January 19, 2017

Review: Conrad Manila, One Bedroom Suite

Christmas & New Year in the Philippines flying Turkish Airlines Business Class

For the second time after three years, I celebrated Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, together with the Singelresor group. We were a group of 16 although I guess it could have been more. Our program started in Manila, the capital city and after that, we flew to Cebu to explore the oldest city in the country. Then we had four nights in Panglao where we visited the famous Chocolate Hills, the Philippine tarsier, and did the Loboc River Cruise among others and of course enjoyed the white sand beaches of the island. Then, we flew to Boracay, the world's best island for 2016 according to the readers of the CondΓ© Nast Traveler where we celebrated New Year 😍 From there, we flew back to Manila and took the long bus ride to Banaue to visit the 2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces. Finally, on our last day in Manila, we visited the famous Pagsanjan Falls before taking our evening flight back to Stockholm. Unfortunately, the snow chaos in Istanbul Airport caused us to have an extra three nights in Manila where we were accommodated in the Belmont Hotel Manila. No doubt, it was one of the best Christmas and New Year celebrations I've had lately and would celebrate it here every year if only I could πŸ˜‰




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Conrad Manila one bedroom suite

Date of stay: January 2-3, 2017
Address: Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, 1300
Nightly Rate: 7,959 Pesos, Booked Twin Premier Room and upgraded to a One Bedroom Suite 😍

Hotel Exterior

Conrad Manila exterior

Conrad Manila as seen from the MOA bridge

Lobby

Welcome Lobby

The main lobby was simply gorgeous offering fantastic views of the bay 😊

Hotel Reception

Reception area

Hallway, 5th floor

Hallway

One Bedroom Suite, 5035

King bed

Video tour of my gorgeous one-bedroom suite 😍

The living room is simple yet elegant 😊

View from the living room

42-inch flat screen HDTV

Welcome gift

Bathroom with bath products by Aromatheraphy Associates (body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion) And yes there's an in-mirror TV. What more could you ask for πŸ˜‰

Bathtub

Hydrotheraphy rain shower

Bathrobes

Iron and ironing board, umbrella, slippers

Slippers

In-room safe

Alarm clock radio. There's also the usual "sustainability program" card which I love about Hilton hotels πŸ‘

Minibar, espresso machine

Washroom

Toilet

Stunning views of the pool ...

... and the Manila Bay!

Executive Lounge, 7th floor (6:30am to 11pm)

Executive Lounge

Executive Lounge

Executive Lounge

Executive Lounge

Executive Lounge

Relaxation area

Evening Cocktails with CanapΓ©s (5pm to 7pm)

Buffet spread

Spicy salmon roll, tomato feta cheese, calamaretti

Choco Mousse black forest, Mixed berry jelly

Edam, Manchego, Camembert

The two warm dishes were chicken buffalo wings and stir-fried vegetables

Beers, softdrinks, mineral water, espresso machine

Peppercorn Lane Cabernet Sauvignon , Tocornal Merlot

Criollo, Pinot di Pinot Brut, Genesis

Absolut Vodka, Olmeca Tequila, Havana Club, Beefeater, Ballantines

Refreshments served throughout the day

Refreshments

There's also the "afternoon treats with our chef's temptation" from 2pm to 4pm although I was not able to check it out.

View from the Executive Lounge

View of the pool from the Executive Lounge

View from the Executive Lounge

Brasserie on 3 (Breakfast Buffet Restaurant)

Cold cuts

Cereals, salads

Live cooking station

Buffet spread

Buffet spread

Buttered corn, Hungarian sausage, Roasted pumpkin

*Pictures from the breakfast buffet were taken by my younger brother, Gab πŸ˜‰

Swimming Pool

Swimming pool

The hotel also has a fitness center although I was not able to visit it. Interestingly, there is no business center although I guess most guests are using the complimentary wifi in the room and that one could always ask the help of the concierge/reception for printing services.

CONCLUSION

Last November, I decided I'd book a hotel for my family for a stay in January and since I have diamond status with Hilton, the choice became easy: I booked the Conrad Manila without any hesitation. I've read a lot of nice reviews of this new hotel so I was really looking forward to visiting it myself. We arrived at the hotel around 4pm and headed directly to the reception and was greeted warmly by John, one of the receptionists working that day. He welcomed me as a diamond member and asked if I wanted to do the check-in at the Executive Lounge, and which I gladly accepted. He escorted us to the lounge located on the 7th floor and once there, he continued with the check-in process as we admire the beautiful lounge and the wonderful view of the Manila Bay that comes with it. If there's one place you would rather be while watching the sunset, that would be at the Conrad Manila Executive Lounge! Moments later, John was back to inform us that we had been upgraded to a one bedroom suite 😍  Thank you so much, John! I was also asked to sign the express check out so that my dad could easily do the check out the following day. Everything went smoothly, after which we took the elevator to the 5th floor where our suite was waiting for us. And yes, it was one of the most beautiful rooms we have stayed at πŸ˜‰ I've had suite upgrades at Hilton Panama and Hilton Tallinn Park in the past and this one was just as wonderful (if not better). The living room was spacious with a flat screen TV and a huge work desk. In the bedroom, there is another flat screen TV and the bathroom was lovely with a separate shower room and bathtub. Lastly, the view of the pool and the Manila bay was just fantastic. As a diamond member, there was also a welcome gift waiting for us, as is the norm in all Hilton hotels. After our short stay in the suite, we headed back to the Executive Lounge where I politely asked the staff if I could take pictures of the buffet before it opened, and which was granted. Everything looked tempting and nicely presented and I really wished we could stay much longer but we really had to leave for our family dinner. We only stayed in this hotel for a very short time and yet that very short time was more than enough to experience the genuine hospitality of the staff and to appreciate how luxurious this hotel is. To John and to all the staff of Conrad Manila, Maraming Salamat Po 😊


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