I just celebrated my 41st birthday with a relaxing weekend staycation at the relatively new Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa. Located within the Madrigal Business Park, a short distance from Alabang Town Center and Molito Mall, this modern hotel offers 187 rooms with a simple, minimalist design.
Since it was just my daughter Bea and I staying the night, I only booked a Queen Room (the smallest and cheapest unit) through agoda.com a few days before our stay. The published rate is P6,505++ but I was able to snag the best deal on agoda for only P2,600net per night (without breakfast). For its discounted price, the room isn’t so bad. It’s a 25-square-meter studio-type unit that features a queen-sized bed, a day bed that’s convertible to a single bed, wood-laminated floors, a private balcony, glass-walled bathroom with privacy blinds, LED TV, a full-sized refrigerator, microwave oven, kitchen sink and other amenities for a comfortable stay.
After checking in early, Bea and I had lunch at Romulo Cafe, the hotel’s in-house restaurant on the ground floor. I dined at the Makati branch of the restaurant last year, when I treated my friends to lunch a couple of days before my 40th birthday, so I know that the food there is really good. After lunch, we took advantage of the hotel’s shuttle service to go to the nearby Alabang Town Center. It’s actually just several minutes’ walk from the hotel, maybe about 6 to 8 minutes, but we wanted to avoid the sun’s harsh rays. This photo was taken outside the hotel while we waited for the shuttle van —
What I really loved about Azumi is its chic lobby in subdued hues of black, white, gray and splashes of red. My eyes were transfixed on all those travel mementos displayed on the shelves. This stylish lobby is a design inspiration for me. So adorable.
Of course, I didn’t waste the opportunity to have my birthday portrait taken there.
On the hotel’s roof deck is a long but narrow swimming pool overlooking the city. It’s a nice touch but then the breeze was too chilly in the late afternoon so we didn’t stay there for a long time. But we still enjoyed our stay despite the following:  there’s a tea/coffee facility in the room but there’s no complimentary sachet of coffee or a tea bag (I went down to Romulo Cafe to have my morning tea fix but it cost me P99; had I known, I would’ve brought a tea bag with me since I have a large stash at home, or I could’ve bought one from the 7/11 store in Molito Mall across the street. Anyway…..)  the sounds of vehicles on the streets outside are very audible even up on the 14th floor while we were sleeping. But then again, for the price that I paid, it was still a wonderful weekend getaway. Happy birthday to me!