It has been three weeks now since our staycation at Midas Hotel and Casino. The fact that I’m only blogging about it now just goes to show how busy I have been these past few weeks. There has been work, work, work, and more work. I’m not complaining, though, just saying! #thrive #OneWord
So, anyway, we checked in at the hotel on a Sunday, January 18. That was the long weekend when Pope Francis came to visit the country. I’ve been planning for a staycation at Midas since December when I won a gift certificate for an overnight stay in their one bedroom executive suite during the launch of their Kids Zone. Yeah, lucky, lucky me!
Initially, I wanted to go on my birthday (coming in less than two weeks!) but when the Pope came, we just couldn’t pass up the chance to see him. So we booked at Midas that weekend instead because I found out that Pope Francis’ motorcade will be passing by in front of the hotel come Monday morning on his way to his flight home.
We got to Midas around 2 pm in time for check in but were informed that our room wasn’t available yet. Apparently, the occupants went to the Pope’s mass at Quirino Grandstand. So, we were given a temporary room first, which was a junior suite. We stayed there for about 5 hours.
In Midas, guests of the rooms at the executive floors are given access to their Executive Lounge from 4 – 8 pm where they can partake of cocktails for free. Of course, hubby and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity so we took our brood there only to find out that they don’t allow kids 12 years old and below there.
So, the kids ended up going back to the room where we ordered them room service. Hubby and I went back to the lounge by ourselves. I was actually happy for that because these days we never get time alone. As in, never!
Now prepare yourselves to be bombarded by photos.
Here are the photos we took at the lounge. We really liked it there because there were several very comfortable couches, plus TVs as well. You can also go out to the balcony for a view of Roxas Boulevard, which is especially beautiful come sunset.
While we were there the front desk called to inform the lounge attendant that our one bedroom executive suite was ready for us already. By then, hubby and I had already stuffed ourselves silly that we didn’t really have to have dinner anymore after.
Here’s what the bedroom looks like. It’s so big. It has a king bed, a couch, dresser, cabinet and of course, the bathroom. The room had it’s own TV and iPhone/iPad dock.
The suite also has a very spacious living room area, with a big L-shaped couch, two bar areas and TV. This is where we spent the rest of the night watching movies.
The next morning before we went outside to Roxas Boulevard to wait for Pope Francis, we had our free buffet breakfast first. Last December, I was able to try the brunch buffet at Midas. This was the first time we tried the breakfast. Here’s some photo overload again.
There was a lot of people that morning. Apparently the hotel was fully booked because of the Pope. But it was still a pleasant dining experience. I love that there are a lot of breakfast options from breads, cereals, yogurts, salads, rice and viands, fruits, desserts and drinks.
Check out time was supposed to be at 11 a.m. but we were allowed to check out late because it took them five hours to send us to our room during check in. I requested to check out at 5 p.m. and they happily obliged.
I was really happy for the late check out because that meant that hubby and I could partake again of the cocktail buffet at the lounge. Normally, they only give one free buffet session for an overnight stay. However, I also had a voucher for a free cocktail buffet for two. Hahaha! So, of course, hubby and I went to the lounge again before checking out.
Overall, we had a really nice stay. I’m glad we had our first staycation for the year at Midas. The goal was to have a relaxing stay there while waiting to see the Pope and that’s exactly what we had. The kids enjoyed it as well. Ziggy actually didn’t want to go back home anymore. Hahaha!
Can’t wait for our next vacation!