02 April 2015

The weekend that was: Our 6th Wedding Anniversary, Celebrating Earth Hour and Our Suite Escape Experience at The Linden Suites

If there's one word that would best describe the past week that Mickey and I just had, it would have to be - busy.  Don't get me wrong, it's the good kind.  The kind that brings forth blessings and the kind that allows you to bless others as well.

This summer is probably the one summer that we were not able to plan a proper vacation due to commitments, but still, God has His way of surprising us in different ways.  A few days before our 6th wedding anniversary, I was praying to God and asking Him, how I hope that Mickey and I can celebrate our anniversary despite our busy schedule.  Guess what?  Just like an answered prayer, we received an invitation from The Linden Suites to try out one of their newly renovated Suites on our anniversary. 

We checked-in on a Saturday, March 28, which is our wedding anniversary (and it was also the day that Earth Hour is celebrated).

Here we are!  We're excited to go on our Suite Escape!

Checking in was easy, we were reminded of one particular house rule by the person at the front desk - maximum of 15 people all at once in a room.  I had to ask him to repeat what he just said, just in case I heard him wrong.  But, it was clear.  By this time, I was wondering, how big could the room be?

When we opened the room to our one bedroom suite at the 19th Floor, we first saw a glimpse of the dining area with 3 dining chairs and to the right is a kitchen that is in a cove with a microwave oven, a refrigerator, an induction domino cooktop, a kettle, a coffee maker, two bottles of water, two coffee mugs and some coffee, tea, sugar and creamer.  The Suite is like a serviced apartelle.

This kitchen is close to what we have at home

A modern French door separates the dining area and kitchen from the spacious one bedroom suite.  I absolutely love the big space, the high ceilings, the white walls and the generous amount of natural light that goes through the curtains.  It made me feel relaxed and at home.

The room also has a 32-inch flat screen TV, a writing desk and an audio/video player (that functions as a DVD player, a CD player, a USB player and it also has an iPod dock).  There is also Wi-Fi in the room (the user name and passwords will be given to you as soon as you check in).

Meet my roomie

I love that we were booked on a high floor (19th)

Inside the cabinet you'll find a spare pillow, a bath robe, a pair of slippers, a shoe horn, a laundry bag, a flash light and a safety deposit box.  As two guests staying in the suite, I would have preferred two spare pillows, two robes and two guest slippers, instead of one.

The bathroom is also spacious with beige colored bathroom tiles, a hot and cold shower and a bath tub with bath towels.  Also included are shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bars of soap, a box of cotton buds, and a shower cap.

That's right, relax...

Around 8:00 p.m. we went down to the lobby in anticipation of Earth Hour.  Every year, wherever we are, we make sure that we participate during Earth Hour. 

At exactly 8:30 p.m., Mr. Dominic A. Dorol, The Linden Suites' General Manager, gave the signal of lights out at the start of Earth hour.  The hotel lights were switched off.  What was left were the flickering of lights from candles and the votives on the staircase.  It was Earth Hour pretty.

When the lights were up at 9:30 p.m., we went up to Mesclun at the second level for the Special Earth Hour dinner hosted by The Linden Suites' General Manager Dominic A. Dorol. 

Mesclun is The Linden Suites' concessionaire that serves Asian, European and Mediterranean cuisine.

Smoked Salmon Salad
Smoked Salmon, mesclun greens, capers, tomatoes, onions and lemon vinaigrette
Php 325.00

French Onion Soup
Caramelized onions, beef broth, gruyere, emmanthal
Php 295.00

Ginger chicken
Steamed chicken leg and thigh, ginger-soy marinade, bokchoy, ginger rice
Php 450.00

Fresh Lemonade
Php 145.00

Strawberry Shortcake
Layers of sponge cake, strawberry cream
Php 450.00

with Mr. Dominic A. Dorol, General Manager of The Linden Suites

On Sunday morning, we headed to Mesclun again for breakfast

Here's what we ordered off the menu:
Eggs Benedict
Open-faced English muffin, ham, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce
Php 355.00

Tuyo in olive oil
Tuyo, olive oil, garlic rice, cucumber-tomato-onion salsa, fried egg
Php 235.00

Tropical fruit platter
Fresh slice of assorted season fruits
Php 260.00

A cup of Americano
Php 120.00

Fresh Lemonade, Php 145.00 and Fruity Iced Tea, Php 130.00

After breakfast, we checked out the hotel's facilities:  The Health Club facility houses the sauna and massage rooms, the temperature controlled indoor pool, jacuzzi hot tub and the gym.

A glimpse of the indoor pool and the Jacuzzi

Never miss a work-out.  The gym at The Linden Suites is well-equipped to keep you stay fit.

Overall, the new Suite rooms at The Linden Suites would be good for a quick weekend recharge or even long staying family staycations, for business travellers, or even to host bridal shower parties, birthday salubongs or small reunions with balikbayan friends.

I really felt at home in our one bedroom suite.  I could stay in that room and just let time pass me by, to just recharge, read a book, cook a simple hearty meal and enjoy good conversation before heading back to the daily grind.  Thank you The Linden Suites for letting us experience your new one bedroom suite.  Mickey and I enjoyed our stay!

Feel like going on a staycation or planning a small paty or reunion perhaps?  Check out the new Suites  of The Linden Suites

The Linden Suites is located in the heart of the Ortigas business district, No. 37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.  For inquiries and reservations call (+63-2) 638-7878.  For updates and promos follow The Linden Suites on Facebook @LindenSuites and on Twitter and Instagram @TheLindenSuites.

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