It has been weeks since our queen’s birthday. This is where you could read more about our experience and my thoughts about The Avenue Plaza Hotel.
The Avenue Plaza Hotel
Almost a month since our queen’s birthday and I could still vividly picture our hotel room. It was so tranquil and serene there. The bed was so comfortable that I literally jumped on it when we arrived. The place welcomed us with such vibrant colors that were so warm and gave us a boost.
The Avenue Plaza Hotel is located near the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Tourists would always stay here since it’s near the river where the fluvial procession happens and also near the church where masses are celebrated during the Peñafrancia Festival.
When we got to Naga, we really did not have a concrete plan. We were more of the whatever-will-be-will-be-the-future-is-not-ours-to-see people. We were happy with just having meals together and laughing and enjoying moments than being active with life. To be honest, it was hard to leave the place since it was really so comfortable.
It was so hard for me to leave because I really was not able to try their pool although I was able to play a few notes on their grand piano.
When we first entered the hotel, there is this floral arrangement that would greet you. The environment was so lovely. It only has five (5) floors and our room was on the 5th floor. It had a balcony or a veranda where the you can see the Bicol river and the neighboring house.
The people working there were so courteous and delighted because there were new customers. A meeting was being held there when we checked in and it was also on the same floor. The hallways were spacious and almost every floor has a couch where you can lounge before entering you respective rooms.
Music downstairs maybe heard up to the 3rd floor and it’s quite amusing since I was one of the people who played on their piano.
Since it was a five-star hotel, or so others say, rates are a bit expensive. It was a good thing that when we were there, my mom and aunt had their senior citizen cards which gave them discount when we checked in.
There were four (4) classification of rooms and under the first two (2) classifications, there were sub-classifications:
- Spazio (Superior)
- Queen — Php 5700.00 (USD 121.24)
- Twin — Php 5900.00 (USD 125.49)
- Spazio Grande (Deluxe)
- Queen — Php 7100.00 (USD 151.01)
- Twin — Php 7400.00 (USD 157.40)
- Palazzio (Executive Suite) — Php 12000.00 (USD 255.24)
- Presidential Suite — Php 20000.00 (USD 425.39)
*For extra bed or person, Php 1000 / USD 21.27
*Fixed rate, not even the senior citizen discount was honored.
- Rates are inclusive of 12% E-VAT.
- Group discounts/convention rates are available.
- Rates apply for single or double occupancy.
- Two (2) children, 12 y/o and below, occupying the same room and sharing bed and amenities with parents are free of charge.
- Inclusive of breakfast for two at Café Plazuela.
- Check out time is 12:00 noon.
- Late check out is upon request, subject to room availability and corresponding charges.
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
I would give the experience at Avenue Plaza Hotel a 4 out of 5 stars. Everything was okay except that I was not able to use the pool or experience its majestic water because it was under maintenance when we got there. I know it’s too shallow but I was there to have some staycation and my itinerary included a dip in the pool. So instead of the pool, I just utilized the tub inside our room. It may not be a great substitute but I was able to dip nevertheless.
The room service was quick and even though the menu said that they would just operate between this hours, they still accommodated my order. Yet, it was bitin (loosely translates to: lacks something or not enough) because it was served in a wine glass and for me, it was not enough.
What added to my sort of disappointment was that when I asked permission to play the grand piano when we got there, I somehow got the impression that only the skilled ones could play. By skilled, like super duper talented like a musical prodigy.
I know it’s for the welfare of the instrument but sometimes, the manner of saying it could damage one’s confidence and way of thinking towards others. Every person has different skills. It varies in every aspect. Art is very subjective, you cannot simply objectify who’s skilled or not. Skills can be developed.
Nevertheless, I still continued to play on the grand piano and share my love for music. I just hope that I cultivated something in their minds like listening to classical music could help productivity and relax one’s mind.
Hence, realizing from that, you should not let negative words affect you. If you think you are skilled, then go for it. If you need that you need some tweaking, go practice!
That’s it for the Avenue Plaza Hotel! 😁
So what’s your desired hotel staycation? 😊