Lamenting the fall of the dollar and the rise in price of quality hotels in Manila, I am always looking for the next, best thing at a great rate. This just may be it. It was not perfect, but the benefits far outweighed the drawbacks.
I booked through a bargain hunting hotel website for $65/night net with breakfast for two included. It was a great value for the price. Remember, Manila taxes toss on another 20% so my rate was really around $52/night for two people with a morning meal!
This facility is located directly next to Greenhills Mall. The shopping is a mixed bag for those who want both the ease of a traditional Philippine megacomplex and those who love the search for bargains in a flea market type environment. It has both. The best deals are in the market area with hundreds of stalls hawking all kinds of bargains from clothes to crafts to art to trinkets from the islands. I found it much more interesting than the pristine chain-laden malls that are ubiquitous in Manila.
Although you are close to fun shopping, you are not that close to Makati or Malate (30-40 min) for nightlife. Quezon City is, however, a short taxi ride away.
The room was really close to being a solid four star room with a Western mattress and fluffy comforter and quality linens. The shade pulled tight to make the room nearly pitch black. Since I was on the 37th floor (Room 3712), street noise was not a problem. The view was excellent of Wack Wack golf course way out to Makati and Manila Bay.
This was the standard room and was a tad small, but I got what I paid for. It was clean and modern.
The air conditioner was a bit moody. It didn't seem to have the kick the first night, but it reset itself mysteriously and from then on, it was amazingly efficient.
The bathroom was all marble, but was just mediocre with what you would expect from a water-saving showerhead. The towels did not match the bed linens, unfortunately, in quality.
We made use of the pool on the roof. The cafe at the pool was still not operating. The hot tub was nice, but not quite as hot as some might expect.
The breakfast was functional and the fruit was good. They made eggs to order and had alot of hot selections.
The staff was very cordial and helpful, although it was a bit odd as they had to accomodate both guests and the residents who occupy many of the rooms as their personal condos.
Apparently, this ownership also runs the Makati Palace Hotel on Burgos. They have only had Greenhills Elan up and running for less than a year and some of the quirks are still getting ironed out.
Overall, I was greatly impressed. I get really tired of trying to find a worthwhile bargain, but having to sleep in inferior rooms. This was not the case at Greenhills Elan. It was borderline luxury and I was happy to find it and will return soon. This could be a gem in Manila for those looking for a really nice accomodations, but do not mind using taxis or MRT to get back and forth to the areas of nightlife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GREENHILLS ELAN HOTEL MODERN is the "First and only Hotel in Greenhills" strategically located in the heart of San Juan City, fronting the famous Greenhills Shopping Center. Aside from our uniqueness as hotel residence, the scene-stealing Greenhills Elan holds another premium. It's inimitably perfect location. Guest can have a glimpse of Makati Skyline, Manila Bay, Antipolo Hills and the Landscape of Marikina. Few minutes away to Ortigas Center, Shopping Malls, Schools, Churches and Makati Business Financial District. GREENHILLS ELAN HOTEL MODERN operates well-appointed guestrooms, a modern lifestyle living with functionality and comfort. Rooms are stylish with luxurious elegant designs. With rooms ranging from a minimum of 28 sq. meters to a maximum of 77 sq. meters. Presidential Suite Room offers living and dining area which convenience for families and even executive travelers. Guest can truly appreciate homey and perfectly relaxed during stay. ... more less
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