Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila
What We Love
- The charming in-house deli sells fresh cheeses, pastries and confections
- The poolside bar, eight stories above the city
- Signature Filipino hospitality: The staff is gracious and ever prepared to go the extra mile
What To Know
- There's no spa, but in-room massages are available
- Expect business travelers
- Only 20 minutes from the airport, it's not in a neighborhood for sightseeing. Central Manila and many sights to the south are around a 45-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Scanning the skyline of Alabang, an upscale neighborhood around 15 miles south of Manila, you can’t miss the Crimson Filinvest, a hotel housed within a 28-story glass and steel skyscraper. Chandelier-lit elevators whisk guests to the gargantuan lobby on the eighth floor. Subdued corporate-chic decor is accented by regional art, including pieces by Filipino sculpture superstar Daniel dela Cruz. The opulent vibe is only slightly dampened by the conference rooms right off the lobby.
Bed and Bath
A cunning combination of class and comfort, the guestrooms are smart and simple, with a long marble desk adjacent to a kingsize bed, and powerful AC. The TVs are on or above the desk — possibly problematic for multitaskers — and the minibar is virtually nonexistent, but late arrivals can call the prompt 24-hour room service. Suites are more spacious and offer small kitchens. Bathrooms are tasteful, with large mirrors and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads (none of the bathrooms have tubs).
Café Eight serves standard breakfast fare, with both European and Asian options. Lunch and dinner are buffet-style, and there’s a small à la carte menu. Head to the eighth-floor deck to hit the pool or sip a cocktail from the bar. The poolside drinking spot serves refreshing concoctions including a mean Manila Sunrise. An impressive selection of fine cheeses, pastries and chocolates are available at the Deli Shop, and you can sweat it off next door in the slick fitness center, where professional trainers are on call. On the 19th floor, access to the Executive Lounge (including butler service) is part of an exclusive package available for guests staying in Suites.
In the Area
Filinvest City is home to malls, restaurants and spas, but most non-business travelers head to downtown Manila to explore the historic areas of Intramuros and Makati. The closest non-Manila tourist attractions are farther south. A 30-minute drive takes you to Tagaytay City, right on Lake Taal. Start with a hearty brunch at Breakfast at Antonio’s and hop a boat to the Taal volcano. Also in the vicinity of Lugano is Pagsanjan, where you can ride the rapids of the Bombongan River and see Pagsanjan Falls, which feature in the final scenes of Apocalypse Now.
How to Get There
Staff are very friendly. The Housekeeper that clean our room she is very nice and her quality of work is superb but I didn't get her name. She even greet us on our way to festival mall eventhough it is not on the vicinity of the hotel. I ask the reception if the housekeeper is the same person everyday to clean the room she politely says no. I want to give that housekeeper something for her good service to us.. The place is very immaculate and we will come back to Crimson Hotel again for the 3rd time. Highly recommended. The swimming pool water is a bit cold but it is not a major issue.
I’d like to thank the staffs of the hotel especially the kuya in the pool area who hands out the towels (forgot to get his name) for being proactive in letting me know about the on site clinic/nurse. If not for him, my eye would still be swollen (my left eye caught a small dirt while riding a motorcycle earlier before we checked in and it swell) and to Jom in Cafe 8 for being very hospitable!
Nov 7-8 is when we stayed and we will consider coming back! ????
We booked 2 rooms for an overnight stay last Nov 8-9 since my lil bro has been asking us this as a bday gift months before his actual bday. To my surprise, the room wasn’t that good compared to the first time I saw it. Last 2017, I brought and picked up my ex gf/fianceé here when she and her girl friends booked here. I saw their rooms and it looked good and clean. During our stay, it felt like the rooms were literally just been occupied and been left a few mins before we checked in.
The room next to us was so loud, too, that it was difficult to sleep. But when I called, the hotel immediately sent someone to call them out.
The food was okay but the parking space and staffs are golden ????(except for the reception/phone operator). It takes forever before someone picks up. One staff that went above and beyond was Jom. While we were dining, he was very attentive, made sure we have all we need before he leaves, and comes back from time to time to check up on us if we need anything. I was feeding my 1yr & 3months old daughter and Jom gave us some kiddie plates which we didn’t know exist, and a table napkin to cover my daughter’s lap in case she spill some food. Little things like these can be something or someone stand out compared to doing what’s only expected of you. Thanks Jom! ☺️
Anyway, it was ultimately not bad but it the hotel won’t be a first thought if we would want to stay in Alabang so further improvement is needed.
To make the long story short, I listed down pros and cons:
- check in/out
- wifi speed
- rooms and bath needs further improvement
- wifi roaming was horrible
- instead of a 10-digit random #, wifi pass can be a lil more user friendly & easy to remember
- calling in