I would like to think that the MARCO POLO HOTEL in MANILA as a home away from home. I had the pleasure of staying in MARCO POLO ORTIGAS for a few days last month. I had free time but I couldn't leave town and I figured a staycation would be the best deal.
So I picked MARCO POLO MANILA.
MARCO POLO MANILA is located in ORTIGAS. 45 floors of awesomeness.
Since it was not my first time staying in MARCO POLO MANILA, I knew the drill. Hopefully, this article would help those that are new to it.
Once you enter the ground floor, you will be greeted by courteous guest officers. You are then advised to go to the 24th floor for check-in.
CHECK IN is done on the 24th floor at 3pm. That is where the real lobby is located. Check in could take awhile during peak hours. I would suggest that your companion wait in the CONNECT LOUNGE found directly in front of the front desk.
Parking is found at the back of the hotel. They also have valet which is 24/7. Although the valet service has a charge, the parking fee is free.
ELEVATORS might be a little confusing at first but you will get the hang of it by the second day. For security purposes, they had it built so that you would need to change elevators on the 24th floor for check in or on the ground for parking and the top 2 floors for dining and clubbing. A key card is needed to access the different guest floors.
PRO TIP: There is this single elevator that has access to all the floors. From parking and all the way to the top. I usually use this to just go directly from my room to my car without having to change elevators.
As for rooms there are basically two types and would also depend on the location you would prefer.
They are also divided also by their location. Either on the noisy METROWALK side or the quieter ORTIGAS SIDE. The charge is minimal and I would just suggest that you just go for a higher floor.
If you want something more upscale a Premier Suite would be your pick.
To get it out of the way, the suite is usually a corner room that has a bigger floor size.
The bathroom is bigger with a his and her sink and you have a long walk way to get to the bed. Also, there is a divider that you could close just for fun. Luckily, I was able to try this out last VALENTINE'S DAY in MARCO POLO (Click here to see).
Going back, the normal rooms aren't really normal. They are up to date and pretty on the eyes. New compared to other hotels in the area.
As you can see here, a twin room may look a bit smaller since two Queen sized beds are placed in it. Another difference that I saw was that a twin room has a couple of comfy chairs compared to a day bed for a King Typed room.
Going back, the tub is separate from the shower and there is a speaker in the washroom. Pretty ideal set up. Built for comfort and with the guests in mind.
The mini bar is complete with alcoholic drinks and even snacks. The best part of it is that they have a Nespresso Machine for your coffee addiction. In case you aren't into coffee, they have Dilmah tea too. Complimentary of course. Not the mini bar, but the coffee and tea.
They have a long table for your work needs. It also houses the in room safe.
If you look closely, there is a panel that has a lot of outlets and ports for you to charge your devices. If you forgot your cables, you could use the built in one on the telephone. I tried it and it works perfectly with my old ipad.
Their welcome fruits are usually if not always apples. Why is there a Philippine Airline December 2015 Mabuhay Magazine? Well one of my pictures got printed on it. YAY! #shamelessplug
The bed isn't too hard. It was just right. Perfect for a night's sleep. PRO TIP: No need to ask for an extra key to keep the room's ac on. They already left a permanent card there for you.
IN ROOM DINING
Who doesn't love room service? IN ROOM DINING in MARCO POLO is a 24/7 gastronomical delight.
A little bit expensive compared to eating in their restaurants or having a buffet down stairs. BUT, this is the ultimate treat. No need to dress up. Everything is prepared for you in room.
PRO TIP: Don't forget to remind them to bring up water. They usually ask how many would eat. Remind them to bring condiments such as ketchup or mustard. Sometimes, they would forget this. If in case you want ice, there is a bucket in the mini bar. For this, you should call the housekeeping and not the in room dining.
Now, what makes a hotel different from all other places is their AMENITIES. Located on the 22nd floor, here you will find the pool, the spa and the gym. As you exit the elevators, you are greeted by the staff.
To your left would be the pathway leading to the indoor heated pool and jacuzzi.
PRO TIP: After taking a quick swim, you may want to get a quick shower in their locker room. Also, the towels aren't allowed to be brought back to the room. So dry yourself properly before entering the elevators.
My favorite though would be the FLOW SPA. This is open from 9am to 12mn. Other than that, you could reserve a slot and have the massage in room.
