Where to Stay in Ortigas Center
Traveling to the Ortigas business area in Pasig for business executives has increased and many are looking for an affordable and enjoyable place to stay whether it is a hotel to a service apartment. Indeed there are a myriad of options for a discerning business traveler to choose from.
Ortigas is a business hub home to a number of business offices from local to multinational (MNCs), regional organizations such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) among others. It is also home to a number of popular malls like SM Megamall, The Podium, Rustans and Robinsons Malls. Aside from this, many schools and medical facilities dot the area and to mention a few, there is the Poveda Learning Center, Ateneo, University of Asia and the Pacific, Medical City and many others.
No wonder business people opt to stay in Ortigas, so here is a list of the popular hotels and other accommodation in this area. Staying in any of these hotels is very convenient as most are located right in the heart of Ortigas. One need only walk a few blocks to these establishments for scheduled meetings and business presentations. Public transportation is also available in the area. Booking and reservation are available in online sites.
1. Edsa Shangri-la Hotel
Edsa Shangri-La Hotel is located right beside Shangri-La Mall and SM Megamall shopping complex. It is also near the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Shaw Blvd. Station and linked to the Shangri-La mall and Rustans stores for convenience sake. It is literally in the heart of the shopping district with high-end boutiques and stores ideal for that last-minute shopping. The area is also home to many cafes,restaurants and watering hole to mingle whether for business or relaxation.
Aside from the hotel's stellar accommodations, EDSA Shangri-La's prides itself of a number of exquisite restaurants, ptime spa facilities at 'Chi' and assures top priority to security of its guests. This hotel is on the higher end when it comes to pricing but for the convenience and luxury to be in them midst of business and pleasure, Edsa Shang is top choice for savvy and discriminating business travelers.
2. The Linden Suites
The Linden Suites boasts of 168 suite accommodation located right across business conglomerate complex of San Miguel Corp. It is walking distance to the Tektite building, the home of the Philippine Stock Exchange. It is accessible to shopping centers like SM Megamall, the Podium and Shangri-La mall. It is also right beside major Philippine banks like UnionBank, BPI, and Robinsons Bank. Expect moderate to heavy traffic in the vicinity during rush hours. Due to limited space, the hotel's basement parking can be a bit tricky to maneuver. Be sure to request for a room with a good view.
The Linden Suites provides standard accommodation. It is recommended for mid-range travelers who want the flexibility of any of its 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites. Each suite may come complete with kitchen and/or dining areas.
Small deli and restaurants can be found in the area. There are just about every mini groceries and convenient stores strewn nearby. Fast food is just right at the building at the back which houses McDonalds, KFC, and Yellow Cab. There is a Starbucks shop one block away. If one needs an affordable way to access the internet with lesser the cost, internet shops line the street at the back of Linden Suites. If you are looking for value, consider staying in this hotel.
3. Holiday Inn Galleria, Crowne Plaza
Holiday Inn is hotel within a mall. The mall is connected to the hotel through an exit in the elevator lobby. This hotel is also popular among business travelers. It is connectedto another hotel, the Crowne Plaza. While a sister hotel, the Crowne Plaza Galleria is located on the leftmost part of the mall hotel complex.
You can find almost anything in the mall be it restaurants or boutique shops. The hotels share the same pool area, gym and other facilities. Other malls are a short ride away -- The Podium and Megamall. Rates are in the mid-range.
4. Astoria Plaza
Astoria Plaza is a 35-storey building located at #15 Escriva Drive in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, recommended for travelers needing a quieter place to stay. The Astoria Plaza provides full service residential suites perfect for family, group or long-time travelers. It has fairly standard units and features contemporary and minimalist designs for its units. The suites come with living, dining and kitchen areas complete with cooking utensils. It also has free wifi access. Shopping establishments like the Podium, Megamall, Robinsons Galleria and Shangri-La may be reached by a short cab ride. Restaurants and delis also dot the area.