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: contact.makati@lubd.com Facebook@LubdHostel Instagram: @LubdHostel Websitehttps://www.lubd.com/makati 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… https://flic.kr/p/GLnfXY …with a floor to ceiling view of the hustle and bustle of Makati Avenue. https://flic.kr/p/Ff5u48 There’s a signature photo wall featuring the best things to do in Metro Manila. https://flic.kr/p/23PmHrQ 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.) https://flic.kr/p/GLkK4w The staff was happy to play with the millennials and travelers in the Beer Pong competition. https://flic.kr/p/24U9CY4 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.) https://flic.kr/p/GLneVN They have board games that mostly cater to millennials. Here’s hoping they add more stimulating games for kids. https://flic.kr/p/GLkZhm Yes, they do have a co-working space in the lobby zone for those looking to work and play in Makati. https://flic.kr/p/24U89eT 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.) https://flic.kr/p/229c9gh All the elevator doors have inspiring quotes. This is our favorite! https://flic.kr/p/229ciuN Soon, they will have a roof deck floor with a rooftop bar & restaurant.   Hotel Hostel Room https://flic.kr/p/229bM23 Barkada Room. Our kids stayed in the 16 sqm high ceiling duplex with a private bathroom. https://flic.kr/p/GLm1CY There’s a queen bed below and two comfortable single beds on the upper deck. https://flic.kr/p/24U8xgp They provide duvets, sheets, and towels with a separate wash basin. https://flic.kr/p/24U8zcP Each room comes with a simple coffee/tea maker and bottled water. https://flic.kr/p/24Qr7eE 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) https://flic.kr/p/GLmCwb Our kids have loved double-deck beds ever since we stayed at Planetyze Hostel in Tokyo. https://flic.kr/p/23wZi26 The bathrooms are clean, functional, and well-designed (with no bathtub options, of course). https://flic.kr/p/GLmeTA 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. https://flic.kr/p/23Pnmmw Loved the Lub d welcome gifts and greetings in their blue and white colors!   Breakfast & Merienda https://flic.kr/p/23wZ6Ak Grab & Go Menu: All Day Breakfast, Pasta, Sandwiches | Mocktails, Sweets, Pastry, Coffee They have a decent selection of all-day breakfast, merienda, and drinks. https://flic.kr/p/Ff5Nt4 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. https://flic.kr/p/229cuxE Smoked Longganisa (205). Local smoked sausage, garlic rice, fried egg. Longganisa that was thinly sliced to make it look like it was a lot. https://flic.kr/p/Ff5Y7c 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. https://flic.kr/p/24QrX3b Sausage and Eggs (₱350). Sausages, choice of two eggs, beans, and toast. Can we have this with rice please? Also a bit expensive. https://flic.kr/p/Ff696a Tinapa & Pesto (₱350). Local smoked fish, basil pesto, grated parmesan, spaghetti. The pastas are good for a quick bite or merienda. https://flic.kr/p/GLnpdA 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! https://flic.kr/p/23x2rgt Honey Grilled Cheese (₱155). Melted cheddar cheese, local honey, brioche. Hot melted cheese on a brioche soaked with honey! https://flic.kr/p/GLnB7f We sliced it for sharing and ended up ordering for more. https://flic.kr/p/24Qsrh7 Free Popcorn There’s free popcorn at 4pm for all those hanging out at the lobby zone.   Final Thoughts https://flic.kr/p/24QsjrJ 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. https://flic.kr/p/23wYQ8r 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 Agoda.com and Booking.com. 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: contact.makati@lubd.com Facebook@LubdHostel Instagram: @LubdHostel Websitehttps://www.lubd.com/makati

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Live an Awesome Life, AntonFounder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  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. https://flic.kr/p/23x2tdV 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 https://flic.kr/p/24QtsHm You can have this anytime of the day: Kanto Freestyle All Day Breakfast Menu https://flic.kr/p/Ff7sqp Honey Garlic Chicken (138) Our favorite–sweet and garlicky. https://flic.kr/p/229e3ff Pampanga Tocino (P88) The boys would get an ala carte order of this sweet tocino on the side. https://flic.kr/p/24Ubdqx New Zealand Beef Tapa (150) Soft and tastier than your usual tapsilog. https://flic.kr/p/23x2J34 Bacon and Eggs (132) The bacon here is also yummier. https://flic.kr/p/23x34yP Chicken Longanisa (132) A healthier longganisa version. https://flic.kr/p/24UbzKg Waffles topped with Goya Ganache (132) The best! Waffle topped with local Goya ganache. https://flic.kr/p/GLoYEy Churros with Hot Tsokolate Eh (110) Churros with hot chocolate and choc nut crumble. Yum! https://flic.kr/p/24Ub1u8 We love the ambiance here and their better Pinoy breakfast selections available anytime of the day!

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