5 Reasons to Stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center

by 12:15:00 AM
After a whirlwind transition to a new and exciting vivacity, Ron and I decided to relax and unwind at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Novotel Manila lies at the business district of Araneta Center. It is situated beside the Araneta Collesium and few blocks away from Malls, Bus Terminal Stations, and business offices. Going to Novotel Manila Araneta Center is easy, one can ride either LRT or MRT or any other PUVs.

Life outside the hotel, I must say, is hectic and fast-paced but once you enter Novotel, a sudden shift of surrounding happens.

Warm greeting and smiles welcomed us as we enter the hotel. We were personally assisted and provided with everything that we need to know during our check-in and were ushered towards our room by one of their friendly attendants.

We stayed at Novotel for 2 days and 1 night and we loved our stay at the former, Want to know why? here are our five (5) reasons why we enjoyed our stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center

Comfortable and Relaxing Room

Novotel's accommodating and cheerful staff assisted us towards our haven for the day. The first thing I noticed upon entering our room was the personalized greetings of Kendrick, our room attendant, and I must say that his message is one of the assurance that we will definitely enjoy our staycation at Novotel.

Welcome message from our Room Attendant, Kendrick.

We stayed on one of Novotel's Executive Room. The interior of the former has a vibrant earth tone colors that easily calm and relaxed our senses. The room is spacious and is perfect for couples or family of four (2 adults and 2 kids).

Executive Room

What we loved about our room, aside from being spacious and its relaxing vibrant colors are the comfortable Live N Dream Bed, Bathroom with electronic privacy curtain, Rain Shower with Novotel's all natural bath products, Smart Pillows which are both perfect work and sleeping and Day Bed Couch (Ron love the couch so much!).

One of the most comfortable hotel bed that I had tried. 

What I love the most in our room is the electronic bathroom curtain. 

Aside from this, our room is fully equipped with our basic necessities. For our safety, our room has Audible Smoke Alarms, Safety Deposit Box and Sprinkle and for comfort our room has Work Desk, Illy Espresso machine, and Tea Making Facilities, Hair Dryer, Flat screen LED TV and iPod Docking Station.

Basic bedroom and wardrobe necessities.

Coffee and Tea maker.

Novotel's Executive Room is located on the higher levels of the hotel which enable us to witness the pool and garden view and scenic city view.

Pool and Garden view from our room.

Staying at the Executive Room also enable us to have exclusive access to the Premier Lounge. 

Novotel Manila Araneta has 401 rooms composed of contemporary non-smoking Superior, Deluxe and Executive Rooms; and Executive and Presidential Suites. Each room was made to ensure all guests to experience the utmost comfort, relaxation, and great sleep while staying at Novotel.

Child-Friendly Hotel

Swimming in the pool of ball like a kid at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. 

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is one of the most child-friendly hotels that we visited. They have vibrantly colored areas for kids where they can read books or comics and play with video games on a galaxy themed room and at an indoor ball pit where they can dive, slide and swim in the pool of balls. Kids can also dip and swim at the kid's pool area located on the 6th floor of Novotel.

Premier Lounge

The Premier Lounge is located on the 24th floor of Novotel Manila Araneta Center. The lounge serves exclusive continental breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails.

Elegant interior of  The Premier Lounge.

Premier Lounge has floor to ceiling windows that provide a 360 degrees views of city view, the bay, and the Rizal Mountains. The lounge is perfect for intimate bonding to business meetings.

Premier Lounge is perfect for meetings, intimate time with family and chitchat with friends.

As a Premier Lounge guests, Ron and I enjoyed a personalized check in and late check out until 4:00 PM with no additional charges, complimentary newspaper, access a computer workstation, local landline calls, use of  In-Balance fitness center, use of Library and reading book, use of kids play area, use of meeting room for six (6) people for two (2) hours and complimentary food and beverage at the lounge for two (2) adults and kids.

Continental Breakfast 

Tea Time munchies

The Lounge can accommodate additional guests for Php 1,000 nett for Breakfast, Php 600 nett for Afternoon Tea and Php 1,200 nett for Cocktails

                                         Buffet Breakfast        6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m daily
Afternoon Tea              3:00 p.m  to  5:00  p.m daily
Evening Cocktails       5:00 p.m  to 7:00   p.m daily
All Day Refreshment  6:00 a.m  to  11:00 p.m daily

Dining Experience

Aside from the comfortable room and lavish exclusive access to the Premium Lounge, we also loved our dining experience at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

6th Pool Bar and Lounge

Stylish outdoor decor perfect for pool parties!

