Still, Manila’s finest
“It’s a good story if it’s Manila Hotel”, once said Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist, short story writer and journalist. The Manila Hotel, which was built in 1912, is touted as the “Grand Dame” given its grandeur and history. And throughout the years, its story keeps getting better and better.
Defined by its history, elegance and world class service, The Manila Hotel maintains to be the choice hotel of the most distinguished clientele. The hotel continuously provides the best services and amenities for a truly memorable experience.
In 2008, The Manila Hotel underwent a series of renovations in time for its grand centennial celebration in October 2012. All of the hotel’s rooms were fully refurbished and renovated and were fully equipped with the most modern facilities and amenities.
The new guest rooms exude elegance and sophistication while showcasing the beauty of authentic Philippine interior design. Huge windows that provide a breathtaking view of the bay and the fabled Manila sunset make the rooms more spectacular.
Located at the topmost floor of the Tower Building, the Presidential Suite is an inspired creation fit for nobility, royalty, diplomats and presidents from all over the world.
Commanding a superb view of the historical Walled City of Intramuros, the capital City of Manila and of the famed Manila Bay, this Suite is a classic tribute to Filipino heritage.
The Presidential Suite is expansive and can be accessed through a separate private elevator from the 17th floor. Measuring 1,476 sqm, this impressive suite is the largest hotel suite in the entire Southeast Asian region.
Luxuriously appointed, the Suite has beautiful interiors designed by Manny Samson. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms with Italian marble and a separate walk-in shower room. There are also two powder rooms and another living area, which can be converted into two more bedrooms.
The Suite likewise features a spacious living area, spa room, kitchen and a butler’s room. The lanai area makes a good venue for an intimate cocktail party. And from the Suite, there’s direct access to the helipad.
Dining par excellence
The Manila Hotel’s famed Champagne Room has a rich history in Manila’s social scene. Diners share resplendent memories of romantic dinners, proposals, celebrations and milestones over a fine meal.
In the ’70s, the restaurant welcomed a stream of Manila’s stellar society figures, politicians, foreign dignitaries and businessmen who enjoyed par excellence private dinners amid an elegant and beautiful ambience, and basking in the music of Joe Nicolas and The Manila Strings, an orchestra of 11 violinists and members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
To date, this premier restaurant remains a timeless beauty and the fine dining restaurant of choice for discriminating diners who put a premium on impeccably prepared dishes, outstanding service and understated luxurious ambience. The Champagne Room further elevates the dining experience with its new menu of indulgent selections.
The hotel also has Café Ilang-Ilang, which offers eight culinary food stations, featuring various cuisines such as Filipino, Mediterranean, Pan-Asian, Churrasco, European, and Italian, as well as many wonderful mouthwatering desserts.
The Lobby Lounge meanwhile has a selection of afternoon tea, snacks and bar bites, which are popular street food. For evening drinks, the Tap Room awaits with its timeless classic charm.
The Manila Hotel has been the venue of choice for many corporate and life’s milestone events such as weddings, debut and anniversaries. The hotel has the Fiesta Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 3,000 pax; the Maynila that is good for 500 pax; and the Centennial Hall that can accommodate up to 1,300 pax. For inquiries and bookings, please contact (632) 527-0011.
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