A Night in Clark Freeport
The husband is making a career move that requires him to be in Angeles City for a while so we decided to spend two days and one night in the city to look for a place to stay. While there are a lot of inexpensive places to spend the night, we had our one-year-old in tow so that meant that we wanted to stay out of the, uhm, entertainment district and opt for a location that was more GP (if you know what I mean). Our best option was to pick accommodations within Clark Freeport. Knowing that hotels there were more expensive, we turned to the ever reliable agoda.com to find a good bargain. Our criteria for making our pick wasn’t complicated — at a little over Php 3,000 for the night, we chose Xenia Hotel because it fit our budget.
What you will see as you approach Xenia is a building that looks more like a condominium than a hotel — that’s because part of the property is actually made up of residential apartments. You will like that there is a lot of parking space in front of the building as well as a secure basement to leave your car in if you are uneasy about leaving it outside overnight.
When you enter the hotel doors, you will be greeted with high ceilings and an escalator that will take you up to a wide lobby area. You will notice the lack of warm lighting, but you won’t mind. The lobby is still well lit, the marble floors are polished, and the interiors are modern and minimalist. You will feel right away that Xenia is more a businessman’s hotel than a leisure resort.
The front desk will be right ahead and the friendly staff will check you in. In our case, they allowed a free early check-in which we appreciated a lot because our little B was napping. It might also be useful to carry some cash in case they ask you for a security deposit for any incidentals during your stay. The deposit is refundable at check-out.
Spacious and Complete
We booked a deluxe room with a king bed since our little family of three likes to snuggle otter-style. To be honest, when we book a room for less than Php 4,000 per night, we don’t expect more than a bed and a just-ok-bathroom. But we were greeted with a lot of space and a lot of storage! It must have been a studio apartment in its past life before it became a hotel room. We also had:
- a mini bar
- a safe
- laundry bag
- complete toiletries for 2
- 2 pairs of bedroom slippers
In short, they give you everything you need for the night if you brought nothing but the clothes on your back. We appreciated the uncarpeted wood floor in the room and beige tiles in the bathroom that helped make us feel that the room was clean.What we noticed it didn’t have was a room service menu, but that didn’t matter to us. We heard that the hotel has a Cyma Restaurant but we didn’t get to go because the kid wanted McDonald’s and there was one nearby.
We booked Xenia primarily to have a place to sleep so we didn’t really get to try out any of the amenities. But they have a spa, a gym, function rooms, and a swimming pool. They also have a kiddie pool, but if you let your kids go for a swim, make sure they are accompanied by a grown up because there is no lifeguard.
We’ve been to provincial hotels who charge the same PhP 3,000++ for a night’s stay and they don’t include a breakfast buffet. But one can hardly call Angeles City “provincial,” and Xenia Hotel offers a decent spread for breakfast. They have a continental table if you like to keep it light, a spread of eggs and meat dishes if you like a full English, and salad and fruit if you like your roughage in the morning. We even noticed a section with different kinds of kimchi — evidence of the growing Korean influence on Angeles. No matter what kind of breakfast gets you up in the morning, Xenia is sure to send you out to face the day with a full belly.
Verdict : Complete, Comfortable, Kid Friendly
Xenia Hotel is not luxurious and that’s ok because nothing about it feels cheap, either. They have everything you need if what you want is a place to sleep without going the full budget hotel route. Its location within Clark Freeport makes it a wonderful place to stay for those who want to check out the business environment and who care little for the night life and casinos in Angeles. And though there is a lack of amenities for children, I still feel that it is a kid-friendly hotel because of its quiet location away from the city noise.
Have you stayed at Xenia Hotel? Where do you stay when you go to Angeles City?