The Manila Hotel

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The Manila Hotel
« on: September 07, 2010, 05:19:57 AM »
The Manila Hotel is a 570-room, five star hotel in Manila, Philippines, located in the heart of the Manila Bay area. The Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, built in 1909 to rival Malacañang Palace, where the Philippine president now lives, and opened in 1912. It was built on 3.5 hectares (376,736.9 sq ft) of land along Roxas Boulevard. It was the residence of General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941.
The year is 1966. Inside the historic walls of a majestic hotel at the heart of Manila, a harmony of sound fills the air. A passer-by pricking his ears would surely hear excited whispers bouncing off the Amorsolo-decorated walls like the rise and fall of a wave, the chandeliers jingling high above the hotel lobby's magnificent vaulted ceiling, as if they themselves could feel that the day would soon be read about in history books. It is likely that he would also hear the slow humming of a doorman who wore his best and crispest uniform to work and who is now standing in utter alertness by the impressive mahogany doors. Or the soft tapping of a bell boy's leather shoes that have seen better days but was polished till it shone this morning. And like a libretto rising above the opera's music, a thousand hearts thump wildly in mad anticipation in the usually serene ante-lobby. It was a day unlike any other for the residents and employees of the beautiful mammoth edifice in One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines. One could sum up the electric atmosphere in one sentence: The Beatles have arrived at Manila Hotel.
Today, more than 40 years later, the same grandeur and warm hospitality that welcomed the Beatles in 1966 are still present and have only become better with time. While it opted to maintain its distinct classic interiors, full of poise and elegance, Manila Hotel introduces its renovated guest rooms this year. Fully equipped with the most modern facilities and amenities, the new guest rooms exude elegance and sophistication while showcasing the beauty of authentic Philippine interior design. The rooms are further made surreal by huge windows that provide a breathtaking view of the bay and the fabled Manila sunset.
To design the Manila Hotel, William Howard Taft hired William E. Parsons, a New York architect, who envisioned an impressive, but comfortable hotel, along the lines of a California mission, but grander. The original design was an H-shaped plan that focused on well-ventilated rooms on two wings, providing grand vistas of the harbor, the Luneta, and Intramuros. The top floor was, in fact, a large viewing deck that was used for various functions, including watching the American navy steam into the harbor.
"Manila Hotel has a rich reservoir of stories, accumulated from almost a century of historical events within its walls. However, Manila Hotel has also evolved to meet society's changing needs and confidently faces the future as it is poised to become the hotel of choice in Manila and ultimately a sought-after destination in Asia," says Atty. Marcelo S. Ele, Jr., President of Manila Hotel.
Just a minute walk away from the five-star restaurant is also another newly-renovated outlet in the Hotel: The Pool and Garden. The pool itself was reconfigured and re-engineered with brand new state-of-the-art pumps and filter system. Further, the installation of decorative spouts and jets add novel flavor and complements the new "Quartzon" finish of the swimming pool. Other new features include a sun deck that beckons guests to relax on its comfortable Dedon Orbit lounge chairs for hours and a newly-refurbished wet bar.
In Manila Hotel, the pool area is more than a place for recreation. Just beside the swimming pool is an event space that overlooks the bay and the sunset that is perfect for outdoor parties and weddings. Timber trellises with colorful flowering vines, punctuated with tall royal, coconut and Madagascar traveler palms filter the sun's rays, creating a shaded area pleasantly cooled by the sea breeze. Original tree and shrub planting like Sea Grapes, Barringtonia Asiatica and Bougainvillea were conserved and enhanced with additional landscape and mood lighting. Fiery red gingers, orange heliconias, succulent bromeliads, luscious philodendrons and fashionable dwarf bamboos are some of the thousands of new plants added to the garden.



Features
The main lobby was designed for sitting as well as for making grand entrances. Measuring 125 feet (38 m) long by 25 feet (7.6 m) wide, the lobby is lined with white Doric columns. The floor is Philippine marble, the chandeliers are made of brass, crystal and seashells, the furniture is carved out of Philippine mahogany which is used throughout the hotel.

