Where to Stay in Ortigas | Jinjiang Inn: More than a Business Hotel

Situated right smack at the center of Ortigas Business District—Jinjiang Inn—is a modest six-story property stripped of the imposing grandeur of a bigger hotel, but maintains a comfortable and laid-back sense that appeals to both business and leisure travelers. In the world of always-on-the-move travelers, an accommodation providing great bang for the buck is always a source of gratification.

Judging at what Jinjiang Inn serve its guests, it achieve just that and then some. When I first entered my room—a standard room—I expected a smaller room with just enough space for my backpack and a corner to work on my laptop. I was surprised to find out that my room actually has ample space to go around. It measures 24 square meters and comes with a Queen-sized bed, two side tables, a small refrigerator, long work desk with a chair, spacious sliding closet, a 31-inch wall mounted LED TV, a safety box, and an en suite toilet and bath.

My room
With my window facing the busy San Miguel Avenue, I projected the noise to be heard inside my room but it turned out that the sealed glass window manages to mute all the street decibels. The light-colored theme of the room gives a brighter appearance contrasting the gray and dark color tone of the hotel’s exterior.

A Brand of Hotel of Asia, Inc

Jinjiang Inn is a chain of properties originated from its mother company the Jin Jiang Hotels—a state-owned hotel chain in China. Its presence here in the Philippines was made possible by Hotels of Asia, Inc—a locally owned hotel brand that owns hotels in Iloilo and Metro Manila. Currently, the Makati, Boracay and Ortigas hotels are the only three Jinjiang Inn properties in the country.

The room's mirrors adds an appearance of additional space
You can tell the hotel is well-managed despite it not being rated a 5-star hotel. It comes to me as a cross-over of a budget and leisure hotel—thanks to its affordable rates—and a myriad of round the clock services like valet parking, bell-hop assistance, reception desk, security, room service and even airport transfer.

Checking-in was a breeze as I was only asked for an identification card and waited only a few minutes even if was checking in a bit early at around 12:30 in the afternoon. Because of this, I had more time to rest and prepare myself for the event I am about to attend that night—the Manila Beer Festival at Greenfields.

Breakfast at Horizon Cafe

One of the main things I look forward to when staying in hotels—no matter how big or small—is the breakfast buffet. The morning food at the hotel’s in-house restaurant: Horizon Cafe (formerly Five Spice Asian Bistro), is composed of a variety of comfort breakfast food. There’s the usual egg station and a spread offering selections of bacon, sausages, stir fried vegetables, fruits, fried noodles, dimsum, cereals, pastries, soups, brewed coffee and fresh juices, rice porridge, beef stew and a few additional dishes which I surmise they interchange depending on the day.

Jinjiang Inn Rooms

The room where I stayed—the Business Room—totaling 65 rooms, is the most in the property. The Business Twin room measuring a slightly bigger 28.65 square meters fills in 15 units, and the Triple Room at 10 rooms while the one-bedroom Business Suite—measured at 45.10 square meters—spreads 5 rooms across the property.

The Business Suite

Location and other Amenities

While I stayed at Jinjiang Inn for a few nights to attend a beer event in nearby Greenfield District, I also took time to meet a few friends who work around the area. Each time, I only walked to my destination as the location of Jinjiang Inn is strategically positioned in the middle of everything in Ortigas.

Conference Room
Greenfield District, the foodie haven of Kapitolyo neighborhood, SM Megamall, Shangri-La, Robinson’s Galleria, Podium, Shaw MRT station and various cafes and bars in between are all within short walking distance away from Jinjiang Inn.

Other amenities of the hotel includes: free Wi-Fi, business center, conference room, daily housekeeping, 24-hour security, luggage storage, laundry service, parking space and airport transfer.

Jinjiang OKAY!

For a 3-star hotel, Jinjiang Inn manages to hold its own—and even comes out better—against its other hotel competitions in the hurried Ortigas Business District. The service was good and the staff were friendly but most of all, it delivers that atmosphere of settling at the very heart of the busy Ortigas area, with a sense of comfort and security.

Jinjiang Inn definitely ticked off all the things I look for in a hotel (except a swimming pool and a gym): good service, responsive staff, cozy and spacious room, a packed breakfast buffet, awesome location, security, cleanliness and value for money.

San Miguel Avenue cor. Lourdes Drive
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
1605, Philippines