This is a very unique hotel. It's theme is water and is attached to the Manila Ocean Park Aquarium. The rates are reasonable...I paid about $109 on agoda.com for a Bayview room. It included a buffet breakfast and I thought this price was quite reasonable. The staff is first rate, approachable, and professional. You can always judge the hotel room by the bathroom and this hotel definitely passed that test This is definitely a 4-star hotel and a good bargain.
But it is not perfect. The biggest downfall of this hotel is it's swimming pool....there is none. It's quite ironic that a hotel who's name is "water" is actually missing a swimming pool. Manila is hot and humid all year round. Getting a hotel with a pool is a must! They had a pool in the past but tore it down and expanded it's aquarium in the same area. What is left is a small covered wading pool for kids and a large cement jacuzzi that does not replace a swimming pool by any stretch of the imagination.
The absence of a swimming pool is a deal-breaker with most tourists travelling with children. I found myself having to go to the Manila Hotel next door and using their swimming pool.
The other negative aspect is the difficulty of getting a taxi outside the hotel. There is a taxi stand but you must walk about 4 mins to the outside gates of the park to find one. Four minutes may not seem long but it is if you are carrying your luggage.
If they can fix these two areas then I definitely will return!
- 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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