La Corona is, overall, a wonderful hotel. The rooms have modern style, the employees are helpful and super efficient, the location, though in an immediately seedy part of town, is wonderful for visiting nearby Intramuros and the National Gallery of Art etc. I would recommend LaCorona but....
....Just one problem. The Bellman/Doorman are in cahoots with the Hotel Taxi/Shuttle (made it sound like it was a free shuttle!!! ...ie until you swing the taxi door open, are just about all the way into the taxi only to find out it's priced at 5, yes I wrote 5 TIMES the price of a normal metered taxi cost.)
Facts: Going to visit nearby Intramuros. The Hotel Doorman, con artist, helpfully and enthusiastically says, "I'll help you get a taxi. Use the hotel shuttle!" I think to myself, "Hotel shuttle!? Great! Didn't know they had one!" And then the ruse: Hotel Shuttle Taxi cost: 300peso. After refusing, actual metered taxi cost 60 peso.
This reflects so poorly on an otherwise fine, reputable hotel.
A 500% increase in cost is dishonest. La Corona: please clean up your Doormans acts. They reflect poorly on all the other fine honest employees working hard for La Corona.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering all the comforts of home while traveling, this Manila hotel is located in the heart of the tourist belt in Manila, Philippines. BEST WESTERN Hotel La Corona Manila is a boutique hotel ideally located for adventure and business travelers-along the coast line of historic Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay, which boasts of the world-famous Manila Bay Sunset. The Cultural Center of the Philippines as well as the Philippine International Convention Center are within the area. This Manila hotel is only about 300 meters from the United States Embassy, five kilometers from the Japanese Embassy, and less than nine kilometers from most other embassies. A first-class shopping mall is only 800 meters away, while the Walled City of Old Manila with its nine-hole golf course is only two kilometers away. The world famous Rizal Park is just 700 meters from the hotel. Manila Chinatown, with its authentic Chinese food and goods is within four kilometers easily accessible with only one Jeep ride. Guests to this Manila hotel will enjoy the comfort of well-appointed rooms and extra amenities such as a free welcome drink and a daily newspaper. For business travelers, the hotel boasts an Internet corner, meeting space, and free Wi-Fi internet access. Onsite dining options appeal to a wide range of tastes with continental, Western, Filipino, and vegetarian cuisine. Book today for the best low rates at this Manila, Philippines hotel-BEST WESTERN Hotel La Corona Manila. Enjoy your stay. ... more less
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