Wanderlust | Not your usual airport hotel

Remember the Tom Hanks film “The Terminal” where he played a European tourist who arrived at JFK Airport in New York in the midst of a political turmoil in his country and was forced to stay in the airport since U.S. security won’t let him leave or enter the country?

Well, you can now have a similar ‘The Terminal” experience at the airport complex – except that, unlike Hanks’ character, you can freely go out and explore the city.

Megaworld recently opened Savoy Hotel Manila, its latest airport hotel, in Newport City, literally situated across the NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City.

The Deck room accommodation

The Deck room accommodation

During my brief overnight stay recently at Savoy, I had the chance to explore the hotel. Fortunately, Savoy’s got Abegail Nicolas (who’s a friend since her Belmont – also a Megaworld property – stint) as their assistant guest relations manager. She’s not only very amiable but can also speak Bisaya (she’s from Cebu!), which I think is a big plus for customer relations.

Abegail, who introduced me also to their equally gracious marketing and communications manager Samantha Manuel, gave me (and another Cebuano friend and multimedia personality Jude Bacalso, who was also staying at the hotel at that time) a personalized tour of the 12-story hotel’s hip and chic rooms and unique facilities.

“Our well-appointed rooms cater to all types of guests – from families to businessmen, to transient travelers, since we’re practically right across NAIA, ” she said.

The hotel has a total of 684 rooms, ranging from 23 to 27 square meters per unit. “We call our most basic accommodation as the Essentials, which is perfect for people on the go, while we also have larger rooms, The Runway, The Space, and The Deck, which are our executive suites, perfect for tourists and staycation,” Abegail explained.

Luckily, they booked me at the oh-so-awesome The Runway room, where I literally spent the night watching planes land and take-off. I didn’t even care to check what’s on cable TV, which I normally do when I first set foot inside hotel rooms. The view alone, a real-life “screensaver,” if there’s such, had me hooked for hours.

I shared with Abegail that I observed that their rooms, compared to other properties in the complex, are more vibrant and Instagram-friendly.

“Since most hotels in the area cater mostly to the business market, we want to give them something different at Savoy and make them feel that they’re both having business and vacation at the same time,” she replied.

Speaking of vacay, Savoy is just a few steps away from Newport City’s casino, dining and entertainment complex. NAIA T3 also has a number of dining outlets.

Another unique feature of Savoy is The Squares, co-working spaces conveniently located on several guest floors, equipped with high-speed internet, publications, snack corner and an express checkout counters available round-the-clock.

“The lounges can also be used for our hotel guests to receive their own visitors without having to take them to their rooms,” she added.

We also dropped by the hotel’s F&B outlets, Zabana Bar, The Poolside, Savoy Cafe, where they serve their daily breakfast buffet, and The Connect Lounge, an exclusive space for guests staying at the executive suite rooms as well as their spa and gym.

All in all, Savoy is not just about luxurious comforts for business and leisure travelers. It is also about convenience and accessibility, since it’s a few minutes’ drive to Mall of Asia area, Makati and BGC via the Skyways. Also, it’s far and away from the flood prone areas of Metro Manila, if that’s a concern.

Upon arrival at NAIA T3, Savoy Hotel is accessible via Manila Runway, in case you just have a light bag or backpack with you since it entails a short 5 minute stroll. However, Resorts World Manila offers free shuttle service at the T3 arrival area for all Newport City hotel and casino guests.

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