Monday, 29 December 2008

Hotel and Inn Review: Hotel Vida Clark (Pampanga)

Date of Stay: December 29 - 30, 2008

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: ********
Condition and Cleanliness: *********
Staff Performance: ********
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: *********
Other Amenities: *********
Value for Money: ********

The junior suite

Salt Coffee Shop
Hotel Vida, opened in 2008, has a modern but Southeast Asian-inspired façade that conveys both comfort and luxury but is a contrast of structure and nature.  Contrast is achieved through the combination of smooth walls against rough wood slate cladding. 

Aside from its abundant water features and lush vegetation, the unique, modern tropical theme is further emphasized by the exterior’s use of earth tone colors such as beige, brown and gray. Indigenous materials are used to enhance the tropical theme, through modern and innovative means. The interiors also mirror the same tropical and Asian influences of the façade, with its contrast of wall texture (smooth walls complimented by the roughness and hardness of natural stone).
Swimming pool area

Posing at the hotel lobby
This hotel's suites are equipped with state-of the-art amenities such as electronic entry lock; IDD/NDD phone; in-room safety box; a king size bed; a spacious living room area with trundle bed, a kitchen and bar with 6 cu. ft. refrigerator, coffee-making facility and a microwave oven; a balcony, toilet & bath with bathtub and 8” ceiling-mounted shower head; and a 32” LCD cable TV.  

Rooms here either offer a view of the adjacent golf course, the beautiful, free-form swimming pool and, much better, a verdant and well-manicured landscape crowned with palms and a plethora of majestic, century-old acacia trees. Water elements, in the form of artistically-designed fountains, compliment the existing landscape and soften, together with indoor plants, the hardness of stone and concrete within the lobby and coffee shop. 
Hotel Vida facade

The hotel was planned and laid out in such a way that natural ventilation, access to visually-stunning and picture-perfect views and use of space is optimized, thus providing a light and airy environment that exudes total relaxation and comfort, qualities which every guest will always look forward to.  The lobby is naturally lit by a skylight and huge fixed glass windows.  Similar windows provide an open and light feeling to the 110-pax restaurant and the 45-pax, open-air veranda pool view area, with its expansive views of the hotel pool and the lush, green surroundings.   

In 2010, Hotel Vida Clark was renamed as Widus Hotel Clark.  Tow years later, a second tower was opened to bring the total room count to 233. On November 2014, the casino floor was expanded , doubling its casino tables to 52 and adding 100 slot machines.

Check out "Widus Hotel & Casino Tower 2" and "Media Tour: Widus Resort & Casino

Hotel Vida Clark: 5414 M.A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023.  Tel: (045) 499-1000.  Fax: (045) 499-0979.  Manila Office: UG-9 Cityland Herrera Tower, 98 V.A. Rufino corner Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Tel: (632) 840-1430.  Fax: (632) 840-3589.  Website: