This is a 3-star hotel and, contrary to its claim of having 5-star services, guests must not let their expectations go over the top.
I checked-in at this hotel for a brief staycation, and the choice of hotel was mainly from curiosity as well as the rates.
- accessible from the train (LRT Yellow Line), although this causes some noise (train and road traffic) to filter in rooms facing the street.
- prompt check-in and check-out, i.e.less than five minutes. I did my reservation from the hotel website. Since I've been warned by other reviewers, the 1000-peso deposit did not surprise me.
- apparently secure. Guard at entrance checks bags; there's also a K9 posted nearby, presumably for guests coming in with lots of luggage. Within 10 meters of the hotel is a police detachment.
- above average food quality with Chinese, Filipino and International selections at reasonable prices. I ordered from room service menu, which is served by Circa restaurant; there's a mark-up compared with outside restaurants, but not that high. I was also asked to immediately settle food charges upon delivery of food in room instead of charging it against hotel bill.
- spacious room (I got an Emperor Suite, which has a separate living/dining room and bedroom. The bed was large and comfortable, two aircon units kept the room cool, two flat-screen tvs are available, separate toilet/shower/tub (with jacuzzi). Furnishings were average though: some were wobbly, some had their paints chipped, there were come stains in the upholstery. The gasket seal around the shower area door was loose in someplaces causing water to trickle outside of shower area. Between-room partitions made of wood, not cement, so tv noise from adjacent room can and does filter through (minimal though).
1. The external environment may make some queasy, as there are vagrants loitering in the streets near the hotel. It is also not uncommon to find trash littering the street.
2. Hotel is far from airport.
3. Hotel has a Casino at the second floor. Elevators servicing guest floors shared with elevator servicing casino.
I was not able to sample buffet breakfast (dined from room) and hotel pool.
- 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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