Holiday season is definitely the busiest time of the year; hence, Metro Manila traffic is insane. For this reason, booking a hotel is more practical than to waste your time braving the horrendous traffic. Good thing, there are homestay accommodation options to suit every budget.

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Last month, Trice and I booked a room at Hi Home for two nights and experienced living in one of the poshest condominiums in Makati, The Gramercy Residences.

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Hi Home is located in both Gramercy and Knightsbridge Residences which gives Business Travelers and Staycationers first class experience for an affordable rate.

Upon booking, I was asked to email a copy of my valid IDs for the issuance of a temporary Identification Card, which also served as a proximity card to gain access to the elevators, amenities and Century Mall.

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We arrived past 4 in the afternoon and wasn’t able to get the proximity card from The Gramercy Residences, which was a hassle because it was difficult for us to go out, good thing the Hi Home’s caretaker was accommodating to assist us.

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Our room is on the 42nd floor, which gave us a great view of Makati and Mandaluyong. And since I love taking photos of city skylines, I spent most of my time in the balcony, taking photos and enjoying the view.

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One of the reasons why I usually prefer homestay than a hotel is its homey feel. It is like having a sneak peek of what it feels like of having your own place in that city.

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There is a queen-sized bed, pillows, refrigerator, kitchen, kitchenwares, countertop stove, cooking materials, tables, chairs, flatscreen TV with cable, telephone, WiFi (Fibr connection), towels and toiletries.

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Since our stay was more like a ‘workation’, we were not able to enjoy the infinity pool and the fitness gym.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay, especially the beautiful view. However, they don’t have a parking space so we parked at Century Mall for 46 hours which cost us around P1,100 – still not bad considering that an overnight stay at Hi Home is only P2,500.

For more info, LIKE Hi Home Facebook page or email them at hihomeph@gmail.com.