Solaire is known for having the biggest game floor yet in the Philippines. And, I would definitely agree on that as the mass gaming area would great you as you set foot in the lobby of the vicinity and they even have VIP gaming area in the 2nd floor I think. However, being not a frequent bettor (not even occasionally), we were in the area to get a first hand experience of the luxury hotel hoping that it's tagline "the game has change." says true as well for its accommodation. Further, it's my hubby's birthday and I thought he would greatly appreciate a relaxing day after a long-period of back-breaking work.
It was a long-weekend in the Philippines because of the observance of the Holy Week. I was expecting to have to queue as the concept of staycation has long conquered the locals. But I was in for a surprise! It was worse than I expected. We arrived around half past one. I reached the check-in counter at 230 pm but our room wasn't ready yet?! It was only until quarter to four in the afternoon that we were given our deluxe room facing the bay area. (I always find joy and serenity seeing either a sunrise or a sunset.)
It was a tiring registration process but the facilities very much made up for the less than warm we received during check-in. The hallway was well lit, somewhat Venetian-inspired and gives an impression that it does really looked new. The carpets were smooth, thick and soft to the feet when being walked upon.
We stayed in room 1223. When I opened the door, the room smelled refreshing! The glass-panel window facing the bay was a heavenly sight - vast, still water with few little boats to see. The room was large than a standard deluxe room size. It has minibar, safety deposit box, robes, comfy room slippers, adequate bathroom toiletries. It has a bathtub, shower and a spacious bathroom that could be as large as another room! The flat screen TV had a welcome message to the guest. It has a working desk and chair. Then, there's also a lounge chair with extra couch and long sofa to rest those tired feet. One can comfortably accept additional quests, if so desired.
Shout-out to Mark of housekeeping for prompt service with a smile. Very good job man! I called the service center for an extra bed. The receptionist told me there was none. Good thing Mark was able to provide for our request.
From our room it was a little bit of an effort going to the pool area. Good thing there's a beautiful garden beside the pathway which takes your mind off the long walk. The pool was I-shaped, 4-feet deep and just perfect for kids.
Accommodations include buffet breakfast in the Fresh restaurant. After having been in Circles and Spirals, Fresh selections failed to meet my standards. Not enough variety, in my opinion. But I like their fresh smoothies and freshly-juiced/squeezed fruit juices.
Aside from the long queue in the front desk, I noticed that many frontliners do not smile enough to guests. A security personnel was also advising companions of those checking in to not to sit on the mass gaming swivel chairs. (Mass gaming area was closed during the Holy Week.) I reasoned to him that there's a problem in the registration and they should be providing a waiting lounges for their guests and not put them in unnecessary burden. I felt there seems to be a lack in manpower during our stay. No one assisted us going to our room.
If not for the magnificent facilities and comfortable furniture of the hotel, our stay had been a total let down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solaire Resort & Casino a premier integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines. With a spectacular view of the famed Manila bay sunset, Solaire is the first premier integrated resort among the four players in the 120-hectare Entertainment City - known as the country’s rising new tourism hotspot primed to rival the success of integrated resorts in Macau, Singapore and Las Vegas. Philippine-based Solaire Resort and Casino currently operates two distinctive towers, the Bay Tower and the Sky Tower with 800 opulent rooms, suites and bay side villas. Solaire Resort and Casino the first premier integrated destination resort to open in the Entertainment City with luxurious facilities and personalized services. Solaire has 15 extensive dining options, bars, lounges and entertainment venues. A total of 18,500 square meters of impressive gaming facilities. 1,760 seat State-of the art lyric theatre. Other facilities are an outdoor swimming pool with cabañas and Jacuzzi, Spa and fitness center. The Sky Range Shooting Club an indoor shooting range for gun enthusiasts and shooting aficionados. Solaire houses more than 40 luxury brand retail shops with a total of 5,000 square meters space, 2,920 square meters meeting facilities, a grand ballroom, along with full banquet and catering facilities. Solaire has been master planned and conceptually designed by distinguished world-renowned architect and designer Paul Steelman of Steelman Partners, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is strategically situated minutes away from the international and domestic airports with the opening of the new NAIA Expressway; SM Mall of Asia Complex which houses the biggest mall, concert arena and convention center in the Philippines; leisure and business hubs such as the Makati and Bonifacio Global City; and key historical and cultural landmarks particularly Rizal Park and Intramuros, relic of the old walled city in Manila during the Spanish era. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solaire Resort & Casino Metro Manila/Paranaque, Philippines