Staycation has become very popular nowadays. As they say, why go far when you can have a stress-free (stress from resort, lodging AND transportation arrangements, baon preparation, traffic, etc) vacation right in the metro!
We tried the hype. It was a stay-in of only two nights and we are looking forward to doing it again.
Because we are the best bloggers in the world (this being our first ‘travel’ post is a lame excuse), almost all the pictures are grabbed from Sam’s, our host, page! We’ll remember to take pictures next time.
Address: The Gramercy Residences, Kalayaan Avenue Corner Salamanca Street, Century City, Makati
How to get there: Aside from the convenience of cabbing (which we opted to do!), you may also take a Guadalupe-Ayala jeep near the Guadalupe MRT station and alight in front of A.Venue Mall.
We checked in at around 5-ish PM.
We were welcomed by Mang Jun (Sam’s caretaker) and this signage in front!
The grand lobby – I’m okay to stay here all day. It’s so pretty!
Sam’s unit is on the 43rd floor. It is a 30 square ft. studio type room.
Here is what you will see first upon entering.
A queen size bed that fits 2 people, glass wall covered with floor length brown/beige curtains, a dresser, and a small entertainment system (that came with an experience that could cover an entire separate post d:)
A telephone and DSL line, a very comfy sofa that could alternate to bed (its comfy-ness being discovered on the last day of stay), a small glass center table, and the kitchen area (heat induction cooker, microwave, electric kettle turned pitcher d:, rice cooker, and complete with table and cooking utensils!)
Shoe rack, refrigerator, a dining table for two!
A clean bathroom! Well the little roach was probably a part of the welcoming committee too!
And of course, the balcony!
We were left by Mang Jun right after his short spiel of what can and can not be done in the unit (appliances included) and in the building.
To be honest, we came with nothing in mind. No list of activities planned ahead. We just decided to really just relax and abuse whatever is in store for us in the building. Even the food was very laid back.
We entertained ourselves with our endless chatting and watching few downloaded thriller movies Fatima had in her laptop and whatever was on the Cignal cable TV.
Our stay came with access to all the amenities of the building, just like in any hotel accommodation.
Fatima went to the gym on the 37th floor, while I cooked.
The Director’s Club – Gramercy’s mini theatre on the 35th floor! The place could accommodate probably up to 30 people. We watched (Read: slept through) Gravity, “the story of how Clooney would rather float away and die than spend one more minute with Bullock” according to Tina Fey. ((:
We roamed around while we were waiting for the movie time and found the Gaming Room. There were XBox, Wii..
.. billiards, tables I thought perfect for card games!
And.. the badass pools on 36th!!! ❤
Sky Pool where the only spot the sun shone through. In my opinion, it would be lovelier if there were more spots not shaded.
Another view of the Sky Pool.
The Skypark Cafe that we did not get to experience because it was closed during our stay.
And the garden, the outdoor playground and the kids’ area (probably in the Gaming Room) that I only saw in the site while I was copying pictures. I heard there’s also a spa.
It would have been fun to emote here!
And while I was browsing the net, I saw that The Gramercy Residences boasts being the tallest building in the Philippines. Well, it has 71 floors, where the now famous luxury club 71 Gramercy is at.
71 Gramercy on 71st floor. Now I understand why the name. (:
Here are the only pictures we took ourselves.
The view from our room’s balcony, just a few minutes before the sun set.
And our shameless selfies in the room and in the diner before going home.
Overall, it was an amazing stay. The place is very worth it, I forgot about the few minor hassles we had prior.
What we absolutely loved:
- The location – nearby there’s drug stores, food outlets, restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, banks.
What we learned:
- Take pictures, you are bloggers! Charot!
- Familiarize yourself with the location. Nearby stores may help you plan what you’ll bring from your own fridge/closet.