Boasting of Manila's Grand Opera History, you'd find the corridors of every floor of Manila Grand Opera Hotel adorned with photographs of posters of films or shows (a few vaudeville) of veteran actors and actresses in those era or should I say in those Old Manila days.
The rooms vary and can be cramped and can be a bit roomy good for a family of (4) - not 5 star standards but maybe to re-create the olden Manila times of how rooms were. Our family checked in for an overnight stay as my parents have an event to attend to at Manila Grand Opera Hotel's Ballroom for the night. I have to admit it takes quite a while to check-in with the not so attentive or accomodating staff at the reception counter.
The swimming pool is clean upon ocular inspection but I didn't take a dip. There is a huge outside, open parking lot provided by the hotel. And for check-in guests like us, we opted to park inside the hotel upper parking space though limited to assure us that our vehicle is secure during the night.
They have a casino in the hotel's 2nd or mezzanine floor with mechanical tables and slot machines for those looking for night activities. They have to fit in the casino in the same floor with their dimly lit karaoke bar with the karaoke bar taking more floor space than the casino. The LRT is accessible thru this floor for their karaoke and casino patrons and personnel taking the train or cab. I no longer checked how the night life is in this part of the Hotel.
The treat for me is their resto for my food cravings - breakfast buffet and snacks. They serve a delicious healthy fare of a little mix of Asian cuisines mostly Chinese Cuisines for their patrons. Seafood fare are served fresh and they do concoct they're own versions of cake desserts to satisfy one's curios palate.
Visually the resto is bedecked with photos of famous veteran Filipino actors and actresses of the times, brightly lit with heavy drapes on certain sections for a lovely Manila Grand Opera ambiance.
They have a donut shop at the front corner of the hotel for midnight snacks, a souvenir shop and money changer too. I wouldn't advice going out of the hotel for walks on certain unholy hours, maybe even in the day unless you'd take utmost care of yourself and your belongings. Maybe the knowledge that a police headquarter or precinct is nearby the hotel should you decide to wander off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manila Grand Opera Hotel stands today on the former site of the Manila Grand Opera House, a cultural landmark that showcased Philippine arts from 1900 to the late 1950. Formally launched in August 2008, it combines the historic theater's cultural legacy with a boost to the travel and tourism industry as the only luxury hotel in Manila's Sta. Cruz district, near Binondo's Chinatown. Located on the corner of Rizal Avenue and Doroteo Jose Street, the Manila Grand Opera Hotel today caters to an increasing number of visitors from China and Taiwan, aside from habitues and residents of the area who have long hoped for such a center of elegance and beauty to emerge in their midst. At the hotel's entrance stands a historical marker about the inauguration of the first Philippine Assembly on Oct. 16, 1907 by United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft, a historic event that was held there. As the only elegant hotel in downtown Manila, Manila Grand Opera Hotel expects to cater to the increasing number of Chinese visitors from the mainland and Taiwan who will feel at home staying near Manila's Chinatown. The hotel also serves the needs of the Chinese community residing in the nearby Chinatown by providing accommodations for their relatives and friends coming from abroad, he added. The luxury hotel has 250 contemporary guest rooms equipped with state-of-the-art door lock system, cable TV and Wi-Fi and LAN access, a mini-bar with a wide variety of snacks and drinks, with amenities such as buffet breakfast, use of the Infinity swimming pool,and spa. For the dining enjoyment of guests, there are the New President Sharksfin Seafood Restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine and the Circa 1900 Bar and Restaurant offering an array of gastronomic delights in an old world ambiance created by the blown up photographs on the walls of artists who had performed at the old theater. For big social gatherings, the hotel's Ambassador's Hall can accommodate up to 1,000 guests while several Meeting Rooms are also available for smaller gatherings such as business meetings, social get-together, dining, meeting and banquets. ... more less
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