Madison 101 Hotel + Tower is an extraordinary edifice. It is not just a hotel. It is a dormitory too. I had the chance to live at Madison 101 Hotel + Tower’s dormitory for, summing it all up, roughly a year. I have seen it transform from a building still under construction to a full-fledged dormitory and hotel. I was able to experience living in a room for 2 and a room for 8. Let me share with you my experiences and a few tips and tricks of living in Madison 101.
How to post on your dorm wall without violating policies
I love the homey feeling inside the dorm room. The gray walls are bare but it is somehow calming. Do not attempt to stick reviewers or other things on the walls. The residue from the tape makes the walls look ugly. I brought a few magnets instead so I can have my own ‘happy wall’.
How to fit everything in a tall, slim cabinet
Each dormer has one tall cabinet with 3 big slots. Do not judge the cabinet by how it looks. It may appear slim but your life can fit through it. I brought a big luggage of clothes and they all fit in my cabinet with extra spaces for toiletries, beddings, and other things. One trick: hang your clothes. I have 1 wooden hanger for 3 pants, 1 wooden hanger for 5 dresses, 1 hanger for a jacket (which I also use to store my belts), 1 hanger for my 2 shawls, and 1 hanger for my undershirts. I have extra hangers to hang some shirts.
Upper or lower deck?
All dorm rooms at Madison 101 Hotel + Tower have double decks. When I stayed in a room for 2, I opted for the higher deck because I love how it feels to see a bird’s eye view of things. The bed is not really that high, though. When I stayed in a room for 8, I chose the lower deck. Which is better? I would say it is easier to jump into bed when you are in the lower deck but if you want to, as much as possible, avoid the comfy bed to study, better go with the upper deck.
A room well-lit
All rooms have warm light. I knooooow. These lights are so not conducive for studying. I brought a reading lamp (see above photo 😜) with me so I can study even in the bedroom. There is a study area by the canteen if you want to study with other dormers. There is also a coffee shop downstairs, Qups Quarters Café, where you can read from 8am to 10pm. However, if it is review season for soon-to-be lawyers, and soon-to-be doctors, you might want to reserve your spot once the café opens.
In a room for 2 and 4, a table is provided for every dormer. In a room for 6 and 8, unfortunately, there is no table. My roommates and I rented a long table though for P300/month so we can put our foodsssss (yes, a lot of food), water, and utensils. I bought a breakfast in bed table so I can study comfortably even in bed.
How to make ‘tipid’ in electricity and water
A room for 8 comes at P4,500 per person exclusive of electricity and water. Electricity is charged at P12.95/kwh while water is at P72.16/cu.m. I am not really sure if those rates are expensive or just the right rate for rooms in the metro but my roommates and I have a few tricks on how to keep them both at the minimum.
In our room for 8, we have a lot of mobile phones (some of my roommates have 2 mobile phones each), tablets, and a laptop. The room is air conditioned, the ceiling lights are warm lights (thus, consume more electricity), and there is a built in shower heater. Other things we use which require electricity are: hair blowers, hair straighteners, toothbrush, iron, water heaters, and reading lamps.
Yes, we use electricity a lot but we paid only around P1,000 each for a month (both electricity and water). Here’s how we did it.
- We scheduled our use of the air conditioning unit.
We turn it on for 2-3 hours daily. Sometimes, 2 hours at night. On hotter days, we turn it on for an hour in the morning and another at night.
- We boil water for coffee/tea using one water heater.
Every morning, we ask each other who will have coffee so we can just boil water once.
- We do not turn all the ceiling lights on.
In the morning, we open the blinds so natural light can pass through the window. At around 5 or 6pm, we turn 2 ceiling lights. There are 5 ceiling lights, 4 near our beds and one at the washing area. If we turn them on all at once, the room will get hotter because of the warm lights. Hence, we only switch 2 on. We only turn on the light at the wash area when we use the sink.
What dorm room hacks have you tried? Comment below or drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org 😊
DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am NOT paid to write this post. All thoughts and opinions remain honest, genuine, and NOT biased. This post is based on my own experience.