My stay in this hotel is accidental, or, as a consequence of my being bumped off from my confirmed reservation in a hotel with the same sounding name: Ramada Hotel in Binondo, Manila, which will deserve another review after I have consumed my re-booking there this December 1.
Honestly, I have not heard of this hotel previously probably because of its location which is in an obscure, dimly-lit end of MH Del Pilar stretch in Malate, Manila, which becomes rather dreadful to walk along at night. Yet, to my surprise, I have enjoyed my stay in this hotel.
The room where I stayed in Rm1109 is spacious and clean, toilet fixtures (shower, shower hose, faucets, dryer, bidet, etc.) are new and excellent. There are three sets of towel (as opposed to two sets in other hotels), and the toiletries are fine (except that there is no shaving kit and comb), There are night robes, safety deposit box, laundry bag cloths, wide clothes cabinet, several hangers, large-sized toilet and bathroom, 32" LCD TV with clear cable channels signal and a comfortable king sized bed. There's also a fridge (with no freezer) and a lounge chair with leg rest stool. The air-conditioning system is also working well with no noise and my room has windows facing two sides of the city, one fronting the beautiful scenery of Manila Bay in the west and the other the street scene of Taft Avenue in the East. Service is also good, with everybody in the hotel cheerful and very helpful. There's also a complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity and the daily newspaper ration. The kitchen countertop is equipped with Electric Kettle and Ice Bucket (which has no use since the fridge does not have a freezer to produce ice). The place is a about 50 meters from Malate Church and near Roxas Boulevard Malate Plaza where restos, malls, night spots, offices, 24-hour convenience stores, embassies and other hotels are proximate. The buffet breakfast, though not much of a food variety, is excellent with good tasting and well-prepared food and restaurant staff very helpful. I enjoyed the infinity pool at the roof top as the facilites there are clean and well maintained. Since I am a gym rat, I always find time to visit hotel gyms whenever there are and I must say that Armada has one of the finest gym equipment in town. They have hi-tech treadmills and stationary bikes that let's you watch TV, surf the internet, listen to radio and all the other features you can do with touch-screen monitors that are attached to each one of them while doing your work out, the weights are clean and in A-1 condition and there is a variety of machines to work up every part of your body.
As stared above, the location is quite disappointing as it is situated in a rather remote portion of the Malate tourist zone where you might be worried going out on foot at night since the place gets really dark and there are some bystanders in the area. There is no problem though when you want to stroll in the day. If checking in was a breeze, check out was rather slow, eating up about 15 minutes considering there were only two of us who are checking out at the same time that day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Armada Hotel Manila offers a warm, deluxe hotel experience with 96 comfortable rooms and suites, state-of-the-art facilities and great comfort in the bay area. The centrally located hotel in Manila features a premier restaurant serving sumptuous international cuisine and Filipino specialties; complete amenities and efficient service; as well as ideal spaces for meetings, conferences and intimate social functions. Situated within the heart of culturally rich district of Malate, Armada Hotel Manila is accessible to several shopping malls, convention centers, and domestic and international airport terminals. ... more less
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