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Old Hyatt or New Hyatt Casino

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Old Hyatt or New Hyatt Casino

Hi all,

please kindly advise me on the two hotels, like which one is more suitable for first time visit to your beautiful country...

Thank you

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Hi there. I would suggest you stay at the Hyatt Casino because it has newer rooms and facilities. It's located in the Malate area, just walking distance from the Manila Bay sea wall called Baywalk where you can dine and watch the sunset. It's also very near a shopping mall (Robinson's Place) if you want to find good bargains. Also, it's just 15 minutes away from Intramuros the walled city built by the Spanish in the 16th century where you can find old churches and buildings.

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Hi Vanilla bean,

Thanks for the speedy info ;) just wondering is Manila Bay the main area for tourist? and will i be missing out anything for not staying around Makati?

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It really depends on what you want to do while you are here. If you want to be in a setting that is not too slick and modern, but has "character", then Malate (where the Hyatt Hotel is) could be the place for you. If you'd rather be in the center of nightlife and shopping, then Makati is a good option.

I think there are more tourists in Makati because it's centrally located and everything is a little bit more convenient to get to.

Hope this helps =)

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thank you vanilla bean, you're a great help! The new Hyatt Casino will be the place then. ;)

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Enjoy your trip!

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Hi sincerely! Nice to find you here!

Honestly, there are better hotels for first time visitors to the Philippines. No doubt, the Hyatt Hotel and Casino (the new one) is indeed a good hotel. Stayed there a few months ago and had lunch there last sunday. Great food and very impressive rooms. The old Hyatt has also kept its charm, and still has one of the best Japanese buffets in the area. But I would suggest however for you to stay around the Makati area. To give you an idea, Makati is like your Marina area, and where the new Hyatt is is like a mixture of Little India, Chinatown, Bugis, etc. Its too busy and crowded for visitors, though it does have its charm and character. Makati would give a better impression, and of course, for a first time visitor, it is most ideal.

Metro Manila is also small, and going around in taxis is cheap. There are nice hotels in Makati like the Shangrila, Peninsula, New World Rennaissance, Dusit, and Intercon - all of which are cheaper compared to Singapore hotels (hahaha!) and all of which too are close to shopping - again like the Marina area. A cab from Makati to Intramuros which is the old walled city wouldnt cost you more than P200 even in traffic (less than $7 Singapore). Check out other Makati hotels and will give you my honest feedback.

Also, what kind of activities are you looking forward to do? Your plan of activities can be a factor in selecting your appropriate accomodation. And your budget of course! Again, five star hotels here are one of the cheapest in the region with definitely bigger rooms!

And oh, I cant wait for your turn to ask about food!!!

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Hi impulseT,

lol I need some Casino Therapy! And i need lots of Mango Therapy!

With your positive review on JetstarAsia and since now, its part of one of my FFP Worldperks network, P'pines suddenly just seems so much closer to me like never before (although my uncle is there...) ;)

I'm thinking of a quick break like what you did. My priority goes to hotel comfort, which doubles up as a 'security blanket' for me in a totally new place. What would you suggest?

Instead of starting lots of new threads, here comes the questions...

Is the old Westin/Sofitel still reliable, or the Pen and Intercon, are they good?

What are the places to visit within 3day2nights?

How far is the new Hyatt Casino to Makati?

How far is the new Hyatt Casino to rest of the must-sees?

Is it safe to walk around the Hyatt Casino area?

Or would it be safer to stay within Makati?

and lastly, MAKE ME DROOL - FOOD!

Urgh...Please Help!!! ;)

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Hahaha! Well here goes...

Q: "lol I need some Casino Therapy!How far is the new Hyatt Casino to Makati? How far is the new Hyatt Casino to rest of the must-sees? Is it safe to walk around the Hyatt Casino area?"

A: so I guess shopping is secondary or not even on your list? If Casino is your priority, then better stay at Hyatt Hotel & Casino in Manila. I stayed there a few months ago. Cool hotel though compared to other Makati hotels, its all too minimal for me design wise. The rooms are great though. Flat screen wall mounted tv with dvd player. Deep tub and rainshower type luxury in the bath. If you're staying with a friend, it might be a bit uncomfortable to use the bathroom since it has frosted glass and is slightly seen through the room lol! Nice restaurants there too. Depending on traffic, Makati is about 30 minutes from the Hyatt, at times you can reach it in as fast as 15 minutes, though with bad luck it can be as bad as an hour, (I should know! I live about 8 blocks from the Hyatt, and my work base is Makati lol!) Now is it safe to walk around the Hyatt casino area? Well yes, but it gets really busy. And unlike walking around the Makati Commercial and Business district, the Hyatt area is within a district that was popular in the 70's as a red light district, though gone are those days. There's a nearby mall jampacked with students and officeworkers (malling is a pasttime here too!). The baywalk area is full of restos and cafes, which gets really busy specially during weekends with street performers and bands all along the boulevard. You can actually see the beautiful Manila Bay sunset from your room, or the poolside garden views, or old unattractive buildings nearby.

By taxi, the hotel is nearby a lot of those must tourist attractions which a normal half day tour can be cover - the walled city of Intramuros including Fort Santiago, the Manila Bay sites, and if you visit Makati for a quick shopping you can also drop by the beautiful Ayala Museum.

Q: Is the old Westin/Sofitel still reliable, or the Pen and Intercon, are they good?

