A couple of months ago, I had a really bad attack of gout, which made my right foot swell up like a balloon. Still, I went to work and hoped it would get better in the afternoon. The pain was, at the time, fairly manageable, and I bought a cane for walking, so I figured I could wing it and just hope for the best.
I was wrong.
Instead, I found myself coming down with a high fever, and experiencing pain unlike any I’ve experienced before. By 6pm, I could barely walk. I just wanted to go home, curl up in bed and be left alone for a few days.
Then I got a text from JP saying that we had no electricity in the apartment, and the elevators weren’t working. The idea of walking up several flights of stairs with that foot made me want to cry, to say the least.
So that was how JP and I found ourselves checking in at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, which was only a couple of blocks away from my office. We figured we could stay the night while we wait for electricity to come back, and try to enjoy ourselves.
I don’t think a lot has been said about the Picasso Hotel, which is a shame. The rooms are spacious, the bathrooms are nice and clean, and the prices are reasonable (especially if you manage to wrangle a discount from the tons of promos available online). Their rooms are allegedly designed to evoke the sensibilities of Pablo Picasso’s artistic philosophy. I don’t get the Picasso reference, but the designs are beautiful. We stayed in this room–
I would’ve loved to stay at the Barcelona and Montparnasse Suite though, with its cool blue palette, geometric furniture, and huge space–
The restaurant at the ground floor, Brasserie Boheme, serves great Continental cuisine. (Also, it’s apparently a hit among expats). We had a delicious bowl of squash soup–
A plate of carbonara (don’t worry if it looks like it’s swimming in sauce here, the pasta was cooked al dente, and the proportions were perfect)–
And a reasonably priced thick slab of steak with kesong puti and vegetables. (I only had a couple of bites, these things are bad for my gout, but JP managed to eat the whole thing).
They also have a wide selection of wines and cheeses, so this is a great place for a nightcap.
A final note: there was this strange art piece at the lobby we had to take a picture of, just because it was so weird. It’s called War on Consciousness (acryclic on plywood) by artist Buen Abrigo. Seems like something from my nightmares.
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is located at 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Call 828-47-74 for inquiries and reservations.