I stayed a couple of days ago at the Sofitel Manila and although the service was attentive I was disappointed by the current status of the pool area, one of the main reasons I have chosen to stay there. There is no view of the bay whatsoever due to ongoing heavy construction work (re-enforcement of the sea wall). The entire hotel shoreline is fenced off. The views are marred by a high metallic fence, painted in a vivid green, in harmony with the green mats of the pool lounge chairs. There is constant noise coming from the heavy construction machinery behind the fence (grinding, drilling, hammering and unloading rocks). I don’t remember seeing any warning about this on their website, nor on the websites of the agencies selling their accommodations. When I asked a reception member about the estimated duration of the works I got no clear answer, so I’m afraid it will be continuing like this for weeks, if not months.
Rooms and bathrooms are spacious and well appointed, the décor is classic with an abundance of brown colours. Regrettably they charge for in-room WiFi & Ethernet connection, which in my opinion is a let-down in a 5-star hotel charging their prices, especially when many 3-star hotels are offering WiFi for free. An alternative is to browse the web for free in the bar or lobby.
Service is excellent and the staff at the concierge desk are doing their best to accommodate the guests’ needs.
Having seen and tried other buffets in 5-star hotels around the world, I find that the “Spiral” at the Sofitel Manila is overpriced. As many online prices are for the room only, here is a list of the buffet net prices (as of April/May 2013):
-Breakfast Mon-Fri PHP 1720 / Sat-Sun PHP 1965,- (Kids PHP 983/1105,-)
-Lunch Mon-Sat PHP 2432,- (Kids PHP 1351)
-Brunch (Sunday) PHP 3623,- (Kids PHP 1842)
-Dinner (Sun-Thu) PHP 2800,- (Kids PHP 1597) / Fri-Sat PHP 3046 (Kids 1597,-)
[Quick orientation: 1 USD = 40 PHP / 1 GBP = 60 PHP (approximative high street FX rates)]
For those who feel unhappy about these stratospheric prices (especially for children), there is also an a la carte breakfast / lunch / dinner option, not only cheaper but also healthier (no overeating / excess calorie intake).
In conclusion, I would try out other competing hotels before committing again to the Sofitel in Manila, at least until the construction works are finished.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel is a unique 5 star luxury hotel in Manila with a resort setting close to Mall of Asia, Manila Ocean Park, Intramuros, US Embassy, PICC and major tourist spots in the Philippines. Sofitel 5-star accommodation includes 609 rooms and suites boasting of balconies and spectacular views of world famous Manila Bay sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Philippine Travel
- Sofitel Manila
- Accor Philippine Plaza Manila
- Philippine Plaza
- Hotel Philippine Plaza
- Sofitel Philippine Plaza
- Sofitel Philippines
- Manila Sofitel
- Westin Philippine Plaza