Not the newest rooms, but the beds are still the best you can find in the Philippines. While the television needs a better signal the classic cabinet in the Peninsula's rooms are a great piece of furniture. I know it's childish but I always play around with it, nice to have something like this at home.
The Asian restaurant was a disappointment, the chef needs to eat ASEAN food to get the taste right, what made it worse was that the pork inihaw or roasted pork was the saddest part of the meal.
Room service, the lobby cafe/resto, and Escolta made for a great stay. You can very well make this a heritage site for Filipino cuisine. They have one of the best recipes for halo-halo (an icy cool dessert) and probably the last bastion of queso and ube ice cream in the country. Too much ado about ice cream? Try to check the labels on store-bought brands, almost all say frozen dairy dessert, now I do not have the exact list of what Unilever feeds us but it is definitely not ice cream, not the taste, not the texture, not the satisfaction you get from eating real ice cream.
I digress, the lobby is as immaculate as ever, even if you need infrared goggles at night. The Peninsula has this atmosphere of being clean without being sanitary and they are one of very few hotels where carpeting is still a good idea. They have made an attempt at polishing up the guest rooms and the bathroom looks and feels new, unlike the ones at the Intercontinental nearby.
Great location, great food, great rooms, still the best stay in the Philippines.
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- Also Known As:
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- Peninsula Hotel Makati
- Peninsula Makati
- Manila Peninsula
- The Peninsula Manila Makati, Metro Manila