Review of Chateau Elysee, Paranaque, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
On my second trip to the Philippines to visit Lea, I came for a long weekend as it was Labor Day at home. Because this was a short trip, we decided to stay at a condotel (condo/hotel) type place near the airport. We picked Chateau Elysee in Paranaque, Manila, Luzon, Philippines.
We wanted a condotel as we wanted a place with a kitchenette where we could cook ourselves to save money and get to know each other better. Lea wanted to teach me how to cook Filipino food and I wanted to teach her how to cook American food.
We also wanted a place with a nice outdoor swimming pool to swim and enjoy the beautiful weather. The photos of Chateau Elysee on Expedia and booking.com looked like it was just the place that we were looking for. We were not disappointed.
Chateau Elysee has 6 clusters of 7 story buildings with a plantation style architecture. The two swimming pools are the center of attention. Out front is a large pavilion also in plantation style as the showcase for the entrance. This has many chairs and can be used to relax or have a meal and be protected from the sun.
This is really not a hotel. It is a condominium complex with units that are rented out by the owners. You will not find a front desk here. When you arrive, most likely by taxi, you will drive up to the guard post. The complex has very good security, so you really do not have to worry about your safety here. The guard will ask you which of the 6 complex buildings is your reservation. We were located in the Seine Complex. The guard will ask to see your reservation. The guard will then tell your taxi driver how to get to your complex building. Upon arriving out front of your complex entrance, you will most likely be greeted by a person who is the unit’s caretaker.
This person will show you to your unit. He or she will explain all the amenities and features of your room. You will be given your key and told how you can contact him/her if you have any issues. They provided us with some fruits, coffee, and chocolates as a welcoming gift which was nice.
The unit was a small efficiency apartment with a kitchenette, living/dining area room, 1 bedroom and a bathroom (CR in the Philippines). It was perfect for 2-3 people as we were 2 1/2 people. There was air conditioning in the bedroom only, but the unit was small enough that the A/C kept the entire unit cool.
The kitchenette was small, but just what we were looking for with a small refrigerator, gas stove top, microwave, sink, counter and cabinets. Essential silverware, cooking utensils, pot and pans were provided.
The living/dining room consisted of a small couch, small table for 4, flat screen TV and a fan. The couch was able to pull out into a bed. The unit had wifi and cable TV. The wifi has great reception.
The bathroom was small and had a toilet, small shower and sink. It was very clean. There was plenty of hot water.
The bedroom was small, but comfortable. It had a double bed, closet, sliding glass door and a small balcony. Our balcony overlooked the Manila Airport in the distance. You could see planes taking off and landing, but the airport was not close enough to be a noise problem.
We were able to find a grocery store and a wet market nearby to buy our food. The wet market was a good find as I was making Lea my fish chowder American specialty and Lea was making me her pork adobo Filipino specialty. It was great to find fresh fish and pork. There is also an SM mall 10 minutes away by trike.
The pool was a great relaxing and refreshing way to spend the day. There are two swimming pools. The largest is an Olympic size swimming pool. The second pool is a large shallow 3 ft depth kiddie pool There were plenty of chairs, lounges, and umbrellas surrounding the pool area.
The facility also has a gym and laundry facilities.
The area surrounding the facility is very crowded with a lot of commercial establishments. We never felt unsafe there. We didn’t go out to eat as we wanted to cook for ourselves, but we did find a wonderful family KTV just down the street for drinks and song. This family KTV was different than most in Manila as it has a band singing the songs, and would invite people to sing with them or have people sing on their own when they took breaks. It was a very friendly place and good prices on food and drink.
The only negative thing that we can say about Chateau Elysee is that it is only 2.8 miles from the Manila airport, but it took us almost 2 hours to get to there from the airport due to traffic.
All in all, this was exactly what we were looking for on our long weekend get away.
We would definitely recommend Chateau Elysee to anyone that wants a family friendly and relatively inexpensive place to stay, cook for yourself and to spend quality family time together by a nice pool.
We would not recommend it to anyone that wants a conventional hotel room with room service, hotel breakfast and a restaurant on site as Chateau Elysee does not have any of these.
Click HERE to get availability and rates on Chateau Elysee from Expedia.