About this listing
Located in front of RIZAL STADIUM, a sports complex. Only 05 minutes walk to the LRT station, to Harison Plaza, SM Hypermarket or Shopwise Supermarket. A number of food chain and convenient stores are all over the area.
It's a 49 sq m condo, fully furnished consisting of one bedroom, 2 toilet and bath, kitchen , living and dining area and balcony. Secured place and public transportation accessible.
The guest will have access to the swimming pool, lobby, multi-purpose area.
Interaction with Guests
Communication will be basically thru the internet and messages left in this site. Further communication shall be exchange thru cellphone messages and shall be assisted by our caretaker upon request
Because we are located near universities most of the food establishments as well as services are student rate.We are accessible to the mall and 2 hypermarkets.
All kinds of public transportation are available in the area. However, we suggest that guest enroll at (website hidden), the fastest and safest Taxi Booking App.
Other Things to Note
Please be informed that for security reasons we have installed a double throw system to shut down electrical current during electrical power overload. Thus we strongly suggest that use of shower heater and air conditioner should not be simultaneous
NO SMOKING PLEASE.
TURN OFF air conditioning unit when leaving the condo
TURN OFF the stove and gas tank, unplug small appliances such as rice cooker , water percolator, when leaving the condo
Check in 2:00PM...early check in subject to availability
Check out strictly 12:00PM
*Guests requires to log in at the lobby, and present their identification card or passport. They need a pull out form and clearance from the owner to bring out big luggages during check out and consequently give back the keys of the unit.
*They are not allowed to have parties or invite rowdy and noisy guests in the unit.
* It is agreed upon that damages caused by the tenant shall have to be paid before check out. The unit shall be returned by the guest in the same physical condition as it was, upon endorsement.
*A cleaning/ maintenance staff will be available upon request, thus we do not allow guest to leave valuables in the unit. We will not be responsible for lost items.
*FOR LONG STAYING GUESTS:
*The guests will be responsible for their personal laundry as laundromats are available in the commercial area of the condo.
*Guests have to pay for their own cooking gas, and provide for their own toiletries.
Contact and arrival were unsatisfactory. I emailed Rissa (owner) about arrival but received no reply. I made phone contact a few days later – response was efficient but brusque with no welcoming remarks or “thanks for booking with me”; a far remove from the charming, smiling owner of the site photo.
On arrival Rissa’s helper was unfriendly – not even a hello and unhelpful, no offer to assist with luggage etc. She did assist with small luggage on (website hidden) sign of Rissa or contact from her during stay.
The apartment itself is satisfactory. It’s smaller than appears on the airbnb site but this is to be expected as most accommodation photos distort. Positives include plenty of power points, good cross breeze when some windows are open and satisfactory internet. Surprisingly, there are 2 bathrooms, one is quite big. There was a supply of paper towels.
The photo of the view on the website did not seem to be taken from the apartment. However, there is a view of sorts. There are two balconies which is good but one is mainly filled by air-con unit.
However there were a number of small problems:
The clothes closet is very small and other places where guests might put clothes and accessories had not been dusted recently.
The safety box was locked so we could not use it.
The hanging dryer for wet washing was broken.
The exhaust fan in big bathroom does not work and there is no towel rail (broken). In big bathroom the water pressure of the wash basin tap is very slow. (Shower in big bathroom is fine.)
The parquet tiling is loose and tiles often pop out of place.
Kitchen cupboards are dirty
If you want hot water, you need to turn off the air-con and vice versa.
The living area windows are covered on the inside with an ugly “paper”, perhaps to block the view of the clothes lines etc. on the balcony of the opposite apartment.
There are two overhead fans in living area – one works well but only operates when 3 attached lights are on; the other fan is very slow.
The cable TV only gets Philippine programs.
Several minor problems add up to a barely satisfactory experience. The place needs a thorough clean and minor make-over. And Rissa’s public relations need a make-over as well.
This was my first airbnb experience. I have friends who offer airbnb accommodation and others who talk about good experiences and charming hosts. There was no sign of Rissa and less of charm.