A:Gone is the Westin brand. What was once the Westin Philippine Plaza is now Hotel Philippine Plaza under Sofitel. It is a resort type hotel beautifully situated along the Manila Bay area. Rooms and general interiors are bit tired and in dire need of refurbishment. In fairness, they've started renovations in a lot of areas already. They just reopened their main restaurant Spirals about 3 weeks ago, and right now they are doing work on the poolside restaurant. They have a decent health club and spa (am a member there), and they have a small casino. Unlike the Hyatt and those Makati Hotels, you can't simply walk out of the hotel and go to the nearest mall - its quite a walk to the nearby shopping mall. But there are attractions in the area like the Coconut Palace (a pit stop in Season 6 or 7 of the Amazing Race! - though the contestants actually stayed at the Westin), other attractions of the Cultural Center Complex, and a lot of restaurants. A good hotel, though there are better choices.

The Manila Peninsula or the Pen which is an established hotel in Makati is my favorite hotel. Quiet, cozy, comfy, and reliable. Good PR training is consistently observed with the staff. If you can get good rates for this, go for it. It is across the huge Ayala Commercial Center, but good enough to be "across" as the hotel doesnt get the spillover (those who just go in to use the toilets) from the malls, therefore maintaining peace and security. The Makati Shangrila is the hotel across and very nearby the department stores and malls. (Am spending the easter weekend there from fri-sun 'cause the pen is booked!). Its newer than the Pen and other Makati hotels but it gets really busy as it is popular among Filipino and Chinese residents. The Pen's lobby is a fave, though Shang's also impressive. Service however is inconsistent, and am praying really hard that my stay there in the next few days would be better than my previous experiences with them.

The Intercon had its days. It still has a good restaurant, but I'd go for the Pen or the Shang. Nothing can beat its location though, it really is in close view to a very nice department store (Rustan's) and also beside a popular to locals department store (SM Shoemart), plus easy access to the Glorietta Mall which is a complex structure of high end to mid shops, basically everything you'll need is there, and different kinds of food too!

Slight detail though, non of these hotels has a Casino! So I guess you're still looking at the Hyatt?

But for hotel comfort, you can't get wrong with Hyatt Hotel & Casino, The Manila Peninsula, and Makati Shangri-la. And if you ask me, I feel safer to stay in Makati area.

AND AS FOR FOOD?!

What kind of food are you looking for?! Well there's a really good Filipino restaurant which is a short cab ride from the Hyatt called Bistro Remedios, a lot of good seafood (tuna, marlin, grilled shrimp, prawns, and oh baked or grilled oysters!). It is in the popular restaurant and night out district of Malate. My favorite dessert there is a "secret dessert" entry in the menu, made up of slightly melted "macapuno" (young coconut) ice cream creating a soup base which is actually "hiding" sticky rice strips laid in the dish alternating with sweet ripe mangoes!!!

I guess the counterpart of Hui Lau Shan or those Kopitiam Ice desserts in Manila would be "ICE MONSTER" which serves a variety of fresh fruits and other sweets served with finely crushed ice with milk and syrup. It can be found in most major malls around Metro Manila. Well of course, the mango ice is the most popular variant.

Oh by the way, food is cheap here! The food courts in major malls is reliable though since the major restaurants are also cheap and affordable, I'd go straight to the more established food districts. More on that when you've decided on your accomodations.

Of course my favorite mango dessert is a homemade mango torte which is one of those popular word of mouth discoveries in Makati. I buy it from one of those exclusive Makati villages and it has to be ordered in advance. Oh, am sure you won't forget it once you've tried it. Chopped walnuts baked within a sweet, crispy crust, topped with fresh mango balls and finished with light cream. Definitely mango overload! It wont fit your hotel ref though so you should consume immediately lol!

Though not that extensive, you can browse through

www.wowphilippines.com.ph

Or like me, I scan through most of the blogs at this address

…blogs.com/awesome/…carlos_celdran_.html

It has lots of infos on food, travel, etc.

Hope I was able to answer most of your questions. Dont hesitate to ask some more to make your trip worthwhile and hassle free.

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Hey ImpulseT,

You're darn tootin about the seafood and mangoes, thats exactly what i'm looking for!

check this out, …buzznet.com/assets/users9/southeaststar/def…

is this the secret mango torte you're talking about, in anyway it sure look good enough for me... no worries about the fridge, can probably finish a 12inch size as a desert like 'a piece of cake'. Or probably will get half a dozen for 3 times daily 'dosage', and hopefully the hotel can solve my storage problems, hehehe... btw don't bother to guess my weight lol

check this link out, …blogspot.com/2005_11_01_dessertcomesfirst_a…

this guy is making me very uncomfortable, can't take it anymore...got to start meditating NOW to stay sane, :"ooooommm...m"

Bistro Remedios sounds good. "Grilled Oyster!" and "Secret (Macapuno) Dessert!"... notice a few photo shots with the celebs, is it a casual place to dine out? I might be eat nothing but seafood and desert every meal ;)

Why so many goodies from P'pines i've not seen or heard before, uuuurgh....

As for lodging, yes, i noticed the unbelievable good rates from the Pen. Its cheaper than Hyatt Casino, and with lots of freebies thrown in. Well, its decisions decisions decisions... will see what i can get by then. A good Hyatt minimalist suite recommended for great view, or the plush Pen with lots of freebies recommended for its safer location. ;)

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btw you're not totally correct on the guessing of the shopping part...sigh... I might have someone with OCB (Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour) tagging along, a shopping disorder i.e.. Tell me more, so i can assess on my possible damage... It will be great to tell me where to avoid though, Glorietta Mall is one for sure lol ;)