LUB D Family Hostelcation (and How to Plan your Own) @Lub_d

Lub d, which means “sleep well” in Thai, is Southeast Asia’s leading Hotel & Hostel brand based in Bangkok. The new Brgy. Poblacion, Makati branch is their first expansion in Manila. Though the design and pricing is that of a hostel, having more Private Rooms (119) vs. Duplex Rooms (34) and Mixed Dorm rooms (10) makes Lub d Makati more like a budget hotel. It’s the largest one in the Philippines targeting millennial travelers who want to see the world. It’s also great for families and training your little travelers to get used to the hostel vibe. Our family stayed for a short “hostelcation” over the weekend. Here’s why we think it’s the best place for one in Makati… Lub d Hostel 7833 Makati Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City 1210 Telephone: +63 2 541 6358 Email: Facebook@LubdHostel Instagram: @LubdHostel Website Check out low Lub d Makati rates and availability from Booking and Agoda. Lub d Welcome The main attraction is the 2nd floor lobby zone–an open mixed-use space… …with a floor to ceiling view of the hustle and bustle of Makati Avenue. There’s a signature photo wall featuring the best things to do in Metro Manila. They have regular events at 2pm, 4pm, and 8pm to foster interaction between travelers and Lub d guests. (Note: During our stay, the boys were excited about the Foosball Competition and Fire Eating Noodle Contest. Sadly, it didn’t push through. I guess the staff wasn’t excited about playing with kids and teens.) The staff was happy to play with the millennials and travelers in the Beer Pong competition. We had our own little competition of Parents vs. Boys at the Foosball table (Aidan always won). (Tip: The arcade machines cost ₱5 per game, which isn’t really worth the kids wasting money on. Besides, we usually bring our own Playstation console with us to our room.) They have board games that mostly cater to millennials. Here’s hoping they add more stimulating games for kids. Yes, they do have a co-working space in the lobby zone for those looking to work and play in Makati. Our favorite room is the Cooldown Area, which is like a shared Netflix lounge/mini-theater living room. (Note: It’s open from 6.00am to 12 mn and you can use the shower facilities and lounge area pre-check-in or post-check-out.) All the elevator doors have inspiring quotes. This is our favorite! Soon, they will have a roof deck floor with a rooftop bar & restaurant.   Hotel Hostel Room Barkada Room. Our kids stayed in the 16 sqm high ceiling duplex with a private bathroom. There’s a queen bed below and two comfortable single beds on the upper deck. They provide duvets, sheets, and towels with a separate wash basin. Each room comes with a simple coffee/tea maker and bottled water. There’s a mini-refrigerator in the room, a small safe box (that cannot fit a laptop), and a hairdryer. (Note: We had a hard time operating the safety deposit box) Our kids have loved double-deck beds ever since we stayed at Planetyze Hostel in Tokyo. The bathrooms are clean, functional, and well-designed (with no bathtub options, of course). They provide basic toiletries–sanitary bag, shower cap, and cotton buds. Lub.d Staycation-26.jpg Junior Room. The parents, on the other hand, stayed in the private room with a king-size bed and a view of Makati. Loved the Lub d welcome gifts and greetings in their blue and white colors!   Breakfast & Merienda Grab & Go Menu: All Day Breakfast, Pasta, Sandwiches | Mocktails, Sweets, Pastry, Coffee They have a decent selection of all-day breakfast, merienda, and drinks. Fried Milkfish (310). Fried marinated milkfish, salted egg salad, garlic rice. A classic bangsilog. We liked mixing in the salted egg with the rice and eating the atchara in between bites. Smoked Longganisa (205). Local smoked sausage, garlic rice, fried egg. Longganisa that was thinly sliced to make it look like it was a lot. Bacon and Eggs (245). Bacon, choice of two eggs, beans, and toast. The bacon was nicely thin and crisp, but I don’t think Filipinos are used to beans and toast for breakfast. Sausage and Eggs (₱350). Sausages, choice of two eggs, beans, and toast. Can we have this with rice please? Also a bit expensive. Tinapa & Pesto (₱350). Local smoked fish, basil pesto, grated parmesan, spaghetti. The pastas are good for a quick bite or merienda. Malay Chicken Curry (₱295). Braised chicken curry, seasoned vegetables, steamed rice. The best of what we had and our favorite was the Malay Chicken Curry with its delicious sauce over rice. Yum! Honey Grilled Cheese (₱155). Melted cheddar cheese, local honey, brioche. Hot melted cheese on a brioche soaked with honey! We sliced it for sharing and ended up ordering for more. Free Popcorn There’s free popcorn at 4pm for all those hanging out at the lobby zone.   Final Thoughts Overall, we had an awesome time at Lub d with our boys despite not having a bath tub and swimming pool. The morning staff was really cool and knew how to engage with our kids. The evening staff, however, was slow and seemed to only cater to the millennial travelers. We love the Malay Chicken Curry, Honey Grilled Cheese, and FREE Popcorn. The rooms are also quite nice for their price and even better than some of the other hotels and inns in Makati. No wonder it’s highly rated in both and Not bad for a 1-month old establishment! Lub d Hostel 7833 Makati Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City 1210 Telephone: +63 2 541 6358 Email: Facebook@LubdHostel Instagram: @LubdHostel Website

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Live an Awesome Life, AntonFounder,  Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of our friends from Lub d Makati. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.  P.S. There is a 24-hour All-day Pinoy Breakfast place just at the corner of P. Burgos St. Kanto Freestyle is where you go for Pinoy comfort food breakfast with a convenient location. KANTO FREESTYLE P. Burgos, Makati City Facebook: @KantoFreestyleBreakfast Instagram: @kantobfast You can have this anytime of the day: Kanto Freestyle All Day Breakfast Menu Honey Garlic Chicken (138) Our favorite–sweet and garlicky. Pampanga Tocino (P88) The boys would get an ala carte order of this sweet tocino on the side. New Zealand Beef Tapa (150) Soft and tastier than your usual tapsilog. Bacon and Eggs (132) The bacon here is also yummier. Chicken Longanisa (132) A healthier longganisa version. Waffles topped with Goya Ganache (132) The best! Waffle topped with local Goya ganache. Churros with Hot Tsokolate Eh (110) Churros with hot chocolate and choc nut crumble. Yum! We love the ambiance here and their better Pinoy breakfast selections available anytime of the day!

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