I wasn't very impressed with this hotel, a formerly grand hotel now catering to a mid-market clientelle. However what do you expect at this price?
A few grumbles:
There are only 40W old-style light-bulbs in the room, so the room is rather dark. The hotel refuses when asked to change the lights to a higher wattage, which is a little strange since they could increase the light output by the simple expedient of using power-saving bulbs.
Not enough power sockets.
There is only one electric socket in the rooms, and no international adaptors are available from room service. I needed to plug in several appliances, as I was
a) making myself coffee
b) I have a laptop
c) I have a mobile phone charger
d) I had asked for an extra light (typically for this hotel, this turned out to be a lamp without a light switch!).
So the result was that I constantly had to get up to unplug one thing and plug in another into the single wall outlet. Why impose these stresses on guests?
The breakfast is monotonous, with a narrow choice. This is food designed for middle income middle-aged people with large paunches. (The display of large paunches in the breakfast room is amazing!)
This breakfast must be single-handed a major contributor to the world's diabetes problem! Everything is sugared. The breakfast fare consists of (massively over-salted) congee, omelette, deep fried potato, deep fried meat, deep fried sausage, sweetened bread of various varieties. There are two fruit juices, each of the watery fake-juice variety. There actually IS salad, a few desultory leaves, but the only dressing is Thousand Island Dressing. Everything is low-quality.
The cheese is unutterably disgusting.
If you are on the 9th Floor it can be very noisy at night. One night there was ferociously loud disco music till 1.00 pm. Boom, boom, boom, boom.
Laundry is at earth-shattering prices. Luckily, there are several laundries near the hotel which will do the job at a fraction of the price.
You are charged for city telephone calls, which are free to the hotel.
Late check out is of course charged (per hour).
If you request a bowl or cups in the room, this is charged.
Wi-fi is charged P300 / day.
Small swimming pool.
The pool is really not much fun.
The upside is that the rooms are OK, with good views if you select a corner room. The room staff are nice, though the front desk were initially a bit grumpy.
Hotels are now quite expensive in Manila, and this isn't the worst by any means. But it is disappointing, given that the management could fix many of these problems easily. Stronger light bulbs! Multi-sockets in the wall!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayview Park Hotel Manila is situated just minutes away from other historic and renowned landmarks including Luneta Park, Manila Catherdal, Intramuros, and the vibrant art and entertainment milieu, Malate. Across it, towards the bay are the U.S. Embassy, Manila Yacht Club, and further on, the SMX Convention Center and CCP Complex, the country's premier cultural hub. Its proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a mere 20 minutes away, offers extra convenience much desired by the travel-weary visitor. Hospitable, dependable, modest, respected, distinguished. Words meant to be lived by. It's simply the Bayview Park Hotel Manila way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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