My friend Rachel and I spent a night in The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences in Makati. We were given one of the Malaga rooms on the 7th floor, thus the blog title. 🙂
The main purpose of an overnight stay was to find a place to watch the first leg of Philippines and Kuwait’s World Cup Qualifier game which aired at 12:30 a.m., Sunday. We decided to pay for a place where we can be cozy instead of going to a restaurant to catch the game. That way, we can also take a well-deserved rest with more amenities than we have at home. Hahaha 🙂
We got a good deal from AsiaTravel for P4,500 a night. It did not include breakfast though. The amount included free wi-fi access (which was a consideration in looking for a place, and a flat screen TV, which we got as well) and use of the gym, which we didn’t use anyway.
The Malaga Studio is a 45-square foot room with one king size bed, one 32″ flat screen LCD TV, iPod dock, kitchenette, big and clean T&B, balcony, among other amenities. Our room did not have silverwares though and we didn’t bother asking for them because, well, tinamad na kami. We also had their technician fix our wi-fi access because each occupied room is equipped with a router but ours had none. We were getting the strong protected signal of the other rooms (the password was all the same anyway) but we insisted on getting ours. It wasn’t as fast as, say, the one I have here at home, but it was enough for us to live-tweet and do other online stuff during our stay.
The entire building is so artsy. There are paintings hanging on each floor and in the lobby as well, some of which are for sale.
Since the place is smack dab in the middle of the business district, we were not left wanting for food places when we got down to have dinner. If you want to have room service or not go far, the hotel has Brasserie Boheme, a fusion restaurant which is worth a visit some other time.
We grabbed a quick dinner at ArmyNavy in Valero and went back to our room to rest, rest, and rest. We watched the All Star basketball game of our own PBA players versus the visiting NBA stars, the Azkals documentary on ANC, then the game itself after midnight. We slept enough and checked out at 1 pm. Except for an inadventent mobile phone call charge (later, we just thought it was the tech guy who called his supervisor about the router), which was discovered on time, all else was great. I wouldn’t have second thoughts coming back anytime. Maybe next time, I’ll try one of the suites!
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is located in 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati. For inquiries, you can call (02) 828-4774 or visit www.picassomakati.com.