Food & Dining

Hotel Jen

During the long holidaze, we had time to go around Manila as a family & look at christmas lights on display. The parentals can’t walk a long distance (and erm, neither can I) so we just coasted by car and tried to get as close as possible & enjoy the christmas scenery. Plus let’s not forget people watching which is the best pastime of all! ;P

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This beautiful photo belongs to Jovie Naval/treklens.

Roxas Blvd. is the most alive place at night. Walang tulugan!  As we cruised the bay area, we chanced upon HOTEL JEN, which we found out, used to be TRADER’s HOTEL, part of the Shangri-la hotel chain.

And we all know that if its from Shangri-la, then it must be good. So we gave it a try.

Sure, we can be boring & go to old time favorites time & again. But the GOppets choose to be spontaneous & discover new places together. There’s fun in mysteries & surprises even though you don’t get a sure hit all the time. Life is, after all, about taking chances. ;)

Latitude, Hotel Jen (Traders Hotel)

Traders Hotel, 3001 Roxas Blvd. Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay (02) 523-7011 loc. 2402



Rated 4-stars, Hotel Jen is a very simple, no frills businessman’s hotel. Very dressed down.


At 1k a pop, I meant not to compare Hotel Jen with other existing buffet spreads because we were in a hotel after all. But it’s really hard not to compare the measly offerings with the rest of the non-hotel buffets that feature a whole lot more for a whole lot less. –> (DO READ MY PREVIOUS POST, CLICK HERE) Although I have to say, this was a step up from the last one we went to.


On the bright side, it’s not as crowded. I cannot imagine taking the parentals to a very crowded restaurant. That would be hara-kiri. STRESS SA CHEST!



There were a few hot dishes featuring local & international cuisines.



One thing nice about my family is no place is really so bad for us. We try & make the most out of a situation we are placed in. And the kids are all champs. Game for any adventure & even misadventures. I’m one lucky mom. <3



Kap loves bulalo and had several cups of this tasty broth.




While the rest of us tried the hot dish offerings: (clockwise from top) Sugpo, Pineapple Pork, Beef Spareribs, Curried Turkey, Bangus Steak, Tofu Teriyaki, and Spicy Mixed Seafood.


Although the food wasn’t very impressive, what’s important is faMEALy time. Getting together with loved ones & breaking bread together while talking about life in general. It’s not often that the moms get to come with us so we really make the most out of our fellowship & try to make it a happy occasion. Yes, regardless of the quality (or sometimes lack of it) of food. ;)


One thing that sorely stood out though is that the staff weren’t very friendly. From the receptionist, to the carver, to the waiters. Which is a big no-no for me. You can get away with unappetizing food, but not bad service.


Beef Short Plate. Would have been great except it was really fatty, chewy & malitid.






At least the dessert station had a little more substance than the last one we went to. :P


And the kids liked the bread pudding.



Halo-halo station.

The buffet comes with drinks. So there’s at least that..


Lemon iced tea & Red iced tea.


and coffee.

It actually wasn’t that bad. It just wasn’t good either. But it’s at least a step up from the last fiasco. :P

And like I said, the GOppets can be happy in any situation as long as we’re together. ;)) Or maybe it’s also because of the sugar rush, lels. See the sequence from hyper to catatonic. Never a boring moment with Kap & the kiddos.. welcome to my world! :))

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Oh! and how’s this for added service? A charging station. 1 pogi point, yay! \m/


I wonder how this works. You just leave it there? Won’t it get stolen though? O babantayan mo?


For as long as we are together, we will continue taking adventures. Tara na, sali kayo! ;)

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  • Reply Noel Q.

    Ah yan na pala ang bagong pangalan ng Traders Hotel.

    Siguro if I’m already staying in the hotel, masaya na ako sa spread nila, even at 1K a pop, pero kung dadayuhin ko lang yan, malamang magdadalawang isip ako.

    And I agree with you, you can get away with mediocre food if you have good/cheerful service, pero kung bad service, di ko na babalikan yan. Sabi nga nila: you go there for the food, you go back because of the service.

