Checking the family in for a staycation is always fun. It’s a break from the “norm,” and a chance to bond with the kids in an environment different than being at home for the weekend. On this particular weekend we had a jam packed schedule so we were all happy to have a place to relax and enjoy some time with some friends.
I was really excited to spend time with Jane who invited us on this fun filled weekend at Crimson Hotel. She had also asked some of our other friends from the area to join in on the fun so I knew that the kids would have a great time, and that I would be able to relax for a little while.
I think the thing I enjoyed most was sitting around a table that I knew I didn’t have to clear, nor fill. I love entertaining at home. I love cooking and presenting food to my friends and family to enjoy, BUT I also love it even more if I can enjoy the chicka around a table that I’m not responsible for cleaning up. That is the beauty in staying in a hotel with your friends and their kids.
Of course the kids were excited to explore the suite once we arrived. Nino and the boys actually had to prepare for a bike show that they were participating in on Sunday, so they would stay with us until it was time to go to bed.
After the kids explored the kitchenette and ran around the room (as they always do when we check into a hotel), it was time to meet up with our friends in the Executive Lounge. The Executive Lounge is located on the 28th floor and has a full list of extra amenities for guests to enjoy.
We were so happy that Cathy was able to assist us while we were in the Executive Lounge. You see children aren’t allowed in the Executive Lounge. It is really meant to be a place where you can take your afternoon tea or cocktails and relax and unwind from the day. However, since there was not anyone else in the facilities to disturb, the kids were allowed to stay and enjoy a glass of juice with us. The snack buffet was chock full of healthy snacks that I didn’t mind noshing on before we freshened up to go down for a Mexican dinner!
In fact, if you wanted to book a staycation on their Executive Floor you can take advantage of their promotional packages found on their website by clicking here.
After our snacks we prepared to bring everyone down for a Mexican dinner. Check out the post on what was for dinner here. And like I said before, it’s always more fun when you’re with friends!
After arriving in my room, the first thing I wanted to do was wash up and get ready for bed. With everyone in bed, and yaya asleep, I was sure I would not have the pitter patter of little feet visiting me while I was in the loo. The only problem was, that when I went to enter the bathroom, it was locked from the inside.
After I spent some time trying to figure out who was the last one in the bathroom, and who locked the door, and all the he said she said, I called downstairs to see if housekeeping could come up and fix the problem that I had.
After sending two different teams to try and open the door, the front desk called to ask if I would like to move to another room. This was not an option at 1am, so I asked if they could just send another team up with another set of keys to unlock the door no matter how much noise it would necessitate.
LUCKILY, three times is a charm, and the staff assured me that the door knob was broken and that it wasn’t something one of the kids did before closing the door. I’m sure they will have already fixed that door knob by now!
Keep in mind, that when I sent the big kids up, it was a big fiasco because yaya fell asleep with the door bolted when she was putting Gelli down for the night. We had to bang and bang to wake her up so that the kids could even get into the room to wind down for the night!
AHHHHH, THE BEAUTY OF HAVING LOTS OF KIDS AND THE CHAOS THAT COMES WITH IT!
Good thing a restful sleep (which came after 1am because of the locked doors) on a comfy bed left me refreshed for the next morning. Jane had scheduled for all of us to have breakfast together, but since the Cafe 8 was so packed that next morning we all sat separately and made our way to finding breakfast together after the crowd died down.
I was so out of sorts these two days. I realized while editing my photos that I didn’t take any pictures of all of the food that I ate! Considering I ate plates and plates chock full of food from two different buffets, that’s a little out of character for me. As you know, breakfast and brunch are my favorite meals of the day because I get to start my day right. In a breakfast buffet like this, I was able to indulge in imported cheese, freshly made omelettes, all the Filipino breakfast meats you could crave, rice, waffles and pancakes, freshly baked breads, fruit, cereal, congee, and so much more.
To make up for the lack of food pics in this post I do have a ton of pics for the facilities. I was so glad that my little photographer was able to get some great shots of key places you would want to take advantage of when you are staying in a hotel. Thanks Gigi 😉
Everything that you would want to do is all on the 8th floor. The Swimming Pool and Deck Bar, which is only open to registered hotel guests is just a stone’s throw from The Fitness Center, which is very close to the Lobby Lounge, and of course all within a close proximity to Cafe 8 and the Pastry & Sandwich Corner.
But before checking out (which was just as super easy and painless as it was to check in) we had a little pow wow with the girls again so we could make chicka in The Executive Lounge before we all went our separate ways for our busy Sunday.
Thank you Twinkle Lacsamana and Karina for hosting our families! We had a wonderful time bonding with each other and the kids. Crimson made the weekend one to remember!
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