Cozy Noche Buenas, gift-giving sessions at home and a DIY fireworks display at your yard might be veritable family traditions, but sometimes, you just want to mix it up a little. Or, maybe you just want to take a rest from the craziness of preparing Christmas feasts and ticking off your Christmas gift list while battling crowds at the malls. These stressful holiday horrors are enough to transform you into a grumpy Grinch, so why not go on a staycation!
Want to relax, do something different with your family and avoid the influx of inaanaks while you're at it this holiday season? Plan your sweet escape with the family. Check out GoBear's choices for a three-day staycation in Manila for a family of three.
Located in the Alabang Business District, The Bellevue Manila is surrounded by malls such as the Alabang Town Center, SM Southmall and Festival Mall. During your family staycation, spend an afternoon watching movies and shopping and come home to a relaxing atmosphere at the hotel. If you use your BPI credit card, debit card or prepaid card, you can get up to 65% off the published rates* on all room categories except the Presidential Suite until Dec. 31, 2016
Looking for a more stylish and modern hotel for your staycation in Manila? Check out the B Hotel, which has locations in Alabang and Quezon City. Revel in the cool and trendy interiors of the B Hotel Quezon City, and indulge in the businesslike yet peaceful atmosphere of the B Hotel Alabang. BPI offers 55% off* for B Hotel Alabang and 45% off* for B Hotel Quezon City to its cardholders until Dec. 31, 2016.
If you're a foodie, you'll probably love the wealth of choices at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. The hotel offers Cucina, which presents live show kitchens; Lung Hin, a contemporary Cantonese restaurant; Café Pronto, a relaxing venue for chats over coffee; and VU's, a sky bar and lounge. With BDO cards, you can book a family staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila at a special weekday rate of P6,700 on Superior Rooms, as well as a special weekend rate of P6,200 on Superior Rooms. Promo runs until Feb. 15, 2017. RCBC Bankard cardholders can book Superior Rooms at P6,000, plus late-check out of up to 2:00 PM and upgrades up to Premium Rooms if necessary, until Dec. 29, 2016. Stay period is until Dec. 29, 2017.
Crimson Hotel in the heart of Alabang prides itself in its green spaces and tree-lined boulevards for lovely walks with your family. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, the Crimson Hotel might be the staycation in Manila you're looking for. BDO cardholders can enjoy special rates of P4,500 on Deluxe Rooms, P5,500 on Premier Club Rooms, P6,500 on Executive Club Rooms and P8,500 on One Bedroom Suite Rooms until Feb. 15, 2017.
Experience living in designer digs at The Henry Hotel in Pasay, where modern convenience meets mid-century charm. What makes The Henry Hotel a contender for the best staycation in Manila is that it's near interesting art and history hubs such as Galleria Duemila, Avellana Gallery, Pao Kong Temple and the Metropolitan Museum. They even offer heritage tours of Old Manila and day trips to nearby destinations like Batangas and Tagaytay. If you just want to go shopping, that's okay too: SM Mall of Asia is a short drive away. BDO offers special rates of P5,200 on Deluxe Rooms, P8,200 on Suite Rooms and P16,500 on Owner's Suites until Feb. 15, 2017.
Waterfront Pavilion Hotel & Casino Manila
If you're a history junkie, another option for a staycation in Manila is the Waterfront Pavilion Hotel & Casino. It's located in Ermita, so you can easily check out the beautiful heritage buildings in the area, go food tripping in Binondo or visit Rizal Park and the National Museum. If you're a BDO cardholder, you're entitled to 50% off on published rates and 20% off on food and beverages at the Waterfront Pavilion Hotel & Casino until Feb. 15, 2017.
For the shopaholic family, both Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn are staycations havens, as the hotels are connected to Robinsons Galleria and a stone's throw away from SM Megamall, The Podium and Shangri-La Mall. From Dec. 17, 2016 to Feb. 15, 2017, Citibank cardholders can book Deluxe Rooms at Crowne Plaza for P3,444 and at Holiday Inn for P2,999, plus 50% off on buffet breakfast for a maximum of 3 people. Stay period is from Dec. 17, 2016, to April 15, 2017. RCBC Bankard offers to take 50% off* on your second night if you book two nights, valid Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, plus free breakfast buffet for two, until Dec. 30, 2016.
Hotel H2O showcases the best of the Philippines, translating the rich diversity and beauty of its waters, beaches, and seascapes through its ocean-inspired rooms. Kids looking for a Finding Nemo/Dory moment will absolutely go nuts here. Add to that its proximity to the Manila Ocean Park Complex and its foodie-approved Makan Makan Asian Food Village, and it's no wonder Hotel H2O is one of the top choices for a family staycation in Manila. EastWest Bank offers discounted rates as low as P5,200 until February 28, 2017.
F1 Hotel is the first hotel to open in BGC. A rapidly developing metropolis, BGC possesses seemingly never-ending choices for shopping, food, cinemas, even libraries, and art venues. Night owls will love its 24-hour establishments (yes, including a cinema), while science geeks both young and old will enjoy the world-class Mind Museum. EastWest Bank and RCBC Bankard cardholders are entitled to 40% off on published rates* and 30% off on lunch and dinner buffet. EastWest's promo runs until May 15, 2017, while RCBC's runs until January 17, 2017.
* Published rates may vary depending on the booked dates.
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