CLUB LOUNGE ACCESS: The Continental Club
I have a love hate relationship with hotels and their club lounge service. Sometimes, it may be a hit or at other times, something totally unnecessary and expensive. At MARCO POLO MANILA, it is luxurious and totally worth it. Usually, it comes automatically with a club room or suite. BUT, you could avail of it from any room with an additional charge set in.
Located on the 44th Floor, The Continental Club is anything but the usual.
As you enter, you are floored with a view. A 180 degree view of the Cainta Area. All the way to Antipolo. Totally uninterrupted.
It's like a library with everything that you might need. Flat screen tv and even a long table to gather friends in and have a little meeting.
Access to the lounge gives you unlimited Coffee, tea, and drinks. If you are in a club floor room, you could do your check in here.
Other than that, they have an extensive bar. From hard drinks to white and red wine and even Prosecco.
PRO TIP: Ask the staff to make you cocktails. My brother had 2 glasses of Prosecco, 2 double jack daniels, 2 double black label, a glass of bacardi on ice, a mojito, a shot of tequila, and a ginger ale.
They also have a make it yourself salad. The only thing missing here is RICE.
BREAKFAST is served from 6:30am to 10:30am. I would suggest that you pick a seat away from the window as it would get hot. Even if there are blinds rolled down, the sun's rays is a bit glaring.
For breakfast, they have a whole setup and then some. You could actually pick from this menu any additional things that you may want.
My go to would have to be the French Toast. This is something that I like and always order from their alternative menu.
Of course they had bacon. It would be madness if they didn't have any.
It opens at 7am and closes at 9pm.
Here, you could have a go with the different sandwiches, cakes and pastries to your heart's content.
Amazing stuff! One thing I noticed about MARCO POLO is that their pastries are delicious unlike those coming from other hotels. Theirs is fresh and not too sweet.
If in case you would like to have a hearty breakfast, the CUCINA's breakfast buffet is for you.
CUCINA is the all day buffet restaurant of MARCO POLO MANILA. It opens at 6am for breakfast and closes around 10pm. I actually ate here a couple of times before and I realized that CUCINA isn't the biggest buffet around but it is concise and has everything that you would need. Not only that but, the food quality is impressive and I loved it! The last time I was there was for CUCINA's Flavour of Thailand feast (click here to check it out).
The breakfast buffet spread was pretty intense. An omelet station, breads on one side, all the protein and cards you would love on another. They even have a soup station and a Japanese station for all the rolls that you would want. Juices, coffee and tea are all there.
LUNG HIN is the Chinese in house Restaurant of MARCO POLO MANILA. Located on the 44th floor, it has stunning views of the city. It isn't big the place screams privacy and formal at every turn.
There are private booths along the window and they even have a few conference rooms that could accommodate around 10 people. These rooms have LCD TVs and some of them, their own bathroom. You could use them and reserve them but they have a consumable amount.
I actually visited LUNG HIN around four times in the past month so I could definitely tell you that the quality and the taste of the food is amazing. Albeit pricey, you definitely get what you pay for. A more in depth review on Lung Hin here (click here).
My favorites would be the HAKAW or shrimp dumpling, the TRUFFLED SIOMAI, and their sweet and sour pork. Simple yet done perfectly.
AT night there is one place to be at. That is VU'S .
The VU'S BAR is located on the top floor. Since it is on the 45th floor, you could definitely have an amazing time watching the stars and even looking down on the traffic below.
Open from 5pm to 2am except on Sunday (until 12mn), the VU'S BAR is the perfect date place. You could go for a table inside.
or pick between the two outside bars. One facing Ortigas while the other all the way to Antipolo.
Drinks are impressively priced. Very competitive with other high end bars in the metro.
MARCO POLO MANILA: VALENTINE'S Staycation
MARCO POLO MANILA: CUCINA's Flavours of Thailand Experience
MARCO POLO MANILA: LUNG HIN Chinese Restaurant
NOTE: Prices are not included in this post because these differs from different promotions the Hotel has. If you wish to check out the menu of the different in house restaurant, I suggest you visit their webpage here.
MARCO POLO ORTIGAS
(02) 720 7777
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City,
Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience and opinions. Paid for my stay including for the access to the Club Lounge on both occasions. The meals at VU, Cafe Pronto, Cucina and Lung Hin and the massage were complimentary of Marco Polo Manila. Thank you very much to the staff in the Club Lounge. Thanks also to the front desk. Of course, super thanks to Ms. Judith.
The view from my room.