Tuesday, February 21

A Relaxing Seda Nuvali Hotel Staycation via Traveloka

Sta. Rosa City, Laguna has seen its fair share of rapid development, thanks to its strategic location and vibrant local community. Several hotels have sprung up here over the years. 

I wanted to experience staying in a Seda hotel as soon as its Nuvali branch opened in my hometown a few years back. But budget was a major concern since this hotel is on the upscale side. But that all changed when I chanced upon a booking app called Traveloka. Here, I can easily find better rates and book my favorite hotels in no time. 

Last weekend, I was finally able to book the great deal I have seen via this app.

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My decision to shell out a few thousands was more than compensated. We were welcomed by a spacious and well-lit lobby. Both the interiors and exteriors were tastefully designed. Contemporary and chic, yet still homey and warm. 
Hotel lobby and reception

Our check-in was quick and efficient. Since there was no queue on a Sunday arrival, I got my key card within just 5 minutes right after signing the arrival sheet.

My family and I stayed in a Deluxe Room. And as requested, we were given a room with a nice view on the fifth floor, near the elevators.

Our room came with a King Bed (which can comfortably fit up to three adults), complimentary bottled water and coffee, ensuite bathroom with complete toiletries. There was also a table if you needed to finish some work while on vacation.
Hotel Pool at dusk

This hotel is also within the Nuvali-Solenad Ecozone where various business and commercial establishments are found. The hotel has a secure parking space, function rooms and a fitness center. 

Our room came with buffet breakfast which was served at the Misto Restaurant between 6 AM to 10 AM. I can say that the food selection was great! Guests with different dietary needs will not have a problem.

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There were just a few things that we missed though. I hope that they add a bidet in the bathroom. The Make-up Room button was not working during our stay. There was just one pair of room slippers and bathrobe. On the last day in my visit to the gym, there was no more paper cup provided. I had to go back to my room to retrieve an empty bottle so as to keep myself hydrated. Though I know it would be more environment-friendly if they encourage guests to bring in their own water jugs.

We only stayed overnight but I definitely got my money's worth as this hotel's overall service, amenities and features are almost impeccable. I wouldn't mind booking here again. 

How to Book
Using Traveloka was very easy even for first time users like me. You just needed a working e-mail address for registration and you’re good to go. All your hotel vouchers will be sent to this e-mail address right after completion of your reservation.

Use of Filters
Nagivating this app was not hard at all. Traveloka gives you the option to narrow down your search. Just make sure you provide the correct information and it will automatically search the data you put in. I also tried searching for properties nearest my location. Just remember to turn on your GPS if you will be using this feature.
You can search specific hotels in a certain location or opt to look for hotels based on your budget, reviews etc.

Payment Methods
Unlike other websites, this app gives has several payment methods which are perfect for different types of travelers. It was commendable that they were able to consider those who are not credit card or debit card owners.

You can book using a debit/credit card, pay cash over-the-counter via its partner establishments like 7-Eleven, M. Lhuiller, BDO and Cebuana Lhuiller or deposit your payment via a number of local banks.

Booking via Traveloka has helped me in efficiently planning my recent travels. I was even able to score a sweet 50% off deal during my trip in Dapitan City.

Download the app (available for both Android and IOS users) now so you can keep tabs of their ongoing promotions and catch great deals just like I did.

Tuesday, February 14

Experiencing Affordable Luxury at D' Hotel and Suites

It was my first time visiting Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao and I chose Dipolog City as the first place to visit in the province. Being in an unfamiliar territory often leaves me a bit nervous so choosing a nice place to stay in was one of my priorities.

Upon learning of D'Hotel and Suites, I knew it will be where we will be spending our one-night stay in the city. Yes, it was rather short but it came out more comfortable than we expected.

We gladly took advantage of the complimentary airport shuttle. The weather upon our arrival was hot and the van's cool temperature helped us to settle down. The ride was quick, just under ten minutes.

The Hotel
The hotel was in a very good location and for me it is the property's biggest advantage. It was smacked right at the heart of Dipolog City, along Rizal Avenue, within walking distance from about everything. One thing we noticed was that the hotel staff were very courteous - armed with a smile and a warm greeting. The hotel was tastefully designed and lights up even lovelier at night.

Our Room

After a swift check-in and a delicious welcome drink, we were provided with our room key on the second floor. We stayed in a Twin Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom. There was a cable TV, complimentary coffee and bottled water. Though I was a little bit disappointed because there was no mini-fridge. A cold ice drink would really have been great then. 


The hotel has several dining options. Our plated complimentary breakfast was served at Tonino's Restaurant located at the ground floor. For those craving Italian flair, Cucina Italiana is just across the side street while those who love to have a relaxing night can go up the sixth floor at the Umami Room & Olive Tree Bar. 

Tonino's Restaurant reminds me of some upscale restaurants in Manila. They have a wine shop and a bakeshop too. They bake their own goods (courtesy of their Pastry Chef)! We bought the 5-piece mini cupcake box for a very cheap price of Php 50 pesos. 

Given the other places we visited, we were unable to dine in Cucina Italiana and hang out in Umami Room & Olive Tree Bar. Surely, a 24-hour stay is not enough to experience it all. But with Dipolog City's small town charm, I would definitely consider staying at this hotel again. Seat sale here I come!  
D'Hotel & Suites