The Harvest Hotel Cabanatuan: Modern, Chic, and Sleek

July 13, 2015

When things become really difficult, I kick the normal weekend routine and spend some quality time somewhere else, a place outside the metro but would not deprive me from the basic stuff such as the internet, a good place to eat, and a private place to relax and think over my decisions.

The Harvest Hotel in Cabanatuan was one of the places that interest me. It was fairly new at the time and was advertised on a huge discount at Agoda. Without having any second thoughts, and also to avoid overthinking, I booked a standard queen for a night.

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The Harvest Hotel Facade

The room included free use of their fitness center and awesome pool. Since it opened just few weeks prior to my visit, the pool was all mine, just exactly what I need. Without any disturbance from other pesky guests, I had all my objectives met.

The pool, by the way, was divided into two sections wherein the round one is for kids.

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The Pool

The standard queen room was a lot more spacious than I thought. At 29 sqm., I got a queen bed, a working desk, a 32-in flatscreen TV with clear channel reception, complimentary drinks, a personal ref, a wide window, a safe, and a dedicated internet router. I wish I could make my hotel room as my office.

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My deluxe room

The room was also adorn with paintings of Filipino theme.

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My comfy bed

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The room complimentary

The comfort room was even more comforting with its modern and sleek furnishings. Not to mention, I also had a lot of bath complimentary such as the shaving and vanity kits, lotion, and other bathroom basics.

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Modern and clean comfort room

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The bath complimentary

When I walked down their grand staircase, I remembered a friend who just got wed. I could recall too well that she’s looking exactly this type of stairs for her wedding photos.

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The grand staircase, a bride’s best spot

The pool was open for night swimming too, that if you could withstand the chill. I preferred a light drink on the pool side.

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Night swimming, anyone?

My room also included a breakfast for two. I found nothing special in the menu but it was all satisfying though.

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Complimentary buffet breakfast

After my stay, I went home decided and my thoughts cleared. I decided to leave the company I worked for 5 years.

Where is Cabanatuan City?

"Whether you are visiting Cabanatuan City and its surrounding towns or taking a break from a long drive going to nearby provinces such as Baler in Aurora, Tarlac or Bulacan, Cabanatuan is your perfect pit stop. Getting to Cabanatuan is easy either via public or private transportation."

From Manila, Cabanatuan City is 3 to 4 hours by bus. Several bus companies dispatch buses every 15-30 minutes (24/7) to the city, from their various stations around Metro Manila (Avenida, Cubao, Caloocan/Grace Park, Divisoria, Pasay, Trinoma) ES Transport Five Star Bus Co., Genesis Transport Services Bus and Baliwag Transit, Inc.

If you are coming from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, instead of taking a bus from Manila, you may take Genesis Transport Services Bus in San Fernando, Pampanga. By private transportation, when you go to NLEX, you should take the Sta. Rita Exit. It is around 20 kilometers upon entering the NLEX-Balintawak highway. From there, go straight to Plaridel town, around 5 kilometers. It’s just a straight drive towards the North and you will be passing by the towns of Baliuag, Nadaan, San Ildefonso, Gapan, Sta Rosa and finally Cabanatuan City.