Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Green Hotel Innovation Part Two

Refillable Dispensers

One choice for hoteliers is to use refillable dispensers. The use of refillable dispensers minimizes the expense by using the dispensers for soap and other products instead of using personal nasty containers that are gradually tossed into the rubbish. Dispensers can decrease that expenses by up to 70 %, and also preserves the time of personnel that can substitute services every single day. However, there has been some level of resistance by both hotel visitors and hoteliers to using refillable dispensers. Resort visitors have issues about what exactly is actually in the dispensers, how fresh they are, and dispensers usually tell them of bathing at the gym. Moreover, hoteliers grumble that dispensers are unappealing looking and do not fit with the style.


Suppliers of dispensers are enjoying hoteliers and are now offering a variety of dispensers that look very fashionable when in comparison to those that most people are acquainted to seeing when they go to the gym. Hoteliers are replying by the dispensers into their area style, and teaching visitors about the advantages of using them. Despite the increasing use of dispensers, resorts that use them are still in the community.

Usage of containers

A second option is the use of bigger scaled service wines. Some resorts, instead of dispensers, are providing large-bottled editions of their services. They do not provide small wines of any of those services, so hotel staff does not need to throw away partly used cafes of detergent or products. Waste is reduced, but the place will still meet its diamond or celebrity score requirements. It continues to be to be seen what friend's side effects are to these bigger wines. They may still concern what is in them, although the same concern could be presented about the lesser wines. Many visitors also like to take the services with them. Huge wines make it annoying for them to do so, and all of these resorts using bigger wines say they may charge resort's visitors anywhere from $20 - $30 if they do take the wines house. And according to one hotel professional, the purchase of bigger bins is cost impartial compared to the lesser wines.

Finally, other resorts may not be using bulk bins or dispensers, but they are providing services that are made with the planet in thoughts. Moreover, to look for larger-sized services, or using dispensers, hotel supervisors are looking for companies that provide restroom services made with a green viewpoint. The material of the eco-friendly packages are also safe and natural.

Hoteliers have several options if they want to offer their visitors with natural restroom solutions. It is always important for hoteliers to know what their customers want and need in expensive resorts or hotels. Green solutions such as dispensers, large bins, or those that are eco-friendly, are one road for a hotelier may use to meet up with those needs and wants, particularly for the eco-conscious visitor and especially if hotel visitors are strenuous them.

Author's Perspective

Modernization and Globalization are a good step to strengthen markets and power up the economy. While it boosts the world through modernity, consequences take effect and risking life of millions, could be billions.

The instant solution to stop climate change is impossible, but we can slow it down to reduce its intensity. Hoteliers are making their way to act responsibly on this matter, and I hope we too, must do our very best to help preserve the nature, balance the usage of resources, and keep the world healthy and happy.




Pontefino Hotel and Residences is among the hotels in the Philippines that implements green development project. Recently, Miss Earth Philippines 2012 held their ResortsWear Competition at Pontefino Hotel which serves as the host of the event. 

The answer is clear—We all have to do something. Something BIG that will enable us to refresh from past mistakes and making it right, reproduce what we have taken out, and conserve energy and resources.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Green Hotel Innovation Part One

Hotels usually go with a worldwide trend. As the Climate Change issue continuously making noise in the world, plans like greener development are introduced left and right. Hotels also participate in preventing the worst scenario of Climate Change so that's why these certain Green developments are produced.


For the improvement of the environment and benefits of the hotel guests, green services and equipments are made. Guests and travelers are now more conscious in the effects of products and services in nature and environment. In fact, they are choosing hotels, which offer recyclable materials, services and products that are environmentally-friendly. Green service includes re-usage of linens, eco-friendly activities and team buildings, or extensive recycling policies. To add some on it, Green amenities can be seen and heard from the prestigious hotels.

Greener Hotel Amenities

Whenever a guest learns that the hotel has a green concept, demands will rise on asking for more greener service. It's more than a trend for them that must be implemented worldwide. 
Amenities like extras that hotels could provide, but as we all know these services tend to improve and slowly reduced the bothering effect of climate change in the world. To name some of it, soap and shampoos are not as harmful to the environment unlike the chemically-treated and manufactured products that usually have the highest possibility of harming the unprotected environment. 

Hotels should meet the demand for green amenities by implementing the rules of re-usage of linen and towels, which is not popular on most hotels; recycling booth at guest room, the usage of LED in all areas of the hotel, and even the lowering the water pressure in bathrooms to conserve water. Green services could be food serve and purchased locally, or activities such as tree planting that could be an attraction of the hotel. As an addition, Hotels are focused on the room services that are meant to reduce waste, and minimize the negative impact on the environment. 