The rooms provide exceptional views of the city, especially the gardens of Rizal Park and Intramuros. Manila Hotel is the first hotel in the Philippines to offer HBO among other television network systems for all rooms. All rooms make use of the Ving Card electronic card system for maximum security. The 570 fully renovated rooms that reflect the hotel’s storied past blend with the conveniences of a modern luxury hotel. Other amenities include traditional decor with elegant furnishings, individually controlled central air conditioning, remote-control TV with cable channels, minibars, separate bath and toilet with extension phone, and secure in-room safes.

The three-bedroom MacArthur suite rents for $650 a night. The penthouse, the most expensive suite (with a private swimming pool) on the 18th floor, has a view of the Bay, of Rizal Park and the 16th-century ruins of the Spanish walled city of Intramuros, opposite the hotel. Like the Presidential Suite, which costs $900 a night, the $1,200-a-night penthouse is decorated with rare paintings, Asian antiques and Filipino crafts. The MacArthur, Presidential and Penthouse Suites provide 24-hour butler service.


Facilities and Services
The hotel's guest facilities and other services include limousine and luxury car rental, a helipad on the roof deck, airport transfer and transport assistance, medical and dental clinic, a business center with Internet access, 24-hour full menu room service, a delicatessen, a barber shop and beauty salon, a florist, laundry service, a post office, an in-house shopping mall, and arrangement of sightseeing tours. The Bay Club, Manila Hotel's sports and health club, features a jacuzzi, two tennis courts, and one squash court. Guests also have access to a gym, a sauna, swimming pool with a wet bar, a game room, and an indoor golf simulator. Other health club services include a whirlpool, wet sauna, steambox, martial arts, swimming, massages, and tennis lessons.

In addition to these, Manila Hotel also served as the venue for the FAMAS Awards, one of the leading award-giving body in the Philippines, for many years. From 1961 to 2002, the Manila Hotel hosted twelve incarnations of the annual awards night.

The hotel has seven restaurants and bars, covering a large portion of world cuisines. They include the Champagne Room for French cuisine, the Cowrie Grill for steaks and seafood, and Ginza, a Japanese restaurant with a wide selection of authentic Japanese food. There is also a pool bar that serves drinks and sandwiches.
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 05:25:38 AM »
hello there mikey here's your request..
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 06:12:43 AM »
nalipat  ko sa price naa diay  ..lol :)
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2010, 06:15:57 AM »
The three-bedroom MacArthur suite rents for $650 a night. The penthouse, the most expensive suite (with a private swimming pool) on the 18th floor, has a view of the Bay, of Rizal Park and the 16th-century ruins of the Spanish walled city of Intramuros, opposite the hotel. Like the Presidential Suite, which costs $900 a night, the $1,200-a-night penthouse is decorated with rare paintings, Asian antiques and Filipino crafts. The MacArthur, Presidential and Penthouse Suites provide 24-hour butler service.

oh  roger  its  not  that  cost too much .. abi nko ug dollar kaajo ..hehee
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 06:56:06 AM »
mikey & hector wants to stay at manila hotel upon their arrival next month..
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 07:14:19 AM »
mikey & hector wants to stay at manila hotel upon their arrival next month..

ehhhhhhhhhh i  think  me also  .... :)
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2010, 07:15:03 AM »
mikey & hector wants to stay at manila hotel upon their arrival next month..

by the way  ,who is  hector?
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2010, 08:21:43 AM »
by the way  ,who is  hector?

he is also a boholster member and who's attending a wedding in Manila next month.

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2010, 08:38:00 AM »
he is also a boholster member and who's attending a wedding in Manila next month.

 ah okie..:)
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Re: The Manila Hotel
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 10:44:47 AM »
mikey & hector wants to stay at manila hotel upon their arrival next month..

thanks roger for posting The Manila Hotel