Birthday Weekend at Somerset Alabang Manila


Being a true blue Southerner, i could say that the thriving Filinvest City in Alabang is probably one of our favorite go-to escape when we needed to shop, eat fancy or perhaps stay the night away to spoil ourselves with the most needed rest and relaxation. Weeks before my birthday my husband's asking what's my plan. And i said, all i ever wanted for my birthday was to REST and to shop (a little) for the holidays for the kids and our family as well. I was looking at my bucket list and was contemplating if we should to go back to Crimson Hotel which is my favorite, or perhaps try other hotels on the list, until i came across Somerset which was the newest in the area. So, there we agreed to book a room for my birthday.

Somerset Alabang Manila is the first international serviced residence in the south located within the integrated business and commercial district of Filinvest City. It is a 20-storey serviced apartment managed by The Ascott Limited- the world's largest serviced residence company. When i learned that it was ran by Ascott, i already set high expectations with regards to comfort and the service that they will provide. We checked in on the day of my birthday which fall on a weekend and we were greeted by their smiling staffs and their lovely library-themed lobby.

From the lobby itself i already felt home. Those couches matched perfectly with the lovely backdrop of book shelves. The seemingly abstract wall sculpture which was intricately designed brings out the elegance of the place. It's actually my dream living room peg- spacious, warm and sophisticated.

Somerset Alabang Manila offers business and leisure travelers a choice of studios, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments, all of which feature contemporary interiors with modern amenities. Check-in was fast and efficient. I was well taken care of by their very accommodating staff at the front desk.

We were ushered to our one-bedroom deluxe unit on the 11th floor and as i was expecting, the room was very nice and homey too. Felt like, i didn't go somewhere real far and out of the ordinary. It delivered the promise of "home" in this side of the South.

Our one-bedroom unit is complete with modern amenities such as fully equipped kitchen, separate working and living areas, a home entertainment system and fast and reliable broadband internet connection. I was so happy with the kitchen that i thought of cooking something for dinner or maybe breakfast the following day, but i was just too lazy to buy groceries then. They even have a dishwashing liquid and sponge readily available at the sink. You can also wash clothes at the washing machine if you're staying longer.

Our bedroom has a floor to ceiling view of the city with another cable television. The bed and pillows were soft and fluffy. I appreciate that we have flat iron readily available inside the closet. The bathroom was very nice and modish with a bathtub that my kids enjoyed a lot. After grabbing a quick rest and fixing our things, we went out shopping. It's the second week of December and our stay was very timely to complete a few Christmas shopping list. Somerset is just a tumbling away from Festival Supermall and a few meters drive from Alabang Town Center.

For dinner, we bought outside food from the mall and popped it in the microwave oven inside our unit. We've got complete eating utensils and so we ate in our living room while watching a movie just like at home. Few minutes later, we were surprised by a birthday serenade.

It's my first time to experience a birthday serenade inside a hotel courtesy of the staffs. They sang a lovely birthday song with a surprise birthday cupcakes and we were entertained by their performance complete with musical instruments and a birthdaygram photo frame.

They took a family photo of us and then we had a group photo right after. It was indeed a wonderful birthday surprise. Thank you Somerset Alabang Manila for making my birthday extra special!

The following morning we checked the pool and had our breakfast at Cafe Madrigal on the 4th floor. The cafe was nice and cozy however, i am not expecting the buffet to be that ordinary. I mean, the food was good but there's not much to choose from.

My daughter ate her favorite cereals while my son enjoyed almost all of the food. There's nothing really special or note-worthy on their menu, but we were satisfied with the service they've provided. I wish they could add more choices to their breakfast buffet though everything was all okay.

One thing i like about Somerset is their fully equipped fitness center for the fitness buffs. While dads and moms are sweating in the gym, they can look after the kids at the playroom room through a clear glass window. The kid's play area was right next to the gym and it was very nice and colorful.

We spent a few minutes inside Cubbies play room on the 4th floor before we spent the last few hours of our stay at the pool which was also on the same floor. I like it that the the lap pool was halfly covered and has a full stretch of Jacuzzi with views of Alabang City skyline.

While i was too lazy to join the kids swimming, me and hubby enjoyed watching them comfortably, lying on the cushioned day beds at the pool sides. 

My kids were spoiled during our staycation. They got balloons twisted into different shapes such as animals the moment we checked in and when we checked out. But before heading out, we had a little incident on the carpet before we ride the lift on the 11th floor. I was busy carrying some of our things when i noticed my daughter tripped on the carpeted floor leaving a cut on her elbow. I was checking out at the front desk when i noticed blood dripping on her wound and so i asked for assistance from the staff.

Immediately they called a code red, emergency situation at the lobby and a first aid kit was delivered in no time. The staff cleaned my daughter's wound, applied first aid medication and covered it with band aid. I was really thankful for their immediate response, though it was just a small cut, they did a very good job in assisting us and giving my daughter utmost care and attention, and I'd like to commend the whole Somerset Alabang Manila staff for doing a great job!

In a nutshell, it has been a memorable and pleasurable birthday weekend well spent with my family at Somerset Alabang Manila. Experiencing their professional and commendable service, plus the comfortable homey space in a very convenient location, i could say that maybe, i'll never look for another hotel to stay in Alabang. Somerset is indeed a home in the South!

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