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Sunday, November 27, 2016

review: Motel 168 (Hotel 168) Manila

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from Motel 168 (Hotel 168) page on Tripadvisor

LOCATION: 
Motel 168 (Hotel 168 ) is located inside Birch Tower, a condotel in Malate, Manila. Robinsons Mall is so near that you can see it from your balcony. Restaurants, Mini-groceries and Public transportation are very accessible. The condotel has several "hotel operators". To go to the Motel 168 reception you have to pass by the elevators at the ground floor.

AMENITIES: 
Motel 168 guests can use the pool and the gym. The pool is not heated though, the water can become really cold at night time especially with the strong breeze coming from Manila Bay. Hotel guests who are into fitness can make use of their small gym with 2 threadmills, 2 stationary bikes, 1 billiard table, 1 multi-funcitonal pinloaded weight machine, dumbbells, barbell & weight plates, a regular weight bench and sit-up bench.

Pool

Stationary bike in the Gym


ROOM:
I stayed in Room 907, which is very lucky for me because the gym is right across my room and the pool can be accessed from the 9th & 10th floor. A typical hotel key card is provided according to the number of guests, which you will insert on the slot beside the door to turn on the electricity of the room. One reason why I choose this hotel for my staycation is the kitchenette. It is equipped with a full sized refridgerator, electric stove w/ a top to filter the smell of your cooking food, electric kettle, rice cooker, and a few eating & cooking utensils. The queen-sized bed is firm and very clean. Aircon is enough for the size of the room located at the foot of the bed. There is a moderately-sized television with skycable.  I never got to use the phone in the room to contact the reception area so I'm not sure how it works. The bathroom is a bit small, it might be hard for someone who is almost 6 ft. tall and weighs 200 lbs to get in and out of the shower. There is hot water (faucet & shower), toilet w/ bidet, sink w/ mirror, hand towels, bath towels and a pair of toiletries in case you forgot yours. There is cabinet in the room to put one's luggage and clothes. No free breakfast, safety box, wifi or phone though.


Doors (room, cabinet, bathroom)
phone to reception, keycard
inside the cabinet
Functioning Kitchenette
aircon (I fixed the aircon filter myself)

view from room 907 balcony

view when you enter the room (minus my stuff,,of course)

toiletries
toiletries
sink & mirror
toilet, bidet, towels
bathroom slippers
small shower area

FOOD / RESTAURANT: 

There is a cafe on the ground floor of Birch Tower where Motel 168 is located. Well-known restaurants like TGI-Friday's and Tim Ho Wan, is on the ground floor of Robinsons Mall is located adjacent to the Birch Tower / Motel 168.

STAFF:
Motel 168 reception staff is very pleasant and works very fast during check-in and check-out. No one escorted me to the room though, maybe because I said I do not need help with my bag.

BOOKING:
I booked through Agoda. I presented the credit card used to book the room, an ID and the printed voucher at the reception.

OVERALL:
Excellent location. Clean rooms. Good value for the money.

My review is also on Tripadvisor

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