After that exhausting yet rewarding Intramuros tour, my brother and I decided to hit our hotel. My blogger friend Paolo of Prlakwatsero actually offered me a free staycation for two in Go Hotel (Otis branch). My entire Manila tour was actually unplanned. Manila has always been on my travel list and the staycation offer gave me a reason to finally fulfill it.
Go Hotels is actually not a kind of hotel that will provide you that luxurious experience but for a frugal traveler like me, this one is perfect. The rates are very affordable yet the quality of their service and their facilities are not being compromised.Go Hotels in Otis Manila is strategically located in almost all important places such as schools, parks, hospitals, churches and much more. The place is located on the fifth floor of the Robinsons Place Otis complex and there’s even a way that will take you directly to the Robinsons Mall.
“First Kuliglig Ride”
Anyway, before sharing you our first Staycation experience, I would love to share our insane kuliglig ride! Kuliglig is a common transportation vehicle in Manila. It looks like an elongated “pedicab” but they are motorized and they use boat motors to run such vehicle. Because it’s getting dark and we didn’t know exactly where we are going, we decided to look for a ride. Someone told us that the Robinsons Otis is just few kilometers away and that’s when a kuliglig driver approached us and offered us a ride. He’s charging us Php40 per head and at first I thought, it was a fair deal until I realized that the Hotel was so damn near that we can actually walk. Now here’s what makes it worst. I never thought that Kuliglig will be a one hell of a ride. I can bear with the deafening sound of the boat motor but we were stuck up not just once but three times. So when we saw the hotel, we just asked the driver to drop us off and gave him Php100 (20 for the effort haha).
Considering that it’s a budget hotel, I am not really expecting much. I am not really a meticulous guy and as long as there is a clean comfort room and a nice bed to sleep, I am so fine with it. What I have seen though in Go Hotels is beyond expectations. We are warmly greeted by their friendly crews and the place is surprisingly clean and wonderfully themed. The picture above is their lobby area. There’s really something fascinating about their bubble-theme designs.
There are 118 rooms in Go Hotels Otis Manila (71 Twin, 47 Queen). Rooms are 12-16 sqm in size which is good enough to accommodate two person. My brother and I got a twin room so we got two comfy beds! (Beds are of high quality; 100% cotton sheets with duvet covers complete with chiropractic and high quality non-allergenic pillows)
WHAT’S INSIDE THE TWIN ROOM?
There are two very comfy bed. The room in general is not really spacious but it looks deceiving due to the mirrors mounted on their walls.
A foldable table for our thingsPhones for in room calls (room to room) calls only
There’s also a 22 inch LCD TV with cable and it is also interesting to note that they offer free wi-fi. The customized password will provided along with your access card. The connection however is not really good when you’re inside the room and is much stronger in the lobbies
There’s also a clean bath and shower room with 2 bath towels, foot towels and tissue paper. Private bathroom with hot and cold rain shower and handheld showersToiletries (Soap and Shampoo) however is only good for single use but I have heard that you can buy a set for additional Php100. On top of that, the place is just few walks away Robinsons Mall so you can buy supplies in no time.If you need to relax, there is a pair of Rest N Go massage chairs on the hall ways. It’s a self-service massage chair which could be availed for as low as Php20 (good for 6 minutes)What a perfect way to relax after the tiring day.
Near the reception area is a self service coffee vending machine and also a Country Style Finding a place to eat is not a big problem at all. The hotel may not have any restaurant in their facilities but you can just go outside and hit the mall to dine in. My brother and I had our dinner in Tokyo TokyoIt was generally a great stay and I highly recommend Go Hotels for travel bloggers like me who wish to explore Manila and looking for a safe and comfy place to stay for a night or two!
GO HOTELS OTIS MANILA RATES:
As for the rates, it actually vary depending on the travel dates you desire. If it’s peak season, then expect that prices are a bit higher than usual but the regular rates usually play around Php2000 and above but I highly suggest to book it online. TravelBookPH for an instance offers highly discounted rates which can go as low as 1,388 (check here for discounted rates of Go Hotels )
Get more details about this hotel in their official web page and social media accounts
Facebook : http://fb.com/GoHotels.ph
Instagram : @gohotels_ph
Go Hotels Otis, Robinsons Otis, 1536 Paz M. Guazon St., 831 Zone 90, Paco, Manila
Tel. No.: +63 (53) 3541053 | 3541092 | 3541018
We packed our things early, had a quick breakfast and headed to our next destination in Manila, the Paco Park and Cemetery! I will share more about this place in my next #LetsExploreManila entry.
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LET’S EXPLORE MANILA TRAVEL SERIES
►Let’s Explore Manila Prologue
►Journey to the Past – Intramuros Part 1
►Journey to the Past – Intramuros Part 2
►The Papier Tole Souvenir Shop
►Intramuros In Black and White
►Go Hotel Otis : A Traveler-Friendly Budget Hotel In the Metro
►Paco Park and Cemetery
►The Historical Rizal Park (Luneta Park)
►The Rizal Execution Site
►The Chinese Garden
►The Manila Zoo and the Current Condition of Mali
►Baluarte De San Andres and Baluarte De San Diego of Intramuros
►The Seven Great Churches of Intramuros
►The Manila Baywalk