We picked the Sofitel as we wanted a resort style place to relax in after travelling around the Philippines birdwatching. When we arrived straight off our flight from Palawan we were dressed in our muddy clothes but were treated courteously and getting through security and check in was still a pretty good experience albeit the reception area was really busy. It was interesting to see staff in long dresses meeting and greeting and the Bar area did look pretty plush.
We were given a room on the 8th Floor with view over the Bay, we did worry that it was going to be noisy as we could hear the loud entertainment from the Bay area, but this was not a problem as after dinner the music had all finshed.
Breakfast in spirals were excellent with great choice and the meals we had at Le Bar and the Sports Bar were both pretty good with an excellent range of cocktails in le Bar.
The pool area was really nice to relax in an it was a nice touch to be brought slices of oranges and towels on a regular basis.
There were a couple of areas where we felt the hotel fell short of 5 star service, firstly very odd that free wifi wasn't included, most hotels of any standard in the Philippines provided this, and secondly when we we were seeking a slightly later check-out (just 1 to 2 hours) we were pretty much dismissed because we were a couple rather than part of a business party, the hotel did feel very corporate and geared towards conferences and business delegates with individuals just making up the numbers.
I've reviewed Spiral restaurant separately, it was a great dining experience albeit marred slightly by a bottle of wine being swopped for a more expensive one without our agreement.
- 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