Stayed here one night while waiting for a delayed flight to the US. This is one of the heritage hotels in Asia, along with Raffles in Singapore, E&O in Penang and the Oriental in Bangkok. It keeps up a brave face, and the lobby still exudes colonial grandeur, but the rest of the hotel is slowly fading away. I guess it's because of the management, who insists that there should be "Manila Hotel" written in huge, ugly painted letters on the roof of the newer tower - lest people forget that it is a hotel. The rooms are typical international standard, with some Filipino touches like capiz shell windows. I love the breakfast and lunch buffets - the selections were huge!
It's nice to lounge about in the lobby,staring at the gigantic gilded chandeliers and the wood panels everywhere. The string and piano players add to the atmosphere. I just hope that the management realizes that this place is heritage, and not just a hotel. They shouldn't spoil it with tacky signs or garish tents. They should also try to clean up the Manila Bay water outside, just near the swimming pool. You get an unpleasant whiff that would spoil an otherwise lovely post-prandial walk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manila Hotel embodies a rich tradition of elegant living, fine dining, and gracious service that goes back over 97 years. Here the city celebrated its most important events. Here the world’s personages held court and left their mark. At once, ageless and historic, Manila Hotel has always been everything a hotel should be: comfortable and gracious ... more less
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