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Hotel H2O
Ranked #12 of 108 Hotels in Manila
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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“Top Notch”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

Yes, there is currently some construction going on but nothing noisy or hampering the experience in any way. Cabs and vendors are no where near the entrance so there is some breathing room if you want to walk around in the immediate area although they are close by the ocean park entrance if you do want a cab or buggy ride.

The hotel is very nice, I loved the jacuzzi in the floor with the big shower head above. I wasn't bothered by noise and the style and atmosphere was perfect. We had a bay-view room executive suite and was worth the money. If you are an American who isn't cheap you won't mind paying 175ish for a room and if you need something the staff was very friendly, immediate and helpful (I needed an extension cord for my sleep apnea machine and it was delivered instantly). The music was nice in the 3rd floor lobby in the evening and was a great base for sightseeing in Manilla. There are cheaper hotels and other five star hotels downtown closer to.... what? malls? traffic? street vendors? The Hotel was an oasis in Ocean Park, you're among tourists and vacation groups from inside and outside the Philippines so there was a very "holiday" atmosphere outside and a very modern cool atmosphere inside. I would definitely recommend this hotel for those looking for a modern hotel and great service.

Room Tip: I chose the Bay View and was very please. Manilla Bay sunset was beautiful!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

We booked a one night stay here on our way back from our honeymoon because it seemed like an interesting concept--aquariums in every room. The website looks very zen-like, and I feel features the spa quite heavily, but when we arrived, we were ushered in through a lot of construction to the entrance, which is also the entrance to the aquarium/mall. It felt hectic, and not relaxing at all. It is neat to have an aquarium in the room, although it did feel a bit claustrophobic without windows. Perhaps it would have been a better hotel for families traveling with children, but it is not a place we'd be interested in staying again.

Room Tip: aquarium rooms are the draw---unique to the hotel
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Luzon, Philippines
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

I booked a jellyfish room. Its very nice. Good- free room slippers,snacks,drinks. Kind staffs, nice location bay area.
Needs improvement- swimming pool and restaurant. No private path, you need to go outside the hotel to go to pool n resto.
Themed aquarium rooms is a must try. I saw the suite bay view is just same wit other hotel rooms, they should add aquarium to it.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Manila
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2012

We purchased a voucher from metrodeal for an overnight stay here in H2O. All the contact numbers that the site published were not working so I tried to call the hotel directly. I was very thankful that they assisted me so well. We regret that we should have just purchased the hotel's promo this february instead of that metrodeal voucher, well we learned our lesson. :)

Anyway, our stay was all worth it! They do really have an EXCELLENT SERVICE --- friendly staff, unique room and nice furnitures, good location. They also kept our luggages after we check out so that we can still roam around the place and buy some stuff. Will surely stay here again and recommend this to everyone! ;)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We were amazed on our stay here on the first time that we made another reservation on our trip back from El Nido. What was amazing is at that time we came back,they were fully booked, so as a complimentary for returning guests, they upgrade our room to Executive Suite, which was their most expensive room that cost about PHP 42,000-ish for FREE! How fabulous is that?!

They have a big flat screen TV in the room, free wi-fi, excellent food and amazing staff. Their morning breakfast is also to die for. Their menu changes everyday, so you will have a lot of options.

We are coming back here again next month. Lovely service!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bacolod, Philippines
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

It's a new hotel within the Manila Ocean Park Complex making it ideal for those traveling with children and are actually planning to go to the ocean park.

The hotel and our room was clean. However, the complementary water in our room tasted very bad. It smelled like it came from a sewer. We called the attention of the hotel staff and were told they would replace it, which they never did.

The set up and theme of the hotel is very unique. the corridors seemed you are also in an aquarium.

It was quiet hard to get a taxi from the hotel.

Breakfast buffet was ok and the restaurant staff were very accommodating.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tacloban, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2012

This, by far, has been the most awesome and unique hotel that I've been into. Definitely recommended to all travelers looking for a new and fresh hotel experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel H2O
Address: Luneta | Behind Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Luzon 1000, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Luzon > Metro Manila > Manila
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 108 Hotels in Manila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel H2O 4*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel H2O is the first and only marine-themed urban resort hotel in the Philippines. Opened on April 10, 2010, the hotel is part of the Manila Ocean Park complex in the Philippine capital’s historic Rizal Park. It has been designated as the official residence for guests and patrons of Manila Ocean Park.Every part of Hotel H2O has a connection to its namesake element, water – from its next-door proximity to Manila Ocean Park; to its location on the edge of Manila Bay; to its signature aquarium wall that adorns the inner guest rooms and grand ballroom; to the seafood specialties of its main F&B outlet, Makan Makan Asian Food Village; to the healing, negative-ion treatments of its wellness center, Zenyu Eco Spa. All these make Hotel H2O perhaps the most visually distinctive urban property in the country today. ... more   less 
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