Words by JP Sium | Photos by Vivien Del Valle | Video by Blew David
Staycations are all about relaxation. People usually do it because they want to get out of their daily routine and stay somewhere else overnight. Imagine waking up to a nice breakfast, sleeping on a comfy bed, and probably beating the summer heat by dipping in the pool– these are all under your fingers without the hassle of doing anything. Hotels can serve you all of that and what you literally have to do is just to unwind. One hotel in Pasay called Selah Garden Hotel intends to do the same but has a lot more to offer
Selah Garden Hotel is a boutique hotel located in 2715 Park Avenue Street, San Rafael, Pasay City. It has 83 rooms in their 4-storey hotel, a meditation center, gazebo, infinity pool, events place, and a swing that you have access to. What makes Selah different from other competitors is that they also have extreme activities that you could try to compensate for the activities you would usually do in the province.
These extreme activities include scuba diving and treetop adventure (zipline rides, monkey rope crossing, freefalling, wall climbing, etc.). Both has an additional charge, but the experience can definitely be one of the most memorable things you’ll do with your friends. Many organizations and companies actually book at Selah for their team building– a clear proof that you can grow closer to your friends/colleague as you conquer the challenges together. If you’re afraid of heights/depths, rest assured that their programs are 100% safe.
(Tip: they conduct yoga lessons at the gazebo every weekend. You might want to check in during those days for a free meditation time!)
Selah doesn’t just focus on proving the best for their guests; they also provide the best methods to help Mother Nature. They made the roofs of all their buildings solar powered and installed an energy-generating windmill at the center. Those may not cover the whole electrical usage of the hotel, but at least they make an extra effort to use natural sources to lessen the hotel’s utility bill. If you walk around Selah, you would also notice that there are lots of sustainable and innovative plant walls. It promotes wellness and adds to the “resort” effect of the place.
Now let’s talk about the rooms: it is unbelievably affordable. This boutique hotel has different types of rooms for different markets. There are rooms suitable for friends, families, solo travelers, couples, and even PWDs. To highlight some, we have the following:
FOR FRIENDS ON A BUDGET
Bunk Room (4, 6, or 8 pax)
Selah has three different bunk rooms: one that is perfect for 4 people, another for 6, and the last one for 8 friends. Each room has a double decker, a sink, a separate toilet, and a separate shower room. The good news here is that bunk rooms cost only PHP 750.00 per head regardless of the number of people you are with.
FOR FRIENDS WITH BUDGET / FAMILIES ON A BUDGET
Fantabulous Loft (7 pax)
This loft is ideal for a group of people who appreciates a more spacious room. The bed is more comfortable than the double deckers bunk rooms have, so staying in would be so much enjoyable. Fantabulous Lofts have TVs with cable channel to keep the guests entertained, as well.
FOR FAMILIES WITH BUDGET
Stellar Suite (10 pax)
The name of this room is exactly what it is: stellar. Stellar Suite is very big to the point that it has a living room and huge space for cooking, while all the beds are located on the second floor. They have two bathrooms, a large cabinet, and also a TV with cable channel.
FOR COUPLES / PWDs
Cozy Room (2 pax)
This room is actually best for honeymooners. The whole vibes are very romantic with its interior design and color tone. What makes this room even better is that it is also suitable for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). They designed the room to be lower than usual (even for the bed, toilet, cabinet, sink, etc.) for the convenience of these people. Another fun fact about Selah is that they wanted to make the visit of PWDs better by structural the whole place with ramps and having an elevator. It’s very thoughtful of them that they aim to make them feel like they are not secluded.
Yes, this is all located in Pasay, and, yes, this would definitely not hurt your wallet. I know it’s quite hard to believe that all of these can be found just at the heart of Pasay, but see for it yourself– cancel that trip to the province, and try booking at Selah Garden Hotel. You’ll learn that you don’t need to go far to experience fun and relaxation in one area.
Truly, Selah Garden Hotel is the perfect getaway in the city.