Maybe we were jaded after our poor experiences at other Manila hotels, but we loved this place! We moved from a nearby hostel which charged same price for far inferior services. This hotel is like a Travelodge or Easyhotel in UK. Sure it has adverts for its brands in rooms, rather than pictures and thus is a little soulless, but it is new, very clean, has satellite tv, showers are excellent and beds are oh- so-comfy with lovely duvets. Manila prices are on the up, this is a major city and so I think this is a bargain for what you get. Only downsides are service is so -so, but you don't really need much. Also rooms are in small side, so perhaps not ideal for longer term stays.
The area isn't particularly nice compared to where more upmarket hotels are based, but that's to be expected. Hotel is very secure though. There is a 711 under hotel as well as an Irish pub. Prices seem high in the pub but thats because portions are huge and quality akin to UK pub chains. The Astoria nearby is good for breakfast.
We will return to Tune in a few weeks when passing back through Manila. Highly recommended for shorts stays, flash packers and any budget conscious traveller who prefers comforts over character.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Ermita, famous for its nightlife and restaurants and close to leading tourist attractions, the 167-room Red Planet Mabini, Manila is the embodiment of a group philosophy that places guests in the centre of the action. After a 30-minute drive from Manila International Airport, the hotel is the perfect entrée to a pulsating destination that serves up nearby experiences like Roxas Boulevard, a row of al fresco restaurants overlooking Manila Bay, the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila Ocean Park and SM Mall of Asia, the Philippines' largest mall. The Pedro Gil Light Rail Transit station is a kilometer away. The Red Planet Mabini, Manila has redefined the value-hotel sector by offering an all-inclusive rate for every room, every night. All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, soothing power showers, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen and many other features including air conditioning, in-room safes, hair dryers, ceiling fans and a 32-inch flat screen TV. There are no hidden costs in the room rates or the amenities we provide. ... more less
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