2011 - Everything was set, until a typhoon hit Manila. Our area was so flooded that there was no way I can go to the airport.
2012 - Again, all was set and resort bookings were already paid. The unfortunate thing? We arrived late for our flight. Stupid I know, specially when our apartment is just 15mins away from the airport. Toinks
2013 - Davao at last! ♥
a sunny weather on our flight to Davao
Before, I'd always seek for new adventures in a place. I would squeeze all activities on my weekender trip. The least priority would be a good and long sleep at the end of the day. My trips never meant a relaxing vacation at all... But those were the days. Right now, all I want is nothing but relaxation and a good time. I came to Davao without any itinerary at all, only a reservation in this 3-month old hotel in the city.
eye-catching pick up service
As Rob and I stepped out of the airport, the driver from Park Inn by Radisson Davao was already waiting for us. He instructed us to wait in the shed while he get this colorful car.
Park Inn just started its operation last March of this year. It is just 15 minutes away from the airport, and a short drive to Marina wharf (we also planned a night in Pearl Farm on the following day!) Actually, Park Inn is not located in the city center and I am extremely happy for that. Aside from the traffic, the downtown area gets flooded too. Park Inn is located in a premiere area.
the new Park Inn Hotel by Radisson Davao which is across SM Lanang Premiere
the colorful shuttle services of Park Inn
As expected, Park Inn looked very fresh and pleasant. I loved the vibrant feel of this newly built hotel. All the staff were accommodating and helpful too. We arrived ahead of time but they gladly told us that our room was ready.
checking in was a breeze
pleasant to the eyes
..and i just loved the color and the design of this hotel
The standard room in Park Inn costs P3,900 - this already includes breakfast for two. Right after the staff handed our key card, we went directly to our room. To our surprise, we were given a corner room in the highest floor. How lovely!
the 8th floor is themed in blue!
our corner room
The standard room reflects a harmonious blend of modern and contemporary styles. The amenities are so fresh and we both loved the smell of this new hotel room.
Standard Room in Park Inn by Radisson Davao
The room looked stylish and the colors blended well. The beds looked and felt very comfortable. The free high-speed internet kept us connected. Actually the first thing I did is upload a photo of this room in my FB account. Hihi
this stylish room photo achieved 90 likes
another view of the room
Aside from the cozy beds, the room also had a well-appointed work station which is beside the window. To my surprise, a birthday cake awaited me in there. ♥
well-appointed work station
aaww, thank you Park Inn for this surprise ♥
Of course, the usual amenities like LCD TV, personal fridge, and coffee set were all available.
cabled tv and dvd for in-room entertainment
an addition to my hotel paper pad and pen collection
Now the bathroom. The rain shower will always be my favorite amenity in a hotel room. Added bonus was the Dove shower cream which was available in the soap dispenser. Super like.
classy bathroom with toiletries and fresh towels
laba-laba din pag may time. haha
this happened on the 3rd night because all flights in Davao were cancelled. =(
every bath time was a delight under this rain shower
It was hard to leave this room, but we decided to check out the pool and fitness area on the 2nd floor. This just showed that Park Inn is not only a business hotel, but it can also be great for leisure.
outdoor pool on the 2nd floor roof deck
The pool area is impressive. Rob and I immediately scheduled our swim.
For our late lunch, we were invited by ate Lea and her cool husband John at SM Lanang Premiere. This mall just opened last September 2012 so it was also relatively new. The great thing was, this SM is interconnected with Park Inn. How convenient!
Park Inn is connected to SM Lanang via a bridge way
instant famous landmark in the area
this is just located between Park Inn and SM Lanang
Ate Lea introduced me to this restaurant. Hog's Breath Cafe is the first and only Hog's branch in the Philippines.
Hog's Breath Cafe, SM Lanang Davao
crusted salmon and mango salsa (P695)
superb! ate Lea might got tired of hearing me say "grabe ang sarap!" haha
chili coconut prawns (P395)
this is also heavenly. i cannot wait to have this once Hog's opens its branch in Alabang.
natural prime rib steak (P1095)
tender and tasty
Awesome awesome awesome! I highly recommend Hog's Breath Cafe.
I know I should've tried a classic Davaoneno restaurant, but I am extremely happy that ate Lea introduced this us to. The food were all great. Thank you ate Lea for all the help you provided. Im very lucky to have known a kind local specially when the airport accident happened. Im really very grateful for all the help.
Actually, I dined here once again on my last night in Davao - together with the Mendoza family. Thank you sir Cenen for the treat, photography lessons, and of course for letting me join your rented van to GenSan airport. We survived the stressful and chaotic way back to Manila. =)
Moving on, getting back to the hotel was effortless. We conveniently bought our toiletries and anything we needed because SM was just across Park Inn.
the bridge way to Park Inn
the lobby looked more elegant at night
im a satisfied and happy guest
We had another look at the pool for surely this will look fabulous at night as well. And it actually did.
the lovely pool by night
..and this was the best thing in return of the cancelled flights
note: the accommodation was not provided by the airline.
The room package included buffet breakfast for 2 adults. We had a very good sleep so we almost didn't catch the breakfast at RBG. Good thing, we did. There's not much people when we arrived, maybe because it's already late. Hehe
breakfast by RBG
RBG is themed with the colors of red, black, and white.
The selection was good too. There's a variety of bread, fruits, salad station, cereals, pancakes, wanton soup, and of course - the classic Filipino favorites.
small yet good selection of breakfast
cream dory, beef tapa, and pork & beans
not in the picture are the pancake, soft roll, and cereal
Overall, we had a great stay in Park Inn. The location is very convenient. I love the vibrant feel of this new hotel. The room was modern, very cozy, and enjoyable. It was a big help to have a high speed internet specially when I was checking out flights and other routes over the web, after the Davao airport was suddenly non-operational.
til next time Park Inn, thank you!
I highly recommend this hotel for business and leisure trips. Rob and I had a comfortable, fun, and enjoyable stay. Im already looking forward to my next Park Inn experience. =)
Park Inn by Radisson Davao
Lanang, Davao City
+63 82 272.7600