For four days, Crown Regency Hotel, a name quite familiar yet for some reason didn’t ring a bell to most taxi drivers, served as a resting place for me and my friend, Imee last December. How was our stay in the said hotel? Here’s a review.
The first thing I noticed in the hotel is that it looks old; the dark-colored furniture, antique decors, faint orange lighting, and the building’s facade in badly need of a repaint job. It’s a four-story building that looks small and lonely compared to the hotel sitting across the street, Dusit Thani.
The room though was decent and clean, our room has a queen-size bed. The first thing I liked about it, it has a huge closet. There is complimentary coffee for guests. There’s a huge mirror in the bathroom and the table sink is also big. Now let’s continue the tour. The room has a flat-screen TV with cable.
What I loved most about it is the bathtub! I got a confession to make, before this, I’ve never in my life, bathed in a bathtub. One of the things that I want to have in my future house is a friggin’ bathtub, that’s how bad I want it, so imagine my excitement when I discovered it. First night in the hotel, I soaked myself in that tub like they do in the movies, full of bubbles and a good book in hand.
The room was almost perfect except for four things:
- The bathtub doubles as the shower area.
- The toilet has no bidet and no dipper (tabo) in sight. So imagine how hard it is to wash your fanny after doing your business. True there is a bath tub, but can you really stand the thought of washing your tush in the same place, which you fill with water to soak yourself in? That’s totally unhygienic (we did call them to ask for a dipper but to no avail so I ended up buying one).
- There is a blow dryer, but it stops working every so often.
- The hotel staff knew that there were two of us, yet they only provided toiletries for one person.
Imee also had a little discussion with some of the receptionists when she checked-in. See, she had an early flight from Cebu and so she reached the hotel at around 7AM. Early check-in though would cost her PHP2,000 so she decided against it. They told her to come back at 11AM but when she did, they said there was no available room yet. If that was true, then why did they tell her to pay 2,000 for early check-in before?
Imee has always been short-tempered so she insisted that they give her a room, only then did the staff give in and found a room for her.
Crown Regency is not perfect, but I would still give it a three out of five. For what it’s worth, we had a decent room and our stay wasn’t entirely bad. For this stay, we paid over PHP8,000 (U173.55SD) through Agoda.
Crown Regency Hotel
1026 A. Arnaiz Avenue,
San Lorenzo Village, Makati
Telephone no.: (02) 813-4441