Hotel H2O sits right on the Manila Ocean Park complex. Our room actually was a Park View Room, which had a view of the marine show stage. The hotel, room and furnishings were still relatively new. My wife, 2 kids and I were in a twin bedded room and while my sons are admittedly already at the age (8 and 10) where at home they occupy their own room, I still found the beds a bit too small and soft for my own comfort. There wasn't so much as a bathroom but instead the shower and water closet stall were in the room itself and only separated by glass partitions, the lower part of which was frosted to afford an amount (albeit very limited) of privacy. The lavatory was likewise in the room itself and right alongside one of the beds. The glass partitions did not seal quite right so much so that when my younger son took a shower, the water splashing led to quite a bit of water leaking into the room area.
Service was passable though a few questionable practices in my view. For the check-in, I was expecting to go swiftly as we were local residents on a prepaid reservation. Still took a good 10 minutes or so to fill in the various forms as well as provide my credit card for guarantee purposes. An hour or so before we checked out, I also received a call on the room phone reminding me to check-out at 12PM. I understand it's the appointed check out time but I didn't exactly think they were fully booked so while I was not looking for a late check out arrangement, the reminder to check out at 12PM was not really appreciated.
Breakfast at Makan Makan was surprisingly adequate. Usually smaller type hotels don't offer anything nearly as varied as the spread they had. Perhaps the other plus point was that WiFi was free not to mention they allowed a couple of devices on which to log-on to. So no issues with me logging on simultaneously on my notebook and iphone.
At the time of our stay, there was quite a bit of construction work going on at the driveways leading to and from the the park and hotel complex making the walk to Quirino Grandstand and Rizal Park a rather dusty affair.
Our intention was really to use the hotel as base for our park visit but the park had a no reentry policy, which sort of defeated the purpose of having a hotel adjacent to or within the park in the first place. Perhaps another point to improve as to me it was the biggest selling point of the hotel.
The rate we got for the room was fairly reasonable though it was a 14-day advance purchase on a reservation website. Altogether still quite good value but definitely nothing to shout home about. As mentioned above, the hotel should really capitalise on its location beside the theme park. It would possibly attract more guests if such guests were free to shuttle between the park and the hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel H2O is the first and only marine-themed urban resort hotel in the Philippines. Opened on April 10, 2010, the hotel is part of the Manila Ocean Park complex in the Philippine capital’s historic Rizal Park. It has been designated as the official residence for guests and patrons of Manila Ocean Park.Every part of Hotel H2O has a connection to its namesake element, water – from its next-door proximity to Manila Ocean Park; to its location on the edge of Manila Bay; to its signature aquarium wall that adorns the inner guest rooms and grand ballroom; to the seafood specialties of its main F&B outlet, Makan Makan Asian Food Village; to the healing, negative-ion treatments of its wellness center, Zenyu Eco Spa. All these make Hotel H2O perhaps the most visually distinctive urban property in the country today. ... more less
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