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I am Anna - a working mom with two kids. Our family loves to travel and have experienced staying in apartments overseas where we can save, be comfortable and be accessible to commercial areas.
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We had a wonderful stay at this unit during our two week visit to Manila. It was just right for our family of 5. The fully equipped unit was conveniently located, across from two shopping malls with plenty of choices for restaurants and grocery stores. We also appreciated the availability of warm water for showers, as I understand that not all units have hot water. Only one caution - there is a washer that has a spin cycle, but it is not a dryer. Otherwise, everything is as advertised. Anna was a great host, and had good recommendations for restaurants and things to do (i.e., The Mind Museum for kids). We would not hesitate to reserve the unit again if available if/when we return to Manila.
The condo is better than the pictures! The perfect place for a family to stay and enjoy the wonderful BGC area. The location is perfectly situated for walking anywhere in the Fort and it's direction connection by walking bridge to Serendra is extremely (website hidden) Aura is directly across the street. An overall 5 star experience!
The listing was better than expected. The photos did not do justice to how the place actually looked - it was much better. The unit was nicely furnished, clean and in an ideal location. The host, Anna Bengzon, was very pleasant and warm. She welcomed us, and our guests, not as a landlady but as a true host. She even had fresh fruits and light snack ready for our guests, in case they needed it. Will definitely book this unit again should we need a place to stay next time we visit the Philippines.
Anna's place is nicely decorated, spacious, clean, comfortable and it's in a nice neighborhood, which is centrally located. It's very close to a lot of good stores and restaurants. There's even a supermarket in the mall right across the apartment building. The building itself has tight security so you feel very secure.
Anna was an extremely organized host and was easy to communicate with. We had a wonderful time! Would definitely recommend.
Thank you Anna and Jay for a comfortable and enjoyable stay at your place!
The unit was very clean and the fresh smelling towels and linen were more than enough. The beds were cozy. The place was exactly as pictured and described. The kitchen was complete with pans, utensils, nice dishes, down to cooking oil, spices and condiments.
Serendra is a very prime property. The place was well guarded and safe. You can just walk to sm aura right across or you can stroll through beautiful gardens to the shops and restos at bonifacio hi street or to market market. Our kids just had a blast!
We will choose to stay at Anna and Jay's place the next time we're in Manila and we'll recommend it to family and friends.
Thank you, Anna, for a very restful and comfortable stay in your lovely apartment at Serendra 2 for our family of 5.
We appreciated not only that your apt was as described and photographed, but also that it was nicely furnished and very clean (a challenge for some other place we tried). The flat have pleasant views of city lights. Currently there is quite a bit of constuction going on and the pool was not completed yet, both a minor distraction.
There was a phone available for local calls, helpful when arriving from other countries.
Internet connection is reliable and high speed.
Your thoughtful touches of having breakfast items like yoghurt,milk, fruits and some croissants, as well as coffee and tea selections and bottles of drinking water for us for the next morning, were very helpful indeed, especially while travelling with our 5 year old grandson. There were basic items in the kitchen as well: coffee filters,sugar,salt, pepper, oil, soysauce to make it easy to start a small meal if needed.
Dishes and glass ware were very nice and matched, not someones "left overs". A good selection of pots and pans are available.
The baths were bright, well equipped with nice towels, soaps, shampoo,lotions, etc
(perhaps it would be good for the long term to have the misaligned showerdoors fixed, they heavily leak water and may damage your floors)
You and your kind husband accommodated us into your busy schedule and met us on location after a delayed flight late at night. We were a bit worried, but you kept in constant touch and it all worked out in the end.
Your bright and well furnished flat was an oasis to come back to after a busy day spent with family.
Across the street many restaurants and shopping are easily available. It appears pleasant and safe to walk around freely during late evening hours. Which can not be said about most other parts of Manila.
We would certainly return and warmly recommend your flat to anyone.
I should like to add that I am not a demanding traveller while visiting other countries but have a tendancy to notice shoddy housekeeping in an instant.
Ann and her family work hard on keeping their place welcoming, shining and clean!
Ann and Jay, thank you for your hospitality.
Jaime and Lisa B. from San Francisco,California
Just finished our 30 day stay with Anna and what a great experience! Anna was there at check in to show us all the features, she even had snacks for the kids along with bfast items. She made sure we had everything we needed for the stay, from cleaning the unit to laundry.
You can see pictures of the unit on the site and see how nice the place is. I can certainly share what a great host Anna is and the great location for an enjoyable and hassle free stay!
A cozy and spacious place indeed! We only spent 3 nights at Anna's place, on transit between traveling within Philippines, it was a great experience to conclude our Christmas holiday trip before coming back to Thailand.
I stayed at another unit at Serendra for almost a week when we came and had to travel to Baguio after that. We still had a few days in Manila after our Baguio trip and wasn't planning on renting out since we can spend it at some family/relatives place. But I had such a good experience at my previous stay at Serendra, that I had to spend our final nights back there again. Sadly, the unit we stayed at wasn't available anymore but fortunately this unit still is at a perfect time when we need it. It was much bigger and more expensive than the 1 br we needed ( just 3 of us), but definitely worth the spend! And it turns out that my hosts are sisters! Oh they are such wonderful people with wonderful units and so glad to have met them!
Serendra is in such a great location, just right across the high end shopping mall, SM Aura, and Market Market. It also has very nice and well kept family friendly facilities, and very friendly staff. My daughter enjoyed her stay here so much!
Even for just a few nights, Anna made our stay here even more unforgettable. She gave us a very warm welcome together with leaving a fruit basket, a bottle of wine, chocolates, etc.. It was so much more special than a five star hotel! On top of the very nice, cozy and very spacious 3 BR unit, she had everything we needed and had everything so well organized in the house! Oh and the bed, pillows and beddings, were so comfy, we slept so well. I will definitely not go back to staying at a hotel again with this choice and would definitely recommend it to any of my friends who will travel and stay in Manila :)
The Bengzon's was great. They were very attentive to all details and accommodating to our needs.
The apartment was nice, clean and complete with all the necessary amenities you will find in a home.
My family was very satisfied in our stay.
Anna est très disponible et toujours à l'écoute, elle est de confiance !
Anna and her family stayed at my place for 4 nights. They kept the place clean and tidy. Strongly recommend them as they are host themselves in Manilla.