The Philippines is known to have the world’s longest Christmas season. As soon as “ber” months kick in, colorful decorations begin lining up the streets as Christmas songs endlessly play on the radio and in shopping malls.
The perfect time for family reunions, airports likewise become extremely busy with the influx of travelers, tourists, balikbayans and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), which results in the less pleasurable part of the holidays—heavy traffic and always feeling pressed for time.
This in mind, finding a place to stay near the airport at an affordable price the night before an early flight, or during long layovers for those going home to faraway provinces is quickly becoming a wise option for travelers.
This “trend” began just this November when Roxaco-Vanguard Hotel Corporation (RVHC) and Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) opened Go Hotel along Quirino Avenue, in proximity to NAIA Terminals 1,2,3 and 4.
For as low as low as P388 per room per night, travelers can have a comfortable room to rest, with such services and amenities available as transportation service to and from any NAIA terminal, high-speed internet access, laundry and spa.
“It has been a long journey to get this hotel opened, and to set the whole hotel platform. I just want to point out why we did this: We are here on the very busy Quirino Avenue, close to NAIA,” said Bruce Musick, Chief Executive of Vanguard Hotels at the property launch. “Now the next question is why here, why now, why on this occasion?
“When we started looking at sites in Metro Manila one thing that became very apparent to us is that there are no clean, bright, convenient, affordable hotels near the airport. If there are, it’s either too expensive for the ordinary traveler or it’s lacking in amenities.
“And of course there’s the problem of traffic getting to the airport,” he added. “So what we have now is something to fill the gap—a nice, affordable hotel near the airport.”
Go Hotels Manila Airport Road offers a total of 199 rooms of varying bed types such as twin or queen and connecting rooms. All rooms are equipped with safety and security features, bathrooms with super shower, high quality beds; 100 percent cotton sheets and duvet covers complete with non-allergenic pillows, 32 inch LED TV with cable, and individually controlled air conditioning units.
“Go Hotels is a brand that we conceptualized initially by accident thinking that if you have Cebu Pacific—a budget airline then perhaps it can translate into the same concept for a hotel format,” shared Elizabeth Gergorio, General Manager of Hotels and Resorts at Robinsons Land Corporation.
“And opening it near the Christmas season and advent signifies a time for hope so that we’re very hopeful for the success of this property and four other hotels of Vanguard coming soon.” she added.
Scheduled for opening by the first quarter of 2017 are branches in North Edsa, Cubao and Timog in Quezon City and Ermita, Manila.