Manila Marriott Hotel
The hotel focuses on MICE but doesn’t stint on luxury, and offers very high levels of service
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.