A nice and affordable boutique hotel just inside one of the remaining battlements of Intramuros, and overall a very good value.
Having stayed in Makati many times, I thought I'd give the Intramuros area a try as a change-of-pace base. The Bayleaf is more intimate than the downtown hotels, and offers a nice quiet room and free breakfast for less money. Good buffet breakfast is included and the Skybar is open late. Internet is fast, free, and there is an inexpensive cafe down the block if you don't bring your electronics. Staff is friendly, well-trained – Francis Serrano answers emails quickly and ably.
Only minus is that cabs sometimes don't want to "go downtown" and you may have to allow extra time for pick-up and traffic / negotiate fares on return. The hotel might work out a relationship with a local company. Even here, though, the staff hurls itself into the street on your behalf.
I would strongly consider staying here again.
- 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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