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The Peninsula Manila
Ranked #6 of 86 Hotels in Makati
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Let me admit upfront that I didn't stay in the Peninsula (that'll be for the next trip!), but I was taken there for some music and desert by two excellent hosts I was visiting on business - having eaten elsewhere.

Everything about this hotel is colonial in its feel - in the best sense of the word: the reception and restaurant areas are huge and truly beautiful. Suspended on a platform a floor or two above the reception is a band stand, where a first-class 10-piece Latin band was playing the night we visited. The feel was what I imagine a very high end hotel would have felt like in Havana before the fall to communism.

The lounge area is SO comfortable and the desert menu so comforting! The ice cream mixes are a specialty - all are on the large side (with the king of them all containing 19 scoops of ice cream - presumably a group affair). My own (picture was one of the smaller ones).

They were offering a night for two for about $180 - including the above mentioned 19 scoop leviathan - a real steal for the quality of this hotel.

Even if you don't stay go and have desert and enjoy the great music, atmosphere - and the wonderful people watching opportunities.

My only criticism was the slow speed of the service in the reception - but that's a small niggle overall.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is my second time staying at The Pen and it was completely decorated for Christmas - when you walk into the lobby it is breathtaking. Again, the service is top notch and the staff is so polite. Safety is key in this hotel which always makes me happy.
Our room was well appointed, great view of the city and very clean.
It is relaxing and an oasis in a very fun, but busy city.

Room Tip: The tower on the right side of the reception area has newer rooms
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

5 star ++...!! Even though the rooms are dated but still according to the given 5 stars...!! Maintenance is good, as you may expect from such a hotel chain.
Have to write, don't know why.., but I always find the Peninsula wherever in the world, slightly more classy, in a way stylish better or whatever positive word as for example the concurrent and in this case opposite located Shangrila-La...
Anyway loved my stay with them.. Location wise also top.. Bussiness wise had to be in the area but also for leassure guests..: some uptown malls like: Greenbelt and Glorieta's within walking distance..

Room Tip: Every room will be good!!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

In chaotic Manila, The Peninsula stands out as classy island of tranquility, style and excellent service. I think this is the Filipino's hospitality at it's best.
The hotel provides all one would need. Variety of dining options, huge, yet intimate lobby, nice swimming pool and fitness area, entertainment spot, small but handy stores and efficient transportation services. Of course, rooms are meticulously clean, spacious and quiet. I stayed in the club room on the 4th floor overlooking swimming pool. I wouldn't call anything about the room outdated. There is modest dining area offering breakfast and light meal during the lunch and dinner time. Wireless service is free and fast enough. Hotel personnel is very friendly but decent.
I genuinely enjoyed performance by the hotel orchestra in the lobby while sipping a night drink.
If I ever return to Manila I'd stay in Peninsula and I would recommend it to everyone visiting this place.

Room Tip: I presume that rooms with garden/pool view are quieter.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

my friend and i stayed here for a couple of days and was extremely pleased as the location was excellent. we were able to walk to the park, shopping centers, and surrounding area. the hotel was secure and as you would expect out of a peninsula, very grand. the pool and bar was small but plenty of lounge chairs/towels to relax. the spa and gym were also small (didn't have a place to really sit and relax with your tea) but did have wet/dry saunas, showers, robes and the spa services was good. the breakfast buffet had fresh fruit juices that you can customize and all the stations of both western and asian foods to indulge in - even a gelato bar! the rooms were comfortable and didn't expect single beds (as we're accustomed to double) but the rooms were a good size and never felt claustrophobic. and finally the staff was warm, professional and friendly. they even sent over a beautiful and yummy birthday cake to the room for my friend! overall, we had a great stay.

the buffet was great in the restaurant but they also offered it in the lobby. the offering wasn't the same and you couldn't go to both so people who didn't know, would go to the lobby and was disappointed that they missed out on the yummier spread.

Room Tip: the garden side was quieter
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

After staying at the Shangri-La on our first trip in May then coming back for three weeks our travel agent booked us for the last six days of our trip at this amazing hotel from the time they opened the front doors for us to our final goodbyes this hotel had it all for us...The food was amazing but we found that the best value was the smorgasbord available every night with food from various countries...we both loved to wonder out to the atrium to not only listen to the beautiful orchestra playing but to enjoy the atmosphere and the amazing architecture of this beautiful hotel..the only disappointing thing for me was that the orchestra was one floor above and we could not see who was creating the beautiful music that was a joy to listen to...if you get the chance enjoy their amazing High Tea i have never had one like it and we have had many over the years in various places...the rooms are slightly dated and need a revamp we where offered an upgrade to a suite on arrival but thought that the prices where a bit high.....one thing that stood out for me was the staff in the other hotels the staff kind of hung around after they had done something for you waiting for a tip and although good sometimes especially at the Shangri-La they were to much in your face from the moment the doors opened...this hotel has cornered the market in Makati at staff that respect your personal space...and i for one really appreciated that

Room Tip: we found the rooms a bit dated and had a room on the sixth floor facing the road...could not hear th...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

The Makati Peninsula is incredible value compared to 5 star hotels in any other capital city and compared to any other Peninsula hotels worldwide.

+ overall good hotel, slightly dated rooms but high standard
+ nice bar downstairs
+ quick check in
+ Friendly staff
+ good room service
+ good location

- Took a while to check out

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Address: Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati, Luzon 1226, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Luzon > Metro Manila > Makati
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Makati
#4 Romantic Hotel in Makati
#4 Spa Hotel in Makati
#4 Business Hotel in Makati
#5 Luxury Hotel in Makati
Price Range: $128 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Peninsula Manila 5*
Number of rooms: 469
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