The grueling weekday routine could be stressful. Moving back and forth from the office to home is even worse. You may bump some random sulky strangers, exchange some heated useless arguments, or got stuck in an unending gridlock. These stuff make me rather impulsive to look for quick weekend getaway, a location distant enough from the toxic metro.
Before the most desired toodle-oo on the week’s terminal hours, I scanned around the internet to look for suggestions. I planned for a desolate trip again, masturdating, as they say, hence a staycation would be the top option. Then I found The Plaza Hotel Balaga at Agoda.
The Hotel Design
Standing bravely as the centerpiece of Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, The Plaza Hotel Balanga competes with the other two dazzling structures in the compound; Galleria Victoria and the City Hall of Balanga. These three buildings seem unassumingly ordinary at high noon, but the real magic reveals when the lights scatter starting the blue hour.
With the concept pinned from the past, the hotel is designed with Spanish Colonial architecture. The interiors, however, are inked on contemporary style and composition. The sleek, simple, and modern interiors perfectly create a stunning contrast with the spic, concrete-clad facade.
The hotel reception is located at the third floor of the building but they have a security personnel at their mini ground floor lobby to assist guests.
I did not wait for minutes to complete my check in. My Agoda voucher and valid ID facilitated the process which was smooth and fast. And, they did not ask for a security deposit. Then I thought, it’s just a cheap hotel practice.
Space and Comfort Provided
I got a deluxe suite and I so loved the bed and the working table. I had lot of space packed with HD TV with international channels, a reliable WiFi, a decent shower room with complete toiletries, complimentary drinks with electric kettle, a capacious dresser with hangers, and a really comfortable queen bed with plush linens. I couldn’t wait to undress and sleep freely and unobstructed.
Around the Stunning Lights of the Compound
I got a chance to visit the roof top bar of the hotel. Aside from the interesting cocktails, which I did not try, is the awesome panoramic view of the city. From there you can see the fountain and light show, and other brilliant structures within Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, including St. Joseph Cathedral.
Complimentary Breakfast at Cafe Kyoto
My booking includes a free breakfast. I was given two breakfast stabs during my check in but it wasn’t required when I claimed my meal at Cafe Kyoto which is located directly opposite of the hotel reception.
I was the first customer then, so I was a bit overwhelmed when I was served with three gorgeous ladies at the same time. One took my order and served my water, the other served me coffee, and the other served my meal.
I went to explore Mount Samat after my breakfast. When I returned, I still had time to freshen up and rest a bit before heading to my next stop, the Las Casa Filipinas de Acuzar. Verdict? I really enjoyed the stay, yeah, seriously!
Address: Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, Balanga City, Bataan, Philippines
Agoda Booking: Agoda.com/ThePlazaHotelBalanga
Phone: +63 47 237 1037 | +63 917 310 5083 | +63 998 541 1741