Another nice gesture was the owner of Boyd’s Pizza House, on a visit earlier in the week asked me to come in on my birthday so he could treat me to a Birthday free lunch. The nice thing, besides the staff singing me “Happy Birthday” was, not only was my lunch free, but so was Elena’s lunch.
On our arrival to the hotel, we were able, for a small addition, to upgrade our room to their “Continental Club” room. With this, we had a better room, on the 18th Floor and were able to utilize their “Continental Club” facilities on the 17th floor. In the Clubroom, they have breakfast available, pastries from 3pm to 5pm, Cocktails and appetizers. The room is open all day to relax, have a cup of coffee, or just relax and look out at the great view of the Gulf of Davao and Samal Island.
As we were in our room for a short time, the doorbell rang. I had no idea why someone would be at our room. Upon opening the door, there was a bellman with a birthday cake and two plates. On Friday, I heard the deskman George, on his day off, remembered we would be there and called the front desk to remind them to send up a cake for me.
After unpacking and relaxing in our room, we went down the Clubroom for a cup of coffee and a few delicious pastries. Then we went back to our room to relax, refresh and then get ready for dinner. About 6pm, we returned to the Club for a couple of cocktails, some tuna sashimi, and some of the other appraisers.
We then went up to the fourth floor to the Café Marco for a delicious buffet dinner. Towards the end of dinner, I looked up to see the restaurant wait staff coming to the table with a birthday cake. After they sang Happy Birthday to me, I asked, since we already had dessert, if I could have the cake put in a box. Then I asked if I could have a second box for the other cake. We had such a good time talking, joking and getting to know each other better, we were there until 10pm. After walking out with our friends, we retired to our room for a good night’s sleep.
Then next morning, Elena and I went to the pool for a swim. Then we showered, dressed, and went to the Café Marco for a nice buffet breakfast. We then went returned to our room, packed, and checked out. We were able to do our checkout at the Continental Club. This gave us a chance to see the ladies that took such good care of us and were thoughtful to notify the restaurant the evening before of our reservation and to have the birthday cake for me.
We then went to the lobby and had to thank and say goodbye to George, Jenny and the other desk staff. Again, I had to listen to a round of “Happy Birthday to you.”
I have heard good and not so good reviews of the Marco Polo Hotel, but from our experiences, the staff there are so well trained and a feeling of genuine friendliness and caring. The only person I need to thank more than the staff at the hotel is my wonderful wife Elena for giving me another wonderful and loving birthday.