Attended another convention and stayed at the Manila Hotel. I am not really a fan of this hotel considering that it is run by a government owned company and it is quite old (almost 100 years old).
I got a regular room whose view faced onto the front of the hotel. I had a view of Rizal Park, some parts of the Manila Ocean Park, downtown Manila and Manila Bay. The room itself was quite old but everything was within acceptable limits plus it had a rustic old-world Manila feel to it. It had a large flat screen TV, lots of storage space, a large desk, a large bathroom with a tub. The air conditioning unit wasn't really quite up to the noontime Manila heat but a quick call to the maintenance people improved it a bit. The huge king sized bed was also very comfy
My associate had a suite room on the same floor and it was huge. With a separate receiving are, a loft and an enclosed bedroom. Again, furnishings were a bit old but seemed to keep in line with the rustic image of the hotel.
Our other associates had a more modern room in the new wing at the third floor. No view except for the container port and terminal but the room was very modern. A nice place for business travelers.
Breakfast buffet was great. At least for a regular joe like me. Free internet on all rooms!
And one thing that I really like about this place is Filipino hospitality. Everyone was so nice and the staff always aim to please. Something missing in other similar hotels.
Here are some stuff that I did not like so much. There is very little secured parking space. Although you can always avail of the valet service. In one conference, the drinking glasses we got smelled dusty and old. And again, that weak air conditioner in one of our rooms.
But overall, I'd recommend this place to anyone planning to visit Manila.
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- Manila Hotel embodies a rich tradition of elegant living, fine dining, and gracious service that goes back over 97 years. Here the city celebrated its most important events. Here the world’s personages held court and left their mark. At once, ageless and historic, Manila Hotel has always been everything a hotel should be: comfortable and gracious ... more less
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