“What had been in my head for so long would now be out in the real world, no longer afloat in my foreverland of ambiguities,” writes Andre Aciman through the perspective of his protagonist Elio in his 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name.
We’re sure that our dear young friend was talking about something else there, but if there was a more commercial, less Sufjan Stevens-esque way to translate his thoughts, it would probably be a theme room in Victoria Court. The 39-year-old motel chain has come to be known as an elaborate enabler of desires—even of ones you weren’t necessarily thinking of. For every run-of-the-mill middle eastern sexy fever dream, there is one inspired by The Matrix, and even The Nun. (Hey, no judgment here.)
“Our goal is for guests to have an unforgettable experience based on their fantasies, romantic ambiance that they have been longing for with a twist of fun and excitement,” says Victoria Court marketing manager Anika Gaba. “Our north star is Adult Disney. We want them to have a playful, romantic experience.”
Gaba says that none of their rooms are alike, and that they all undergo renovation every five years. She shares that most of the ideas for themes are just based on customer feedback, or current trends. “When it comes to parties, our most popular is the Cirque Room,” she says. “It has sound effects of roaring tigers. It feels like you’re in the greatest circus in the world.” Their peak days are always weekends and holidays, and their peak hours are from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.
We recently visited their branch near Shaw, at the motel strip that almost every guy knows, but is wise enough not to talk about. There, we saw intricately-crafted rooms filled with elements that can knock your—or, we're sure, someone else’s—socks off. Flying carpets? Gold-plated swings? Air hockey? ("Sure," "doable," and "we’ll think about it.") Gaba says some of the surprise hits they’ve had were the Boxing Ring-designed Knockout Room and the MRT-inspired Round Trip Room at their North EDSA branch, the latter probably helped out immensely by posts in the ’gram and other strong, bottled-up, and confused emotions found only in Philippine public transportation.
There are 10 properties to the chain, scattered all over Metro Manila from Las Piñas to Balintawak. All of these branches carries the same impetus for fantasy fulfillment. A vast majority of these are inspired by pop culture hits such as Game of Thrones, James Bond, and Thor—or some version of it.
Back to Elio. We wonder what a Call Me By Your Name room would look like. It would be made with a summer Italiana-vibe perhaps? Bikes by the door, intimate café tables, and a non-descript mattress lying on the floor, maybe? What we’re sure is that there will be peaches aplenty in various cuts, and stages of undress. We can all the room “the foreverland of ambiguities.”
Here are some of Victoria Court’s most striking rooms:
The Cirque room in Pasig is one of Victoria Court's most popular rooms. Photograph by Chris Clemente
50 Shades in Pasig. Photograph by Chris Clemente
Cirque in Pasig. Photograph by Chris Clemente
Princess Jasmin in Pasig. Photograph by Chris Clemente
Asgard in Malate.
Batcave in Malate.
Casino Royale in Malate.
Great Britain in Las Piñasg.
Space Wars in Panorama Pasig.
The Throne in Gil Puyat.
For more information on Victoria Court and their theme rooms, visit VictoriaCourt.biz.