Travelers come to expect them even when staying at budget hotels. At the very minimum they at least expect a bar of soap. At the extremes, when staying at luxury properties, they expect luxury bathroom amenities, including shampoo with conditioner, lotion, powder, mouthwash, and a lot more. Problem with these amenities is that they create a lot of waste. More waste that adds to the growing landfills and also makes it difficult for hotels to meet greener standards even they set it for themselves. 

Even if the guests are environmentally-conscious, all the guests want to have the new sets for them. Empty sachet and bottle of shampoos and conditioner are tended to throw into trash bins as trash. Even the partially-used bar soaps are declared as trash. Of course, it can't be repacked and re-distribute to the guest, instead. It ends up as additional garbage in the sanitary landfill.  Hotels can simply donate this partially used bathroom materials to charity institutions. In some circumstances, resorts can provide these empty products to organizations that will sanitize and spread them to charitable groups and institution, or deliver them to other areas worldwide for those that are in need of such services. However, that is only possible if there are sources in a hotel’s community that can provide those services. So, the partly used products get tossed away, thus including to rising mountains of trash in the sanitary land field. 

Hotels and Resort can choose to fight the problem by removing bathroom products or decreasing by simply reducing it, but it also affects the luxury hotel accommodations that usually have the higher rankings and ratings upon producing this kind of expenditures. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Top Performing Hotels in the Philippines

The Peninsula: Makati City

The Peninsula Manila

Peninsula Hotel is 45-minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It's located at the Central Business District of Makati and also just across the Delhi Stock Exchange. Shopping malls is just five-minutes walking distance like Glorietta, Greenbelt and Landmark. The rooms features air-condition room with free internet access, personal safe and flat-screen TV with cable channels. It also has minibar and tea / coffee making facilities. Private bathrooms has bathtub and hairdryer. It also has four dining options, spa and outdoor pool. Like all of the hotels in the Philippines, room service is also available.
Peninsula Manila Lobby

Guest / Visitors can exercise at the fitness gym, relax in the sauna or make an appointment with the hair salon. As an additional to their facilities and amenities is the business center and a gift shop like Escolta serving the international buffet while offering the spices of Asian cuisine while for tea time snack and pastry, the Peninsula Boutique is available and for refreshments, Salon de Ning provides refreshing drinks to guests. Front desk luggage storage, concierge and currency exchange service are available 24/7.
One of the luxurious rooms at Peninsula Manila
Meanwhile, parking spaces is not a problem with the provided on-site parking lots

Makati Shangri-La: Makati City

Makati Shangri-la

Makati Shangri-La Manila is located in Ayala Center, a shopping and entertainment hub within the Central Business District like Ayala and Greenbelt Shopping Centers. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is just 30-minutes drive away. Each rooms at this hotel provides great city views. Rooms also houses 37-inches flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities. Bathroom in rooms has separate bathtub and shower.

The hotel features an outdoor pool and 24-hour aromatherapy and massage services. It has a fitness center with well-equipped Health Club, a sauna and tennis courts. Some of the enticiments are the shopping arcade and a tour desk.
Makati Shangri-la Lobby

Offering one of Manila’s most popular buffets, Circles Event Café features open kitchens. Other restaurants serve Japanese, Chinese and international dishes. Cocktails and live entertainment can be enjoyed at the open-air Conway’s bar.

Pan Pacific Manila Hotel: City of Manila

Pan Pacific Manila Hotel Facade

Centrally located in Malate, Pan Pacific Manila showcases modern interiors with Filipino cultural and art displays. This luxurious 5-star hotel provides an outdoor pool, pampering spa services and a 4-storey shopping arcade.
Stylish rooms are fitted with free Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Manila Bay and City. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, DVD player and over-sized work desk. The spacious bathroom has a small TV, a bathtub and a separate walk-in shower.
Located in the Spanish Quarter of Manila Bay, Pan Pacific Manila is a 5-minute walk from The Robinson's Place Mall and a 15-minute drive from The Mall of Asia. It is 8 km from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Free parking is available.
Available 24 hours, personal butlers can help guests to arrange city tours, prepare a relaxing bubble bath or even confirm flights. Guests can also exercise at the gym or visit the on-site Adriatico Square shopping arcade.
The top-floor Pacific Lounge serves international dishes and a daily buffet breakfast. Other dining options include the Lobby Lounge and Poolside Bar.

