The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Review

November 2, 2012

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
Exchange Drive corner Meralco Avenue,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Remember my "rawr" outfit in this post which won me an overnight stay in The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel? Well, I was finally able to use my voucher and booked an overnight stay yesterday ; ) I picked November 2 because the day before, DH and I together with his family went to Manila Chinese Cemetery to visit the tombs of my in laws. The scorching heat was too much to bear. We really need this to recharge and re-energize plus the fact that it is also a long weekend ; p

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Deluxe Room PhP 5,705 3,024

Deluxe Room includes the following:

  • Queen size or Double beds
  • Complimentary Daily Breakfast
  • In-room WiFi
  • Complimentary use of Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Swimming Pool from 6 am to 10 pm
  • Daily replenishment of 2 bottled water
  • Daily newspaper

After making a reservation last October 27, 2012, I received a confirmation by email of my booking from Arby, a Reservations Agent. On October 31, 2012, I received another email from a Front Office Agent named Patricia informing me that the hotel can accommodate an early check-in time of 12nn... yey!

View the rest of the hotel photos after the break...

inside one of the three elevators of The Exchange Regency Residence

Upon arrival, I gave the voucher together with the confirmation email I got a few days before. Oh, Identification card is needed upon check-in. The receptionist informed me that the PhP 2,000 deposit fee for incidentals was waived. As with any other hotel, I was told that any drinks consumed in the mini bar will be charged accordingly.

After checking my ID, the receptionist handed me a Key Card and 2 Breakfast Coupons. That was a fast check-in!
taken right after alighting the elevator on the 6th floor

tap key card and you are in!

We stayed in a non-smoking room on the 6th floor. It does not have a door latch maybe that's why the hotel installed a peephole door viewer instead.

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Deluxe Room viewed from another angle

The room was quite small, think about Hong Kong's hotel rooms but it was good enough for the two of us. 

What's inside our room:

inside the cabinet: safety deposit box, blow dryer, 2 sets of slippers, laundry bag and hangers

coffee/tea making facilities, personal ref, and 2 complimentary small bottled water

full length mirror right outside toilet and bath

toilet (no bidet)

There were two sets of bath towels and also hand towels. A floor mat was also provided.

sink and bath area

The multipoint water heater works well.

toiletries: shower cap, toothbrush, shaving kit, sewing kit, cotton pads, cotton buds, shampoo & conditioner and lotion

The following are amenities found on the third floor: 

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Swimming Pool on the 3rd floor

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Jacuzzi

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Kiddie Pool

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Children's Play Area

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Mini Golf

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Sauna

Dry Saunas are located inside the male and female rest rooms.

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Gym

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Game Room

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel Key Card and 2 Breakfast Coupons at Benassi

In the afternoon, DH and I went to Eastwood City Walk 2 to watch the movie, Skyfall- the latest James Bond movie. We bought two 5:10pm movie tickets. We still have an hour to spent before the movie starts so we decided to have a late lunch and an early dinner ; p Guess where we dined? Yes, for the second time in less than a month, we are back in Pho Hoa ; p We chose it because it was the closest to the movie theater and we know that it serves good food ; )

Fresh Spring Rolls PhP 129

Vietnamese Chicken Salad PhP 195

I can't get enough of the shallots so I requested for more!

String Beans PhP 240

Tenderloin Beef PhP 320

A bit spicy but this order was alright!

Flank Tendon Brisket Large Bowl PhP 295

To read about my previous Pho Hoa dining experience, click here. No Service Charge.

Pho Hoa
Eastwood City, Libis

After eating, we grab some drinks (Lemon Jasmine Tea PhP 75 & Choco Mongolian Milk Tea PhP 90) to go from Caprice Milk Tea found in the 4th floor same level as the cinemas. 

Caprice Milk Tea
Level 4 Unit B 
Eastwood City Walk 2
Quezon City

BTW, Skyfall is an action-packed movie! You must watch it, Javier Bardem is the best, ok, Daniel Craig too!

Swensen's  Rum Raisin PhP 95

Swensen's Strawberry Cheesecake PhP 95

After watching Skyfall, we were still full from our late lunch/early dinner in Pho Hoa so DH and I headed to Swensen's for dessert ; p Don't you just hate it when the ice creams served to you were already melting? Well, that's exactly how our ice cream looks like. The ice creams that we ordered didn't look good in the photos. Oh, well!

DH commented that he like Haagen Dazs' version of Rum Raisin than Swensen's. My Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream has bits of graham crackers in it, I like it! No Service Charge

Unit A243 2nd Floor
Eastwood Mall,
Quezon City

The next day, I woke up pretty early, around 7:30 am. After taking a shower, DH and I went down to Benassi Alimento E Caffe for breakfast. It is located right outside, in the corner of the hotel.

Americano and Apple Juice, guess which one was my order ; p

Apple Juice was my drink this morning.

Breakfast selection:

  • Filipino PhP 300
  • American PhP 310
  • Continental PhP 300
  • Vegetarian PhP 300

Vegetarian Breakfast: Fruit Cup

Vegetarian Breakfast: Garden Fresh Omelette with Homemade Toast (mushroom, bell pepper, tomatoes and onions)

For Vegetarian Breakfast, you can also opt for Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Butter instead of Garden Fresh Omelette with Homemande Toast.

Filipino Breakfast: Pork Tocino with pickled vegetables

For Filipino Breakfast, you can choose from Pork Tocino, Beef Tapa and Marinated Milk Fish. The egg will be cooked to your liking. The order includes Garlic Rice.

A choice of House Blend Espresso or Americano/Tea or Chilled Fruit Juice is included in each Breakfast Set.

After our breakfast, I informed the front desk that we are checking out. A member of the housekeeping went to our room to see if we have consumed anything from the mini bar. After packing our things, we went back to the ground floor and surrendered our Key Card. Now, that's what I call an Express Check-Out ; p

Only one car per room is allowed to park in the basement parking area.

Overall, we had a pretty decent stay, the staff (from security guards to the front desk personnel to the housekeeping members) were all courteous. I just hope that the hotel will have a bigger bed and a larger LCD TV ; p

Next time I would stay in this hotel, I will make sure to bring my rubber shoes and swimsuit with me ; p

Premier Room PhP 6,927 4,156 and Suite Room PhP 9,789 5,868 are also available at 40% off published rates. BTW, Weekend Promo rate starts at PhP 2,500 nett.

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