It has been a long time since my children and I went into a staycation. I think it was back in 2013 that we had one. So last weekend, we decided to take another as to relieve stress since I had a turbulent month. My internet connection at home got so problematic and while one of my servers is giving me a headache.
So we set about finding the right hotel for us, a reliable internet connection and a swimming pool for the kids to enjoy. After searching, we booked two rooms at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel using the Traveloka App.
Mallberry Suites Business Hotel is located at Osmeña St, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Its location is very accessible to all the. Most companies held meetings and conferences here because of its accessibility, thus it’s aptly called as a business hotel.
We booked two (2) Deluxe Rooms. Each room has one double bed and one single bed. The room has all the basics of a hotel room should have such as a study table, cable TV, and hot and cold shower. It may seem like an ordinary hotel room to me but my children loved it. They enjoyed the fact that there is a bathtub! It was very a blissful experience for them.
One Double Bed and One Single Bed
Each rooms comes with a work table.
Complimentary bottled water and coffee.
Complimentary soaps and shampoo.
They have a lot of amenities since they are a business hotel. Most of it is geared towards conferences, meetings, and such. Of course, you can still use the place for birthday parties, weddings, and other occasions.
For us, we only used the most important of all (for the kids) – the indoor swimming pool! We wouldn’t have booked here in the first place if not of the indoor swimming pool.
Mallberry Suites Business Hotel Indoor Pool
The kids went on a night swimming. They enjoyed their time as they were the only ones there. I didn’t swim with them since I wasn’t feeling well. I just took pictures and videos. To be honest, if I wasn’t feeling sick, I would have a swim with them. The pool looked so inviting.
My kids enjoying the indoor pool.
After checking in, we had our brunch at the hotel’s lounge. The food tasted OK and the price was affordable comparing it with the usual hotel price. I have been at there lounge many times in the past for meetings. They have been consistent with the taste that is for sure.
Our brunch at the hotel lounge.
Our breakfast buffet the next day.
I didn’t like their internet connection. It was way too slow. I wasn’t able to finish one decent work of all my pending workloads. Maybe I was expecting too much for a business hotel. I really thought that business hotels would have fast internet connections as most businesses in the world today use the internet for faster communication. I was wrong. I can’t even check the speed since the speedtest.net webpage didn’t load up properly.
But of course, I am an optimistic person. I just thought of it as a way for me to really enjoy the staycation with the kids and rest.
Mallberry Suites Business Hotel is kind of old. I don’t remember when it was established, but I believe it is more than a decade already. They did a pretty good job in maintaining the facilities but you can’t hide the fact that age shows.
Overall, our stay was comfortable. The bed was comfy, none of us woke up with a bad back. The place was clean. The covers didn’t smell (I hate strong detergents) and the place was quite.
If you are looking for a place for quick business meeting, their hotel lounge is recommendable. The place is quite and has electrical outlets if you need a laptop. The food is affordable. If you are looking for a larger space and some privacy for your business meetings, they have boardrooms available.
Booking is Easy with Traveloka
If you want to book a room in Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, you can do so easily with the use of Traveloka App on your mobile phone. Just a few swipes and taps, you can easily book a room with no hassle at all.
First, you have to download the Traveloka App at Google Play or App Store. You have nothing to worry because downloading the app is free.
After downloading the app, you can immediately open it or look for its icon on your mobile phone. Click the icon and you will be welcome to this page…
Then, before you look for a hotel to book, I suggest you click on “Ongoing Promos.” You’ll find the current promos and their corresponding coupon codes that will give you awesome discounts. It is best to check it first before anything else.
Click the promo you want to avail. Then you will be redirected with the promo mechanics and the coupon code.
Once you tapped on the COPY word, a gray button will appear next to the discount code. After that, just tap back button to go back to the main menu. Then tap, “Hotels.” Then you will see this page wherein you can swipe in the details of your booking. You can choose the option “Hotels Near You” or type in the specific place where you want to book a hotel.
Once you’re done, tap “SEARCH.” Then a list of hotels will be presented to you.
If you want to make the search more specific, click “FILTER” to narrow the search considering the price, star rating, and facilities. For me, I chose to filter the price and set it to 0 to 5,000 pesos and tapped Swimming Pool for Facilities. Then tap, “DONE.”
Based on your filter, you will be presented with hotels. You can tap on each hotel to read more about them: location, TripAdvisor reviews, and main facilities. Of course, I chose Mallberry Suites Business Hotel. Then tap “SELECT ROOM” to book the type of room you want based on your request. Here, I chose two (2) Deluxe Room.
After you have decided what type of room to book, click “SELECT.” The next page will contain your booking details: check-in and check-out time, their corresponding dates, and type of room. You will be then asked to log in your Traveloka account or fill in your contact details. Tap the arrow of choice. As you can see, I used filling in my contact details. Tap “DONE” when finished.
Then you will go back to your booking details and will be asked if you’re booking a room for yourself or someone else. If you have any special request, you can note it on the option provided. Then tap “CONTINUE.” Then you will be asked to review all the booking details before continuing for payment. Scroll down to read them all. When you are sure of everything, you can tap “CONTINUE” at the bottom.
On the payment page, you will be asked to pay via Credit/Debit Card (VISA and MasterCard accepted) or pay via 7/11, coins.ph or over bank counters. As for me, I choose to use the coupon code. I tapped “USE COUPON” and then typed the coupon code. Tapped, “USE.” Then I was redirected to a page that confirmed my payment.
After a few seconds, I saw my hotel voucher. I tapped it and I saw a summary of my booking details.
Booking a room at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel was indeed very easy with Traveloka. It was easy to find a hotel that suits my preferences. It would have been easier if I registered an account. I was so excited that I booked our rooms without registering. If you register and book a room, it will be easier and you will have more flexibility in managing your bookings.
By the way, remember that Traveloka is not only for booking hotels. It can also help you find and book local and international flights. To sum it up, it is an awesome up for everyone who travels. Booking a flight and a room is so easy with a few swipes of your fingers.