Gloomy, Outdated Hotel
We arrived at almost noontime at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
after a short, albeit very delayed plane ride from Naga City.
It was about ten years ago when my family last stayed in this hotel,
and itl appeared exactly the way I remember it in the past.
The moderately sized once beautiful lobby
looked old and tired needing renovation,
…the ambiance was gloomy and unwelcoming.
Check in was a breeze, the people
at the front desk were friendly,
..and we were immediately on our way,
... to our room at the 15th floor.
Ours was a Superior Room that looked old and dull.
It had two twin beds, enough for a family of four,
they were firm and very comfortable.
It had a huge flat screen TV,
..a working and reading desk.
…an empty closet, save for the electronic safe.
It had a kettle for a coffee maker at the
minibar and a small empty refrigerator.
It had a moderately sized toilet,
…an old tired looking bathtub and shower,
…provided with basic amenities,
….and sufficient toiletries.
The room had huge, floor to ceiling panoramic windows,
with a depressing view of abandoned, melancholic
looking buildings on all sides- front to back,
…top to bottom.
The room had three landline phones-
the first one at the bedside,
...the second one on the study table,
…and a third one in the toilet.
The Wi Fi connection was very fast and complimentary.
However. the room's sorrowful ambiance left us feeling depressed
and unhappy, so I called the nearby EDSA Shangri La and inquired
if they had any vacancy and fortunately answered positively.
We moved in to a better room without checking out as it was
a prepaid three- night stay, and the Richmonde
were left lying unused in our EDSA Shangri La Suite.
The only time we laid eyes on Richmonde Hotel is by
looking at it from our hotel window and EDSA Shangri- La,
....and after we checked out 3 days later
without ever using the room.
The Richmonde Hotel
Ortigas is centrally located
at the booming Ortigas Central Business
It is walking distance from major
malls like Shangri- la
… the SM Megamall.
...and the St Francis Square.
I believe, the Richmonde
Hotel Ortigas’ saving
grace is its beautiful
heated indoor swimming pool.
They also have a well equipped Gym,
…and a business center all located on the same level.
The breakfast buffet is served at a beautiful
Richmonde Café located at the hotel’s second level.
We did not get to dine here as we moved to EDSA Shangri La,
but I still clearly remember that they have a decent spread in the
breakfast buffet during our stay here about ten years ago.
Lobby Lounge is a nice place to unwind, and relax for a drink or two.
The Exchange is
located just at
the entrance of Richmonde Café,
…and offers the same menu as the latter.
Ortigas is an affordable, four star
budget hotel centrally located at the bustling Ortigas Center.
The rooms a clean, comfortable and spacious,
but old, outdated and needing a renovation.
We were booked for three days
but the hotel’s gloomy ambiance,
…and the forlorn view of abandoned buildings from
our room left us feeling
depressed and claustrophobic,
...so we moved the nearby Edsa Shangri- La.
The Richmonde Hotel
keys were left lying
unused for three days in our Shangri La suite,
...until we checked out 3 days later
without using the room at all.