The Manila Hotel is the oldest of the premiere hotels in the country. The hotel houses several offices of foreign news organizations including the coveted The New York Times. It served as the house of important world historical personalities and personalities.
The Manila Hotel is a grand structure that features 570-rooms overlooking the Manila Bay area in the country’s capital. The hotel is the oldest of the premiere hotels in the country. It was built in 1909 setting as a rival for the Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the Philippines’ president. The hotel was opened on July 4, 1912, in time for the commemoration of the American Independence.
The hotel stands on a reclaimed lot in the Manila Bay area. It covers about 35,000 square meters at the northwestern end of Rizal Park. The penthouse of the hotel served as the residence of General Douglas MacArthur when he served as the Military Advisor of the Philippine Commonwealth from 1935 to 1941.
The hotel also houses several offices of foreign news organizations including the coveted The New York Times. It served as the house of important world historical personalities and personalities such as authors James A Michener and Ernest Hemingway; actors, John Wayne and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; entertainers The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr.; publisher Henry Luce and world leaders such as US President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden.
In 1977, the hotel tower was built thus it was able to surpass the Philippine Plaza Hotel, now known as Sofitel Philippine Plaza. It remains the tallest hotel tower in the Manila Bay area.
Manila Hotel Features
The Manila Hotel features the three-bedroom MacArthur suite which was the residence of General MacArthur when he stayed in the country. The suite is at the 5th floor of the hotel’s original structure.
The Penthouse, the hotel’s most expensive suite has its own private swimming pool on the 18th floor. It also offers a spectacular view of the Manila Bay, 16th-century Spanish walled city of Intramuros and the Rizal Park. The penthouse is also decorated with rare paintings, Filipino crafts and Asian antiques. The Presidential suite is also adorned with such rare art pieces. The Penthouse, MacArthur and Presidential suites are provided with 24-hour butler service.
The 38 meter long and 7.6 meter wide lobby is lined with immaculate white Doric columns. Philippine marble is used for the flooring while brass, crystal and seashell chandeliers are hanging from the ceiling. The lobby also features the best of the Philippine’s carved furniture as it showcases mahogany-made carved furniture.
Facilities and Services
The hotel guests can enjoy various amenities, services and facilities during their stay. They can avail of limousine and luxury car rental which they can use in attending important business gatherings during their stay or for glamorous events. A helipad on the roof deck also makes transportation issues, especially in this area where traffic jams can build up and last for hours, more bearable. Guests can arrive in a helicopter if they wish. Guests can also avail of airport transfer and transport assistance.
To ensure that their stay in the hotel is safe, a medical clinic is also in the hotel. A business center with internet access is also ready to accommodate guests and visitors. The 24-hour full menu room service and concierge is also a very great help to guests.
When there is very little time left, guests can also ask professional services at the hair salon, souvenir shops, laundry and delicatessen is just within the hotel.
Guests can dine at the awesome restaurants inside the Manila Hotel.
Café Ilang-Ilang is the haven for casual dining with its chic casual atmosphere which brings together cuisines from all over the world. It is designed to satisfy not only the palate but the need to retreat in a comfortable space where the most delicious gastronomic offerings. Eight live cooking stations serve Asian, European, Western and Mideterranean cuisine.
The Champagne Room is a favored place with its fashionable set, impeccable service and lavish décor, tasseled ceiling fixtures, crystal palm trees and floral upholstered chairs. It is indeed the best place to go for the distinguished taste of today’s business executives. These characteristics make the Champagne Room a favored venue for events.
Mabuhay Palace offers a lavish menu of authentic Cantonese cuisine. The imperial Neo-Classical interiors in bright rich hues of orange, red and gold along with the crafted décor can stun any diner. These tell the tale of the philosopher Confucious. Indeed, it is a place for both dining and learning.
Retreat to Cowrie Grill for the choicest meats. Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s signature stake dishes.
Lounges and Bars are also in the restaurant. Guests who want to enjoy a night of jazz music can go to the Tap Room Bar or stay by the Lobby Lounge to enjoy great music and casual dining. The pool bar is the best place for cocktails, tropical mixes and enjoying the great tropical weather. For some coffee, tea and luscious breads, chocolates and pralines, checking the Deli is a must.
Enjoy a wonderful stay at the Manila Hotel. For reservations, call (02) 527-0011 or fax (02) 527-5348.