It’s our yearly tradition as a family to stay at a hotel every New Year’s eve. Last year, we stayed at Hotel H2O in Manila. This year, we decided to go to Microtel UP Technohub.
It’s easy to locate Microtel UP Technohub because it’s just along the road. Well, not really because there’s another inner road but the building can be seen easily. It’s inside the UP Technohub compound where there are some BPO companies. There are a lot of restaurants and fastfood chains nearby which is just a 5-minute walk from Microtel. There are several parking spaces as well so it’s not a problem even though we went there on a peak season.
Like any other hotels, the standard check-in time in Microtel is 2pm and the check-out time is 12pm. We’re coming from San Pedro, Laguna and we’re expecting heavy traffic so we left the house at 10:30am. To our surprise, there is no traffic at all and we arrived in Microtel UP Technohub at 11:30am. That was fast! Anyway, they allowed us to check-in early because they have available rooms. That’s a thumbs up for us. And for the check-out, the front desk actually called on the phone around 11am reminding us of the check-out time. When I asked if we can have a late check-out, they said they can allow us to stay until 1pm free of charge. Cool huh!
I booked through Microtel’s website few months before our trip and I got their “Early Bird Treat”. We are 3 adults and 1 child so we booked their 2 Queen Beds Room. I don’t really expect too much from this hotel but upon going inside the room, I liked that it’s spacious enough for my son to run around. I just don’t like that the beds are the spring type bed so it’s bouncy. I don’t feel comfortable in that but my son loves it – well jumping up and down. There’s a sitting area by the window, perfect for firework watching on the New Year’s eve.
The television is a bit small but good enough. There’s no coffee/tea making facilities inside the room but there’s a water dispenser at the hallway where you can get hot and cold water. We just bought coffee packs at the nearby convenience store. There’s a standard-sized cabinet with a small safe inside it. The bathroom is not too big and only has the basic consumables – 2 small bars of soap, 1 small bottle of shampoo, 1 piece of dental kit. Although we booked for 3 adults and 1 child, they didn’t provide enough consumables for us and we only have two pairs of towels. Good thing that I always bring items like toothbrush, shampoo and such so I didn’t bother to ask them for it.
Microtel has a complimentary wifi. They gave us three passcodes for the wifi – one passcode is good for one device only. So if you need to connect more than one device for each person, you can just ask for extra. How about the speed? I don’t know because we weren’t able to connect to their wifi. It keeps getting failed so I just gave up. Anyway, we just use our mobile data connection. We’re using Globe and the signal is fast enough to get things done.
Microtel UP Technohub swimming pool is located at the roofdeck. It’s very small and just 4-feet deep. It’s a good thing that there aren’t much people using the swimming pool when we were there. My son didn’t enjoy it much though because they closed the pool at 4pm – only for this particular day because they’re preparing the roof deck for the New Year’s eve countdown.
A buffet breakfast is included in our stay at Microtel UP Technohub. Before you go to their restaurant, ensure that you are wearing proper attire. We’re surprised that they have a “dress code” when people will just eat. Sandos and slippers are not allowed. We managed to get in with our slippers but they are really strict with sleeveless shirts and sandos. If you have a 4 or 5-year old child with you, they will ask you to pay half the price even though most children of those age don’t really eat much. They have very limited selection of food and honestly, there’s nothing special. They just serve the typical Filipino breakfast like corned beef, eggs, some fruits and veggies, coffee and juice.
Overall, our stay in Microtel UP Technohub is just okay. We loved how they let us have early check-in and late check-out and the room is spacious but that’s it. Not 100% satisfied but we still recommend this to people looking for average priced accommodation in Quezon City area. Just don’t expect too much with the food.
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