Central Park
Back in the day when I first discovered Angeles, early nineties to be exact, Central Park Hotel, (back then known as the Chicago Park), was one of the so called up market hotels in Angeles that was right in the heart of the action. Of course times have changed now but the Central Park has maintained the same advantages and is still as popular as it ever was. In fact the Central Park is one of those hotels that engenders a loyal following of patrons and some have been staying here regularly for ten years or more.

Over the years Angeles has developed and changed and this includes the hotel scene. With the advent of big new hotels featuring large swimming pools
 
   

   
 

Location:

261 Real Street, Balibago
Angeles City, Philippines 2009
Telephone: (045)892-0256; (045) 323-6845/6846
Fax: (045) 892-5680
International callers dial 63 45 892-0256 or
63 45 323-6845/6846
Email: information@centralpark-ac.com


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and more shall we say luxurious rooms the Central Park has experienced increased competition for the visitor to Angeles, yet despite the increased competition, the Central Park still maintains an impressively high occupancy rate.

With the large amount of hotels available one must ask what makes the Central Park special or what advantages does it have over other hotels in the same area. For me the first advantage is the price. All rooms at the Central Park have the mod cons yet are very competitively priced. For example the Standard room is a reasonable 35 $US a night, the standard plus room is 38$US a night, the Premier Room is 44$USD a night and the Premier Plus room is a very reasonable 50 $USD a night.

In the times where it is not uncommon for rooms to run 100 $USD a night in nearby competing hotels the prices at the Central Park are refreshing indeed. Having said this the more expensive rooms at the other hotels do offer certain advantages that cannot be found at Central Park like for example large king sized beds, balconies, swimming pools and tropical gardens.

The Central Park is more a basic hotel with all the necessary mod cons, a convenient location and a competitive price structure. This is the no frills hotel of Angeles designed for those whose priority is price and a convenient location. Please don't get me wrong this is not to say the hotel is bad but rather that it is a functional hotel with reasonable prices.

One definite advantage this hotel has is it's location. The Central Park is literally 2 minutes walk away from some major restaurants and the bars of Real Street and a mere two and a half minutes from the center of Fields and the myriad of bars there in. At the same time the location is just out of the way enough to afford hotel patrons the much valued quiet and privacy.

The third advantage this hotel has and one that is often overlooked is the staff. Many of the staff have worked here for a number of years which ensures not only a certain level of professionalism borne from experience but also a sort of friendliness borne from familiarity with the hotel customers. The staff here and also in its sister hotel the Pacific Breeze, are in my opinion nothing short of impressive and always ready to greet you with a welcoming smile and sometimes even remembering your name.

The most important aspect of any hotel is its rooms and here at the Central Park they have 4 different types of rooms, the Standard Room, the Standard Plus room the Premiere Room and the Premiere plus room. These range in price from 30%USD through to 50 $USD.


All the rooms at the Central Park include a Remote Control Color TV, Cable TV with HBO/Cinemax/Fox and Australian and Japanese channels, Free High-Speed internet access within the guests room, in room phone. All the rooms are air conditioned and have overhead fans, built wardrobe/closet and in room safety boxes. The standard plus rooms and the premier plus rooms also include large bath tubs which make for fun and games with the girls. All the beds are either queen sized or king sized and have moern spring mattresses. The rooms are tastefully decorated with heavy drapes and are immaculately clean.

Upon entering the hotel one notices the immaculate floor, the large and efficient recpetion area, the friendly staff and the small restaurant that is set off to the right hand side. All of this combines to create an impression of friendly efficiency. One thing that impressed me was the level of cleanliness throughout the hotel. This is not a new hotel yet everything is spotless and meticulously maintained. Wherever you go the staff are always friendly and always working. In fact this is somewhat of a hallmark of this organization.

Behind the main reception area is a small garden with a covered walkway that runs through to the Central Cafe where they have drinks, food, a pool table and games of darts. This is a cozy little bar area which the staff assure me is very popular with hotel patrons in the afternoons and early evenings.

The Central Park offers guests some much valued amenities including 24 hour security function through utilizing CCTV (closed circuit television cameras), 24 hour room service, a travel agency service, transportation service around Angeles plus to and from Manila, billiards and dartboard in the Central Cafe, DVD players in the rooms and DVD rental is also available, free high speed wireless internet access, a house doctor is also available, an internet cafe with a decent high speed connection, laptop rental, excellent laundry service, a backup generator in the event of power cuts (brown outs), all rooms feature a mini bar plus dual power outlets (both 110 220 are available). The hotel also includes an in house restaurant and bar.

The Central Park in my opinion is a good middle market hotel and arguably the best value hotel in Angeles. It does not have a swimming pool and it does not emphasize the resort type appeal but rather it is a reasonably priced, mid market hotel which emphasizes the rooms, prices, and convenience. This is the classic mid market hotel and certainly worth checking out. The two weaknesses that I can see is that there is no swimming pool (but patrons can swim for free at Pacific Breeze pool which is just 3 minutes walk away), and the rooms do not have balconies.

Currently neither the Central Park or the Pacific Breeze honor the AE discount card.



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