We checked-in at Sofitel last March 21 2014 and Iam quite impressed at the same time disappointed about this hotel. But before I go into details with the hotel, let me start with the hotel's location. It is situated in Manila's beautiful bay and it is more beautiful when the sun sets as it casts its colorful rays over the bay's horizon and you can see it perfectly from the hotel. However, it is entirely isolated from malls, restaurants, nightlife etc.. Though it is nice that the hotel offers a FREE SHUTTLE bus from the hotel to Philippine's largest mall -- The Mall of Asia. Then from the hotel its about 10-15 minute taxi drive to the nearest food strip along Macapagal Avenue.
Now for the hotel. The lobby is very nice but often time busy (or just maybe it was a busy week as I learned that there was some convention going on). But the staffs are very nice and polite. They attend to your needs at their earliest possible convenience. Room 329 was assigned to us and we had a spectacular view of the bay and its neighboring famous landmarks. As we entered the room, we were greeted by some kind of moldy scent from the room which apparently came from an old carpet. Indeed it was, the carpet was kinda old and looking at some of the furnitures and fixtures in the bathroom, they have shown signs of aging. However, I cant complain about the bed. It was very nice, soft and comfortable!
I have also learned that before this hotel became Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, it was previously named the Westin Philippine Plaza -- which gave me the idea that probably the hotel didnt get much attention in renovating the rooms upon its acquisition from Westin Philippine Plaza.
Bathroom and amenities were nice, offering basic amenities such as shaving kit, dental kit, soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioners are from Lanvin collection. Bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, flat iron and iron boards, Safety box, hangers were also provided.
The hotel's pool area is very nice and complements the very nice view of the bay.
And best of all the hotel boasts of its BEST BUFFET EVER!! The spiral -- wherein you have the widest array of food to choose from. Undeniably one of the city's best buffet place! I know that you will surely enjoy it as they have cheese section, ham / cured meat section, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Filipino, assorted bread and pastries, fresh fruits and drinks, waffle, pancake, desserts, chocolates, etc.... I really enjoyed taking time in savoring each food that it took us nearly 2-hours seated at the restaurant!!
In the future, I may not opt in staying at the Sofitel but will surely go back to dine at the SPIRAL restaurant.
- 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 Philippine Plaza
- Sofitel Philippines
- Manila Sofitel
- Westin Philippine Plaza