Our Five Star Summer Staycation at Manila Hotel Day 1

Why Choose the Manila Hotel?

Have you enjoyed your summer vacation? Probably, you have read about my Boracay summer diaries series. Unfortunately, our 6-day summer family vacay in Boracay wasn’t enough for me– as everything didn’t turn out well as planned. I badly needed a break– to condition myself–mentally and physically before I go back to work. I managed to squeeze some time to reward myself for a five-star staycation a few weeks before the opening of classes. I knew for a fact that it would be another busy school year, and before I engage in that stressful paperwork and school activities; therefore, I should destress. So why did I choose Manila Hotel?

This time, I wanted to stay in a place where I haven’t been to– somewhere affordable but has a five-star rating. Yes, it is still possible to book for one– I was lucky enough to discover that they still have a promo, and you can experience luxury without spending a fortune. Let me share about our overnight staycation in the fabulous and world-class Manila Hotel. I have tried to experience modern five-star hotels like Edsa Shangri-la and Marco Polo Manila, but I would like to experience how it feels to stay in this magnificent historic place. Despite the hotel’s age (107 years old), it has maintained its class and elegance.

My First Impression about The Manila Hotel

I already had a terrible experience with Marco Polo Ortigas and Edsa Shangri-la with my previous staycation with them. Five-star hotels aren’t perfect at all– sometimes they fail to satisfy their guests because the staff is incompetent or not well-informed about their services. I always have this in my mind, so I didn’t expect that much.

When I saw Rizal Park, where we often take a stroll when I was a kid, I couldn’t help but to smile and reminisce about the old times. My parents used to bring me there once or twice per month and sit by the bay, play in the park, walk and enjoy then go to Manila Zoo and eat at Ma Mon Luk. ‘Twas a loooooong time ago already. Since I was three and in College when I cross-enrolled to Lyceum of the Philippines, I got to take a glimpse at the Manila Hotel when I enjoy walking from school to Intramuros and Luneta. I never thought that I would be able to experience a five-star Manila Hotel staycation, and I was so excited.

Upon reaching the hotel, I instantly approached the guard and inquired about their valet service as well.  In just a flash, one of the staff took care of Virgil (our car) and another assisted us with our luggage.

valet service at the Manila Hotel
car pass at the Manila Hotel

As expected, we entered the classy lobby with a marvelous, relaxing feel/ambiance. Manila Hotel stands out for me because it is not the usual five-star hotel with a lavish, modern touch; instead, it showcases the rich Philippine culture in their interior design and furnishings. They display paintings of Filipino artists in the hotel premises like the lobby, corridors, and suites.

the lobby at the Manila Hotel
the lobby
Filipino painting at the Manila Hotel

During our stay, there was a display/exhibit of Filipiniana outfits in the lobby that showcases the extraordinary work of Filipino fashion designers.

I want to thank the Marketing Team of the Manila Hotel for letting us have a tour in their Presidential Suite, the famous Mac Arthur Suite, Executive Club Rooms, and their amenities. As soon as we checked in, the front desk staff escorted us to the lounge where Bella (our guide), Mr. Richie Lo, and the Marketing Manager Ms. Stephanie Flores, gave us a warm welcome.

Bella of The Manila Hotel
The Blogger Princess with the marketing team of the Manila Hotel

Our luggage were sent to our room while we were having our tour in the following:

The Executive Club Lounge

We visited the Executive Club Lounge, located on the 15th floor. It is perfect for business travelers. I should have upgraded to this one instead because with this inclusion, I can have unlimited coffee/tea, mini-cakes, snacks, and other treats during my stay

The Manila Hotel's Executive Lounge

The guests in the Executive Club can have the following benefits (taken from the Manila Hotel’s website)

  • Express Check-in and Checkout.
  • Exclusive Concierge Service.
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for two (2) throughout the day (Coffee, Tea, Chilled Juices and Soft drinks).
  • Complimentary afternoon tea for two (2) from 3 pm to 5 pm.
  • Unlimited alcoholic beverages for two (2) during Cocktail hour from 6 pm to 8 pm.
  • Welcome fruits.
  • Complimentary one (1) suit pressing per day and shoeshine service, non-cumulative.
  • No surcharge on express laundry, dry cleaning and pressing services.
  • Charges on local calls are waived.
  • Daily newspaper.
  • Complimentary 2-hour use of Club conference room upon availability (first come, first served basis).
  • Complimentary use of computer booth with internet access.
  • Complimentary use of Health Club facilities and swimming pool.
  • 20% discount in all of the hotel’s restaurant outlet (dine-in only).
  • 20% discount on Spa treatments and packages, dry cleaning and laundry services.
Taken at the Executive Club Lounge
In the Executive Club Lounge


We had the opportunity to take a tour at their most expensive suite (the Presidential Suite), which costs P600,000 per night. We used an exclusive elevator to reach the topmost floor of the Tower Building, where the suite is located. The guests who stayed here are mostly presidents and high-ranked government officials. It was indeed a great pleasure to have a tour inside because obviously, only those who belong to the aristocrats can afford to stay in this suite. Here are the features of the Presidential Suite:

