The Linden Suites, Pasig

With the heavy traffic that seems to be a normal thing for the Filipinos living in Metro Manila, sometimes, getting a room for a day near the place of an important event that you will be attending is a smart move to get away with the hassle and exhaustion. Well, with the important event that my high school friends and I will be attending that is a wedding, we could not agree to look haggard on that day – especially that we are part of the entourage.

Last December, we had found the comfort of home in The Linden Suites. It is a 4-star hotel located in Ortigas where malls, food establishments, and convenience store are walking distance. The hotel looks very humble by looking at the facade of the building; it has less decorative ornaments and with a not so wide drop-off point, I could not expect more.
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The lobby has a good number of seats for the guests to wait and the staff at the entrance area have done their job well by getting in our stuff to our hotel room.
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As we get into the room, we were very surprised with how SPACIOUS the place is.  We got this “one bedroom suite” for P5,000 no breakfast and for 4 pax. The rate was under a corporate account through our friend so I am not sure with the difference in its regular rate.
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There are cooking pans, plates, utensils, ref, oven, percolator, and a stove so cooking here is really allowed. Just take a look at the photo below where our shopping bags were also captured. LOL.
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The dining area and the living room are closed to one another but not close enough. It was really that spacious.
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There’s also a study table beside the TV where I placed my laptop. (Yes, I have a part-time job).
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This is the bedroom and we also asked for an extra bed. The room is clean but the glass window was not that clear. Perhaps, it’s because of the rain.
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There’s also a TV in the bedroom!
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The comfort room (but there’s no bidet!) is also large.

We bring liquors to enjoy the night! Yes, we booked for 4 pax but we’re 6 in the photo. Why? It’s because the 1 couple wanted to go solo!
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Wi-Fi: Linden only allows two devices to connect to their WiFi. The Wi-Fi is okay.

The Linden Suites is a good place to stay especially if with friends and family since the room is not cramped. The airconditioning is also great and the yellowish lights feel upscale to me. The hotel is very accessible to almost anything you might need, however, the traffic here during the day is just really normal. I already feel sorry for the foreigners who have to adapt to the hells of transportation we have in our city. Well, traffic is normal in our daily lives. I was not able to check their pool area since I got there so late and we were needed to have our make up on the next day. morning. So anyway, the hoteliers have delivered good service with us since whatever we asked for were attended right away – the chinawares, the extra comforter, and the extra towel. Thanks for the hospitality, The Linden Suites!

Value: 5

Location: 4

Cleanliness: 5

Service: 5

Room: 5

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Likas Square Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

Likas Square Apartment Hotel was recommended to me by my friend who also had her tour in Kota Kinabalu. They traveled in large group and when she knew that I’m traveling with 10 people, she wonderfully shared that Likas Square offers a huge unit at an affordable price.out (1)

Cebu Pacific informed me that our flight will be rescheduled so it means that our stay in the hotel also needed to be changed. Likas Square responded to my email right away and amended our booking details.

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From the airport, it took us 15 minutes to get there with no traffic. The hotel lobby is not that impressive but once we get into the unit, it is something you can call home!

My mom’s friends and I were shocked that the unit is spacious and posh! We loved it.

There are three bedrooms.

One bedroom has their own shower room and then there’s another shower room near the living room.

The living room. Great place to slouch all day!living room (1)living room (8)

The dining area where we haven’t eaten much because we were outside most of the time.dining

The kitchen that has appliances you might need. There’s a complimentary coffee, a percolator, a stove, but there’s no microwave oven. There’s a refrigerator, too.kitchen

The bar area. Wish there’s patron tequila, LOL.

Going back to the ground floor, you may find a grocery store just at the back of the front office.

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The Excellent Customer Service Story

I have itinerary on where should we be going to maximize the Kota Kinabalu city. However, there is one big problem. THE RIDE. We visited KK when it was Eid al Fitr meaning, people are on a holiday for almost one week. I asked for help of the front desk if how are we going to travel into the remarkable places of the city. She told me that it is difficult to book drivers that day since it’s a holiday. She did her best on finding a ride for us for two days from two different guys and I feel thankful that if it wasn’t for her, we could have ended up in two scenario: idle inside the hotel or commuting from bus to bus with aunties unstoppable complains. LOL. Thank you once again for the hospitality Likas Square!

Lesson learned.

You know where you want to go but don’t know how. As you age, it’s when you think that it is better to have plans because you are already tired of mistakes and uncertainties.

This is the difference between the young and the old. If I’m with people who are in their 20s, it is sure that there’s no plan; taking all the cab ride would be enough for us. But I’m with people who has the same age with my mother, plan must be set with security. Oh I’m missing Kota Kinabalu already!17500106_10203040669654045_856013359_o

Likas Square Apartment Hotel

Address: 1 Lorong Likas Square, Jalan Istiadat, Likas 88400

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Reservation: 088-252-233

Phone: 012-826-5962

email: info@likassquare.com.my

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