In the 22 years since it first opened its doors, the Kabayan Hotel has gained a reputation among its clientele and visitors for offering exceptional value. It quickly became the preferred hotel for balikbayans and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by virtue of its prime location along EDSA-Pasay and its close proximity to both domestic and international airports, transportation hubs, government offices, and employment agencies. It also offered its own special brand of warm Filipino hospitality at affordable rates.
For most of us, it was just a building that we pass by when going to the Mall of Asia, but for our kababayans it’s their home away from home. This is where they stay when they are in the country, before heading to their provinces, or before they head back to their work. The relaunch event was attended by a good friend of the owner, Kuya Kim Atienza.
With a number of innovations over the years, including Dorm Rooms, team lodging, Pad Rooms for travelers and sailors, and Japanese-style Kapsule Rooms, Kabayan Hotel has changed the hospitality industry.
I was able to visit the hotel once when my brother from Canada had a vacation in the Philippines. The reason they chose Kabayan Hotel was it’s near the airport and it was the most recommended hotel for balikbayans as they are treated as royalty. Just like how every Filipino household accepts and entertains visitors.
Kabayan Hotel was honestly out of my radar when because of its busy location, and I only got to realize its potential during the relaunch event. It is a big hit to our balikbayans, hence the name Kabayan Hotel. The new interior has given a classic Filipino vibe with capiz windows and woven accents. The artworks are just stunning.
Traditional Filipino cuisine also takes center stage at the Salo restaurant, which serves best-sellers like crispy pata, kare-kare, and beef mechado for a true flavor of home. Additionally, there are daily merienda buffets from 2 to 5 p.m. offering comfort food classics like arroz caldo, ginataang mais, and garlic sotanghon for only P249 per person, in addition to well-known street foods like fishballs, kikiam, and kakanin (rice cakes).
At the center of all this remains the hotel’s continued commitment to provide genuine, guest-centered Pinoy hospitality. “At Kabayan hotel, we welcome our guests much like we welcome visitors at home. We want to make their stay as convenient for them as possible,” says General Manager Raymund Aves. Friendly staff are on hand to help them with their needs, and there are also services that are tailor-fit for OFW kababayans. One of these is an OFW Help Desk than can refer their government agency-related inquiries or assist them with processing and printing their documents on-site. There are even weighing scales available at their convenient luggage packing area located at the lobby. “We have noticed our guests struggling to pack their belongings before leaving for the airport, and we want to be able to help them start their journey with less worries”, Aves adds.