In the country for work or pleasure, or just going on staycation? These condos might give hotels and B&Bs a run for their money.
These days, hotels are no longer the only transient home options that an individual has, whether traveling for business or leisure. Can you imagine living in the actual home of another person not in any way related to you for a few days at a time? It is quite easy, with the popularity of lodging websites like Airbnb.
Airbnb is an online marketplace, where a homeowner can offer up a part of or their entire property for short-term housing. Travelers looking for a place to stay for a specific amount of time then searches the website for the ideal property by indicating details such as their preferred location, number of bedrooms, and the amenities they are looking for. While one can easily do this by searching for a hotel, transients are given a chance to experience hotel-like accommodations with a homier feel, especially with many condo owners themselves offering their own units as temporary lodging.
Condos have a lot in common with hotels in terms of amenities, which is why Airbnb-listed units are the next best thing for tourists who are either on a strict budget or are willing to spend extra for their stay. For holiday needs that range from ultimate bargain to ultimate pampering, consider staying in the Airbnb-listed units found in these Metro Manila condos.
Grass Residences by SMDC
Bago Bantay, Quezon City
Who should stay here: The traveler who loves the North
Grass Residences is right behind SM North EDSA and located not far away from its retail neighbor, Trinoma Mall, so your need to go to the mall on impulse is covered. But another benefit for those whose interests lie beyond the thrill of opening a shopping bag is that this condo is also near the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), which is the jump-off point to nearby northern provinces for a quick getaway. But if you’re still counting the days before you leave for your vacation up north, you can feel free to take a dip in one of Grass’ many swimming pools or take a stroll through the landscaped gardens.
Sonata Private Residences by Robinsons Luxuria
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Who should stay here: The traveler who wants all bases covered
Got family and friends to visit all over Metro Manila? Mandaluyong’s ideal location in the middle of Metro Manila makes it easy to attend a family reunion in Quezon City one moment and meet friends over coffee in Alabang the next. Not only that, Sonata is close to various modes of transportation like the Ortigas MRT station and the buses that ply EDSA, which may make travel from the condo to any point in the Metro a lot easier. Outside, residents can easily access SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria and Shangri-La Plaza, not to mention the countless restaurants right inside Ortigas Center itself.
Gramercy Residences by Century Properties
Century City, Makati City
Who should stay here: The traveler who wants to think outside the cubicle
Imagine being surrounded by the four sides of your workspace one day and having a majestic view of a big city the next. As the second tallest building in the Philippines, the luxurious 71-storey Gramercy Residences offers residents an amazing panorama of Makati, which becomes even more magical as night falls. Aside from enjoying the view from the unit you’ll be renting, you can see it as you relax by the condo’s swimming pool at the Sun Deck, dine at the restaurant-café at the 36th floor or party at the top-level bar/lounge 71 Gramercy. If it’s a night out you need, Gramercy is also close to several restaurants and bars, as well as the high-end Century City Mall.
The Gramercy Residences by Century Properties
150 Newport Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation
Newport City, Pasay City
Who should stay here: The traveler with a Philippine tourism bucket list
Those who have made it their mission to explore everything the country has to offer can easily do so from 150 Newport Boulevard, which is right across Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. Of course, should they choose to catch their breath in between exciting destinations, residents can enjoy the fact that the condo is right within a township that has everything, including restaurants, hotels, Resorts World, and the Villamor Air Base Golf Course.
Shell Residences by SMDC
Bay City, Pasay City
Who should stay here: The shopaholic traveler
If retail therapy is your greatest hobby, what would be better than ensuring that your accommodations are within walking distance of SM Mall of Asia (MOA)? Shell Residences is located right within the MOA Complex, assuring you that your next shopping and dining expedition is just minutes away. Not only that, the MOA Complex has its own amusement park and seaside terminal, so going on recreational trips during your short stay is quick and easy.
One Serendra by Ayala Premier
BGC, Taguig City
Who should stay here: The eco- and health-conscious traveler
Located within one of the most walkable areas in Metro Manila, residents are encouraged to hoof it to where they need to go within Bonifacio Global City. Staying in One Serendra will not be any different. The luxury project is only minutes away from the retail shops at SM Aura and Uptown Mall, the restaurants at Bonifacio High Street, and the bars at The Fort Strip. Bikes are also stationed at various parts of the city for those who would like to get to their destination quicker without using their car.
Serendra at BGC. Photi by Benson Kua via Flickr Creative Commons
Solemare Parksuites by Anchor Land
Bay City, Parañaque City
Who should stay here: The traveler with a good poker face
For travelers whose pastime involves card tables or slot machines, staying at Solemare Parksuites means being mere minutes away from Entertainment City, an area that houses mixed-use casino developments like City of Dreams Manila and Solaire Resort and Casino. Not that you need to look far for entertainment; Solemare already has quite a few amenities within its walls, including a mini theater, a karaoke room, and a game room.
Arista Place by DMCI Homes
Sto. Niño, Parañaque City
Who should stay here: The punctual traveler
If you are constantly experiencing the pressure of almost missing your flight, you need to rethink your accommodations. Arista Place is located just about 15 minutes from NAIA Terminal 1, an advantage to overseas travelers who need to be at the airport hours ahead of their flight. Not only that, it will be a relief to know that it will only take a few minutes on the road from the airport before you can get some rest after a long flight.
Azure Urban Resorts by Century Properties
Bicutan, Parañaque City
Who should stay here: The traveler with zero leave credits
Not all condo developments can boast of having a beach in the middle of a land-locked city. Azure, described as an “urban resort,” has several on-site attractions that will ensure a resort-like experience. When you cannot afford even the quickest getaway because of time constraints, you can drown your self-pity in the condo’s man-made beach or 25-meter lap pool, or take solace at the beach bar, the beach volleyball court, and other amenities that exude staycation fun.
Azure Urban Resort Residences by Century Properties
La Vie Flats by Filinvest Premiere
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Who should stay here: The traveler seeking Southern comfort
Muntinlupa is the southernmost of Metro Manila, which means staying at La Vie Flats for your great escape to the most notable tourist destinations in the South would be a great convenience. If you are not headed to Tagaytay, Laguna, or other nearby vacation hotspots anytime soon, you can always while away the time at close attractions like Festival Supermall, Southpoint Driving Range, and Westgate Alabang.
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