5 Metro Manila staycation spots to escape the daily grind

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When an out of town trip is beyond reach, relaxation plans don’t need to be shelved.

You can still have that quick escape and change of scenery even if you’re just in Metro Manila. Agoda, one of the fastest growing online travel agents (OTA) worldwide, shares these five spots with inspired architecture and one-of-a-kind offerings that make for a stress-releasing staycation.

Travel back time at Rizal Park Hotel

Situated on Roxas Boulevard in Manila, the Rizal Park Hotel is what used to be the Manila Army Navy Club during the American colonial period in the early 1900s. Having survived World War II bombings, the structure was declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission in 1991, paving the way for its eventual renovation and restoration in 2014.

The result? A top notch hotel that showcases old colonial architecture with high ceilings and its very own courtyard. From the hotel, you’re also within walking distance of the National Museum, National Post Office, and of course, Luneta Park, giving you an experience of old meeting new.

Inspire the Artist Within at Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

Inspired by Pablo Picasso, the father of modern art, Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is designed to make anyone “feel the art” through its compact and modern architecture. Its vibrant and graphic mood can be seen and felt in the different spaces in the hotel. It has an art gallery that also regularly screens niche films that are bound to excite pop culture buffs. Situated in the Salcedo Park area of Makati, the hotel gives guests the opportunity to go for a neighborhood stroll and be surrounded by greenery.

 Rejuvenate your senses at I’M Hotel

Home to the first and only onsen spa in Metro Manila, I’M Hotel in Poblacion, Makati is your best bet to recharge. A single ticket gives you access to your therapy of choice, a Japanese thermal pool infused with minerals, a buffet meal, and use of the relaxation lounge. Who says you can’t stay in the city and relax?

Enjoy the Flora at Henry Hotel

If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to live in a gated compound with landscaped gardens, then check in at The Henry Hotel on FB Harrison Street, Pasay City.  A “modern-vintage,” 34-room boutique accommodation designed by one of Manila’s household names in the design scene, Eric Paras, the structure is reminiscent of Manila’s heritage houses, oozing sophistication and old school charm.  Each of the 20 two-storey houses that form the hotel compound are configured with six classic rooms and one suite, making it ideal destination for big groups of family or friends looking for an idyllic city center retreat.

Enjoy the Luxury Feel of Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites

Right at the heart of Ortigas Center in Pasig City, Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites offers both spacious and luxurious rooms and suites.  It’s the ideal location for those planning not to leave the hotel and to instead indulge in all the comforts the hotel has to offer. The rooms and suites range from 41 sqm up to 182 sqm and include fully equipped kitchens and an in-shower steamer. Explore the hotel’s Nostalgia Lounge and Bar for daily entertainment from live bands to trivia nights, and improv sessions, to keep the doldrums away.

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