Staycation at Summit Hotel Magnolia

When I was a kid, my family and I would stay in a hotel for a weekend on special occasions like Valentine’s or someone’s birthday. When my younger sister Karen and I got older, this family tradition dwindled.

Thanks to an early birthday treat from Agoda, we rediscovered the joys of hotel staycations. We spent 24 hours at one of the newest hotels in Quezon City—Summit Hotel Magnolia. I’ve been so cooped up with my deadlines and she’s been busy preparing for motherhood (she’s due for baby number one soon!) that this staycation couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Super King room

The Super King room

My sister Karen at the lobby

My sister Karen at the lobby

Because the rooms of Summit Hotel Magnolia are located on the fifth and sixth floors of Robinson’s Magnolia Mall, my preggy sister and I didn’t need to go far. We spent the whole day doing what we do best—shopping, eating, and bonding. We browsed through H&M, H&M Home, and one of the biggest Daiso Japan Stores I’ve ever visited.

Throwback to the '90s in Manila: Magnolia Ice Cream House

Throwback to the ’90s in Manila: Magnolia Flavor House

As for food, we took a stroll down memory lane at Magnolia Flavor House, which served classic ice cream and savory dishes like it was 1990. For dinner we got our kimchi fix at Chef’s Noodle at the food court.

Now for my review of the hotel:

Kate was here.

Kate was here.

This boutique hotel is best for transient corporate folk who need to be in the QC area, Manila dwellers like me who need a hotel break, and backpackers who are looking to explore another side of Manila. Most tourists end up at the Old Manila and Makati area, but there’s a rustic charm to the neighboring districts of Aurora Boulevard, where Summit Hotel Magnolia is located. A few blocks away you’ll find the artsy Cubao Expo, PETA Theater where you can catch Filipino plays, and an array of restaurants and shopping districts.

Daytime view from our room: Quezon City skyline

Daytime view from our room: Quezon City skyline

Bed fit for a king, or in our case, two queens!

Bed fit for a king, or in our case, two queens!

For local vacationers who prefer to just sleep in and relax, Summit Hotel Magnolia makes your stay worthwhile. When you check in, they give you pile of complimentary magazines from Summit Media and a Robinson’s Privelege Card that gives you shopping discounts at the mall. The mall has a movie theater and wide array of shops; just make sure you buy what you need before they close at 9 or 10 p.m.

Complimentary breakfast is served at Conti’s restaurant downstairs. Known for their comfort food and cakes, Conti’s is bustling with hotel guests every morning.

Conti's breakfast for me and this mommy-to-be

Conti’s breakfast for me and this mommy-to-be

Complimentary toiletries from Storm London

Complimentary toiletries from Storm London

As a beauty editor, I appreciate hotels that go beyond generic toiletries. Summit Hotel Magnolia gives guests a travel-sized set of toiletries from Storm London, which to me is a great bonus.

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

Plenty of space to do my Yoga

Plenty of space to do my #YogaAnywhere

Overall, the hotel is clean, modern, and spacious. There’s plenty of space for storing your luggage and personal effects in the rooms. As a person with notorious restless leg syndrome (RLS), I can attest to how the king-sized bed stayed firm and squeak-less despite my constant tossing and turning. My sister slept like a baby next to me.

What would you do at a hotel staycation?

Summit Hotel Magnolia is located at Doña Hemady Street corner Aurora Boulevard, New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines. For bookings and more info, visit

February 26, 2015


  1. Jacqueline wrote:

    Hi. i tried to search the hotel’s website and other blogs, there’s no mention of a pool. there’s none? thanks

  2. […] my own sake, I’ve found a great review about Summit Hotel Magnolia in Quezon, City and as per Kate’s review they’ve had really enjoyed […]

  3. Jo-Ann wrote:

    First time I saw pics of Robinsons Magnolia. Nice!!! Nice area too. Am intrigued 🙂

  4. I will definitely take the opportunity to have my rest and relaxation I believe I deserve for working super hard this past years. I will also bond with my Mom and maybe have a super relaxing massage, mani-pedi, and other things she may want to try. .^_^.

  5. Given the chance to go out for a hotel staycation, I will make use of the day using the hotel amenities, tour around, have some pictures and of course, relax. The best thing about having a staycation is that you can enjoy, relax and make the most of your time without the need to travel far. With the great amenities and facilities that these places offer, you will be assured of a great vacation in the middle of the city. 🙂

  6. jansie wrote:

    Sleeeeeeeep. And eat.

  7. Rochelle wrote:

    I’d probably unwind with my office bff. I know we both need a break from work. LOL. We’d probably enjoy the soft bed and swim in the pool for hours.

  8. Cha wrote:

    Bonding time with baby robbie during a staycation 🙂 Woohoo. More points! HAHAHA

  9. Jeda Gonzales wrote:

    I will enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and I will surely check on their buffet. I will also make friends.. I will do may very best to make my every staycation a memorable one 😛

  10. Yas Homena wrote:

    eat.sleep.swim.repeat. lol

  11. i’d swim n the pool all day 🙂

  12. Astra wrote:

    Thanks for the great giveaway Kate! The best part of any staycation for me is being able to enjoy the nice big bed and being able to sleep all day 😉

  13. anne0822 wrote:

    I’d sleep and watch TV the whole day, then soak in a bathtub for about an hour! I love staycations! It’s an added plus that it’s in the same building as Robinson’s Magnolia Mall. 🙂

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