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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Where to Stay in Naga City: Avenue Plaza Hotel

Naga City - Why would I stay in a hotel in my city if my home is just a ride away? Perhaps it's not the usual thing to do but I know some of you have also wondered how does our hotels in Naga do their role in making others feel at home while away from home. Whenever I go to other places and check in a hotel, what I'm always excited about are the the food, the bed, the sheets and the bathroom. Obviously because everything is so posh and way too far from the appearance of my own bedroom too haha.

A staycation in your own city may not be your usual activity. But how can we tell our guests if which hotel offers the best if we ourselves have not experienced them yet right? So let me share to you how was my experience in Avenue as an ordinary Nagueña. Sabi ngani kaiyan sa Bicol, "Mateon mo, i-experience mo para dai ka maisturyahan".

Upon checking in, a refreshing welcome drink will be served. All staff carry warm smiles throughout the day. They are also very particular with the names of the guests, making every conversation light and candid.

Last year, before the school year started, I availed my complimentary overnight stay at the Avenue Plaza Hotel and brought my sis and mom with me. I took that opportunity to just relax both from my day job and as a blogger. Given the blessings the I've been receiving because of this blog, sharing it with my own family is something that I prioritize. Considering that I have a full time work, the patience and support that my family gives me is something that I cherish especially that I stay up late at night most of the time. I remember saying to them back in 2009, I know that everything that I'm doing in this blog will have its purpose one day. I may not be receiving enough credits but the overwhelming response and happiness of the Nagueños and Bicolanos is something that I will not exchange for anything else. Testaments and posts of appreciation pour out saying that they feel like they they're home whenever I post daily updates about Naga.

Staycation. I capped my last two days of August staying at the Avenue Plaza Hotel but this time with my fellow Bicol Bloggers and the Nagayon Team. It was a Bloggers' Meet Up plus all the goodness of a staycation for two days and one night. Last year, the room that was given to us was with a poolside view. This time it was at the front facing Avenue Square. The balcony was spacious, I would want my own couch here at night but then it's a shared balcony together with the occupants of this wing.   

Avenue is all you need. Aside from the welcome drink upon checking in, there's more in your room. Pili tarts and apples plus a personalized welcome note. Everything you need to know about the hotel amenities and Naga City is in your room. 

All you need is in the area, Avenue Square has everything you need, restaurants, drugstore, coffee shop and spa.
 A little walk will bring you to Naga's Dining and Entertainment District, Magsaysay Avenue
Our room, Spazio (Superior) Twin. Shared it with my contributor,
Kookai of 13BlackandWhiteScribbles.wordpress.com 

Avail Avenue Plaza Hotel's Hometown Specials! Bicol Residents get a 20% off on published room rates. Your weekend bonding with your family will be extra special here, I assure you that. 

The room has an individually controlled Split Type Air-conditioning unit, carpeted floors and plush furnishing, electronic room lock system with top-end security and privacy systems. You also have a personal refrigerator with minibar, and coffee/tea making facilities.

The room is also equipped with flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, high speed internet connection, clock radio. Lucky for us, the WiFi router is actually installed in our room. As a blogger, the ultra fast internet of the hotel is really a plus point and pretty much needed by businessmen, no need to go to the lobby. For working people, there's a desk, electronic safe for your valuables, telephone with IDD and NDD functions and pencil and letter stationary with envelope. 

My favorite part of the room, THE BED. Relaxing Dew Foam Posture Pedic® bed with luxurious top-of the line Pillows & Bedding. 

The hotel has a business center, with an iMac, WiFi, fax machine and printer just in case you need them for your transactions and deadlines. 

Relationship goals with guests. With Avenue to help you achieve your fitness goals, they also have the Olympia Gym and Sauna. It's been here for quite some time, so to better serve the guests and gym members, the gym will undergo renovation starting this October to January 2016. This will definitely be an exciting comeback for the premiere gym in Naga City with the top-of-the-line facilities. The infinity pool is just perfect these El Niño days. 

An all around kind of menu but never leaving out the goodness of Filipino food. For dinner we got to try the re-launched menu of the in-house restaurant of the hotel, Cafe PlazuelaCLICK HERE for the review. Fine dining food plus live classical music playing in the background will fill your night with glee.

After dinner, I decided to take a shower because we were given a complimentary massage. 
En-suite Bath with hot and cold “Rain Shower” and Bathtub, 
Avenue toiletries and wall mounted hairdryer.

Waiting for my turn for the massage.

I'm not really into body massages, basically because I'm thin, but hey it's complimentary why would I not avail it right? and the therapist was really good in convincing me to experience it. The verdict? Definitely worth my first time! I really felt relaxed physically and mentally. Literally went for a GOOD NIGHT SLEEP. 


Waking up in the comfy bed of this hotel is like the '5 minutes more' response of a child in the morning, only that it's multiplied a dozen times! But I had to get up early, because breakfast at the Avenue is one hell of a bountiful harvest of all sorts. American, European, Classic and Filipino type of breakfast are all here. Comfort foods here we come!

Complimentary Breakfast
Breakfast buffet starts as early as 6:00 am until 10:00 am
For those who are not checked-in at the Avenue but would like to experience this bountiful breakfast buffet, you are most welcome at the Cafe Plazuela for only P349 per pax.

Fresh bread and pastries

Fresh fruits and different kinds of cheese


Aside from "Abo", this "New Look" is a dried fish here in Bicol that you should not miss to try.

Cold cuts

Reserve your staycation now! For inquiries and reservations, please call 473 9999.

What a wonderful weekend it has been. You too can experience the best of Avenue Plaza Hotel. If they give their best services to the locals, what more for the toruists and business men? For a memorable weekend or special occassion with your family, why not have a staycation at the Avenue Plaza Hotel. 

For the nth time, Dios Mabalos Avenue Plaza Hotel, GM Allan Cu, Marketing Manager Jerome Fernandez and the rest of the kind staff for giving us the locals the chance to experience the best of Bicol hospitality. More power!  

Click the link below for reservations: http://reservations.directwithhotels.com/reservation/availCalendarFlexi/10969/2015-09-22/26439/0/0/en/0/0/0/0%3E/
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