By Ruby Asoy-Lebajo | Photos By Renjie Tolentino
For travel to be a delight, one looks for a good place to stay where you can return to time and again. My go-to staycation destination has always been Harvest Hotel, the only modern four-star property right at the center of Cabanatuan City. Its services have always exceeded what I have experienced in past visits.
Whether you’re going on a family vacation, a short getaway or a business trip, you can definitely have a pleasant stay here for many reasons. Recent reviews from guests and visitors support this encouraging feedback. Harvest Hotel has now become the hotel of choice in Cabanatuan City for business and leisure travelers, as well as for local residents who prefer this venue for their social events and business functions.
Harvest Hotel general manager Lou Bermejo Gorospe feels thankful and inspired to hear positive reviews from hotel guests: “The reviews range from being satisfied with how the hotel staff attended to them, having comfortable rooms, beds, and pillows, room interiors, bathroom fixtures and personal care sets, to good food and being value-for-money. Guests remarked that Harvest is stunning for its price. They are immediately impressed with just about everything!”
One reason for the delightful experience is the Harvest Hotel team. “We make sure we carry out our corporate core values in our daily work,” says Gorospe. Upholding values on innovation, integrity, service, passion and teamwork make them a cut above the rest when it comes to hotels in Cabanatuan City. “Our hotel standard is no less than to provide our valued guests with exceptional care and top-notch products and facilities.”
You will surely appreciate its well-appointed rooms, now totaling 81. Each room feature beds of good quality mattresses and beddings for a restful sleep and
everything that will make your stay truly memorable.
Guests can choose from a variety of room categories. The Standard Twin is a 29 square-meter room with two single beds. The Standard Queen is also a 29 square-meter room with a queen size bed. On the other hand, the Suite room boasts a 38 square-meter space with a queen-sized bed and all the expected amenities.
The best room at Harvest Hotel is the Loft on the topmost floor. This 67 square-meter space consists of two floors with a separate living area, dining space, a king-sized bed, and a bathroom. These are best for honeymooners, couples and family travelers.
Even if you are on vacation, you should not miss on your daily workout. The hotel fitness gym offers complete and the latest equipment. Guests looking for a venue for their events and meetings can opt for the Ballroom that can be converted into two separate function rooms.
Satisfying dining experience
Aside from its comfortable rooms, Harvest Hotel takes pride in its restaurant. Café Ecija Restaurant and Bar at the lobby serves buffet for breakfast and an all-day a la carte menu of Filipino and international dishes. It can seat 76 and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Just beside it is the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool.
Chef Lester Bergado, the hotel’s affable chef, shared that more Pinoy comfort food has been added to the menu. Aside from hipon sa kamatis, dishes available include pininyahang manok, and Harvest Sinigang Beef Buko.
On the day we visited, the buffet featured Feast of the World Buffet. Choices included seafood shabu-shabu, slow roasted beef short plate with wild mushroom sauce for carving, beef, pork, chicken, fish and sausage for grills, Asian beef kofta, Hainanese chicken, pad thai, pork escalope with peppercorn sauce, seafood gnocchi, vegetable polonaise, and mushroom risotto rice. Dessert was a choice among crème brûlée shots, panna cotta shots, and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, breadsticks and wafer sticks.
But Chef Bergado gave us more dishes to try. We had BBQ baby back ribs served with buttered corn, coleslaw and French fries. For drinks, we were served Harvest Potion and Winty Citrus Dew.
I had my fill of adobong pusit, which is seldom prepared at home. Sliced squid pieces are cooked in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes. It was highly recommended by the chef.For the evening’s finale, we had a choice of Choco Cream Cake, a Black Forest cake filled with chocolate ganache, and Sans Rival.
For inquiries about Harvest Hotel, contact (044) 950-8888, (+63) 917-5396125 or