October 7, 2015

Review: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, view of the pool from my room

Date of stay: July 13-14, 2015
Address: CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300 - Manila
Nightly Rate: 127 USD without breakfast


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila reception


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, room key and drink voucher

Room


Room 651: Superior Room King size bed


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, welcome amenity 


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila work desk


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila flat TV


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila minibar


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, bathrobe and slippers (the slippers are one of the most comfortable hotel slippers I've had)


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila bathroom with French bath amenities


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila shower


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila toilet

Welcome Drink


Upon checking in, I was given a complimentary drink voucher valid for two persons. I ended up ordering a glass of mango juice from the "La Veranda".


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, outdoor pool


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Spiral Restaurant


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Kid's Club

CONCLUSION

I've never stayed at any 5-star hotel in Manila so being able to stay at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila last July was a dream come true. It was already late evening when I checked in as I had to meet some relatives for dinner. I approached the first available receptionist and was greeted by the warm and friendly smile of Angel as she welcomed me to Sofitel. Check in process went smoothly and in no time at all, Angel was handing me my room keys and wishing me a pleasant stay. Ken, the bellboy who helped me with my luggage explained all the features of the room and told me that I can just contact them in case I would be needing more help. I have to say I loved everything about the room: the welcome amenity, the great view from my room, the comfortable bed and of course the fast internet connection. Unfortunately, I was not able to check out their breakfast buffet (not included in my roomrate) although I'm sure that Spiral Restaurant offers one of the best breakfast buffet there is considering the recognition they have been receiving in the past years. Of course, I had planned to have my breakfast at the newly opened Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge at NAIA Terminal 3 even before booking my stay here. I really wished I had more time to explore the hotel specially their gorgeous outdoor pool but my time was just so limited that it had been impossible to do so. Short as it had been, my one night stay in this hotel has proven that this is truly one luxurious hotel in the heart of Manila and which I highly recommend to everyone. To Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Maraming Salamat Po 😊


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