Marco Polo is the nearest hotel to the September 2nd blast in our City. And so with the long weekend ahead , the hubby and I decided to stay there. That’s mostly to prove to ourselves that despite what happened, Davao is fine. We may have fallen for one night, but our City stood up the day after.
We checked in past 4:00 pm. Prior to that, as we were entering the hotel’s vicinity, security was tight. But then again, The Marco Polo has always been that way. We didn’t mind it because it means that whether we eat or stay at the hotel, we know we are safe.
The check in itself was painless. Since our stay was prepaid, the staff told me that she won’t get my card anymore. We can just pay at the restaurant, etc. with cash as we go along. Which was fine by me.
I found the room nice and spacious. Well it is a 32 square meter room after all. Including the bathroom which came with a tub.
But we had minor problems like : some channels on their TV didn’t have pictures in them but we could hear the people talking, there was no TV guide and most importantly, there were no towels. These little things would not have mattered if we’re staying in a 2-3 star hotel. But when you claim to be a 5 star hotel, that’s not acceptable. Sorry.
After a short conversation with the home keeping staff, everything was fixed, except the pictures on their TV. I guess that was the cable connection’s problem. I just found it weird because we can hear some of the channels, but there’s nothing to see. ha ha
We went down to the Lobby Lounge after an hour or so to chill while waiting for dinner at Cafe Marco.
The Lobby Lounge serves international cuisine. They offer an all day menu of light snacks, desserts and beverages, complete with live entertainment to enliven the relaxing atmosphere. Perfect start to a “de-stressing” night. 🙂
After a bottle of San Mig Light and a photo op for me under their cute lanterns, we proceeded to Cafe Marco on the second floor.
Cafe Marco’s Dinner Buffet starts at 6:00pm. Their food is always delicious. The dessert, mouthwatering.
The main course that night consisted of several seafood delicacies. And a wide array of beef , chicken and pork dishes.
I loved the fresh salad and fresh meat counter where one has an option to have it grilled or fried.
These are just few of the delectable dessert. I would have wanted to eat more, but you know at my age, that is no longer a wise action and/or decision. 🙂
More than the food, I commend their staff for such impeccable service. And to Aldon, thank you for preparing a fruit platter for us. Even if we did not ask for it, we appreciate your action very much. Your simple gesture was amazing.
One of the best things about Davao – abundant supply of fruits all year round.
This platter is composed of fresh watermelon, sweet pineapple, sweet mangoes, pomelo and mangosteen.
Here’s to another relaxing memory. Thank you Lord. 🙂
Our plan that night was to walk across the street and visit Aldevinco Shopping Center. And farther ahead, at the Night Market, where the bombing happened. But it got stormy that night. So we didn’t brave the rain. We decided to proceed to their amenity floor instead after dinner.
At the 4th floor of the hotel, you will find Polo Bistro. This outdoor restaurant offers Inter-Continental Ala Carte Food. We didn’t try their food there though because we just had a sumptuous dinner.
I found the swimming pool outside Polo Bistro perfect for exercising. I would have probably waded there if , again, it wasn’t raining. Maybe, next time….
Another place that caught my attention was their Lazuli Spa.
We did not try their spa this time. But it is something to look forward to, sometime in the future. It would be nice to indulge in their spa and pamper yourself after a hard day’s work.
For more details of Lazuli Spa, please check this link – http://www.marcopolohotels.com/en/marco_polo/hotels/philippines/davao/marco_polo_davao/hotel_facilities/spa.html
The rest of the night was a blur. I slept like a log and woke up almost 7 in the morning already. I never do that. I always, and I mean always wake up at 5:00am or a little over that. But never 7am. Ever. I must have been really exhausted. Work has been tiring, I know. I just didn’t realize how burnt out I was until that night.
I took the picture below after breakfast. It was cloudy but I could see Davao Gulf from a distance. Right in front of our window though was the night market area. It looked so quiet during day time. But once the night market starts , I tell you, it has a life of its own.
As I write this article, I am thankful to God that Davaoenos are okay. My city is very resilient. And so are the people living here. Business is back to normal. Infact , Cafe Marco’s breakfast buffet, was full packed. It was a complete opposite from the relaxing ambiance the previous night. 🙂
Marco Polo Davao is located in C.M. Recto Street, Davao City. For bookings or reservations, please check their website – http://www.marcopolohotels.com/en/marco_polo/hotels/philippines/davao/marco_polo_davao/index.html