We had our dinner at the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge. The lounge has a stylish outdoor and interior vibe perfect for after-work dining and casual drink.

6th Pool Bar and Lounge interior

Food Exchange Manila 

Food Exchange Manila  buffet area

We had our sumptuous breakfast at Food Exchange Manila. Food Exchange Manila serves breakfast buffet from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM, lunch buffet from noon to 2:30 PM during weekdays and for weekends it starts from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and dinner buffet.

One of my personal favorite station at the Food Exchange Manila

The buffet area has 6 stations that serve all time favorite Filipino Cuisine, Chinese Stir Fry and Noodles, Indian Cuisines, Pizza, finger-licking Seafood dishes, mouthwatering Desserts such as freshly made churros and pastries; and specialty drinks.

Sabor Bar De Vinos

Before ending the night of our staycation we drop by at Sabor Bar De Vinos for some cocktails and tapas!

Wine and Tapas at Sabor is a great way to end your tiring and toxic day!

Sabor Bar De Vinos is perfect for intimate moments with family and friends. They have the best wines in the metro that can be served in either bottle or glass and Sangria concoctions made by Sabor's expert mixologist.


Gourmet Bar

One of my favorite dish at Gourmet Bar, Black Linguine with Crab Paste

Gourmet Bar is located at the Ground Floor of  Novotel Manila Araneta Center. Gourmet Bar has a laid-back lounge perfect for catching up with friends or impromptu meetings.

Gourmet Bar Specialty Filipino Dish

Gourmet Bar is open for 24 hours and serves coffee, fresh pastries, and sweets, creative specialties such and signature cocktails.

Gourmet Bar serves wines, liquors, healthy juices, milk shakes and fruit juices.


To treat our palates with unique gelato flavors, we drop by Novotel Manila Araneta Center's Indulge.

Indulge is a pastry and gelato shop that serves classic and unique gelato flavors, Carmen's Best artisanal ice cream flavors, pastries, waffles, cakes, and bread.

One of a kind gelato flavors of  Indulge.


Novotel Manila Araneta Center serves dishes made of seasonal organic vegetables, herbs, and fruits from El Dorado Farm.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center makes sure to use fresh ingredients on their dishes

Aside from this, their bathroom amenities are all organic, from soap to conditioner and even body lotion.

Organic Toiletries

Recreational Facilities

Another reason why we love our stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center is their Recreational Facilities.

We enjoyed swimming in their adult pool area while munching some snacks from the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center also has a fully equipped fitness center open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Our staycation at Novotel Manila Araneta Center enables us to relax and have an incredible gastronomical experience. We love how the staff took care of us by being friendly and approachable. The amenities and facilities were made to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation. Kids will definitely love their stay at Novotel because of the activities that they can do inside the hotel.

We would definitely be back at Novotel Manila Araneta Center soon!

For more details about Novotel Manila Araneta Center you may visit the following website and social media accounts:




For inquiries and reservation, you may visit or reach Novotel Manila Araneta Center at:

Novotel Manila Araneta Center
General Aguinaldo Avene, Araneta Center, Quezon City
(02) 990 7888
Email: H7090@accor.com 

Ombu Kusina Holiday Feast

by 10:42:00 PM
Holiday Season is in the air, and the best way to celebrate the former is, of course, by treating our palate with sumptuous and mouthwatering Filipino dishes.

Last December 11, 2018, Ombu Kusina, a modern Filipino restaurant, introduced their holiday feast which includes all-time Filipino favorite cuisine such as Lechon and Laing; and comfort dishes such as pizza and pasta infused with Filipino dishes and ingredients.

Ombu Kusina is located at the Ground Floor of  Sequoia Hotel, 91-93 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City. The restaurant is very accessible and has a parking space.

How to go to Ombu Kusina

From Scout Limbaga, Tomas Morato

1. Ride a Jeepney going to Project 2-3/Welcome Rotonda
2. Alight at Timog Avenue/ Scout Santiago Intersection
3. Walk right to Mother Ignacia Avenue



Sisig Pizza has a  thin and crunchy crust topped with Ombu Kusina's special pizza sauce, sunny side up egg, spicy sisig and cheese.

Surprisingly, the Sisig is not oily and fatty. It blended well with the pizza sauce and it didn't make the crust sloppy. For additional flavors, you can dip the pizza with garlic sauce.


Salted Egg Spaghettini has al dente pasta coated evenly with salted egg sauce and topped with tomatoes and cucumber.

This dish will surely provide you a refreshing feeling in every bite because of tomatoes and cucumber.


