Maynilad had the water supply interrupted for most parts of the Metro Manila and they scheduled it in time for the Holy week. “Repent people! Repent!” said Maynilad. Good thing, my sister-in-law booked a hotel room last Maundy Thursday in Alabang and invited us for an overnight stay. And by the grace of God, who are we to resist?
So we went to Azumi Hotel Boutique were Ate and our nephew await. When we got there, the lobby was packed and the lines for checking-in was so long. Midst the crowd was Sam Oh – listen to her 6-9am radio program on Magic 89.9 with Mo Twister and Mikey Bustos, follow her @iamsamoh and her food blog www.samlikesithot.com – together with her beau. The elevators are also loaded that we nearly took the stairs to the 9th floor if not for our heavy bags and snacks bought from a nearby store.
After all the hustle and bustle, we got into our room and was amazed of how cozy our home-for-a-night is.
Azumi uses the RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology for its door locks which makes key-less entry to the room possible. The technology makes use of a pre-programmed keycard which is tapped on the also pre-programmed sensor on top of the knob to open the door. I worked for VingCard Elsafe in South Korea that’s why I know a lot about it. Maybe I’ll write a separate blog regarding this.
Getting back on the hotel, inside the Queen room is a queen-sized bed and a sofa which can be used as an extra single bed in case you need one. A flat-screen cable TV is placed on a desk / working area fronting the bed and beside the built-in cabinets. There’s also a fridge, a microwave oven, and an electronic kettle.
At 4 pm we went for a swim in their Infinity Lap Pool located at the Penthouse. The water is 4-feet deep and it is so narrow that I wasn’t able to do some butterfly strokes (assuming that I know how to). Nevertheless, you can still dip into the water and enjoy the view while chatting with your mates.
Upon going around the hotel, here are some photos I captured:
the hotel lobby
Romulo’s Cafe located at the hotel lobby.
Carlos P. Romulo’s memorabilia inside the cafe. (We call him CPR.)
- comfy room and bed
- WiFi (maximum of two users per room)
- key-less entry
- pool guards
- two elevators with maximum capacity of 10pax or 6pax with backpacks
- our 10-minute local call to a food chain cost us nearly 500 pesos
- infinity pool has no glass border which may cause a curious kid to fall over the building
- everyone in the room can see whatever you’re doing in the glass-surrounded bathroom