TRIED & TESTED HO­TEL

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

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Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila of­fers a plethora of fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing one of the largest gyms you’ll find at a ho­tel

BACK­GROUND

Opened in 2016, ShangriLa at the Fort, Manila is the new­est of three Shangri-La prop­er­ties in Manila. The 576 gue­strooms are joined to ser­viced apart­ments and Hori­zon Homes res­i­dences.

WHERE IS IT?

Lo­cated in the emerg­ing Boni­fa­cio Global City (BGC) district, east of Makati. Next door is the new Philip­pine Stock Ex­change.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Mod­ern, while re­tain­ing Shangri-La’s sig­na­ture clas­sic style. The prop­erty of­fers a plethora of fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing one of the largest gyms you’ll find at a ho­tel.

ROOMS

Start­ing at 45 sqm, rooms at the Shangri-La are very com­fort­able, with a min­i­mal­ist de­sign and neu­tral colour scheme of cream, gold and light brown. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows add plenty of light.

There’s a wealth of hid­den stor­age spa­ces, and the safe is con­ve­niently lo­cated on a high shelf. The king-size bed is thor­oughly com­fort­able, and comes with a pil­low menu.

The desk is com­fort­able to work at, though I would have pre­ferred a chair with arm­rests. There are sock­ets lo­cated by the desk – two power and two USB – plus a Har­man Kar­don Blue­tooth speaker, which was easy to switch on and con­nect to my smart­phone. Sock­ets are also con­ve­niently avail­able by the bed­side ta­ble, along with sim­ple light con­trols.

A sep­a­rate rain­fall shower and a bath come with L’Oc­c­i­tane ameni­ties.

LOUNGE

Lo­cated on the 40th floor, the Hori­zon Club Lounge of­fers a buf­fet break­fast, along with cock­tails in the evening. On my visit there was plenty of space, with sofa or arm­chair seat­ing as well as din­ing ta­bles and chairs. An out­door bal­cony of­fers an out­stand­ing panoramic of the city – smok­ing is not per­mit­ted.

FOOD AND DRINK

Peru­vian eatery Samba of­fers great, fresh dishes and fun tiki-in­spired cock­tails, while Can­ton Road has de­li­cious dim sum in a classy set­ting and Rag­ing Bull Burg­ers is a trendy, ca­sual spot to grab a beer and a burger.

The stand­out eatery is Rag­ing Bull Chop­house and Bar. The bar has a va­ri­ety of su­perb cock­tails – ex­pect smok­ing bot­tles and drinks served in minia­ture wooden bar­rels. The steak­house is truly spe­cial. Cus­tomers choose from a se­lec­tion of or­nate knives, be­fore de­li­cious chunks of steak are served on wooden boards with a med­ley of sauces. All-day din­ing restau­rant High Street Café and af­ter­noon tea spot High Street Lounge com­plete the of­fer­ings.

MEET­INGS

The ho­tel of­fers one of the largest pil­lar­less ball­rooms in the BGC area, at 1,800 sqm with a ten-me­tre ceil­ing and pre-func­tion foyer. Cor­po­rate groups can also make use of Boni­fa­cio Hall, a 780 sqm space with its own pre-func­tion area, along with 19 other mul­ti­func­tion spa­ces.

LEISURE

The Kerry Sports Manila gym­na­sium is by far the ho­tel’s pièce de re­sis­tance. For­get a small room with a few to­ken weight ma­chines – this church of iron is a house of wor­ship for all things fit­ness, cover­ing a mas­sive 8,000 sqm across two ex­pan­sive floors. Along with more than 90 pieces of fit­ness equip­ment (in­clud­ing a newly added ob­sta­cle course sec­tion), the fa­cil­ity has two in­door squash courts, two out­door ten­nis courts, a 25-me­tre out­door lap pool and hot tub, plus an NBA-grade in­door bas­ket­ball court. Sep­a­rate stu­dios for yoga, spin and other classes are avail­able – and there’s a café of­fer­ing pro­tein shakes, sand­wiches, sal­ads and cof­fee. Mem­ber­ship is avail­able to non-guests as well, mean­ing the gym can get rather crowded.

For par­ents trav­el­ling with chil­dren, the 1,000 sqm Ad­ven­ture Zone comes com­plete with numer­ous slides (I asked – adults are not per­mit­ted to go down them).

VER­DICT

Lo­cated within a grow­ing busi­ness district, yet out­side the main hus­tle and bus­tle of Manila, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is a tran­quil place to stay, with stand­out leisure and F&B op­tions. Craig Bright

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