Sunday, July 14, 2013

One Valenzuela back at Manila Grand Opera Hotel & Casino

The first time One Valenzuela got into the Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino was when she had a seminar workshop on the use of a library database being launched by The National Library of the Philippines. Now, she is back with hubby and Little One Valenzuela. Her daughter is having her birthday and this is the gift that she asked for- a staycation at a hotel instead of the generic children's party that everyone was expecting them to throw.

Well, it's her birthday. Why not grant a little girl's wish?

Wearing their usual street smart clothes, forward they go to Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino on a Saturday after One Valenzuela's work.
Manila Grand Opera Hotel's share of history: the inauguration of the first Philippine Assembly

One Valenzuela asked for a Majestic Room with 2 single size beds. It was pretty affordable. It has a window and a television.
The ladies here are very accommodating. One Valenzuela remembers Song. Very warm smile.
Learning history in style.
The room that they got was pretty neat and clean. Little One Valenzuela loved snuggling in her bed and took a quick shower right after resting. She liked the fragrant shampoo and the dots on the complimentary soap which mimicked massage strokes when you rub it on your skin. While Little One Valenzuela was taking her bath, One Valenzuela tried the hotel's wifi connection. Read: Excellent.
Great beds to sleep in (the after good sleep scenario)
The room that they got comes with breakfast. One Valenzuela's family loved the breakfast spread. If she remembers it right, here's what she saw and ate at the buffet breakfast: fish tausi, bacon, hashbrowns, omelet, congee, pasta, kimchi, nori, pudding, chopped green and red apples for dessert. There's also mango jam (divine!), butter, and toasts. For drinks, they served coffee and juice. Yep, One Valenzuela had to let go of her usual diet. 
Buffet breakfast at Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino

Plate No. 1: Big Breakfast

Pudding was delicioso!

Hi Kuya Germs!
After breakfast, the whole pack went for a dip in the hotel's pool. What One Valenzuela liked about the pool is that she can easily see Little One Valenzuela at the shallow circular jacuzzi. The water is not cold (even at 10 p.m. in the evening, the pool was not that cold! Perfect for us water babies).
Wonderful pool
By the way, One Valenzuela was not able to try the restaurant and casino on this particular stay. Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino also offers free shuttle service to SM San Lazaro, Mall of Asia, and Lucky Chinatown Mall. To add, One Valenzuela also has to mention the hotel's great staff who greet and readily smile to guests. They are very accommodating.

One Valenzuela's family staycation over the weekend at Manila Grand Opera Hotel was a good one. Yeah, Manila Grand Opera Hotel is definitely a divine place to relax. Lastly, One Valenzuela would like to thank Manila Grand Opera Hotel for making their stay a memorable one, especially for Little One Valenzuela.  
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How to reach Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino:
Valenzuelanos, the best way to go to Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino is to ride a jeepney along McArthur Hiway to LRT Monumento (from Malinta-Php10.00) and ride the train up to Doroteo Jose (Php15.00). If you do not mind the smoke, not so light traffic, and bumpy ride, you can take a jeepney all the way to the hotel (signage: Pier; from Malinta-Php19.00). 

One Valenzuela thinks that there are buses from Malinta Exit/Tollgate which you can ride all the way to Doroteo Jose too.

Doroteo Jose LRT Station
Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino
Address: 925 Rizal Ave. cor Doroteo Jose St., Sta. Cruz, Manila, 1003
Website: www.manilagrandopera.com (for updated rates and promos)
Tel. No.: +63 2 3140090 to 99
Like Manila Grand Opera Hotel and Casino on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/manilagrandoperahotel.casino?fref=ts

Update as of January 1, 2015: There were several changes on One Valenzuela's second stay here (cold swimming pool, pool pass fees for kids, breakfast buffet, etc.) which were sadly not as good as before. Kindly check out Tripadvisor reviews on the place.

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