Last April, I attended the first PlannerCon Manila in Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City. It was a whole day event on a Saturday. Because we don’t live near that area, hubby and I decided to check in somewhere there the day before so that I won’t need to rush to the venue on Saturday morning. Also, he would have an easier time handling our two little boys on his own since I won’t be wasting time traveling to and from the venue.
Instead of booking a hotel though, we decided to try an Airbnb staycation in Eastwood. We had never booked any rentals through Airbnb before so this was a new experience for us. There were so many options but we finally decided on a studio type condo unit at the Eastwood Le Grand Tower 3.
We chose this specific unit because it’s walking distance to the convention venue, which was at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. Plus, the unit was just right for us (2 adults and 2 kids) and had the amenities we were looking for. There was also a lot of good reviews for the unit.
We were expecting to check in only for Friday night until Saturday but there was a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights, which actually worked great for us. The price of Php 2,500 a night was also not that bad. Although I checked the listing again recently and the price is now down to Php 1,684 a night only. I think we were charged higher then because we booked during the peak of summer season. The good thing though is that the owner doesn’t charge a cleaning fee. The only additional cost was the service fee, which was less than Php 500.
Check in was fast and easy. We just had to register at the front desk then we were directed to the elevators. There were a lot of elevators so the wait to ride one never lasted more than a couple of minutes.
Check in to the unit itself was likewise easy. We were given the combination key to a lock box located by the door. Upon opening it, the key to the unit was inside. I love how very secure the system is.
Here’s what the unit looked like.
There’s only one queen size bed but there was also a sofa bed so 4 people can be accommodated in the unit.
Actually, I think if we brought our two teen daughters with us, we would still fit in there. The 3 oldest kids can fit in the sofa bed while the baby can share the bed with hubby and I.
The unit also had an aircon, a TV with Sky Cable and a WiFi connection. There was one cabinet as well with a few hangers inside.
Here’s what the kitchen and dining area looked like. I like that there was a refrigerator, an electric kettle, a microwave and small stove.
There were also cookware, dining ware and utensils that you can use. The dining table was small though and only had two chairs but that wasn’t really a problem for us.
Here’s what the bathroom looked like. It had a shower with hot and cold water.
It had a toilet and a nice big sink. There were also a couple of towels available for use within the unit. The only thing I didn’t like in the bathroom is that there was no bidet or water dipper, which made washing dirty kids a bit challenging.
The Eastwood Le Grand Tower 3 has several amenities, including a swimming pool, gym, indoor playroom and outdoor playground. We were only interested in swimming though. Here’s what the pool looked like.
A small part of the pool is for the kids. Incidentally, this was our baby Zander’s first swimming experience!
The bigger pool wasn’t that deep. I think it was only up to 6 feet deep.
I love that the pool was kept clean at all times. We were able to swim on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning and loved it.
I also love that there were male and female wash rooms nearby with a couple of shower stalls.
At the same floor of the pool were the gym, as well as the indoor and outdoor playground. We weren’t able to visit the gym and indoor playground though but here’s a photo of the outdoor playground.
I should also mention that the unit we got had a great view of the pool and was away from direct sunlight so it was never hot when we were there.
The unit is owned by Jerry (check out the listing here). My hubby was the one who communicated with him. He had nothing negative to say about his experience in communicating with him. In fact, my hubby left a glowing review of this unit on Airbnb as you can see below.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay here. The unit was clean when we got there (trash was picked up twice a day!). We immediately felt at home. Everything in the unit worked nicely.
We really liked that we can go out of the building and there were already so many restaurants and convenience stores to choose from for when it was time to eat. The mall was also a stone’s throw away.
The only downside to this rental is that it doesn’t have it’s own parking space. Hubby had to park at the mall and that cost about Php 300 a night, if I remember correctly.
Our first Airbnb staycation in Eastwood City was certainly one to remember. We definitely recommend this rental and look forward to booking it again next time.
I have never tried AirBnB before. In fact, I don’t think I ever had a staycation yet. lol. Or if I have in the past, I’m sure I didn’t know the word ‘staycation’ yet. hehe. The place looks really nice and clean and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. That’s a perfect place for family weekend bonding.
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I love the idea! Usually, we book hotels and vacation places for leisure. But your idea is totally awesome. And it is equally great that your husband supports your love to attend such event and even agree to stay somewhere near.
I have yet to try staying in an Airbnb apartment. It seems a nice and cosy place for you guys and glad that you enjoyed your stay.
I haven’t tried AirBnB yet but there is one AirBnB accommodation in Tagaytay that I frequently check, kaso lagi fully booked sa date na gusto ko. This is a good alternative than staying in a hotel, they are cheaper pa. You can bring your own food din. 🙂
We used airbnb when we went to Japan. I think this site is very convenient both for us, who doesnt want to spend so much, and for the owners who wants to earn extra. The only down side, as to other online businesses, is to make sure you are booking a legit unit
I haven’t tried Airbnb yet since the husband prefers hotel due to security reasons. Nonetheless, the unit looks cozy, clean, and decent. The amenities look great too, something the kids would definitely enjoy. I would love to check it out too, although I do hope there’s a parking space. How far is it from the mall anyway?
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We haven’t tried booking AirBNB yet, but because of your review I will check if I can find a nice place somewhere in Tagaytay.
looks a nice place to stay.. enjoy
Looks like a very clean and relaxing accommodation. I will check that out when we visit next time.
I’ve always wanted to try this. Had I known about AirBnb a week ago, we would have tried this the last time we were in Manila. I wanted to stay somewhere because it was late, we ended up traveling north around 10pm/ Thanks for the info. The price is very reasonable.
We haven’t tried an Airbnb staycation before. We’ll keep this place in mind when we need to have a staycatiion near the area. Thanks!
We haven’t tried booking through AirBnB yet but I’ve heard a lot of good and nott so good things about it. I guess it’s a bout time we give it a shot on our next staycation.
That’s a very cozy accommodation. We haven’t stayed or tried any AirBnB type of accommodation yet in our travels. I am not sure what to expect. But seeing these photos and reading your experience gave us an insight on how similar it is with hotels.
I was going to ask you about this. It looks great! We can’t really go far so anywhere in Manila and near restos is a good place to hang out with family.
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I love how clean and tidy the place was. And it looks very spacious. Haven’t tried Airbnb as a guest but we are hosting our place in QC, beside SM North. As a host, I find Airbnb safe and secure for both parties.
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Thank you for sharing this to us! haven’t tried booking airbnb yet but already tried to have a staycation via manual booking. will surely try one soon. thank you for sharing your experience with us
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