I stayed in the Vivere for one week in mid-July for business. It took about 25 minutes from the hotel at 10:30 PM on a Saturday. Upon arrival, members of my group were checked in quickly at the front desk and escorted to our rooms. I had a suite with a separate bedroom containing a queen size bed, built-in wardrobes (with safe), dresser, programmable A/C unit, and TV. The living room had the desk set up for business travelers, including high-speed internet connection (not WIFI and not free), sofa, luggage rack (great for temporary storage), coffee table, dresser, and programmable A/C. Lots of popular American shows on TV. The semi-separate dining and kitchenette area had a dining table with chairs and the kitchenette had a small fridge and sink. The bathroom wasn't overly large, and there wasn't much space on the vanity, but it's not cramped. Bathroom amenities included the usual soap, conditioning shampoo, body wash, shower cap, comb, shaving kit, toothbrush and paste, cotton buds and balls, etc. If you want moisturizer, you have to mark it on your guest preference card.
The Vivere allows you to customize your stay to an extent. In the rooms is a guest preference card where you can ask to have higher wattage light bulbs installed (and once they were, there is plenty of light in the rooms), dishes and cutlery, burners, pots and pans and cooking utensils, etc. It even asks you how you want certain areas of your room/suite cleaned (i.e. tidy desk area, don't touch a thing on the desk, etc.) I marked my card with my preferences and by the time I got back the next day, everything had been taken care of.
When I arrived, there was a fruit plate waiting for me, which was refreshed close to the end of my stay. As a single guest, I received two bottles of complimentary water per day. Every evening, a complimentary plate of savory and sweet canapes was delivered to my room and left on the dining room table. Since I am not a big eater (and it was SO hot outside!), this served as an adequate evening meal for me.
The public areas are nice. The lobby is large and air-conditioned with tea and coffee available throughout the day. (Muffins in the morning for a guest on the go.) Hallways and elevators are not air conditioned, and it gets warm, which encourages one not to linger in those areas. The 31st floor is an open air bar/restaurant area. Breakfast is served here from 5:30 to 10:30 AM. The buffet is extensive, with a mixture of American, European, Asian, and Filipino offerings. There are all the makings of a continental breakfast of fresh tropical fruit, yogurt, cold cuts and salad makings, bread and pastries; on the Asian table was (fresh) ramen noodle soup, shui mai (dim sum), and everything you need for a bowl of congee. There is also an omelette station and chafing dishes full of the hearty American and Filipino breakfast dishes, along with Italian pastas and German sausages. The generous breakfast is enough to get you through most of the day! I didn't eat there for lunch, but in the evenings the bar served an extensive list of drinks and the restaurant, mostly Italian in influence, was open late. I didn't find the restaurant that great, but my companions loved it and wouldn't eat elsewhere.
The hotel has a 24/7 shuttle that will take you to close-by attractions, all of which appear to be huge shopping malls. The Festival Supermall is a one minute walk (practically across the street) from the hotel and has just about everything in its massive four story structure (take your kids there if they are bored). About 5 minutes by shuttle (walkable if it weren't so terribly hot) are the Alabang Town Center, an upscale pedestrian mall with many American restaurants and American and European stores), and the Westgate, which seems to have an endless number of nice restaurants and cafes.
On the day before your departure, you'll receive your guest comment card, as well as a departure card asking you if you need transportation to the airport and a wake-up call. (It took about 20 minutes to the airport at 4 AM on a Saturday.)
Service is very good at the hotel. In fact, I found it a little smothering, but I think this is the Philippine way, as I found the people to be very friendly (something many Americans will appreciate) and the service reflected that attitude. The hotel is rated as a five star, although I don't think it is comparable to places like the Four Seasons and the Mandarin Oriental, so I would say it is a very nice four or four plus star hotel. But I would also say that fairly late on the night before an early morning departure, our transportation to the airport (not arranged by the hotel) was all screwed up and I needed help with making calls to fix this. The front desk was very helpful in helping me make the local calls and dealing with the flurry of changed wake-up call times that our new arrangements engendered. Whether I would have received such friendly, kind assistance at a premium five star hotel is questionable.
If you are staying in the Martinlupa City area, Vivere is an excellent choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the south of Metro Manila lies a jewel; a 31-storey five star deluxe property, a true home away from home. Vivere – to live – wholeheartedly takes its name offering only the best of Filipino hospitality to all who walk into our home. Our elegantly appointed rooms and suites are designed to reverberate the beauty of the indigenous culture, distinguished by native designs and materials locally sourced from the Philippines. Wake-up to our sumptuous international breakfast buffet at the peak of the building followed by a complementary drive to your near-by destination. What better way to end the day – have a drink and relax at our sports bar, Café Arts; or dine at the al-fresco Skylounge Restaurant & Bar; a unique backdrop offering a 180degree panoramic view of the Laguna de Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivere Hotel Muntinlupa
- Vivere Hotel Metro Manila, Philippines - Muntinlupa