Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Azumi Boutique Hotel (Alabang, Muntinlupa)

Azumi Boutique Hotel is walking distance from the Alabang Town Center - around five to ten minutes walk depending on the pace. It is very near a Shell Gasoline Station at the Madrigal Business Park - a quaint and dark painted building almost behind the gasoline station.

The hotel is just right for its size.  It is small compared to other hotels but it has demonstrated an intelligent use of space both in design and use of colors. Its walls are painted white mostly accentuated by dark colors creating an apparently much bigger space.

The lobby manned by friendly staff desperately attends to the need of the guests at Christmas Eve.  We were asked for a P1,000.00 deposit refundable upon check-out and we were required to sign a “waiver” releasing the hotel from responsibility in the event of any untoward incident at their infinity pool located at its roof deck.

We booked a “Queen Room” overnight priced at P3,117.80 [USD 69.87]. Mirrors on the wall have made the room looked bigger than its actual size.  The wood design of the floors and the orange color of the pieces of the furniture complement the entire room giving assurance of a relaxing stay.  The floor to ceiling glass window gives a view of the outside world making the room ideal for a little sightseeing. Blinds can be pulled down for more privacy.

The  Queen room is air-conditioned, complete with a Queen Sized Bed, a couch convertible to a single bed, a led TV, safety deposit box, microwave oven, refrigerator and a coffee or tea making equipment. The bathroom is clean, with basic amenities, with a glass wall where blinds can be pulled down for privacy.

Breakfast is not included in the price. Guests, however, can purchase a “voucher or ticket” for a buffet breakfast at P 350 per person. Breakfast is at their “Romulo CafĂ©” with a historical feel as the white painted walls are decorated by old photos of the great man.

During breakfast, I think their service may need some improvement.  With the number of guests at that time, the hotel seemed to be undermanned. The food is of good quality but not that awesome compared to what is served at Taal Vista Hotel. Of course, it may not be right to compare the two hotels given the difference in their price range.

There were a handful of guests who opted to spend Christmas at this hotel located exactly at 2205 Market Street, Madrigal Business Park Phase III, Alabang, Muntinlupa (Tel Nos. +6328699888; +6323829864). The hotel’s location is ideal for a short walk to various establishments including the St. Jerome Church where we attended mass that evening of December 24.

We never had any problem in the parking. The number of vehicles at that time was well enough to be accommodated at its parking located at the lower floors of the hotel. The elevators however were quite small and we need to wait several times for our turn to ride.

Azumi provides a good vantage view of Alabang and the whole Madrigal Business Park. At the infinity pool, we can see Laguna Lake and far-away areas. The infinity pool is just right for its size and is lighted at night. Guests specially those with children should take extra precaution when using the swimming pool precisely due to its location. It is a shallow pool and we have not seen any lifeguards during our stay.

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