My very brief stay in Legazpi was made memorable because of the hotel I stayed in. When my tita who was managing the hotel told me to visit her, I didn't expect to see this.
So, when I arrived, the expression on my face was priceless. Who knew there was a hotel like this is Legazpi? May I introduce to you, the newest hotel in the city of Mayon, Hotel St. Ellis.
Hotel St. Ellis is managed by the Genesis group, that also manages several great hotels and resorts in the country, like Astoria, A. Venue Suites, Misibis Bay, Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar and even Bellaroca.
And it shows that it is managed with excellence. The hotel is beautifully designed. With a luxe modern theme, the hotel radiates a very comfortable atmosphere. The minute you walk in the hotel, the courteous staff will greet you with smiles. They even serve a great pandan iced tea welcome drink.
Once an old hotel with a movie theater and a mall at the second floor, Hotel St. Ellis was transformed into a plush boutique haven. I hear that the theater is still there, but now used as a ballroom for private and corporate functions.
I registered at the front desk, and was given a standard room at a local rate of P3,200. With a place like this, and amenities like a spa, swimming pool and a spacious gym, I thought it was worth it.
The room hallways had mirror glass carvings on the ceiling. The hallways were wide and there are only around 18 rooms for each floor.
When I entered the room, I was welcomed by a very inviting bed. I knew I wanted to explore Legaspi, but this room made me lock myself up in comfort the whole afternoon.
There was free internet, though through a LAN cable. I had to work and check some emails, so the free service was a blessing.
The bathroom was spacious, though bare. There were no free toiletries, except for the basic soap, shampoo and toothbrush. There was also no bath tub, but hey, this was a standard room.
I planned to go to the swimming pool, which looked it was indoor, but again, I locked up myself in the room. So, after taking a working, checking email, watching TV and taking a long nap, I realized it was already 6PM. I was supposed to have dinner with my grandmother. I took a quick visit to the gym, which was empty. I was in the middle of running on the treadmill, when my relatives told me they were in the restaurant already.
We had a very nice dinner at the restaurant. The prices weren't bad compared to Manila's. The food was acceptable, and they had surprisingly huge servings.
After dinner, I visited the spa on the second floor. I booked a massage, since I was already finished with my work. I wasn't able to take pictures of the spa, but believe me, it had one of the best interiors for a spa. And again, I was the only guest, so I felt I had the entire place to myself.
The next day, I took the hotel's free airport shuttle to catch the 1st flight back to Manila. I was very pleased with my experience with St. Ellis, that it will always be my choice of stay when I am in Legazpi (if I have the budget). So for all those who want to experience luxury at a very reasonable price, stay in Hotel St. Ellis. The hotel beats out any boutique hotel in Manila, and is probably one of the best in the country to date.