This is a very nice hotel with stylish modern rooms. Rooms are rather small, but the bathroom has plenty of space. The windows only have single walled glas and therefore street noise is clearly present in the rooms (5th floor). In the evening city life within intramuros comes to a complete stop, so this doesn’t bother you at night. This hotel is merely usefull to spend the night and eat. There are no extras such as spas and pools.
And eating is what you definitely need to do there! The restaurant (9 Spoons) has a superb cuisine, but I can’t understand why not all charges are included in the prices listed on the menu. Taxes are included, but not the 10 % service charge and not the local taxes. I am allergic to places where they have hidden costs that are nicely mentioned in a small foot note. But don’t let this stop you and try out the menu. You definitely have to order the Kanji beef salad, this is the absolute winner.
The staff is among the most friendly and helpfull we came across during our 4 week trip through the Philippines. If you’re looking for an affordable but luxurious hotel with a great cuisine in the city centre, look no further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bayleaf is the only boutique hotel in the heart of the country's premiere heritage site, the Intramuros -the seat of Spanish government more established than 400 years ago. Located inside massive walls, Intramuros is home to very old churches, museums, national parks and courtyards.With 57 rooms and suites, The Bayleaf also has 5 modern meetings rooms, a 280 capacity ballroom, an all day dining panoramic restaurant on the 9th floor, a roof deck al fresco lounge on the deck and a rustic Churros cafe on the ground floor. ... more less
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