Throughout our stay here, we wore our face masks and face shields, followed safety protocols, and observed social distancing.
To celebrate my mum’s birthday, we spent the weekend at the Hilton in Clark, Pampanga. It opened last December, and with the new safety practises brought upon by the coronavirus, the hotel had it’s own way of ensuring that guests were safe and that all hotel rooms and amenities were clean and sanitised. One of the first things I did when we arrived was to read about their safety and sanitation measures, CleanStay, because well, it was the right thing to do. I wanted to be sure that safety precautions were being prioritised.
We arrived on Friday afternoon and checked out on Sunday. It has been a year since the last time I stayed in a hotel, it’s been a year since that one last travel I didn’t know would be the last, so believe me when I tell you that I treated this weekend as if we were going on a trip. In all honesty, packing for this weekend took me a while and I didn’t even follow my usual packing routine. Lol. I brought my usual travel backpack and trusty luggage, and wow side note I really miss travelling and everything that comes with it.
l o b b y
Before going up the escalator to the lobby to check-in, we had our temperatures checked and we filled out the contact tracing form through the QR code. There were markers for social distancing and the couches were placed away from each other. Throughout the weekend, we still needed to get our temperatures checked. This was usually done after stepping out of the elevator from the hotel room. One of the receptionists would scan and place a sticker indicating that we didn’t have fever.
r e s t a u r a n t : O L I V E
We had two breakfasts and one dinner in Olive during our stay. While waiting to be seated, there were markers and guidelines that remind guests to practise social distancing. Some pieces of clothing (ie., bedroom slippers) were not allowed inside the restaurant, and face masks and shields were required.
breakfast at Olive
Groups were separated by a meter or two and there were plastic dividers on each table. When getting food from the buffet, face shields weren’t required anymore. There were also wait staff stationed at the buffet area to assist guests. They basically ask you what you want and they get it for you. It wasn’t the same though for the bread, pastry, salad, cereal, and juices.
dinner at Olive
On our last night, we had the set menu at Olive. There were two sets and for a change, I got the one with fish, instead of beef, and which had creme brûlée for dessert. I don’t even really like creme brûlée but it was the best, it was perfect. Anyhow, the food was good, alright, but the serving time between each course was just long. And I tell ya, it wasn’t because we were hungry — I had puto pao and a buko pandan drink from Nathaniel’s an hour before dinner.
h o t e l r o o m
Each hotel room has a sticker on the door upon arrival that indicates has been cleaned and sanitised, and it’s the same with the toilet. Since we stayed over the weekend, we needed to get our room cleaned. Aside from pressing the make-up room button, we had to inform the Reception that we wanted our room cleaned.
p o o l & p l a y g r o u n d
The pool, playground, and the gym are areas we didn’t spend much time in, though my brother actually went to the gym, and he said that you needed to book first before being able to use the gym. I’m not sure if that’s how it works with the pool too.
That’s our weekend at the Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort! It was so nice to be out of town, to have a little vacation, to feel like traveling again. Despite school overwhelming me while we were there, I still had the best time, and I truly loved just lounging in our room.
Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Jose Abad Santos Ave, Clark Freeport,
Mabalacat, 2023 Pampanga