But it's 2017 and well-meaning people have thought of ways to make our lives better, thus the Traveloka App. What a time to be alive.
|I booked a one bedroom suite in Ace Hotel and Suites using Traveloka|
Last weekend, I went on a staycation with my sister just to take a breather from work and the monotone of daily adulting. I wanted to try Hotel H2O just because I've always wanted to go, but in the end additional relaxation brought by the Ace Water Spa led me to decide on Ace Hotel and Suites. (Plus points for the breakfast buffet!) Here are screenshots of the step-by-step guide to demonstrate how easy it was to book a hotel via the Traveloka App.
First, you have to fill in the basics
As mentioned, I chose Ace Hotel and Suites.
Choose your type of accommodation.
I chose the one bedroom suite.
Fill in with your details including contact information, special requests if any, and whether you're booking for yourself or someone else.
One last chance to review everything!
Now comes the part where you shell out your money. Look at that special price for a one bedroom suite!
From the listed price of Php6,896.56, booking through the Traveloka App saved me Php1,724.89!
Traveloka accepts payments via Mastercard and Visa credit cards but if you don't have those, fret not because you can still pay over-the-counter via Dragon Pay or Coins, and through several local banks including BPI, BDO, and Metrobank. 7-Eleven and M. Lhuillier are also official payment partners.
AAAAND TA-DA! You're booked!
You will automatically receive an email and SMS confirmation or you may view the hotel voucher in-app.
I'm happy to report I didn't encounter any problems checking in. Here are some photos of our room:
|We were welcomed to a suite that opens to a spacious living room with an office table, a couch, a TV, and a lounge chair.|
|There's a counter by the door that contains a mini ref with complimentary water, an electric kettle, cups and saucers, glasses, and complimentary coffee, tea, sugar, and creamer.|
|I would have preferred it if there was a tub, but it was okay, we still liked our huge bathroom.|
|We felt the bedroom was too big for us two that I almost wanted to call in more friends to fill the space, heh.|
|How I wish we could still enjoy starry nights here in Manila.|
|Just for kicks, I checked out the gym. I would've enjoyed the solitude had I brought proper workout attire!|
The buffet (open from 6 to 9:30 AM) offered a wide variety of breakfast fare - my favorite meal of the day! I had my fill of fresh fruits, fried rice, various sausages, tapa, creamy scrambled eggs, mini pancakes with butter, strawberry jam, syrup, and crispy bacon!
|The face of someone who just enjoyed a hearty breakfast|
I really enjoyed our stay so much that I almost didn't want to go when checkout time rolled around. This has been a very satisfying experience for me so I'm planning to do it (with my girl friends this time) as part of my birthday celebration in April!
I highly recommend Traveloka App not only for the awesome deals with hotels and flights (they hold flash sales in bookings every once in a while so download it on the App Store or Google Play now!) but also because they have a dedicated team of customer service representatives who are very adept at responding to queries asked or reports filed. I had a concern initially but they instantly fixed it!
Now where next?
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