Hotel Review: The Plaza Hotel in Balanga City, Bataan
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There’s more to Bataan aside from its rich history, culture, and tourist spots.
One of the most notable landmark you should visit, or hotel where you should stay at rather, is at The Plaza Hotel in Balanga (hotel info).
It was March 27th this year when I decided to celebrate my birthday in Bataan. Travel time from Manila would be 3 hours depending on the traffic. First, we dropped by at the Bataan Tourism Center to get a map and asked for itinerary on what to do in the city.
If you’re a fan of the American TV Series, Gossip Girl, you’d think that its façade somehow resembles The New York Plaza.
It is located at the Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, and is adjacent to the City Hall and the 18th century cathedral.
But don’t let the classic architecture fool you – wait until you use their elevator and its touch sensor feature to navigate between floors.
You’ll also be greeted by the warm smiles of the hotel staff and you can experience an uncompromising throughout your whole stay.
The Plaza Hotel is equipped with 34 rooms, each with comfy beds and plush linens, flat screen TVs and complimentary WiFi. You can choose rooms ranging from Executive, Deluxe, Premiere Deluxe, Plaza View Deluxe, Suite Room, and Presidential Suite. Each rooms has an in-room safe, in-room coffee facility, mini-fridge and hairdryer.
Best view of the plaza can be seen during night time — wherein you can get a spectacular view of the lights and dancing fountains. From the rooftop of the hotel, you can get an awesome panoramic view of the beautiful city. A grand water show in front of the hotel is being held during the evening.
Café Kyoto and The Plaza Brew
The Plaza’s in-house restaurant – the Café Kyoto – is located at the third floor of the hotel. Plethora of Japanese viands await those who would try dining here.
Café Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, with its earthy-toned interior, velvelty chairs, wooden tables, and a great view of the city.
This restaurant has opened the same time the hotel in 2004, and been serving fresh Japanese cuisine since then. During our stay, we tried the Thick Bone Pork Soup Noodle Php 380 which has this rich soup and deep flavor that leaves me wanting more. Included also in our lunch set is the Spicy Tuna Php 350 which balances the flavor of the soup we ordered, and the Sushi Assortment Php 650 good for 2-3 people.
All these food are prepared by their executive chef – Chef Honda.
Also, you can have your caffeine fix at the coffee shop located at the ground floor of the hotel. It houses an extensive collection of vintage stuff, and fancy decors for a relaxing ambiance. You can choose from their handcrafted brew, wide selection of desserts, and all-day breakfast menu.
Whether you’re looking for a place to set you business meeting/conference or organize a wedding reception, The Plaza Hotel can provide you with a spacious function rooms as your venue. It can sit up to 200 people.
Visiting Mt. Samat Shrine
Visiting the Mt. Samat Shrine is one of the most fulfilling events in my life. It is a historical landmark built to honor the bravery of the Americans and the Filipinos who fought during the second World War.
Take note that there is an entrance fee of Php 20 for students, Php 30 for local tourist and Php 50 for foreign tourist.
Before you get up close at the 92-meter memorial cross, you need to walk for about 10-15 minutes at the 448-step zigzagging footpath through the bloodstone, which is said to be the rocks from Corregidor, stained by Japanese blood.
Once you reach the top, a breathtaking view of the Colonnade from up above. It’s a marble-capped structure with an altar, esplanade, and museum containing the remains of the war. There are also displays of the soldiers’ uniform and some weapons.
Want to get the best view of sunset? Then visit Mt. Samat.
The Plaza Hotel
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Address: Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, Balanga City, Bataan
TEL: (047) 237 1037 / (02) 775-9145