We spent Good Friday to Easter Sunday last year at the Diamond Hotel, just so we could use the vouchers that came with the membership, and we enjoyed staying in Manila so much we decided to stay there again this year.
The reception area was quite busy as it was already 2PM, after waiting in line for a few minutes, a pleasant Paulo greeted me. As usual, we requested for a room on a non-smoking floor, king bed, and a crib for S. He asked me if I specifically requested for the 9/F or any other floor preference, I told him not really, as long as our requests were considered. He gave me keys to a room on the 16/F, and even before we reached the room we somehow sensed Paulo's kind gesture to us.
He upgraded us to a Premiere Executive room, a corner one at that! With views of both the bay and Old Manila, plus the room was huge.
Food quality and selection at Corniche is very good, comparable to Makati Shangri-La's Circles and Edsa Shang-ri La's Heat. Seafood were very fresh and desserts of course were wonderful. I'm not and never have been a fan of ice cream but I saw that they had salted caramel and I asked if they made it in the hotel, and they said yes. Decided to try it out and it was just tooooo good! Went back for 4 or 5 times heehee.
The gym wasn't big, and would get crowded with about 5-8 people inside, but it had a good line up of machines and equipment.
We checked out and when we got home we realized we left a portable speaker in the room. Upon calling the hotel, they were able to find the speaker at the back of one of the side tables (which means they didn't thoroughly clean the room he he he). We went back that same night and picked-up our item.
If you want a pleasant stay along the Roxas Blvd area, this is the hotel for you, you will literally feel like a tourist in Manila :)
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