Hotel Intercontinental Manila: Makati City

Hotel Intercontinental Manila facade

Ideally located across the Greenbelt and Glorietta shopping districts, the luxurious InterContinental Manila boasts the city's largest pool and fine architecture. This elegant hotel is just 1000 ft from Ayala MRT Station.

Decorated in neutral colors, elegant air conditioned rooms feature large windows, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Marble private bathrooms come with a bathtub and hairdryer.
The InterContinental Manila is within 3 miles from the Philippine International Convention Center and World Trade Center Manila. It is 5 miles from Ninoy Aquino Airport. Guests who drive can enjoy free on-site parking.
Prince Albert Rotisserie offers gourmet French and Continental dishes, while Cafe Jeepney serves a daily international buffet breakfast. Poolside snacks can be enjoyed at the outdoor Sol Y Sombra. In the evenings, Gambrinus provides drinks and live music.
Guests may arrange day trips at the tour desk, visit the beauty salon or rent a car to explore Manila. The hotel also has a business center and laundry services.

Malate Pensionne: City of Manila

Malate Pensionne

Just like other hotels in Manila, Malate Pensionne is perfectly located in the middle of the Malate Business District. It's closest to large malls like SM City Manila and most especially Robinsons Place Manila. Just as close at the populous malls, government buildings and institution are also located in the span of Malate. This hotel is one of cheapest in terms of rates with upgraded modern technology and gadgets that will equip each clients and guest with services that need most importantly guests with business meetings or appointment. Malate Pensionne has the ambiance of old Manila which we can reminisce the lifestyle and culture before the present years. It also offers spacious rooms with air-conditioner and bathrooms with hot and cold shower options. Room Rates are affordable and reasonable. The rooms range from 430PHP to 2,365PHP reasonable to tagged as cheapest hotel in Manila.

Berjaya Manila Hotel: Makati City

 Berjaya Manila Hotel Makati

Located in Manila’s central business district, Berjaya Hotel Manila features an indoor pool and a restaurant. Berjaya offers spacious modern rooms with free internet access.
Air-conditioned rooms at Berjaya Manila are equipped with a TV with cable channels and a tea/coffee maker. Private bathrooms come with shower facilities and a bathtub. Free daily newspapers are provided.
El Prado Restaurant serves a variety of international dishes and offers room service. Cocktails are available at El Paseo Bar.
Guests of Manila’s Berjaya Hotel can use the business center or make travel arrangements at the tour desk. Those who drive can park on the hotel premises for free.
Situated along Makati Avenue, Berjaya Hotel is half a mile from Buendia Train Station and 4 miles from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Pontefino Hotel: Batangas City

 Pontefino Hotel in Batangas

Pontefino Hotel is one of the luxurious hotels in batangas Philippines located at Pastor Village, Gulod Labac, Batangas City. It has 60 fully-furnished rooms and different facilities like the 25M Swimming Pool, Children's Pool, KTV and Entertainment Room, Health and Fitness Gym, Meeting and Function Rooms, Driver's Lounge and Quarters, Food and Beverage Outlets and Batangas Largest multi-purpose Banquet Hall. This hotel has its own restaurant, the Robusta Restaurant that serves Asian and International as well as Filipino foods. Parking Lot is also available. It often hosts events like Miss Earth Philippines. It's rated as a four-star batangas hotel.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino: City of Manila

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

It offers more great and spectacular views of the sunset from Manila Bay. It's located along the Roxas Boulevard making it close to historical places like Intramuros and Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). From Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Hyatt Hotel and Casino is just a 30-minute drive.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila features an outdoor pool and spacious rooms with 32-inch flat-screen TVs. It has 4 dining options and free parking.

Featuring stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, Hyatt Manila’s 5-star rooms offer ample workspace and a DVD player. Marble bathrooms come with a deep soaking tub and rain shower.s
Guests can relax with sauna and hot tub facilities or with a soothing spa massage. The staff can provide business, childcare and travel services.
Fine Cantonese dishes are served at Li Li Restaurant while hearty international buffets are available at Market Cafe. Pastry Boutique offers a wide selection of breads and cake.

Dusit Thani Hotel: Makati City

Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City

Dusit Thani lies approximately 200 meters away at Ayala MRT Station. It offers luxurious rooms and 3 international restaurants. It also has an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.
The rooms at Dusit Thani Manila are equipped with LCD TVs with satellite channels, a work desk, and air-conditioning. Some of the rooms benefit from Executive Club lounge access which offers complimentary drinks and snacks.
Dusit Thani has 3 restaurants. Tosca offers Italian cuisine, UMU serves Japanese food and offers views over the hotel’s garden and pon, while Benjarong serves authentic Thai dishes.

