Back in the day, the Diamond was a Hilton or Hyatt and it was new. But now it's a combined casino and hotel in a rundown part of Manila, and the concierge even advised me against going for a walk in daylight ! The hotel is surrounded by security guards but I don't think it's that bad - I went for a walk anyway and felt perfectly safe although perhaps for females alone at night it would be sensible to take a taxi.
At check-in there was only one room ready (409) and I would have had to wait two hours for an alternative, so I took it. But it smelled so moldy and the carpet was so smelly that without me saying a word, the bellboy called for housekeeping as soon as he opened the door. The maid flushed the toilet a few times, sprayed room deodoriser around and advised that once the airconditioning had been running for a while that it would improve and indeed it did, as long as you don't mind a very cold room. But when you leave the room, you take your key from the power source and the a/c switches off - so when you return to the room it smells terrible again. Once you overlook the smell and the mold and the greasy carpet, the room is fine. There are tea-making facilities, slippers, gown and bathroom amenities, so all that's good. The Midas Cafe breakfast buffet also looked good but was $25 so there's a Starbucks around the corner that does alot of business with hotel guests. The lunch buffet also looked good but buffets are a trap - the food gets stale and there's no way you can eat enough food to equal the cover charge, so I usually avoid them. The à la carte menu was more than adequate and I ended up spending $25 instead of $50 for lunch.
So I can't recommend the Diamond. There are signs that the hotel foyer is being remodeled, but it would be good to know that the rooms are also being renovated to remove the smell. I guess there's nothing they can do about the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Midas Hotel and Casino is the newest design-led lifestyle hotel situated along Roxas Boulevard at the coast of Manila Bay. The hotel is flocked by the Japanese Embassy and San Juan de Dios Hospital. It faces the Bay, a few meters from the intersection of Roxas Boulevard and EDSA. In the tradition of excellence set by the building's former occupants, The Sheraton, Savoy Philippines and Hyatt Regency Manila, this 225-room hotel continues to be THE venue for creating fond memories. Certain details of the original structure have been kept and integrated into the redesign of the building's interiors, creating a fusion of the past and the present in perfect harmony. In the chic and spacious hotel lobby, floor-to-ceiling adobe stone walls and pillars have been layered with chrome and crystals providing a stunning backdrop to its luxurious Italian designer furniture; while a fiber optic chandelier, possibly the only one of its kind in the Philippines, lends dramatic illumination. Throughout the hotel, this statement of modern glam and luxury is carried out in every detail. Midas forward-looking rooms and suites are carefully appointed, chic and have the feel of modern glam. All are pleasantly furnished natural fabrics and are equipped with upscale amenities. Executive floor guests get to enjoy buffet cocktails at the Sunset Lounge from 4 pm to 8 pm while taking pleasure in the sight of the Metropolis. Midas also offers restaurants with first-rate options for opulent enjoyment, each set to weave its own taste of magic - the 2702 Lobby Lounge, Midas Cafe and Yanagi Japanese Restaurant. May it be an end-of-day glass of wine or a cocktail to jumpstart a promising evening, the 2702 Lobby Lounge is definitely the place to go to and be seen at. Aside from the wide selection of cocktails, shooters, liqueurs, wines, and hard spirits, the 2702 Lounge also offers tasty treats and nibbles that will complement whatever drink is at hand. Culinary masters converge at the Midas Cafe to offer guests the ultimate dining experience ever. If the mere sight of palatable items laid out in a long buffet line is already an indulgence, then sinking one's teeth to them can be nothing short of divine. Midas Cafe offers everything from authentic teppan and sushi dishes, to classic Filipino dishes with a modern twist. The contemporary Japanese style at its finest is Yanagi Japanese Restaurant located at the Mezzanine floor of the hotel lobby. Experience a variety of specialties, with a sushi and sashimi bar, a teppanyaki / hibachi station and a la carte dining. Set along the majestic stretch of Roxas Boulevard, Midas Hotel and Casino is a short drive away from the domestic and international airports, convention venues, business districts and commercial areas . . . Airports Terminals • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1 & 2: 5 kms / approximate driving time: 30 minutes from the hotel • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3: 5 kms / approximate driving time: 30 minutes from the hotel • Domestic Airport: 5 kms / approximate driving time: 30 minutes from the hotel Convention Venues • SMX Convention Venues: 2 kms / approximate driving time: 15 minutes from the hotel • One Esplanade: 2 kms / approximate driving time: 15 minutes from the hotel • World Trade Center: 3 kms / approximate driving time: 20 minutes from the hotel • Philippine International Convention Center: 3 kms / approximate driving time: 20 minutes from the hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Midas Hotel Pasay
- Midas Hotel And Casino Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines