Tuesday, October 24, 2017

# family # holiday

Slow Down in the Heart of the City at The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Nothing beats a nice relaxing weekend after a tiring week of the usual home – office – home routine!
Ready to slow down for the weekend! :D
With the very busy streets and people in office attire walking around in Ortigas Center, enter The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel, which stands silently besides its busy office building neighbors. It was quite a pleasant surprise that in the middle of the central business district, one can actually slow down and relax.
The view from our room.

The view from our floor (daytime)
The view from our floor (night time) - Photo by The Hubby
The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel houses different types of accommodation that suits your needs. There’s Deluxe Classic (25-27sqm), Deluxe Premium (25-27sqm), Premier Room (29-35sqm) where there’s a choice of 1 queen-sized bed or 2 twin beds and the Suite (64.5-68.5sqm) with a Master’s Bedroom (1 queen-sized bed) and Guest Room (1 double bed).
Deluxe Classic Room
Deluxe Twin Room - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite (Dining Area) - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite Guest Room - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite Master's Room - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

Suite Receiving Area - Photo from The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
For our weekend stay, my family had the Premier Room, which is spacious, cozy and stylish. It has all the basics of a good hotel: complimentary bottled water, individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, intercom, refrigerator, hair dryer, bathroom slippers, iron, ironing board and more to discover!
Our bed - Photo by The Hubby
I love this bookshelf! - Photo by The Hubby
Upon entering our room for the weekend, The Little Dumpling (TLD) got a little too excited and quickly laid down on the bed. Since the sheets smell so good like therapeutic in a way and the beddings are soft, it's time to relax! The pillows were plump enough to hold our heads up and seduce us to sleep.  Even if it was lunchtime and TLD was definitely hungry, she said that she wanted to stay and sleep.

Usually the Premier Room has only 1 queen-sized bed but since we’re 3 in the family, we had an extra bed for TLD to enjoy. Actually, the 3 of us can fit in a queen-sized bed but we just wanted additional comfort which the hotel provided.
Our beds - Photo by The Hubby
Inside the room is a kitchenette, which adds convenience for families with babies, or toddlers who can get hungry easily. So there’s a place to prepare something light and yummy for the little ones. There are also pots, pans, plates, bowls and other utensils that are already cleaned.
The kitchenette, cabinets and bathroom - Photo by The Hubby
Another angle of the kitchenette with utensils. There's even an exhaust! - Photo by The Hubby
There’s a rice cooker and also a table for 2 in case you’d like to cook up and enjoy a full meal inside the room.

Muffins from The Exchange Regency Residences Hotel. Thank you for the warm welcome!
Even if I was invited to stay at The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel, it was really sweet of them to give me these delightful pastries from Tully’s (which was located in the Ground Level of the hotel). TLD quickly got the chocolate muffin (she loves chocolate!) that she was able to finish on her own. Yes, she really didn’t want to leave the room so she said she’s eating the muffin instead of going out for a meal. Haha!☺
The yummy muffins!
TLD enjoying her muffin.
The bathroom is clean and roomy with all the toiletries you need: shampoo, soap, toothbrush, shaver, lotion and even a small hand soap which is a big plus!

The position of the TV is exceptional! You can move it to face the kitchenette, dining area or the bed depending on where you are. So be ready to wear your bathrobe, enjoy a meal on the heavenly bed and watch your favorite TV show!
Photo by The Hubby
Eating with TLD on our heavenly bed. - Photo by The Hubby 
Photo by The Hubby

You can also enjoy the “lazy” feeling where you’ll just lie down on bed and snooze, go online (there’s free wifi internet inside the room) or just sipping tea (or coffee which are part of the complimentary in-room amenities).

I love how the colors of green and blue hues on the 3rd level where the hotel facilities are located give a feeling of relaxation and make you forget about all the stress of the week. It’s like the environment was talking to me that this is the quality time for me, my hubby and TLD. There’s an adult and kiddie pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, children’s play area, mini golf and a game room where you can hang out and enjoy. All we have to do is take off our shoes, choose which activities to do or just putting our feet up to enjoy being idle.
The jacuzzi
By the pool side relaxing 

Doesn't this look relaxing?
Won't you like to take a dip too?
The view when you're relaxing by the pool and looking up. Love the shapes and patterns.
Children's Play Area

Game Room


In the swimming pool, my hubby had the chance to meet a French girl who was here on vacation to see her boyfriend. Since I find her really beautiful and I’m not confident enough to have my photos by the pool taken (I’m quite chunky). I asked my hubby to take her photos to share on my blog and showcase how nice the pool is. I’m really glad that she was nice enough to let us have her photos taken. 
Photo by The Hubby
On the 2nd level of the hotel, there’s a fitness and development center for kids called The Little Gym where TLD had so much fun.
TLD doing the monkey bar - Photo by The Hubby
Part of the stay was a buffet breakfast at one of the restaurants located at the Ground Level of the hotel called “Cuisine by Chef & Brewer” which offers a sumptuous breakfast to jumpstart your day. During my stay, the buffet spread includes white & garlic rice, scrambled eggs, roast pork, salad station, bread station with butter and jam, cereal station, fish fingers, assemble-your-own arroz caldo and pancakes. The drinks, like milk, juices and coffee, were also included.
Breakfast essentials - Bread ✔Coffee ✔Eggs

I actually had salad!

Arroz Caldo
The servers were really nice and attentive to what we need even if it’s a buffet set up. According to the server, the restaurant just opened in August and serves buffet breakfast everyday from 6am-10am. For non-hotel guests, it’s just P350 per person to enjoy this glorious spread! It’s actually quite a good deal for those who work in the Ortigas area.

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel also offers a Serviced Apartment Package (with a minimum of 3-month stay) for expats or those coming over from the provinces for long term stay which I believe is a lot better and cheaper too than renting a condo. Imagine no monthly dues (residents can use the amenities at the 3rd level), no electricity and water dues (until 400kwh and 5 cu.m. monthly), free wifi, telephone, cable TV and housekeeping (once a week change of linens and twice a week scheduled cleaning). According to their flyer, monthly rent starts at P47,250 as compared to condos with total dues starting at P55,300 which monthly rent is just a part of.
Al fresco area for chit chat at the 3rd level.

Take advantage of slowing down and spoiling your family this upcoming Halloween or ASEAN holidays! Visit The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel at Exchange Road cor. Meralco Ave. Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 1605 Philippines. For reservations, you may email reservations@theexchangeregency.com or call (632)312-9999 / (632)312-9998. 

For more details of the hotel, visit their website www.theexchangeregency.com. The hotel is managed by Hospitality Innovators Inc., which manages Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, Y2 Residence Hotel and more. You can find out more about them at www.hii.com.ph.

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