This place has a lot of potential. In a restored/rebuilt area of the historic Intramuros neighborhood, within a block or so of most of the other stuff tourists go to in the neighborhood. It is in a complex with a couple restaurants and cafes, art shops, tour guide service, etc.
The decor of this hotel either has a little grandeur or is just tacky and pretentious, depending on how you look at it. They use imagery of knights and castles, and there's a sort of renfaire look to the hallways, bedspreads, lobby and so on. Knights in shining armor honestly doesn't make a lot of sense in relation to Intramuros history, but maybe that is nitpicking. Anyway, to me the whole decor kept missing the mark and seemed more like a Medieval Times restaurant.
Aside from the questionable aesthetic choices, my 2 night stay here was really just a long series of disappointments and annoyances. Innumerable maintenance problems really started becoming a pain in the butt. For example, there was no option for hot water in the tub faucets, so you can only run a COLD bath?? Lots of stuff like that. The desk staff is pretty incompetent, the room service was not good, the coffee shop doesn't open until well after breakfast time so you can't actually buy a morning coffee there.
Also, outside one door of the hotel is full of obnoxious shills trying to sucker tourists, and outside the door on the other side was an extremely poor neighborhood. I stayed in a room on the ground floor and a minute after I opened the window there were a couple street kids climbing the iron bars outside to look into the room. They were so loud right outside my window all the time that I asked to move to a higher floor- then my new room on the top floor had windows so high up under low-hanging eaves, so that you couldn't even see out of them. And, the ceiling was so slanted that tall people (like me) would hit their head on it in places. Sigh.
If these guys completely overhauled their service and maintenance, and remodeled the interior, this might be a fun place to stay. That seems pretty unlikely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Knight Hotel Intramuros in Manila is located within the Plaza San Luis Complex. It offers accommodations in Manila, Philippines that are air-conditioned and filled with the essential amenities you'd need, such as flat-screen cable TV, coffee and tea maker, and private toilet and bath with hot/cold water. Some of its amenities include Coco Bango Cafe, Wi-Fi access, massage service, and airport and city transfers. While staying here you can visit some tourist spots like Fort Santiago, Statues of King Carlos IV, and Manila Ocean Park. ... more less
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