My Wife, baby (newborn, 6 weeks old) and I stayed at the H20 hotel for two nights from Jan 16th - 18th.
We were travelling from Ireland and going onwards to Iloilo, we decided to stay at H20 as my wife wanted to visit the Ocean Park. It made sense to stay at the hotel within the park.
We arrived into Manila on the Etihad flight at 10pm, we got a taxi to the park/hotel form there. The hotel itself is inside the park complex but they have a greet point outside just after the park steps. We were dropped off there and told to go into the park to the hotel reception. We left our bags there and they had someone come down to bring them up to the hotel and our room for us.
We stayed in an Aqua room. I had originally booked a normal parkview room but changed it to the Aqua as I thought it would be good to try it out as it was quite a unique feature. When we got there the lights in the fish tank were off as it was late. Lights are turned on automatically between 7am - 9pm I think it was. But waking up to it with the lights on was pretty cool and different.
Size wise the room wasn't that big (but not too small either), if you like rooms with lots of space this wouldn't be for you. The bathroom area was of nice size, big mirror infront of sink area, complimentary toiletries provided (sampoo, soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower caps, slippers, etc) and a nice sized walk-in shower. We had a large queen sized bed, very comfortable and we slept very well there. Aswell as that there was a safe, minifridge (with complimentary 2cans of coke and two bottles of water, refilled each day and also packs of crips and nuts), a kettle with tea and coffee provided and a nice flatscreen TV.
Buffet breakfast was included in out stay, we ate that at the hotel restaurant, very Filipino style food, there are also other items not on the buffet tables that can be made to order (like eggs) at no extra charge. We enjoyed the food, no complaints and were very full for the rest of the day.
Location wise as stated previously it is inside the Manila Ocean Park, so it's ideal if you are planning to visit the park. It is also across the road from Rizal National Park, short walk, great for a morning stroll after breakfast. Also nearby is Manila Bak (another great place to walk) and for the shoppers the SM Mall of Asia is a quick taxi ride away. Small tip is going to the Mall of Asia, the park has a shuttle service but you'd be better off to just get a regular taxi as you'll save some money.
We had a great stay at H20, I would go back if I was planning on staying in the same area in the future. Staff were great, very polite and helpful.
Only issue was you could hear if people were making noise outside or near your room, was a bit louder than would be normally expected. But as I mentioned previously the beds were so comfortable we just fell asleep anyway with no issue.
Another tip, if you are changing money into peso, don't do it at the hotel reception. There is a money changer called Moromax in the mall area of the park downstairs you'll get a better rate there.
I've uploaded some pictures attached to this review and also a video on youtube showing the outside of the park/hotel and our Aquaroom which can be viewed here
The park itself was very good, we saw most exhibits, the Fish Spa, Sea Lion Show were great but the best part was the amazing Water Fountain Show in the evening, must see.
- 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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