We spent several days in Manila, and decided to stay at the Sofitel because of its location near the airport. We landed in Manila late at night and had to catch a flight to Cebu the next morning. The Sofitel is located pretty close to the airport - a taxi costs between 150-200 PHP. If you decide to take the hotel car, it costs about 800-900 PHP.
The hotel is very beautiful and the staff is very friendly. Every time we walked into the hotel, two well-dressed ladies would always open the doors for us. The check-in staff isn't overly friendly, but they were helpful enough for us.
The best part of the hotel is the grounds - there is a casino, lots of restaurants and bars, tennis courts, a 24-hour spa, and a very well-maintained pool that has two water slides! The prices at the restaurant are expensive relative to other restaurants in the area, but the other restaurants are about a 15-minute walk away, near Rizal Boulevard. There's a lot to do and eat here!
Also, there's a free shuttle all day to and from the Mall of Asia, which is only about 5-minutes away by car, and there are many shops and restaurants here.
The first time we stayed at this hotel, we stayed in a regular room, and the decor was average. It had all the basic Sofitel toiletries, a comfortable bed, and cable television. The second time we stayed at the Sofitel, we booked a Club Room because we wanted to spend a few days in Manila, and this room was so much better. Everything is updated - the room is much nicer. Plus, we also had access to the Club Lounge, where we could get drinks and snacks all day long. The breakfast spread in the Club Lounge is excellent, and I highly recommend it!
Since all rooms have a balcony, I recommend booking a room with a view of Manila Bay because the sunsets in the afternoon are spectacular! Plus, you get a better view of Rizal Boulevard at night and the skyscrapers.
Overall, we had a great time at this hotel, and I highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is an iconic 5-star luxury resort nestled in an expansive tropical setting. Renowned for its magnificent contrast of captivating sunsets and the sparkling waters of Manila Bay, the hotel attracts international and local travelers alike with its signature Filipino brand of hospitality and the French joie de vivre reflected in its service rituals; from entertainment, food and wine offerings. Nestled adjacent to the historic Cultural Center of the Philippines, Sofitel Philippine Plaza boasts of a location within the city beat and the refreshing tranquillity of the bay. It stands 15 minutes away from the international and domestic airports and approximately 30 minutes away from Makati City, the central business and commercial district of thriving shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Spiral is the hotel's most interactive restaurant in the Asia Pacific Region, featuring 21 ateliers of the world's best cuisine in one magnificent destination. Other than Spiral, Sofitel Philippine Plaza also has other restaurants and bars including Le Bar, a bistro, patisserie and library in one destination, La Veranda, a Parisian-style bar with an indoor lounge that stretches to an outdoor terrace, Snaps Sports Bar, a sleek and modern bar for sports enthusiasts, and the Sunset Bar, the idyllic blend of a picturesque outdoor dining venue. The first of its kind in Asia, the Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle features anti-aging, detox and weight management along with a comprehensive services menu of holistic, personalized beauty and wellness programs. It combines non-invasive aesthetic procedures, integrative medicine and lifestyle coaching tailored to fit the individual's needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Philippine Travel
- Sofitel Manila
- Accor Philippine Plaza Manila
- Philippine Plaza
- Hotel Philippine Plaza
- Sofitel Philippines
- Sofitel Philippine Plaza
- Manila Sofitel
- Westin Philippine Plaza