The Peninsula Manila
What We Love
- Within easy walking distance to Ayala Center’s shopping and dining venues
- Full-service spa offers traditional Filipino hilot healing treatments
- Simply Peninsula bath amenities blend Asian and Ayurvedic philosophies
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast is not included
- Depending on room type, airport shuttle could cost extra
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set in the heart of the Makati Central Business Center, Peninsula Manila is full of five-star comfort, with easy access to the Stock Exchange, Ayala Center and other area attractions. Rooms offer panoramic city views and are outfitted in sleek, contemporary furnishings in a nod to the modern design sensibilities of the Philippines. Four restaurants, including Old Manila and The Lobby, the hotel’s flagship venue, offer sumptuous settings for lunch or dinner, while 24-hour room service ensures you won’t go hungry between meals. Outside, the hotel fountain is a landmark in its own right, making an iconic Manila photo-op.
In the Area
The property’s enviable location puts the city’s best restaurant and retail venues within easy walking distance. But the Peninsula Spa is worth setting aside a full day for, thanks to its full treatment menu, luxury spa amenities by Simply Peninsula and traditional hilot healing services. Nearby, Ayala Center offers brand-name swag at a deep discount, including Bvlgari, Armani Exchange, Guess and an assortment of cosmetic outfits, like Sisley and Shiseido. And the hotel concierge is available around the clock to coordinate excursions, city tours and other family-friendly fun.
How to Get There
Great hotel. First time we ever stayed here as used to stay in The Intercontinental or Mandarin Oriental (both now demolished). The only minor negative was one of our rooms was not ready when we checked in at 5pm !!! Should be ready by 2pm. That aside it is a great place to stay. Staff are very attentive and nothing is too much trouble. Got a good deal too for 4 rooms x 3 nights. A bit dated in places and could do with some internal decoration but still exudes class.
I have checked- in in a lot of hotels but this stay at Peninsula-Manila gave me a unique experience. This was my first time ever at this hotal chain and I was so impressed by their hospitality, a personable welcome letter from the team of F. Magbanua, to the amenities provided in my room is really superb as they come in handy in beautiful decorative boxes! The kids enjoyed the popcorn-making machine and the place was quiet considering the fact this hotel was situated right at the heart of Manila business district (Makati). Whenever you walk on any hallway you will always see a staff greeting you and ready to answer any question you may have. The Concierge is pretty friendly and accommodating too.
Part of my stay here was an experience of a complimentary breakfast buffet. The place gives us an ample space to move around and about while checking the dishes being served but not the space you need when checking at the dishes more closely, you will have the chance bumping with another guest if you're not too careful while checking the food in detail. The Omelette Station: there are few selections in this station probably not the very popular spot (not very visible to the guests) or no one ever uses it as it was manned only by 2 people. I still got my omelette (no spinach available) and I enjoyed it. The breakfast offered a delicious line of International and Filipino dishes with lots of selection of hot and cold beverage, I tried the mango juice couple of times.
While it is always a treat to stay at Peninsula Hotels, I have to ask why the lobby (and rooms) are set to such cold temperatures? Does it need to be 18 degrees in the lobby when it is 32 outside? How about setting it at 24, which would be more energy efficient and comfortable for guests? When I entered my room, I had to turn OFF the aircon, because simply setting it to "low" did not change the frigid temperature - there's no way to set the thermometer in rooms for personal taste. It took hours before I could take off the bathrobe I had to wear over my clothes. It is a shock to the body to have to make such huge temperature adjustments from outside. I decided to have my drinks and dinner at the pool area rather than stay inside in the cold -- opted not to have the lovely gin special in the lobby or I would have needed a coat!
I'm sure that at one time in the Philippines history, it was a sign of "high class" to offer freezing cold temperatures as contrast to the outdoors. Now, however, with global warming, it is energy inefficient and morally wrong -- and not to mention uncomfortable for guests. You could save a lot of money by raising the temperature just a few degrees. And then guests like me would not have to weigh consideration of whether we want to brave the cold on our next stay in Manila in order to experience the delights of the Peninsula again.