Seafood Mix Laing has a mixture of different texture coming from shrimp, crab meat and onions with creamy flavors of coconut milk.


Binagoongang Talong has crunchy Liempo and eggplant in thick bagoong sauce.

The sweet and salty bagoong sauce perfectly blend with the Liempo and tender eggplant. You'll definitely enjoy this dish with Dilis Rice.


Adobochon has tender and flavorful Lechon serve with adobo sauce and atchara.


Fall of the bone and juicy chicken coated with Ombu Kusina's special sweet sauce.


Frozen Brazo is composed of the graham crust, ice cream, custard filling, soft meringue and topped with caramel drops. Surprisingly, Ombu's Frozen Brazo is not that sweet and is totally refreshing. This reminds us of ice cream!!!

To know more about OMBU KUSINA you may visit the following social media accounts:



Have a Merry and Jolly Feast at Novotel Manila Araneta Center

by 10:11:00 PM

Holiday Season is in the air! The best way to celebrate this festive season is spending some quality
time with the family, bonding with friends and a well-deserved relaxation with your work buddies.

 In the Philippines, holiday bonding is synonymous to meticulously prepared gatherings wherein each member of the family or “barkada” prepares their sumptuous dishes and make sure that the venue for the former has a jolly and merry atmosphere, but, admit it or not, due to the fast-paced environment that we have in the metro, as much as we want to give our best during this season, we cannot give the utmost attention to this gatherings.

To make this Holiday Season extra special, Novotel Manila Araneta Center provides the best options for a merry and jolly family reunion, barkada gathering and work buddy party.


  A group of twelve (12) can exclusively have fun with a gala dinner while a group of twenty (20) can have a two (2) hours open bar with cocktail and carving station which includes Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s mouthwatering and delectable Roasted Turkey, Lechon Bacolod and Ham, with the backdrop of the breathtaking view of the metro at the prestige 695 square meters Presidential Suite of Novotel Manila Araneta Center for as low as Php 60,000.

Lechon Bacolod cooked in white wine.

 Cranberry Glazed Ham, Canadian Style 

Herb Stuffed Roasted Turkey

 A group of sixty (60) can also #SaborTheMoment at Novotel’s wine and tapas bar, Sabor Bar de Vinos for four hours for as low as a consumable rate of Php 60,000 and for Php 80,000 experience the best Havana Night of Luau Parties at Novotel's  6th Pool Bar and Lounge.

Christmas Cooler at Sabor Bar de Vinos.

 To make sure that everybody will experience the best jolly and merry holiday, Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s in-house event manager will assist personalized concepts from intimate Christmas Party Set-Ups on meeting rooms or grand reunions on their pillarless ballroom with the maximum of 1,500 people.


Contemporary and non-smoking room of Novotel Manila  Araneta Center

Christmas staycation for the whole month of December starts at Php 7,500 net which includes
comfortable and spacious rooms designed to provide all the needs of each member of the family,
complimentary buffet dinner and breakfast for two at the Food Exchange Manila. Children below 15
years old also get to stay and have breakfast absolutely for FREE.


Christmas is in the air at The Food Exchange Manila.

Noche Buena Feast at the Food Exchange Manila starts from 6PM to 9PM. Novotel’s premium
carvings, Lechon Bacolod cooked with white wine, Cranberry Glazed Ham, Canadian Style Herb
Crusted Prime Rib and Herb Stuffed Roasted Turkey, along with other delectable dishes and desserts
at Food Exchange Manila is only for Php 2,588 while the Midnight Christmas Buffet starts from 11
PM to 1 AM for only Php 1,988 net.

A wide variety of dishes at the Food Exchange Manila

Mouthwatering seafood dishes

Yummy cakes and pastries 

All-time Filipino favorite desserts

Celebrate 2019 New Year’s Eve at Novotel Manila Araneta Center at the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge &
Versailles Event Garden and Tent for only Php 2,019 net.


Extend the merry and jolly vibe to your family and friends by visiting http://bit.ly//HolidayGoodies2018  and share to them Novotel’s gift choices of Cash Card with denominations of Php 100, Php 1,000 and Php 5,000; Stay, Dine and Relax Vouchers; and Christmas goodies and Hampers.

Leave your stress behind and celebrate a Merry and Jolly Holiday at Novotel Manila Araneta Center!

For more details you may visit the following website and social media accounts:




For inquiries and reservation you may visit or reach Novotel Manila Araneta Center at:

Novotel Manila Araneta Center
General Aguinaldo Avene, Araneta Center, Quezon City
(02) 990 7888

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