My wife, daughter, siblings, cousin and I stayed at this Sofitel as vacation within a vacation while we went around discovering Manila. I'd only visited the hotel for dinner and drinks when it was the Westin and though the building exterior is still somewhat dated, the Sofitel crew did a terrific job in its interior overhaul and renovation. It was given a solidly modern European touch as is is typical of the Sofitel brand.
We had adjoining suites with lovely views of the bay and city skyline. The rooms were appointed with flat screen tv's which complemented the modern mahagony themed decor. The beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms spacious. The showers had overhead showerheads and the temperature and water pressure were quite satisfactory from the 8th floor. The true gems of the hotel however were threefold.
First, the service. Warm service with genuine smiles is typical of most Filipino hotels but at the Sofitel the level of service exceeded even our already raised expectations. Everyone bent over backwards to make sure my wife and one year old daughter were accomodated and comortable. Several staff members even offered to take our daughter on strolls while we dined. Calls for ice, towels, food to the room were all answered very promptly and the staff always lingered long enough to make sure we got everything we needed.
The second gold star goes to the food. Both the dinner and breakfast buffet's at Spiral were exceptional in both quality and variety. When it comes to many buffets those are typically mutually exclusive. There's naturally a predominance of Asian cuisine representation but that's to be expected. I don't travel to the Philippines for rib-eye steaks or pasta.
The third gold honorable mention goes to the pool/patio/dining area. While the Manila Bay is no White Beach at Boracay the views at sunset are still dramatic and romantic. The best part is you can take them in from the pool, on a grassy knoll in a lounge chair under palm trees or while dining with friends and family.
All in all we were very pleased with our stay at the Sofitel and we will most certainly return. The only minus of note would be that it's not surrounded by quite as much up-scale night life as an establishment in Makati would be. But for those that would like to be close to the Mall of Asia, intramuros and all that Manila has to offer, the Sofitel is bar none the place to stay. On a separate but related note, we highly reccomend that first time visitors to Manila take the walking tour with Carlos Celdran. He'll paint the city in colors that you'll be hard pressed to find used by anyone else!
- 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