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Previewing The Bayleaf Hotel

August 22, 2011

My siblings and I are a crazy lot. One of my brothers, Carlo, is a bit loony and a total Star Wars freak. He has a Darth Vader Potatohead.

And oh yeah, he’s an outstanding chef.

After working at The Legend Hotel and at the Pico de Loro Resort, my brother is now taking the helm at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. After our Sunday pig-out at our grandma’s house, the whole family decided to pop-in and see what’s going on.

There’s going to be a cafe on the ground floor specializing in churros.

Here’s the lobby, the terrace (spectacular view of Manila!) and the hallway. My sister and I were going for a The Shining-esque effect.

The premier rooms are decorated in four color schemes. Teal is my favorite.

The bathrooms are gorgeous. As Carlos Celdran mentioned in his Facebook status update, they have a budget. Cecile would approve, I think.

They also have a superior suite and twin rooms. All rooms will have WiFi. We couldn’t take a peek at the Presidential Suite because it’s not done yet.

And finally, we went to the Penthouse lounge for refreshments. I had the best iced tea I’ve ever had. I cannot wait to taste my brother’s menu!!

We also took a look at the kitchen. We saw this appetizer display thing-y.

The Bayleaf is also home to the culinary and HRM school of Lyceum. At the back of the hotel is the very nice looking staff canteen, which will also be open to anyone who wants a good, affordable meal. I like the idea. There’s a McDonald’s back there too.

The hotel promises 3-star prices, 4-star amenities and 5-star service. Knowing my brother’s track record, it’s going to be a great place to stay, relax, and most especially, EAT. It opens in September. Bro, you better invite me to the launch. I wanna taste your food!!!


12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2011 4:34 pm

    so what is that cheese grater supposed to be nga? looks nice! target is intramuros tourists? 😀 and what other restos aside from the churros cafe?

    • Eliza permalink
      August 22, 2011 4:44 pm

      My brother said you stick spoons into it with bite-sized portions of whatever food so you can just grab one and put it on your plate. Haha! The Penthouse is the other resto. Not sure if more are opening. In your honor we should have a meet-up there when it’s open na!

  2. August 22, 2011 9:08 pm

    ooohhh…this is walking distance from my office. 😀 exciting!

    • Eliza permalink
      August 23, 2011 11:23 pm

      Cool! Try it when it opens and let me know what you think ha?

      • August 25, 2011 2:32 pm

        the churros cafe opened today! my officemate and i went there already to try out the food. the coffee is good, a nice and cheaper alternative to starbucks. the churros weren’t that hot but they were still crispy. we agreed that the cafe had a nice atmosphere and would be a great place to get away from our office for a break. 😀 next week, we’ll try out the their sandwiches for lunch.

        would you know when the restaurant in the penthouse open?

      • Eliza permalink
        August 26, 2011 3:41 am

        Hey cool! Soft opening pa I guess? I haven’t spoken to my brother yet. Look for him the next time you’re there! 🙂 I think the restaurant in the penthouse will open in September as well. Thanks for dropping by! (Parang owner lang, hehe)

  3. cai permalink
    August 23, 2011 8:40 pm

    Ito pala yun nakikita ko lagi when I’m driving home! Laging may ilaw yun Penthouse I think with the BAYLEAF sign! It’s so near my place!

    • Eliza permalink
      August 23, 2011 11:24 pm

      Galing! Let’s see each other there when it opens! 🙂

  4. tippz permalink
    November 27, 2011 8:24 pm

    wala room rates po dito sa taga lyceum po ako e nkkta ko lng toh pero prang gusto ko mag set up ng date pra sa girlfriend ko . mkha mgnda e 🙂 kasu sa mismo website walang rates e at dining rates .

    • Eliza permalink
      November 27, 2011 8:44 pm

      Why don’t you just drop by the reception desk on your way to Lyceum and ask? 🙂

  5. lara permalink
    September 12, 2012 9:34 pm

    Hi! I just want to ask if you know which restaurant or food shop in bay leaf is most preferred by the guests and which is not. I just need the input for school purposes. Thanks! you can have your answer in sequence (Priority to least) Thank you very much in advance!

    -(student from FEU)

    • Eliza permalink
      September 13, 2012 12:09 am

      Hi! I don’t have this information, because I don’t work there. 🙂 There are only two restaurants at the Bayleaf, and are very much different in terms of their target market, so I think the question is a bit irrelevant. (My two cents only)

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