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Back in the Philippines – Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

By Kach Umandap February 7th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Luxury Hotel Review, Travel Blog No comments

It has been three years since I’ve been to the Philippines, and we had another great staycation at Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites managed by AccorHotels.

I was with Jonathan and my siblings when we stayed here in 2017. Now, I’m back without Jonathan but all my siblings are here including my half-sister Kandace and my Dad. I was also able to meet my Philippines-based team members, Mike, Fatima, and Lyza, who helps me with content writing and social media management.

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

I just came from Papua New Guinea, and Joy~Nostalg was able to host us as well as being an excellent location for our meet-up at the Roof Bar in Joy~Nostalg. Its location is perfect as it is in Ortigas – near the airport and near malls. Check out my personal experience as we stayed in Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites for the second time!

About Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

Located in Ortigas, Pasig City, Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila is a building with 229 spacious rooms and suites that are managed by Accorhotels. This high-rise center is not only for residence but is also full of offices of multi-national companies. Be it for business or pleasure; it’s a great choice when you are in Metro Manila.

The Room

We stayed in a Two-Bedroom Executive Suite that could accommodate up to 6 guests plus kids. It was spacious and could be a great place for staycation with family and friends. The master bedroom has a king bed while the other room has two single beds. There are bathrooms in each room and we loved the master’s bathroom.

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

There was a bathtub with TV and you can get a view of the night sky when you open the blinders, you could also have a sauna and a shower in the stall. Toiletries were complete, with unlimited shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites


The common area also was huge, with a flat-screen TV as well as sofa and great view Ortigas during day time & night. It was really like a home away from home. The kitchen is complete with plates and utensils, a refrigerator, an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher and a filter for your water. There was also a laundry machine a dryer which was very useful since I had no more clean clothes for traveling. Overall, our room was perfect! Great place for “Balikbayans” like me who wants to be with their whole family since they have a kitchen, living room and even washing machine with dryer – very useful after swimming!

Here are also rooms available in Joy-Nostalg Hotel and Suites:

  • Studio Executive – 41m2 air-conditioned room with a kitchen and a home entertainment system
  • One-Bedroom Executive – 91 m2 apartment with facilities of the studio executive with a see-through bathroom as well as bathtub and in-shower steam room
  • Two-Bedroom Executive – 131 m2 room with facilities of a one-bedroom executive and another bedroom with two single beds and a separate bathroom. It can accommodate up to 6 persons.
  • Three-Bedroom Executive – 181 m2 room with facilities of a two-bedroom executive plus another bedroom with a queen bed and a separate bathroom. It can accommodate up to 8 persons.

The Food

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

The breakfast, more like brunch for us, was very delicious. It was a buffet with a lot of cuisines; Filipino, Malaysian, Japanese, and American. There were cereals for kids, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, and salads with dressings. Different kinds of bread, cheese, spreads and a toaster was there. Japanese food like miso soup and maki and Malaysian food like laksa or noodles were available. I also had the opportunity to eat more Filipino food, besides fried rice and the usual viands; the Taho was what amazed me. The food was delicious and made everybody full; it’s a great way to start a day.

Facilities in Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

There is a pool that’s about 4-5 feet deep that my youngest sister enjoyed. However, there is also a Jacuzzi or small pool for kids; this is where my niece spent much time in. The changing area near the pool room was equipped with shower stalls as well as the free use of a locker. There is also a fully equipped gym if you want a work-out; however, we were too busy and passed that one.

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

The Roof in Joy~Nostalg was also spacious, and we really enjoyed our meet-up there. We had trivia games, forums, and a full-on party mode from 7 pm. The bar doesn’t only offer drinks but also delicious food from pika-pika like fries or onion rings to dinner-worthy like the barbeque pork ribs, chicken wings and many more. It was such a fun night and I was glad to meet about 120 readers of the blog. There were also giveaways from Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites as well as from the blog. Congratulations to the winners!

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

Service in Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

Our Luxury Staycation with Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

The staff were excellent! We had a very smooth check-in as well as check-out during our stay. We stayed here for four nights and were given excellent service. They always housekeep our rooms to keep it clean and when we asked for extra-beds, they got us what we wanted immediately. It was such exemplary Filipino Hospitality.


Joy-Nostalg Hotel and Suites is conveniently located in the heart of Ortigas in Pasig. It’s between skyscraper buildings full of offices and banks. As we were walking, I even saw the Embassy of East Timor. It is also near malls and other recreation areas, so it’s the perfect place to stay!

Podium and SM Megamall are just short walk away from the hotel!

Area Guide of Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

Here are some places to go when you wish to leave the comforts of your room and explore a bit of Pasig:

1. SM Megamall

SM Megamall is one of the largest malls in the country, from eating in their vast array of restaurants or shopping for anything, it’s a place to go. You could also enjoy a massage, a movie, or do what my writers did – archery.

2. Podium

If you’re up for high-end shops and restaurants, Podium is a great place to be in. It’s only a few minutes from Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites. It’s very “sosyal” and not that crowded compared to SM.

3. Metrowalk

Want to enjoy the nightlife of Manila? Then, Metrowalk is the place to go. There are bars and restaurants in this parcel of land, and you will enjoy a couple of drinks there.

Frequently Asked Questions on Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

1. How much is the rate in Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites?

To inquire about rates, availability or promo, check the links below:

Own website | AgodaBooking.com

2. Do they accept walk-ins?

Yes, they do. However, for peak seasons, it is always best to make reservations.

3. What is the check-in/ check-out time for Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites?

Check-in is at 3:00 PM, while check-out is 12:00 PM.

4. Are children allowed to stay in Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites?

Definitely! This place is suitable for family staycations as well as business meetings or training.

5. Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed. There are additional charges if you bring your fur-babies, though.

6. Is there an airport shuttle available for the guests?

Yes, shuttle services are available. Corresponding fees may apply.

7. Where exactly is Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites?

There address is 17 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center (Topaz Road Entrance), 1600, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Why I love staying at Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites

It’s my second time here, and I love it! It’s my to-go staycation hotel when I’m back in the Philippines. The rooms are spacious that could fit my family with complete facilities from the kitchen to the living room and so much more. The breakfast is delicious, the facilities excellent and well-maintained. The staff is also amazing. It will honestly give you a luxurious yet homey feeling; my niece doesn’t even want to go home. Perfect place to stay in the bustling Metro Manila!

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.