Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Bright and Bountiful Breakfasts at Cucina
Irather like this recent trend of having hotel lobbies located somewhere on one of their upper floors. Not only does it provide a welcome separation from the hustle and flow and the noise and bustle of the city’s streets, it also provides an opportunity for a spectacular introduction to the staycation delights a hotel has to offer. Quite a few hotels in Metro Manila have followed suit, but the very first “Sky Lobby” in the city is located in Ortigas, on the 24th floor of the Marco Polo Manila. First time guests are stunned, then enraptured by the panoramic scenery: from the valleys of Marikina to the hills of Antipolo to the mountain ranges further beyond to the East. A skyline framed by floor to ceiling windows easily beats the sights and sounds of smoke-belching jeepneys beeping their horns aggressively just beyond a hotel’s main doors.
It’s most apt that Marco Polo’s hashtag is “Living the High Life”. The Sky Lobby is only the middle of the proverbial iceberg. The tip, is the cannily named “Vue”, a bar perched high up on the topmost floor of the hotel, the 45th. The cityscape far down below gets even more captivating from this vantage point, and since it’s an al fresco bar area, cool winds become part of the experience, and the well… view! Vue was the perfect bar to watch the Finals of the recent World Cup. Partisans of both France and Croatia roared with every goal made, and groaned with every goal missed. Intense competition and even more intense bonhomie from football fans from all over, enjoying every minute on Vue’s wide
“MARCO POLO ORTIGAS IS THE FIRST MANILA HOTEL IN SIX DECADES TO RECEIVE THE GLOBAL FIVE STAR AWARD FROM THE FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE. IT’S NOW WON IT FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, 2017 AND 2018.”
screens. Good times indeed.
Good Vibes. That’s always what I anticipate, and always what I take home with me, whenever I visit this hotel of many surprises. Lung Hin is one. It’s an excellent restaurant that specializes in Cantonese dishes. Now I have a secret, or it may not be one at all: I’m not sure if this is common knowledge, but it does have a couple of intimate, and very private function rooms, with the hotel’s signature views of course. They’re perfect for when you’re in the mood for love. Who says that Chinese restaurants can’t be romantic? And often, true romance leads to, if I’m b0e5ing completely honest… beautiful breakfasts.
Speaking of, “Cucina”, Marco Polo’s main dining outlet, on the same level as the Sky Lobby, is one of my favorite breakfast spots in the city. I’m not a morning person at all. I’m one of those people who, during staycations, crawl out of bed at 9:30am, motivated by the thought of crispy bacon and eggs over easy, and deeply determined to beat the 10:00am last call deadline for breakfast service. While bacon and eggs are my morning musts, Cucina has a special station that always makes me break my vow to avoid carbohydrates. Right in the middle of dining hall, is a space dedicated to all manner of freshly baked bread, croissants, rolls, twists, doughnuts, and Danishes. I call it the “bread room”, for lack of a better term, but truly, it is, for all intents and
purposes, a temple of temptations. It’s the best smelling room in the whole hotel as far as I’m concerned.
In 2017, a hotel in the Philippines won the prestigious Five Star award from the Forbes Travel Guide. It was the first time in almost six decades that Manila made it to the list of iconic properties with flawless service and superb facilities. This year, that hotel, the Marco Polo Ortigas, won the honor for the second consecutive year. I’m not surprised. Excellence shouldn’t just be its own reward. It should be recognized, and in this case, most deservedly awarded.
1 Breakfast Sausages and Platters2 The “Bread Room”3 Freshly Baked Breads and Pastries4 Crispy and Medium-Cooked Bacon5 Breakfast Selections6 Cucina’s Interiors7 Bathrobes and Bath8 Bed and Bedroom9 Room with a View