Quick background about our travel resume: my husband and I are fond of travelling. We travel once or twice a year. We have done All Inclusives, Cruises, Air and Hotel Packages.
When it comes to hotel rooms, we have 3 criteria: (1) our own bathroom with good running water with a clear separation between the shower and the toilet (2) if it is a humid country like Manila, a working air-conditioned is a must (3) lastly, a comfortable bed. The rest are extras and when I say, extra -- having a WIFI in my room is a big deciding factor. I never leave home without my laptop. This hotel has a free WIFI in the room.
The price of this hotel is quite reasonable for the amenities and services it offers and it aims to provide excellent value for your money and even beyond.
This hotel has a reasonable sized outdoor swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi with powerful jets, a nice Sauna and change room at par to most prime hotels in Manila. The pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and tables. The hotel also has a service bus to the Mall of Asia and SM San Lazaro (big malls). It has a direct access to the LRT (Doroteo Jose) which, I thought, is a big plus and surely made everything convenient for us. It has a Business Centre and the lobby is certainly grand for its location.
My husband and I stayed in the Majestic Room. Coffee Maker is provided plus a small freezer. Two bottles of water are also provided everyday. Bed is comfortable and the bathroom is functional and clean.
Buffet Breakfast is included in the room rate and my husband who is quite selective in his food habits found the breakfast acceptable. He will always find something he likes. Buffet includes coffee, 2 types of juices, 2 types of cereal, bacon, eggs can be cooked to your preference, sausages, steamed rice or sometimes, fried rice, congee, bread to be toasted and heated to your request. Once again, it is not an array of endless table of breakfast buffet but the food is quite sufficient and will fill a stomach to start a day of travelling.
The main outlet offers a Filipino version of `Snack Hours` which they call `Merienda Buffet`. For $5.00 Canadian Dollars, you will be able to taste a good selection of Filipino delicacies. I have tried this buffet a few times during my stay and certainly something I look forward to as a snack.
As a frequent traveller, I have come to believe that we create our own experience where ever we go and I personally found the staff at the hotel very helpful. Every breakfast time, my husband and I made it a point to leave a tip (even though it is a buffet and the breakfast is included in the room rate). Showing appreciation to the staffs` effort do come a long way. After all, everyone likes to be appreciated including you and me.
Overall, Manila Grand Opera Hotel is an above average budget hotel. I would certainly stay in this hotel again and would recommend the hotel to everyone who believes in getting good value for your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manila Grand Opera Hotel stands today on the former site of the Manila Grand Opera House, a cultural landmark that showcased Philippine arts from 1900 to the late 1950. Formally launched in August 2008, it combines the historic theater's cultural legacy with a boost to the travel and tourism industry as the only luxury hotel in Manila's Sta. Cruz district, near Binondo's Chinatown. Located on the corner of Rizal Avenue and Doroteo Jose Street, the Manila Grand Opera Hotel today caters to an increasing number of visitors from China and Taiwan, aside from habitues and residents of the area who have long hoped for such a center of elegance and beauty to emerge in their midst. At the hotel's entrance stands a historical marker about the inauguration of the first Philippine Assembly on Oct. 16, 1907 by United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft, a historic event that was held there. As the only elegant hotel in downtown Manila, Manila Grand Opera Hotel expects to cater to the increasing number of Chinese visitors from the mainland and Taiwan who will feel at home staying near Manila's Chinatown. The hotel also serves the needs of the Chinese community residing in the nearby Chinatown by providing accommodations for their relatives and friends coming from abroad, he added. The luxury hotel has 250 contemporary guest rooms equipped with state-of-the-art door lock system, cable TV and Wi-Fi and LAN access, a mini-bar with a wide variety of snacks and drinks, with amenities such as buffet breakfast, use of the Infinity swimming pool,and spa. For the dining enjoyment of guests, there are the New President Sharksfin Seafood Restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine and the Circa 1900 Bar and Restaurant offering an array of gastronomic delights in an old world ambiance created by the blown up photographs on the walls of artists who had performed at the old theater. For big social gatherings, the hotel's Ambassador's Hall can accommodate up to 1,000 guests while several Meeting Rooms are also available for smaller gatherings such as business meetings, social get-together, dining, meeting and banquets. ... more less
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