My apologies if you felt neglected by your host. We have communicated for almost a year and I even agreed that your Friend Victor view the apartment, thus it is quite unlikely that I was not able to give you the address and landmarks on how you will be able to reach my place. Please review our long conversation at this site as you might have forgotten. I even thanked you twice for considering my place and thanked you again when you booked.
You also called thru your mobile phone, my caretaker to give direction to your taxi because you must have forgotten also to print the direction i have provided in this site.
Also, i dont think Airbnb Host will welcome you if you will be too demanding and rude to their caretakers. Marie was so offended when
you practically threw your luggages on her side and demanded assistance from her. You may not have probably noticed that she tried to help you with your stuff but your friend, knowing that she is a lady, declined the offer, so she said she lead you to the elevator, and kept the door opened for you to enter.
The unit is 49 sqm and is bigger than any hotel rooms you will find in the area with that rate. Most of our guests are grateful and satisfied with my apartment however, I noticed that for first timers like you, your expectations are too high and yet you wanted a minimal rate to go with it.
With all your complains , I am quite surprised that , and i quote from your review "the apartment itself is SATISFACTORY"
Nice landlord with many houses resources. We had wonderful time when travel Manila. Thanks of Rissa's help and guide.
The apartment was very pleasant and great location to access the airport (which is exactly what I was looking for as I had a flight early the next morning). It was cool, clean and well serviced, and western, flushing toilets were amazing after a week in the countryside. The gate and reception staff were super-friendly too. The only thing I would say is it's far from the center of Manila. It was perfect for my needs being close to the airport, but it would require a 20 min taxi ride to get into the main part of Manila.
Liam originally booked this unit in the heart of the city, but since he wanted to stay near the airport, i invited him to try our unit near his location preference. Manila has such a busy traffic activities during the holiday season, moreso at this time when road construction are scattered all over,. Im sure you will be glad of the transfer near the airport had you been caught in the traffic jam when you are about to catch your plane. If you will be staying longer, I suggest that you try this unit, because im sure you'll gonna love the accessebility of the place to all places in the metro you would love to visit. Till then....
Overall our stay in Rissa's place was a good one. She even offered complimentary one night stay in one of her listings to welcome us but we begged off due to earlier commitment. She was very hands on as there were no emails left unanswered and always in a timely manner. All the listing's amenities were there and perfectly working. Even some toiletries were provided free of charge. The place was clean and in order. I am sure this is being done already but would like to suggest regular vacuum cleaning especially in the bedroom area (i.e. bed and mattress).
Overall we are happy with our stay and will not hesitate to return during our next visit to Manila. We will surely recommend the place to our friends and relatives.
Nice condo and very well maintained, nice host and very accommodating staff.
Estuve en el apartamento de Rissa entre el 1 y el 5 de julio. Empecé a buscar piso el mismo 1 de julio, y su respuesta fue inmediata.
Es un apartamento pequeño, limpio, suficiente para 2 personas, y seguro. A la salida de la torre se pueden conseguir taxis con bastante facilidad. El barrio no tiene mucha cosa, un supermercado cerca; eso sí, alrededor hay mucha pobreza.
He estado a gusto en el apartamento, con cualquier duda o problema Rissa tenía dos chicas que aparecían en seguida en el apartamento y te resolvían la papeleta.
The apartment was very clean. I enjoyed to stay in Rissas Apartment. Rissa offered me good price for my stay in Manila. She answers very fast any E-mails and phones, and solve any problems! I would definitely stay in her apartment if I back again Manila. Thank you very much for your nice and clean apartment Rissa:-)
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About the Host, Rissa
I am a pharmacist by profession and a small hotel owner in the province. My family and I love to travel. As we are 8 in the family, I really find it expensive to get a cheap accommodation. More so, eating out at every meal can be very expensive for a big group such as ours, when cooking on your own can be an option . When I saw your site, I thought this is a better and cheaper way of accommodation. So, I decided to join my condos with Airbnb, to which I am very much satisfied.
I am a very accommodating person because I know how it is to be in a foreign country and I can feel the excitement of enjoying a well deserved grand vacation! I really wanted my guests to be happy and make the most out of their stay with me.