Another trusted international brand, particularly among business travelers, is InterContinental. Its considerable worldwide representation makes it a failsafe choice when going on far-flung trips. It is renowned for delivering five-star standards wherever the location, but normally with a somewhat higher price tag than the Manila property – particularly considering this landmark hotel stands in the center of Makati City, the nation’s main financial and commercial hub.
Facilities: The 332 guestrooms have a classic earth-tone design, are comfortable and well equipped. The health and fitness offerings include a gym, outdoor pool and saunas, as well as The Suriya Spa. The business center is staffed from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and offers courier, private limousine and secretarial services. With seven meeting rooms and 15,000 square feet of dedicated space, this state-of-the-art property has one of the largest conference and meeting facilities in the city.
F&B: Prince Albert Rotisserie is an old favorite on Manila’s dining scene, while Café Jeepney dishes up a spread of Filipino and international treasures. Gambrinus Bar and SolY Sombra, meanwhile, serve refreshing drinks and snacks in a venue with a view of the pool and garden, and an alfresco spot, respectively.
Price: A deluxe room starts at PHP5,040 ($114), excluding tax and ancillary service charges, when booked 10 days in advance. Cancellation fees apply.
Contact: 1 Ayala Ave, PO Box 731-D-3117, Manila, 1226, tel +63 2 793 7000, ichotelsgroup.com