  • Newly redesigned bathroom with Italian marble and a separate walk-in rain shower room
  • LCD TV
  • Senso memory foam mattress
  • Bvlgari bathroom amenities and toiletries
  • Mp3 dockable clocks
  • Ving Card door lock system
  • Full-service kitchen
  • Electronic Lighting System
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Paintings by renowned Filipino artists
  • Safety vault
  • 24 Hour Butler service
  • The Executive Club access
The Dining Area
Bvlgari toiletries at the Manila Hotel Presidential Suite
BVLGARI toiletries
The Presidential Suite at the Manila Hotel
Taken @ the Manila Hotel Presidential Suite

THE MAC ARTHUR SUITE at the Manila Hotel

.After that, we proceeded to the famous MacArthur Suite, which was named after General Douglas MacArthur. He managed the Manila Hotel for six years and later on commissioned Pedro Luna, son of master painter Juan Luna to build a penthouse suite for the General atop the 5th floor of the hotel. Here is what you can have in the suite that costs P400,000 per night.

  • Master bedroom with a dressing room
  • Bvlgari bathroom amenities
  • One guest room with twin beds
  • Two baths and one powder room
  • A study room
  • Formal dining room overlooking the bay
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • 24 Hour Butler service
  • Balcony with a stunning view of the Manila Bay
  • The Executive Club access

The Bathroom

the bathtub at the Mac Arthur Suite at the Manila Hotel
The bathtub at the mac Arthur Suite
 the Mac Arthur Suite at the Manila Hotel

CAFE ILANG-ILANG at the Manila Hotel

cafe Ilang-Ilang


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THE HERITAGE MUSEUM at the Manila Hotel

the Centennial Hotel at the Manila Hotel
The Heritage Museum at the Manila Hotel
The Manila Hotel diorama
Diorama of the Manila Hotel
replica of Noli me Tangere at the Manila Hotel
The replica of Dr. Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo
painting of Imelda Marcos at the Manila Hotel
Painting of former First Lady Imelda Marcos
REPLICA OF General MAC ARTHURS CAP at the Manila Hotel
replica of Gen MacArthur’s cap
random pictures at the Manila Hotel museum

MAYNILA BALLROOM at the Manila Hotel

Mayniloa Ballroom at the Manila Hotel
events place at the Manila Hotel
This is where big events are held– debut and other parties.

Special thanks to Bella, our tour guide for the day in our Manila Hotel staycation.

Bella, our tour guide at the Manila Hotel
with Bella and The marketing team of the Manila Hotel
With the Marketing Team of the Manila Hotel


We stayed in a Superior De Luxe Room (40 sq m)- not that big, but enough for me, hubby and Shane.  We didn’t have any complain with the room; actually, we were completely satisfied with it.

corridor at the Manila Hotel
Our room at the Manila Hotel

Though Manila Hotel is already 107 years old, we didn’t feel like we were in a haunted hotel where every furniture is unpleasant and dusty; instead, everything is marvelous. I remember my grandparents’ television inside the cabinet when I was a kid; we go there to watch soap operas. The only difference is that this cabinet is open, unlike my grandma’s, wherein you have to open the cabinet door before you can turn it on.

the television in our Manila Hotel room
the TV inside the cabinet
our closet at the Manila Hotel

Luxury comes with comfort.  A must-have for me inside the room is an iron and ironing board for my clothes.  Only five-star hotels have this in the closet.  I need this because I am not skilled in folding clothes in the luggage, so when I unpack, they are not pleasant-looking at all.

ironing board set in our room at the Manila Hotel

The afternoon won’t be complete without a cup of coffee 🙂

coffee time in our room at the Manila Hotel

We have a view of the Manila Bay so we felt relaxed while watching the rainfall and the view.

view of the Manila Bay in our room at the Manila Hotel

One of my favorite places in a hotel is the bathroom, where I have my usual morning and night beauty rituals. I super loved the spacious bathroom with premium toiletries– they have a television so you can watch your favorite TV program while soaking in the bathtub. The towels were clean and fragrant too.

bathroom selfie in our Manila Hotel staycation
My mandatory bathroom selfie

THE POOL AREA at the Manila Hotel

the pool area at the Manila Hotel
the pool area at night at the Manila Hotel
The swimming pool at night

We really wanted to take a dip at the pool, but because we were dead tired after the hotel tour, we just opted to have a short stroll at the Luneta Park before we go back to our room.

welcome treat in our Manila Hotel staycation
Sweet treats

We have received complimentary chocolates a few hours after we have settled in our room. To my surprise, those are small servings— those were not enough for a chocolate lover like me, but I appreciate it anyway. As the old saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.”

a pose with Hubby at the Manila Hotel
Pictorial before we go to the Luneta Park

Hubby was too excited when he saw the piano in the lobby; unfortunately, the guests are not allowed to play.

piano at the Lobby Lounge at the Manila Hotel

Because we didn’t stay in the Executive Club Lounge, we had to buy food for dinner, and luckily, we were able to have inexpensive dinner after watching the dancing fountain.  We were able to buy our dinner at P50 per head, some chips and candies.

After having dinner, we listened to the musical performance in the lobby and headed  back to the hotel room.    We didn’t go to the gym as what we have previously planned because we wanted to rest.


One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines

(632) 5270011

Watch out for the Part 2 of my Manila Hotel Staycation and The Blogger Princess’s rating as well 🙂



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