I stayed at Microtel Technohub recently because it was just a short walk away from a conference I was attending. I had no idea it was perfect for a staycation, though, and I found myself relaxing and enjoying after conference hours were over.
I had stayed at other Microtel branches for fieldwork for research projects, and I like their back-friendly, chiropractor-approved beds, and so I was looking forward to relaxing nights of sleep after my conference this time. The buffet breakfasts are satisfying too, with just a wide enough selection of Filipino and Western food.
What I did not expect, though, especially in Metro Manila, was a relaxing garden courtyard (we seriously need more green spaces like this in the city!), a beautiful rooftop pool that looks romantic at night, and a stunning view of Quezon City and neighboring areas’ skyline. And yes, sunsets!
For a mid-priced hotel (on booking sites it’s a little over Php3,000), all these features are worth the money.
Below are some photos from our stay to give an idea of just how relaxing it was for me.
Were it not for our conference, I would have spent more time enjoying my stay at Microtel, especially the pool and the rooftop views!
If you want to have a staycation here, you need not leave for the entire weekend, since their restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But if you want to explore, Ayala Land Technohub has many restaurants to choose from, which is around a ten-minute walk or a short jeepney ride away. Better yet, if you want to go food tripping, there’s Maginhawa Street, around 15 minutes away by taxi. Dubbed as “Yummy Street,” Maginhawa has an abundance of food establishments, from barbecue and street food places to casual dining restaurants, and from food trucks to themed cafes.
University of the Philippines-Diliman and the Quezon City Memorial Circle are also less than ten minutes away, especially if you enjoy wider green spaces and more trees.
So, if you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful place for a staycation at a relatively affordable price giving the best value for money, my recommendation would be Microtel.
And, it’s perfect for a romantic stay this hearts month, too, or any time of the year!
Address: Commonwealth Avenue, UP Ayala Land Technohub