The Manila Hotel is not just an ordinary hotel, because it is rich in history, considered a Philippine landmark and home to high society. It was year 1898 when Judge William Howard Taft ordered to create urban plan for Manila. Daniel Hudson Burnham drafted the plan and William Parsons continue the work of Burnham in year 1908. After four years, The Manila hotel was opened in 1912.
While walking to the entrance door, we were immediately welcomed by their staff, picked up our luggage and placed it in the scanner. Amazing, parang airport lang ang hotel. The lobby was so grand and even the uniform of the staff was so elegant, it seems that we were transported in Spanish era.
We went to the reception and showed our confirmation letter. We thought there was a problem with our reservation but we were surprised that they upgraded us to Luneta Suite. We paid P4000 for incidental deposit.
My husband informed them that it was my son’s birthday and complimentary cake was delivered to our room. Not just a slice but a whole cake. I love Manila Hotel.
When we entered the room, my son immediately asked, “where’s the bed?” because it was his first time to stay in a suite room so he did not see the bed when we opened the door.
Let’s have a tour.
|With welcome fruits, complimentary water, coffee and tea.|
|With office supplies such as ballpen, pencil, ruler, eraser, marker, stapler, staple, tape and stationary|
|There is flat tv and mini fridge inside the cabinet (in front of the sofa)|
|Vanity table with blower, flat tv is inside the cabinet|
|Beside the bed is an Iphone dock charger/speaker|
|The bathroom is divided into three section, sink and bathtub, dressing room and toilet.|
At 4PM, we went to the swimming pool, it was not big compared to other hotels but it was good enough because there is a mini bar in the pool, just like in Acuatico.
They immediately served 3 glasses of water, gave us menu if we want to order and towels were delivered in our nook. My son and husband were in the pool so I ordered Puto Bumbong P221.40 while waiting for them. Yummy!
We went back to our room and we saw two small boxes of chocolate. We decided to order food because we don’t want to go out anymore. Checking the room service menu was not easy because everything is expensive. Hehehe! Good thing my husband was not hungry since we had late lunch at Harbor View. We ordered Spaghetti Carbonara and Robot (Children’s All Day Dining Menu)
We were surprised when they delivered the food because everything was set up in a table. Unlike in other hotels, meals were place in a food tray.
Spaghetti Carbonara P520 + SC - egg, parmesan, pecorino, pancetta, olive oil pepper.
Robot P320 + SC - Six inches size pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, bacon and ham.
The pasta and pizza were delicious so sulit na kahit mahal.
Cafe Ilang Ilang
Of course the most exciting part of staycation is free buffet breakfast and I was so excited because I’ve read a lot of good reviews in Cafe Ilang Ilang and it did not disappointment me. The saddest part is my son is no longer free, waah! P724.99 is the kid’s rate and P1450 for adult rate.
There were a lot of food choices, forgive me for not having a lot of photos because I was busy eating. The rate is expensive but you will understand because they are not just serving ordinary breakfast meal. They even have turkey for breakfast.
Since we have a “Little Chef” party theme, my husband request for photo with the chef.
1. I love the service from the entrance, swimming pool, room service and restaurant. You will really feel that you are in a luxury hotel.
2. They upgraded us to Suite and we really enjoyed our stay in Luneta Suite room. The room and bathroom is big.
3.When we informed them that it was my son’s birthday, they said that they will try to give a complimentary cake. So we were surprised that the cake was delivered several minutes after we entered our room. It was not just a slice of cake but whole cake.
4. I love the facilities and amenities of the hotel.
5. My son loves their bidet. He called it toilet machine.
6. Free Wifi
1.Everything is expensive when it comes to food, I think they should change the buffet kids rate because it is not worth it especially for my son who only eats bread or cereal. We have an option for a la carte but checking the menu, the price is already close to buffet rate.
2.I don’t know if I’m wrong but I did not see any playhouse so aside from pool, there is no more activity for my son.
Overall, we really had a memorable birthday experience at The Manila Hotel. We don’t have any regrets in choosing this hotel for my son’s 7th birtday celebration.
The Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, 0913,
Telephone: 632 527 0011
Fax: 632 527 5348