Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Weekend at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati

Where to stay in Makati: Holiday Inn & Suites

Over the weekend, Tim and I stayed at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati to celebrate our fifth month as husband and wife. We booked one of three one-bedroom suites available at the hotel, and it was all sorts of amazing! We don't normally splurge on things like this, but I thought he could use the change of environment and relax a bit, even for just one weekend.

But before we headed to the room, we first had lunch at Holiday Inn's buffet restaurant, Flavors. Great timing, too, because this month, they're celebrating all things adobo! 
Adobo is arguably the quintessential Filipino dish – ask a Filipino how they like their adobo, and you’ll probably get a different answer each time. Such is the nature of this much-loved dinner table staple: it is enjoyed in countless of different ways. This is precisely what Holiday Inn & Suites Makati celebrates this October with Adobo Nation, a festival that brings to light the unique and inventive ways of cooking adobo aside from the classic.

Enjoy dishes like Adobo Chicken Roulade with Sisig Stuffing, Sinaing na Bangus Adobo, Chicken Adobo Pianggan with Palapa Sauce, Adobo Paella, Adobong Tuna, and my favorites - Stuffed Squid with Spiced Adobo Garlic Sauce, Adobo Cheesecake, and Adobo Pandesal! 
Of course, taking the lead is the Adobo Queen herself, Nancy Lumen-Reyes, along with chefs 
Jen Seranilla and Jaja Andal of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati!  
“We chose to cook variants of adobo to show that the dish is neither just a recipe, nor a cooking style, but actually menu of assorted tastes centered on sour and salty, and sometimes also sweet,” Reyes- Lumen asserts. “Adobo reflects the Filipino personality – our abilitiy to create different styles based on a centerpiece dish, ‘strike anywhere’ as they say. The name ‘adobo’ may be borrowed, but the flavors, ingredients, and colors of adobo cover the foodscape of this country and is so much a part of our culture that we truly own it. What other dish can you bring and eat for all occasions, whether you’re at the airport, dorm, beach, wake, party, meeting, or what have you? Only adobo. Every Pinoy has an adobo story, and that is why it’s a part of our lives.
“Adobo is such a big part of Filipino cuisine, we want our guests, especially those coming from abroad, to experience it, as well as how it translates to different dishes and not just the classic pork and chicken,” states Holiday Inn & Suites manager Andy Belmonte. “We hope they come to love adobo as much as we Filipinos do.” 
Do try to catch Adobo Nation this October 2019 at Flavors Restaurant starting at Php 1,825 nett for lunch and dinner! If you have a BDO credit card, you can even book a room for up to 50% off! More details here.

P.S. I highly recommend their one-bedroom suite!! I mean, check these photos out:
First thing we saw when we stepped into the room? This spread. WOW. Talk about spoiled! 
Huge thanks to our friends from Holiday Inn for this surprise, especially to Ms. Bess Howe! You're the best! 
We had an entire living room with a TV, a mini kitchen (with a sink, an induction cooker, a microwave, kettle, even pans and plates, should you need them), and a dining table.
The best part? The bedroom, of course!! Absolutely loved how cozy it all looked! They even have options for pillows - choose between soft and firm. Both Tim and I went with the firm. :D 
We stayed at Holiday Inn & Suites for two nights, but since it was an eventful weekend for us, we were out pretty much the entire time. I didn't even get to use the desk other than for my DIY greeting card for my teacher friends. 
Also, can I just mention how extremely helpful the staff at Holiday Inn was? I had to make the Teacher's Day cards last minute, so I called up room service to ask if they had any kind of art materials, and they sent these over:
Having the right materials made up for my lack of creativity. Haha! Thanks, guys! 
Here's a selfie because Tim was busy somewhere else. :P 

Made great use of the lounge though. We had cocktails there before walking over to Glorietta to watch Hustlers. If you're looking to spend a chill weekend in Makati, I highly recommend Holiday Inn because everything is walking distance! SOBRANG CONVENIENT, I cannot stress that enough.

Breakfast was spent there twice and each time, the service was impeccable. The food was really good too. We appreciated that they offer eggs (cooked however way you want) on top of the food already at the buffet, so we left with full tummies.

Will be back soon!
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati is located in the heart of Ayala Center, adjacent to Glorietta, with 348 well-appointed rooms and suites that offer comfort and relaxation to business travelers and families alike. In 2016, it was awarded 5 stars by the Department of Tourism based on its exceptional facilities and amenities.

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati is located at Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, please call 909-0888 or visit www.holidayinn.com/makati.
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