The Closest Thing to Home: Kabayan Hotel

Kabayan HotelThe name of the hotel was derived from a local term of endearment for fellow countrymen, which is synonymous to the Filipino term kapwa, meaning brother, sibling, or even kindred. It is a close bond or togetherness that comes with being part of the Filipino culture and race. With the common trend of Filipinos going abroad to greener pastures, it is this link that binds them together, making one feel that they are not alone.

And with that, Kabayan Hotel exemplifies the spirit of homeliness, with its quality services, accommodations, and friendly staff. Each of its 276 rooms is designed for simplistic uniqueness that is usually embedded in the Filipino culture, as well as the comfortable functionality of being at home in one’s country. [Read more…]


Hotel Sogo

Hotel SogoI can always find cheap hotel deals via online booking but during one of my travels in Manila I dared myself to something I haven’t done before, staying in drive-in motels instead of standard hotels or pension houses. Drive-in motels in Philippines especially in Manila are popular nests for transient customers engaged in secret affairs. One of the most popular is Hotel Sogo. Hotel Sogo is a chain of hotels one can find almost everywhere around the busy commercial districts in major cities and Metro Manila alone has hundreds of branches of Hotel Sogo.

So from the airport I hired a taxi to take me to any branches of Hotel Sogo closer to Malate area. The taxi driver seems to know a lot of Hotel Sogo around Manila and brought me at the hotel’s branch along Mabini. So the taxi went in and into the drive-thru and parked right in front of the reception window where few hotel staff in uniform waiting for drive-in customers. One of the hotel staff opened the taxi door for me, helped me with my luggage and ushered me directly inside a not so big but comfy waiting room. I thought I would have to wait there for long but shortly afterwards; the same staff went back in with a key and escorted me to my room upstairs. The alleyway to the rooms is a bit narrow but the floors are carpeted and the ambiance of the interior was warm and elegant. [Read more…]