Hol­i­day Inn & Suites Makati

Lovely and Lively Lunches at Fla­vors

Let’s Eat - - NEWS - WORDS BY SPANKY HIZON ENRQUEZ

Hol­i­day Inn. The name alone evokes the fam­ily fun that awaits in the ho­tel. It also elic­its, for Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers, mem­o­ries of their younger and more in­no­cent days, when the first ho­tel that car­ried the brand name stood across the Cul­tural Cen­ter on Roxas Boule­vard, and when the area where Hol­i­day Inn & Suites now stands in Makati used to be called the QUAD. Present day Mil­len­ni­als will scratch their heads at the men­tion of QUAD (or come to think of it, the beloved club, okay… disco of yore nearby, Ru­mors!), be­cause on that vast lot now stands Glo­ri­etta, and di­rectly be­side it, this gen­er­a­tion’s Hol­i­day Inn.

The new Hol­i­day Inn doesn’t just evoke the fun, it de­liv­ers, and how. It is the per­fect ho­tel for fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially those with hy­per young kids or sulky emo teenagers. Guar­an­teed, there will be no bore­dom for them: there are end­less op­tions, within and out­side the ho­tel. First, the mall. One of the big­gest sprawls in all of Metro Manila, is lit­er­ally just out­side Hol­i­day Inn’s doors. The brand-new roof deck area of the Glo­ri­etta, the “Top of the Glo”, where the Makati branch of Cebu’s fa­mous Rico’s Le­chon is lo­cated, is di­rectly ad­ja­cent to the ho­tel’s sky lobby. From Hol­i­day Inn, fam­i­lies can take a stroll from Glo­ri­etta all the way to the Land­mark and be­yond, all the way to Green­belt on Paseo de Roxas, with­out cross­ing a sin­gle street be­low, thanks to the pedes­trian sky­ways that con­nect the Ayala Malls. Shop­ping ga­lore, Mom! And don’t worry, Dad: ask about the ho­tel’s “Kids Stay & Eat Free” pro­mos. You’re good!

For those who’d rather just soak in the stay­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence in­side the ho­tel, there’s light­ning quick Wi-Fi for those who pre­fer to laze around in bed and Net­flix and chill, and hum­ble­brag about their five-star week­end on so­cial me­dia. Oh, and this I par­tic­u­larly love: there are lots of HD chan­nels on the ho­tel’s cable tele­vi­sion

“HOL­I­DAY INN MAKATI IN­HER­ITED THE INTERCON’S BELOVED CREPES SAMU­RAI RECIPE, AND IT’S AVAIL­ABLE AT FLA­VORS DAILY. IT’S EX­ACTLY AS LUS­CIOUS AND DE­LI­CIOUS AS YOU RE­MEM­BER IT TO BE.”

sys­tem, which is a priv­i­lege that’s quite rare even in the most ex­pen­sive ho­tels in the city. Pre­mium chan­nels, on High Def­i­ni­tion? Dis­cov­ery and His­tory and more? I’ll take it. Dur­ing my stay there, I en­joyed Tom Hanks’ clas­sic “Cast Away” both on HBO and Fox Movies. Both times, on crys­tal clear HD on my room’s widescreen TV. I al­most didn’t want to leave my cold, cozy, classy, and com­fort­able room. But I had to. The siren song of Hol­i­day Inn’s “Fla­vors” restau­rant” is ir­re­sistible.

Fla­vors is fa­mous for brin­ing in Filipino Chefs and pro­mot­ing Sus­tain­able Lo­cal Farm­ers. In 2017, Pam­panga’s most in-de­mand pri­vate din­ing chef, Den Lim, brought his best­sellers, along with his prov­ince’s renowned dishes to Fla­vors for a fully-booked two-week fi­esta. Ear­lier this year,02 Chef Por­tia Baluyut’s sig­na­ture dishes from her Rus­tic Morn­ing restau­rant in Marik­ina starred in Fla­vors’ spe­cial sum­mer buf­fet. And cur­rently, for the whole month of Oc­to­ber, Hol­i­day Inn & Suites, to­gether with the Philip­pine Cof­fee Board and the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Cof­fee Al­liance, is of­fer­ing a unique cof­fee-in­fused menu, sa­vories and sweets alike; all the cof­fee, of course, ex­clu­sively from

farms all over our ar­chi­pel­ago. Fla­vors al­ways makes an ef­fort to bring in the most won­der­ful buf­fet spreads, and it is a most wel­come en­deavor. No need to tra­verse traf­fic or travel long dis­tances to sa­vor the Best of the Philip­pines.

Speak­ing of which, Fla­vors is de­servedly renowned for their desserts. My vote for the #1 best Ube Cheese­cake in the coun­try, is avail­able here daily, both in pe­tite and party sizes. For many how­ever, the mo0st3 com­pelling rea­son to visit the restau­rant is the Crepes Samu­rai. Yes, Vir­ginia. The leg­endary Intercon Ho­tel’s beloved mango crepe cre­ation is avail­able at Fla­vors ev­ery sin­gle day. Hol­i­day Inn in­her­ited the valu­able recipe, and it’s looks and tastes ex­actly as lus­cious and deca­dent and de­li­cious as you re­mem­ber.

Hol­i­day Inn. It’s a name that evokes a lot of happy child­hood mem­o­ries for me. And in Makati? Its new Ho­tel & Suites is now cre­at­ing so many un­for­get­tably fun mem­o­ries for chil­dren and their par­ents too.

PHO­TOS BY GABBY CANTERO

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1 Fresh Fruit Tart2 Grilled Chicken with Cof­fee Cream Sauce 3 Wine and Beer Se­lec­tion at Fla­vors

03 4 Ube Cheese­cake5 Crepe Samu­rai6 Hol­i­day Inn’s Mas­cot: Grinn the Bear7 Firm and Soft Pil­lows8 In-Room Workspace

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