc.

Some of the equipment at the gym
At the sixth floor is their lone restaurant, Oakroom (which I'll be writing about next), indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and the locker rooms which houses the sauna.

The indoor pool is so Pinoy-friendly as it is not directly exposed to the heat of the sun, so there's no need for you to slather on a bottle of sunblock here. Perhaps, just a shot-glass-amount of sunscreen would  do. The pool starts at 4 feet. Guests are advised to wear proper swimming attire.

The indoor swimming pool
Poolside loungers
At the pool area, my favorite spot is the huge Jacuzzi where the water is warmer and the depth is just right for Akisha and I. They also turn on the water jets from time to time so you can indulge in a rejuvenating soak and hydro massage.

The Jacuzzi

After having a dip at the pool, I went to check out the sauna and the locker room. It's clean and well-maintained, I must say. Even the individual shower rooms were cleaned right after someone uses it. 

Lockers  for the guests' convenience

The shower room

Overall,  our stay was a blast and indeed a relaxing one. Our suite was so adorable that it was such a heartbreak to leave the day after. The food is another thing to rave about, so I am dedicating a separate post for that. Stay tuned!

Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila
17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, 
Pasig City 1600, Philippines

Tel: +632.637.7888 / +632.910.8888
Fax: +632.706.7777
Email: premiermanila@oakwoodasia.com


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