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by: Camille Bacsa

Looking for a relaxing place to stay this November that can fulfill your heart and tummy’s desires? Maximize the upcoming long weekend by staycationing at some of Metro Manila’s best, wining and dining against a posh backdrop perfect for your #foodporns and #ootds. You don’t have to go too far to feel like well-fed royalty.


Novotel Manila

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A world-class hotel tucked away in the heart of Cubao, Novotel Manila tantalizes the senses with their luxury rooms, bright blue swimming pool, well-manicured garden, and soothing spa. Home to three restaurants, your foodie tummy will not be disappointed by the fusion of flavors in the international buffet served at Food Exchange Manila, juicy burgers and comfort food at the Gourmet Bar, and the cooling concoctions served as you glamorously chill out by The 6th Pool and Bar Lounge. If you need more convincing, this hotel welcomed Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach after winning the crown – so there’s no doubt fabulousness doesn’t run short here.

General Aguinaldo Ave., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City


Manila Hotel

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Grand, historic, and charming, Manila Hotel remains a famous landmark for its old world luxury, elegance, and exemplary service. Not only will you feel the heritage of the Philippines’ golden years immediately upon entering, but you’ll also be ushered into gastronomic delights with their acclaimed restaurants like Café Ilang Ilang, a luxury buffet where Filipino taste buds meet world cuisines, the Champagne Room where luxurious fine dining is front and center, and Red Jade where you can delightfully dabble in authentic Chinese cuisine. Quiet spots also await you in their very classy Pinoy Lobby Lounge for quality, introspective time or casual chitchat with your loved ones. Likewise, if you want to feel serenaded with Jazz music and be whisked away in the amiable vibe of an English pub, head over to the Tap Room for quality time with drinks-loving company. It’s worth knowing that this hotel had once been home to big names like Ernest Hemingway, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, John F. Kennedy, and even played a historic part during the war as home of Douglas McArthur. If a kiss of history and a big bite of luxurious cuisine is your cup of tea, the Manila Hotel should be your next destination.

One Rizal Park, Manila


Meranti Hotel

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A boutique hotel offering modern luxury in the heart of bustling Quezon City, Mercanti Hotel is a must-stay-in place for foodies, being the first venture of Max’s Group in the hotel industry. Their flagship restaurant, Maple, serves all day breakfast with an authentic Filipino and fusion theme that will surely inspire your senses. The hotel is also located nearby well-known food strips like Tomas Morato and Timog, so your adventurous tummy is guaranteed to never run short on new flavors to try. No doubt, it’s an impeccable way to relax without braving provincial road traffic but still getting your foodie senses hyped up.

82 Scout Castor, Diliman, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila


Marco Polo Manila

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Chic and brimming with creative energy, Marco Polo Manila is the place to be if you have an appreciation of both modern and culinary art. Host of the recently concluded MetroWear 2017 Fashion Show and a partner of the much-awaited Matilda by Roald Dahl play, the hotel offers many activities that will spark your artistic interests. Their all day buffet restaurant Cucina is also a place-to-be, offering a wide variety of seafood and meat dishes, as well as sweet and satisfying cakes and pastries that look as good as it tastes.

Meralco Avenue, Pasig City



Crowne Plaza Manila

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Well renowned across the world for its luxurious comfort, Crowne Plaza Manila will not disappoint in calming your nerves and recharging your spirit. Nestled in the urbanscape of Ortigas, the hotel is the proud bearer of the Seven Corners Restaurant, which serves seven sumptuous international cuisines that will tickle your palate. From teasing appetizers to fulfilling bites of juicy steaks, sushi, and desserts – you’ll come home from your staycation feeling refreshed and sinfully (but not regretfully) gluttonous.

Ortigas Ave. cor. Asian Development Bank Ave. Ortigas Center Pasig City

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