The Manila Hotel
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With a stay at The Manila Hotel in Manila (Ermita), you’ll be minutes from Rizal Park and Manila Ocean Park. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of U.S. Embassy and San Agustin Church.
Make yourself at home in one of the 515 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
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It is a beautiful hotel - very grand & opulent. Rooms are lovely, large, comfortable, as are all interior general areas. All beautifully designed (in a glamorous way) and well-maintained. Staff are very helpful. Food caters for all styles, including Western & International, & is good.
In total, we stayed there for 8 nights.
The hotel is well-located, a short walk away from Intramuros. There are shopping malls also a short walk in the opposite direction, and the hotel runs a free shuttle bus service twice a day both to Intramuros and the malls. (If the timings of this aren't suitable, local metered taxis are very cheap - a couple of US dollars to Intramuros key sights). Outside the hotel is Rizal park - a pleasant area for a stroll...but there are not many local bars and restaurants in the area suitable for Western tourists - maybe about 3 local mid-range restaurants that looked appealing! The hotel itself has about 2 or 3 restaurant options and 24 hr room service. We had a drink and light meal in the foyer restaurant bar area a couple of times, but both times we seemed to get a few mosquito/midge bites (?!!) We also had room service a couple of times and this was always fast (within 20-30mins) and the food was good.
The foyer of the hotel was often very crowded - probably around 200 people a lot of the time, as they run several events simultaneously - weddings, christenings, conferences. If you are someone who likes small, boutique hotels, this hotel may not be for you. - It's nice, but you have to like these big, 'classic' hotels.
Breakfasts were excellent in terms of food range and quality, but bear in mind the size of the hotel - the breakfast room is very large, the buffet was enormous (had everything you could think of) - but even then, we sometimes had to wait to be seated and it all felt a bit like a 'feeding frenzy'!!
As the restaurant has a dress code, we were astonished that some people went to breakfast wearing their pyjamas!! We asked the restaurant staff about this & got the reply 'we discussed this at a meeting but decided not to stop it as it makes them angry' (I asked what about the other customers who were appalled at such poor behaviour & wasn't it rather degrading for a hotel of this standard....?) It all added to the 'feeding frenzy' feel, which you just don't expect in a hotel of this calibre.
I would also suggest that the outdoor pool area needs some attention. The pool is very nice - clean and large. However, there is a rather nasty smell of blocked drains around the pool bar area which detracts from the experience! Also, the hotel needs to get some sunshade umbrellas, as the sunbeds are all in full sunshine all day and this is very difficult for Western fair skin!
Finally, I'd like to make people aware of a scam operating at Manila International Airport whereby tourists are being hugely over-charged for fixed-price taxis. We asked at the Information desk inside Arrivals and were sent straight into the arms of a fixed-price taxi 'shark' who charged us 2,800 pesos for a car to the hotel. Apparently, in a metered taxi this would have been about 700 pesos. We booked the hotel car for the return journey and it was 1100 pesos. We could have booked the hotel car for our arrival (and wished that we had!) It seems that in the Philippines, 'fixed price taxi' does not mean 'pre-set and agreed rates' for a journey as it does in some countries - it simply means that these guys can charge you a fixed rate of whatever they like, and if you don't know what a fair price should be, you are wide open to them. Get a metered taxi or book the hotel car!
A truly five star experience. The three best aspects of a perfect two night stay were:
- the best and best value supper buffet we've ever had in Ilang Ilang .... and we've had buffets in hundreds of places around the world
- the tasteful blend of historic colonial with modern facilities
- the location right by Intramuros
The only slight administrative blips were disturbing us at 11.30pm, (luckily we were still awake), to try to deliver another guest's luggage. Worse the next night, telephoning our room at 2.30am to wake us to confirm delivery of a child's bed we hadn't requested (not having a child with us).
Otherwise simply magnificent!
I was on an Art Deco tour and the organisation booked this hotel. I You Tube'd the hotel and my anticipation was rewarded. I found the atmosphere - mainly in the lobby - delightful, with generally piano or a musical group playing as you entered. This was such a respite from the stress of Manila traffic! The hotel is located right on the bay and walking distance to the city's main museums and Intramuros. My room was on the 6th floor and clean. My big disappointment was not being able to see the Douglas MacArthur suite - it was being revamped apparently at the time. However, the museum room is very interesting. So if you are a history buff this is certainly the place to stay.
Built in 1912, this hotel has seen a century of Philippine history. Headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur during World War II, it has hosted royalty, presidents, and celebrities. The rooms are large and furnished with native wood beds and other pieces. The style is luxurious. Common areas are beautiful with comfortable sitting areas. The staff is beyond gracious. No amenity is missing.
I love how spacious the common spaces are for this hotel. When you step in you slowly feel a sense of being transported back in history. Once you enter the room you can see historical details in the decorations. Our room was facing the bay so we had a view of the famous sunset. My only gripe is that the single seems more narrow than a regular single bed. I could be wrong.
We had buffet dinner at Café Ylang Ylang. I love the variety and the fact that it does feel crowded. I enjoyed the Japanese food and I was quite happy to have melted raclette cheese again.
We went swimming the next morning but there was a foul smell in the swimming area which seems to be coming from the bay. The swimming facility was good so it was a pity that some people might be discouraged by the foul smell.