    January 14, 2015 at 8:13 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      hay mag-vikings nalang ako Niel 888 lang kahit na naka-stay pa ako sa hotel nila hehe. Or aristocrat, lels. Mas sulit pa rin. :P Diva?

      January 14, 2015 at 9:32 am
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        January 14, 2015 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    Ang mahal naman ng buffet na yun, Ms. Jane… I have to agree na measly yung offered dishes in relation to the price but still it is better than when you went to H for your baby son’s birthday…

    Last night ko lang din po nalaman na nag change na pala sa Hotel Jen ang dating Traders when I was looking at hotels on where to stay near Manila Ocean Park. Gusto kasi ni hubby pag-uwi nya mag bonding kaming 3 ng aming little man. Gusto ko nga Bellevue or Crimson kahit B Hotel sa Alabang (para mameet na kita.. hehehe)… But he says na sawa na daw sya sa Alabang area kasi nga taga Sucat lang sya. But I am gonna insist na mag stay alin man sa mga hotel na yun. Malay mo, makita na po kita in person. Lolz… :-)

    January 14, 2015 at 8:14 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi Kei! <3 Try F1 hotel middle sya of everywhere. And yes, max ok pa mag-Vikings mesa yung 2 hotel bmp nakakalokah! :P Hope to meet you soon too laki ng tang ko sayo!

      January 14, 2015 at 9:18 am
      • Reply Kei Aclaro

        Okay po. I’ll definitely check out F1 Hotel… Thanks sa suggestion, Ms. Jane! I’ll let you know po when we’ll be there… :-) Dadalhin ko yung nabinbin na gift… :-)

        January 14, 2015 at 10:17 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          I’m hoping to see you seen Kei mwah! :-*

          January 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply michconstantino

    Been to Latitude by Hotel Jen (Traders) a couple of times and I agree with your judgment :D mas okay pa sa Vikings ;) yun nga lang you better get your seats reserved :o

    January 14, 2015 at 9:45 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Yes Vikings is always full kasi sulit. Kap always tells me the measure of a good resto is kapag madaming tao. Pag daw nilalangaw wag papasukan kasi ibig sabihin may upuan nga pero hindi naman makain. :))

      January 14, 2015 at 9:51 am
  • Reply che

    Ano yung white dish na may corn sa tabi ng churros?
    haha :)

    January 14, 2015 at 10:22 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Zorreh Che hindi na pinakialaman ng powerz ko hahaha! :P

      January 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply med

    Carry nila ang name ng Shangri-La dapat level-up din ang quality ng service and food!
    Oh well, ganyan talaga, may pang-pers claz, midol claz at wa claz. LOL

    January 14, 2015 at 10:27 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Yuh. Pataasan ko kay Kap ang budget next time para pers claz hahaha! :P

      January 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply michymichymoo

    Last time I went to Trader’s Hotel (na Hotel Jen na pala. hahaha) was 2 years ago pa yata, but I tried the Japanese buffet, Kitsho. Is that still open pa, Mama Bear? I checked Latitude that time, and I agree with you. Mag-Dad’s na lang ako. hehehe.

    January 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      omg may dad’s paaaa??? I miss triple V jan lumaki ang mga bagets. Miss you mwah! :-*

      January 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply chedirrific

    I refuse to pay 1k for a buffet that doesnt have a Japanese spread..hehehe true nga, mas sulit pa Vikings in that case. regarding the last comment, meron pa Dads..its actually Dads World buffet na ngayon, very wide selection of dishes and less than 1K meal ang birthday celebrant basta may kasama na 1 full paying adult, i think 3 days before the birthday, the birthday itself and 3 days after the birthday. hahaha..I sound like an endorser, but masarap and madami kasi offerings nila.

    January 21, 2015 at 11:53 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Super agree! Wala lasi masyadong info online so I wasn’t able to check huhu. Wow buhay pa ang dad’s we will check it out soon. Thank you for telling me!! Mwah! :-*

      January 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Malou

    Omg Jane, Jena is so sexy na galing ni ate Jana :)

    February 1, 2015 at 4:10 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      yeah tandem sila mag-exercise & diet. Ako lang ang tamad hahahan :P

      February 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

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