As a Skymiles member, Diamond medallion is the highest level you can achieve. Upon entering the room, I thought, despite the name of the hotel, it was not quite there yet; it reminded me of the rooms in EDSA Shangri-la before renovation--the design, furnishings, bathroom. Here you have a better TV and a more comfortable, fluffier bed. An advantage over other hotels is aside from 2 complimentary bottled water, you also get 2 bottles of fruit-flavored tea and a pack of Oreo cookies for free! Not to mention the fruit platter. The bathroom, though, is crying "renovation!". Once you experience the food you realize the name of the hotel is well-deserved. I ordered room service of maguro sashimi, gindara teriyaki, and sinigang (sour broth with salmon). The tuna (6 pieces for 10 dollars) and the codfish (10 dollars for 100 grams) can give any restaurant in Tokyo or Osaka a run for its money. The soup (8 dollars for a medium bowl with steamed rice) was one of the best of its kind locally. Then there are the promotions at their Corniche restaurant. Thursdays, there is the steak spree where you can eat all the sirloin, prime rib, tenderloin to your heart's desire; a carnivore's delight for only 60 dollars. Fridays, it is the salmon buffet's turn. For night owls, they also have the weekend late-night buffet (Friday and Saturday) from 10:30 pm to 2:00 am with free-flowing soda and lemonade for a reasonable 20 dollars. If you are traveling with family, then the set menus (good for 4-6 persons) for room service including pizza, pasta, salads, chicken, ice cream and pitcher of iced tea should be worth the 45 dollar price. If you crave Italian they also have a separate restaurant, not to mention the highly recommended Yarukuen Japanese resto. A little birdie actually told me that the very famous Kitchen Master himself, Pablo "Boy" Logro had his early beginnings in this very hotel. The poolside drinks promo was also tempting, unfortunately I did not have enough time to try. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is free shuttle to some tourist spots (Intramuros, San Agustin church, Metropolitan museum) and of course to the sprawling Mall of Asia and even as far as Shoemart Trinoma in Quezon City. The hotel-airport transfer service by Avis was also very efficient, on time all the time. Next time, I might try their upgrade offer for just 25 dollars per night. As to the location, since they are next-door neighbors with the Hyatt, whatever the other hotel can boast of in this regard they can match as well. If you are looking for a good hotel with REALLY good food, then the Diamond should be a real gem!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against the magnificent golden sunset of the Manila Bay is the five-star hotel Diamond Hotel Philippines. A luxury hotel in Manila with a sunset view, Diamond Hotel is only minutes away from the international and domestic airports, and from the Makati business district. Diamond Hotel is near SMX Convention Center, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). It is also near SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Manila and other shopping destinations. Also within the vicinity are Manila's famous historical landmarks, cultural sites, and Malate's spectacular nightlife. Diamond Hotel has a variety of restaurants and bars specializing in different cuisines and diners are sure to have a remarkable dining experience. Function rooms are also available for memorable weddings and successful corporate events. Swimming pool and outdoor whirlpool, tennis court, Diamond Spa, LifeSpan Reflexology and Diamond Club gym facilities are perfect for recreational and fitness activities. Service from the efficient and courteous staff of Diamond Hotel Philippines. ... more less
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