Restaurants aren’t the only places visited and reviewed by the looloo community. Whether for business trips, staycations or even dinner dates, hotels are also popular destinations.
Here’s what looloo reviewers rated as the top 5 Manila hotels for 2014.
5. Marco Polo Ortigas ManilaNumber of Reviews in 2014: 14
Average Rating for 2014: 4.54
Opened just this past June, its convenient location at the heart of Ortigas Center provides not just access to nearby shopping centers and restaurants, but also a beautiful view of the city.
Aside from the spacious rooms, reviewers also mention its large modern bathrooms furnished with sleek lighting, high-pressure rain showers, and marble bathtubs.
Complete with a serene pool, a fitness center that provides just the right amount of privacy, and a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, it’s easy to see why a good number of reviewers were locals who enjoyed their rejuvenating staycations.
Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila
+63 2 720 7777
4. Shangri-La Hotel EDSANumber of Reviews in 2014: 20
Average Rating for 2014: 4.36
Famous among local diners for their high-end buffet restaurant called Heat, “EDSA Shang” has been a top choice for tourists, balikbayans, and businessmen with offices located in the Ortigas CBD for years.
Directly connected to the newly-renovated Shangri-La Plaza mall, and only a few minutes away from SM Megamall, restaurant hopping and shopping is just minutes away. For guests with small kids, another plus is their giant lagoon-shaped pool with a playground just right beside it.
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
+63 2 633 8888
3. Sofitel Philippine Plaza ManilaNumber of Reviews in 2014: 43
Average Rating for 2014: 4.39
Sofitel Philippine Plaza is where international celebrities and heads of states stay. That alone says a lot about the level of quality this hotel provides its guests.
With its location right beside the water, all it takes to witness Manila Bay’s famous sunsets is to simply look out your room’s window. The hotel is close enough to shopping and entertainment attractions like the SM Mall of Asia and the ever-growing Entertainment City but still far enough away from all the chaos.
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila
+63 2 551 5555
2. Shangri-La Hotel MakatiNumber of Reviews in 2014: 20
Average Rating for 2014: 4.73
Located in the heart of the Makati’s commercial business district, and steps away from several large malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt, its location can’t be beat.
“Makati Shang,” as it’s most commonly called, offers a classical ambiance and style known for its large, comfortable rooms. What reviewers mention a lot though is their “super nice” staff and “top-notch” food.
Makati City, Metro Manila
+63 2 813 8888
1. The Peninsula Hotel ManilaNumber of Reviews in 2014: 32
Average Rating for 2014: 4.65
It is one of the oldest hotels in Metro Manila, and yet, the “Pen” has not lost its charm. Even after several decades, the Peninsula Hotel Manila is still synonymous with luxury and opulence. This is quickly evident from the moment you enter its famous grand lobby. And continues when you settle down in one of their spacious rooms which offer great views of the Makati skyline.
The highlight of the hotel is their very friendly and accommodating staff. A close second are their elegant dining options which range from modern European in Old Manila, Asian cuisine in Spices, and international buffet selections in Escolta.
If you’re looking for a filling snack or a fantastic dessert to end your meal, don’t forget to try their famous Halo-Halo Harana (a local dessert made with shaved ice and tropical fruits topped with a scoop of purple yam ice cream) or the enormous 19-scoop ice cream dessert called Pen Pals at The Lobby.
Makati City, Metro Manila
+63 2 887 2888