Manila Mar­riott Ho­tel

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Tried & Tested Hotel - Jeremy Tredin­nick

The ho­tel fo­cuses on MICE but doesn’t stint on lux­ury, and of­fers very high lev­els of ser­vice

BACK­GROUND

The orig­i­nal eight-storey build­ing opened in 2009, fol­lowed by a sec­ond meet­ing com­plex. In early 2017 the 13-storey West Wing opened.

WHERE IS IT?

In New­port City, within sight of Ter­mi­nal 3 of Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional; how­ever, busy roads and el­e­vated ex­press­ways lie in the way, so ei­ther a Php300 (US$6) cab ride or the free shut­tle bus from Bay 12 will get you there in 5-10 min­utes. (A sky­bridge across to the air­port is be­ing built.) A car into down­town Manila takes 30-60 min­utes plus, traf­fic de­pen­dent.

W H AT ’ S IT LIKE?

There is a sin­gle en­trance from the road, where armed se­cu­rity guards check all ve­hi­cles. The main build­ing and West Wing have their own en­trances where your bags are checked with snif­fer dogs, and you must pass through an elec­tronic scan­ner ev­ery time you en­ter the ho­tel. Once in­side, the mood changes to smil­ing, help­ful staff and high-ceilinged pub­lic spa­ces.

ROOMS

There are 521 rooms and 49 suites split be­tween three cat­e­gories in the main build­ing and five in the new West Wing. Rooms on the north side of the lat­ter have bal­conies from which you can en­joy views across a golf course.

I was in a Pre­mium room on the south side – the view is less im­pres­sive, fac­ing the back of the Mar­riott Grand Ball­room build­ing, but at 46 sqm it’s spa­cious, with par­quet floor­ing, brown and beige dé­cor, and leatherette de­tail­ing. Bright art­works help give it a sum­mery feel.

The round, white-mar­ble ta­ble isn’t ideal for spread­ing out pa­pers, but func­tional enough to work, with two white leather/ metal chairs, a sen­sor desk lamp and phone.

A Ne­spresso ma­chine and free shoeshine ser­vice were val­ued ad­di­tions to the ameni­ties, and a nice touch was the two waste bins – for re­cy­clable/non­re­cy­clable items – which is in keep­ing with the brand’s eco-con­scious mis­sion (bed linen is also only changed ev­ery third day un­less you re­quest oth­er­wise).

The bath­room was large and well equipped with Thann bath­room prod­ucts and a great walk-in shower. Piped-in au­dio al­lows you to watch TV through the glass par­ti­tion whilst soak­ing in the tub.

LOUNGE

On the sec­ond floor of the West Wing, the Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge is a large, open-plan space where you can en­joy a quiet break­fast in the morn­ing, snacks and re­fresh­ments all day and cock­tails in the evening. Near the en­trance is a meet­ing room, and a small busi­ness room kit­ted out with both a PC and Mac.

FOOD AND DRINK

The Mar­riott Café on the ground floor of the main build­ing is an all-day din­ing restau­rant, with à la carte and buf­fet din­ing in the evening. Next to it is Cru Steak­house (open 6pm-10.30pm), and there’s also the more ca­sual Crema cof­fee shop and Mian Asian noodle bar. Still Whisky and Tea Lounge is lo­cated in the West Wing’s lobby area, as is Man Ho, of­fer­ing up Can­tonese cui­sine for lunch and din­ner (there are six pri­vate rooms).

MEET­INGS

There are 49 event spa­ces through­out the ho­tel both in­door and out­door (around 960,000 sqm). The ma­jor­ity of th­ese are spread over three floors in a sep­a­rate build­ing, linked via sky­bridge to the main build­ing and West Wing. The flag­ship 2,600 sqm Grand Ball­room can host 4,000-plus for a cock­tail re­cep­tion. A busi­ness cen­tre in the main build­ing’s lobby of­fers sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices and com­put­ers/print­ers (open 7am-9pm).

LEISURE

On the sec­ond floor of the main build­ing are two out­door pools as well as steam/sauna rooms and a large gym. Also on this level is Quan Spa (open 10am-1am) with eight treat­ment rooms. The top floor of the West Wing boasts steam and sauna fa­cil­i­ties plus an­other well-equipped fit­ness room. The rooftop pool (open 6am-10pm) is 20 me­tres long and sur­rounded by deck­ing, with some loungers within the pool it­self.

VER­DICT

This com­fort­able ho­tel fo­cuses on MICE clien­tele but doesn’t stint on lux­ury. It’s con­ve­niently close to the air­port, with very high lev­els of ser­vice and a wide range of busi­ness and leisure fa­cil­i­ties.

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