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How to survive Manila on Maundy Thursday
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It’s tough staying home in Manila when everyone’s Instagram photos show adventures in foreign countries and local beaches.
Our family chose to stay in the country because we’re traveling instead next month for my son’s birthday.
Going out of town was not an option because of the traffic and the lack of chuva-approved accommodations.
One day we will own a rest house we can drive to because of my fear of small planes, bancas, and scary hotels.
Such is my life.
We decided instead to check in at the Solaire Hotel on Maundy Thursday.
We booked two connecting rooms and arrived to a bustling lobby at 3 PM.
There were 400 staycations booked at hotel, we were told.
The kids and yayas stayed in this room

Solaire Hotel Manila

while Jeroen and I stayed here

Solaire Hotel Manila

The bathrooms are chuva-approved—spacious and clean with marble tiles, separate shower and bath, counter sink and Kohler toilet

Solaire Hotel Manila
Solaire Hotel Manila

Solaire is one of the few hotels with bathrooms that are chuva-approved. The other one is Raffles Makati. The only thing that needs to be changed or removed is a wooden towel tray that has seen better days

Solaire Hotel Manila

We loved this convenient shelf under the TV

Solaire Hotel Manila

and this welcome note (thank you Mr. Ort!)

Solaire Hotel Manila

The TV was easy to use and the aircon was consistent in temperature and easy to control.

Solaire Hotel Manila

I thought I would spend the day blogging and doing my nails. Instead, I collapsed into a deep sleep and woke up for dinner.
We took most of our meals in-room and appreciated the efficient room service.
The boys mostly played Minecraft on their laptops as the pool was filled with staycationers.
The following day they enjoyed the breakfast buffet before hitting the pool and checking out at 1 PM.
One day is all we really needed to get out of the ghost town feeling.
Thank you Myk and Solaire for the restful stay 🙂

Solaire Hotel Manila

http://solaireresort.com

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