July 10, 2019

The Best Luxury Hotels in Metro Manila for 2019

The Best Luxury Hotels in Metro Manila

As Coco Chanel once said, "Luxury must remain invisible but it must be felt." I think the same goes with hotels, and that means in order to discern luxury, one must have experienced luxury. Having said this, my list of Best Luxury Hotels in Metro Manila will only include hotels where I have actually stayed in as a paying guest. What I write here is based on my personal taste and personal experience.



1. Raffles Makati



Luxury at Raffles Makati is delivered by its butlers through impeccable, skillful and highly personalized service. With only 32 suites, guests staying at the all-suite Raffles Makati will surely enjoy the exclusivity. This makes the hotel the top choice for executive-level business travelers as well as diplomats on official visit to Manila.

Highlights
  • Seated check-in at the lobby, with option for in-room check-in.
  • Spacious suites in colonial-style design. 
  • All suites have spacious marble spa bathrooms with separate bathtub and walk-in shower.
  • Guests staying at Raffles Makati enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktails at Writers Bar.
  • Staying guests enjoy a semi-buffet breakfast at Mireio, the hotel's French restaurant serving Provençal-inspired cuisine. 
I will stay here again because
  • it has become a yearly Christmas tradition for me to stay at Raffles Makati
  • the beds at Raffles Makati remain to be my top favorite among all hotels in Metro Manila
  • I love the Singapore Sling served during the evening cocktails
  • the breakfast at Mireio is one of my top favorites in Metro Manila
  • of the excellent customer service as always at Mireio

Raffles Makati
1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 795-0777
Reservation: makati@raffles.com




2. Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila



Luxury at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is felt in its genuine hospitality. As you walk under its iconic chandelier, you will already experience the legendary Shangri-La hospitality. Here at Shangri-La at the Fort, service is very attentive. You won't feel that the staff is avoiding to have eye contact with you. Instead, they anticipate your need and they show a high level of enthusiasm to serve. This is consistently true at the front office, guest services and in the restaurants.

Highlights
  • The most beautifully designed hotel rooms in Metro Manila, in my opinion. Modern, yet very gracious and elegant
  • All rooms and suites are fitted with separate bathtub and walk-in shower 
  • The hotel has plenty of options for dining, including one of the best Chinese and Latin American restaurants, as well as bars serving creative and inspired cocktails
  • The buffet breakfast has an extensive selection of dishes. I particularly love their Asian dishes
  • Guests staying in Horizon Club Rooms and Suites can choose to have the full buffet breakfast at the main restaurant or the semi-buffet breakfast at the Horizon Club Lounge.
I will stay here again because
  • I feel very much welcomed here at Shangri-La at the Fort, and I appreciate it a lot that some of the receptionists and restaurant staff do recognize me when I am at the hotel
  • I love the Asian dishes served at the buffet breakfast, especially the laksa
  • Canton Road is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants
  • I have yet to try the Horizon Club Lounge
  • as a Jade member of the Golden Circle (the hotel loyalty program of Shangri-La), I do enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast every time I stay here at Shangri-La at the Fort. I also get to use the points I earned to pay for my meals at the hotel's restaurants

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 820-0888
Reservation: reservations.slfm@shangri-la.com




3. Grand Hyatt Manila



Luxury at Grand Hyatt Manila is felt in its "can-do" attitude. With a Grand proposition comes Grand expectations, and you will feel their commitment to deliver a Grand experience. The Hyatt Has It program ensures that guests at Grand Hyatt Manila will have everything they need during their stay.

Highlights
  • Grand Hyatt Manila is currently the highest hotel in the Philippines
  • All rooms and suites have a bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower 
  • Panoramic views from all corners of the hotel
  • One of the biggest and highest executive lounges in Metro Manila
  • Best sunset views at The Peak
I will stay here again because
  • the bed made me feel well rested
  • dishes at the buffet are always freshly cooked, and the service was attentive
  • the hotel's No.8 China House is my favorite Chinese restaurant
  • I enjoy the Whiskey Sour while watching the sunset at The Peak
  • most of the guests here are foreigners and staying here felt like I am abroad, this gives me a sense of being "away" without even leaving Manila 

Grand Hyatt Manila
8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 838-1234
Reservation: manila.grand@hyatt.com




4. Nüwa Manila



Luxury at Nüwa Manila is seen in its Macau glamour and felt in its warm Filipino hospitality. If you have already stayed in any of the luxury hotels in Macau, you will know exactly what I mean. What I love the most about Macau hotels is the immense care and attention I receive from their Filipino staff, and that's the exact same level of service I experience here at Nuwa Manila.

Highlights
  • Spacious and elegant rooms and suites, impressive bathroom
  • Wide selection of leisure activities available within the City of Dreams Manila complex 
  • Endless dining choices ranging from casual dining to fine dining 
  • Enormous swimming pool for the exclusive use of Nuwa Manila guests
  • Attentive service at Breezes restaurant during breakfast
I will stay here again because
  • of the super comfortable bed and the over-sized bathtubs 
  • the swimming pool here is amazing and it is not crowded
  • I love the authentic taste of the Chinese dishes served at Crystal Dragon and Jing Ting
  • the breakfast here is one of my favorites, small selection but mostly premium items
  • of the overall excellent customer service 

Nüwa Manila
Aseana Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City
Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 800-8080
Reservation: reservations@cod-manila.com




5. Conrad Manila



Luxury at Conrad Manila is well pronounced in its executive floor. While staying at Conrad Manila ensures a 5-Star experience, it is at the Executive Floor where one can truly appreciate luxury. Conrad Manila is one of the most affordable Conrad properties in the region, so having a random luxury staycation here should be effortless.

Highlights
  • Impressive architecture which won the property various awards
  • Strategically located within Mall of Asia
  • Magnificent view of the Manila Bay sunset 
  • Impressive offerings during afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the executive lounge
  • Friendly and highly personalized service from the executive lounge staff
I will stay here again because
  • the Diplomatic Suite is one of my favorite suites in Metro Manila
  • of the excellent service at the executive lounge
  • I really enjoyed the food and drinks served at the executive lounge
  • of the novelty of receiving a stuffed toy on your every stay at the hotel
  • I am aiming to become a Diamond member of the Hilton Honors program, and staying here is a relatively inexpensive way to reach my goal

Conrad Manila
Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 833-9999
Reservation: ConradManila@conradhotels.com





I will soon update this list to include my top 6-10 luxury hotel choices in Metro Manila. Have you stayed in any of these hotels? How was your experience? Do you think your favorite luxury hotel should also be included here? Let me know by commenting below.

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