We stayed a night at the H2O, just to try something new. Unfortunately, my fiance lost his passport at the Manila Hotel almost a week prior to our stay, so pretty much early the next morning, we had to leave early for our appointment at the British Embassy, and so, we never got to enjoy our stay much.
We arrived a bit late from the airport, and we decided to drop by my house in Malate, so we only had less than an hour to freshen up. I thought that we had to lug our bags all the way up to the lobby, which IS quite a way from the Hotel/Waterpark's entrance, but luckily, we spotted the bell boys who are situated downstairs. Checking in was nice and easy, but I was a bit surprised the way the hallways are constructed - they made me feel that I was in a labyrinth, and I feel a bit claustrophobic on the way to our room.
My initial thought upon seeing our room was "Wow. This is small and cramped." But I liked the window that looked out into the Manila Bay, and since it was dusk when we arrived, the glorious sunset greeted us. I also liked they way they personalised our stay: the TV was showing a greeting addressed to my fiance, who booked it, and we appreciated the small snacks they laid out for us.
Like I said, the room was cramped, and the crown jewel of that tiny space was the toilet/bathroom. Although we two are engaged to be married, there are some things that we should allow privacy for, but unfortunately, the glass enclosures of the bathroom and the toilet just do not allow for that. True, they were frosted, but they are are translucent. Also, there's no way for one to have his/her towels ready after his/her shower, so we had to ask the other to hand it over once one is done with his/her shower.
Unfortunately, on my way to my house, I left several important documents that we need for our appointment! Due to my fault, we spent the good part of the night having to replace them, and fortunately, we did. I can only say that I am very lucky in having him as my fiance - instead of hemming and hawing (course, we blamed my lack of focus, and the blame was all mine T_T) he was cool-headed enough to focus on the solution of the problem. And so we went back to the hotel very tired, but we still needed to print out some forms that we needed.
The wake-up call was very prompt, as the very same people who helped us with the documents understood the importance of our appointment with the embassy, although we did spent some time having to wait for the room to be cleared for checking out, and waiting for our cab.
Before we checked out, we enjoyed the breakfast buffet at Makan Makan. For such an early hour, it was impressive that such an array of food was prepared.
If not for the bathroom, I'd surely ask my fiance to book us another stay here. For such an expensive rate, the room size certainly did not follow suit.
- 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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