Its the Yultide Season and everyone heads to Divisoria for great bargains. I am no exemption. Though the thought of the heat and the wave of people really threatened my nerves. Then I chanced upon a promo from Ramada manila central...i figured, we'll check in at 2pm, hit Juan Luna and 168 Mall at sundown till we get tired then do a 2nd hit early the next morning. A perfectly drawn out plan.
Ramada Manila Central is conveniently located beside the Binondo Church, Ongpin corner Quintin Paredes Streets. Calling for reservation was a breeze. We checked in at around 3:30 pm. The front desk officers on duty were very attentive, we were given welcome drinks right away and were checked in in less than 20 minutes. We appreciated the bell boy who carried our luggage to the room who described the amenities including the room view. We just took a quick nap then off to Divisoria we went. Told my husband we'll eat at any authentic Chinese restaurants later, but we have to drop off our wares at the room first. We were immediately met at the door, our packages were taken off our shoulders and were gently carried to the room. While sorting, I saw the menu and read it to my hubby...thought the menu was a short list, it featured nice sounding food that made us decide to eat in the room. The price was also very reasonable. I didn't expect too much thinking we can still go out later if we're not satisfied. We ordered Malaysian Fish Curry, Fried Sole on Pasta and shrimp noodles....and boy...they were all good.
I never got to appreciate the hotel''s ambiance until breakfast the next morning. The lobby and the winding staircase looked wonderful. Also the bar. The Newsroom cafe is a quaint place. The buffet spread was nice, and fairly complete. Loaded up for energy and we were out to Divisoria again.
Just as I planned, this Divisoria trip was a success....we avoided the heat, we ate good food, got well rested, got great bargains from Chinese stall owners who gave in to our haggling because its almost closing time and also to our morning haggling as buena mano...
Ramada Manila Central staff were very courteous, attentive and friendly, service was prompt and I already told all my friends about the experience. I will definitely go back there.
PS...to the management, please change the shift of the that girl at the reception area during our check out ( we checked out 12noon nov. 24-check who was on duty, she had no name plate on). She cannot handle the pressure of bulk check outs and easily get rattled. But the rest of the staff there...Kudos to you!!!
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