Hotel H20: City of Manila

Hotel H20 at the back of Manila Ocean Park

A unique vacation experience awaits at Hotel H2O, an aquarium-themed hotel overlooking the beautiful Manila Bay. It features an outdoor pool, free internet and free parking.
Hotel H2O is only half a mile from Manila Cathedral and Palacio del Gobernador. Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.
Chic and stylish, rooms at H2O feature a 37-inch flat-screen cable TV and floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views. A personal safe and minibar can be enjoyed in all rooms. Selected rooms come with wall-to-wall aquariums.
Zenyu Spa features pampering massage services and a fish spa. Guests may also exercise at the fitness center or arrange a day trip at the tour desk.
Makan Makan Asian Food Village serves a selection of southeast Asian dishes. In the evenings, White Moon Bar features live DJ music and refreshing drinks.

All of these hotels are performing world-class and leaders in innovation. Some hotels are unique on having their own residential property. Batangas real estate properties are famous just because of their creative houses that is inspired of Neo-Victorian Architecture.

Above all, a good investments still relies on our hands, but owning a unit of a prestigous hotel is much better than renting on apartments and other houses.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Tracking Down Manila

Historical and classical, this is a perfect definition for the capital of the Philippines. Manila is nothing but a gigantic city that is waiting for its big introduction―an introduction that will catch the elusive attention of the world. Traversing the pathways and different pave ways of the modernized Manila, we can say that it had really gone so far than the world expected. It's far more than the recent images that kept the world in touch. Now that Manila has the capacity of bearing the whole nation in progress. Let's track down the historical places as well as the modern ones that brought new definition on downtown Manila. 

Rizal Park also known as Luneta Park
Jose P. Rizal - National Hero

Rizal Park (Luneta Park)

Aside from being the most famous park in the Philippines and one of the Philippines' leading attraction, It's also the place where the Philippines' National Hero executed―Jose P. Rizal. Since then Rizal Park is hailed as one of the country's treasures. It also serves as the location of historical events. Quirino Grandstand where lies just west of the Rizal Park. On this park lots of gardens, government facilities and other attraction filled the history-filled park such as Chinese and Japanese Gardens, Orchidarium, Butterfly Pavillon, open-air auditorium, Department of Tourism building, National Library and Museong Pamabata can be seen as part of the famous landmark.
Quirino Grandstand
Chinese Garden
Japanese Garden
Butterfly Pavillon
Department of Tourism
National Library
Museong Pambata
Malacañan Palace (Presidential Palace)


This Philippine version of the United States of America's White House serves as the official residence of the presidents of Republic of the Philippines since 1825. It's located just beside the Pasig River. It's one of the landmarks in Manila as well as an icon in the Philippines.
The palace beside the placid Pasig River

Fort Santiago, Intramuros
Cannons at the old walls
One of the ramps leading to the walls of Intramuros
At the southern bank of the Pasig River lies the famous fortress in the Philippines. It was built by Spaniards in the 16th century making it the oldest district within the city. Its main purpose is to protect the city from the imperial communities and countries. As part of the walled-district community, Fort Santiago can also be found, where Jose Rizal was exiled before the execution.  Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church is a must-see cathedral in the Philippines. These cathedrals are one of the historical, since it was constructed during Spanish Colonial Period and designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Manila Cathedral
San Agustin Church

After the day-long journey in this huge city, I'm sure the travelers are really tired at this time. Manila has a temperate climate. It's not the heat or sun rays make the surroundings hot, its the humidity. So better wear with light clothes.

SM City Manila

Robinsons Place Manila

In urban areas like Manila, malls are one of the easiest ways to escape the heat. Philippines occupied some slot of the list of the largest mall in the world like SM, Ayala, Robinson Malls. Here in Manila, SM Manila and Robinson Place Manila are one of the biggest and popular malls in Manila.

Malate Pensionne in Adriatico Street

After the day of touring from the busiest metropolis, a place to stay is definitely needed. Malate Pensionne located in Malate, Manila is only a few kilometers away from the Robinson Mall, and the famous Roxas Boulevard well known as (Baywalk). It's one of the best hotel in Manila, especially if the travelers have limited budget. This hotel offers cheap hotel rates and tour packages like Manila, Tagaytay, Pagsanjan, Subic, Malacanan Palace and Museum Tours, Taal Trekking, Corrigidor, hidden valley, / Mt. Pinatubo, Nitelites, Malacañan Palace and Museum tour, Puerto Azul, Villa Escudero and Caylabne.

One of the rooms at Malate Pensionne

That's only a small portion of Manila, there's a lot more to discover so stay tuned on this blog.


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