Planning a trip? Those who love to travel know the essence of all travel is about you and your enjoyment. Travelers know that the destination is a major part in planning a trip, experiencing and delving deeper into an unfamiliar places, people and culture is paramount.
Expand your horizons and set your sight to the Philippines, an off the beaten path travel site! An undiscovered paradise made of thousands of islands and white sand beaches all around! A tiny dot in the map of the world, and yet a haven for travelers, backpackers, retirees and even passersby.
It offers awesome tourist attractions, magnificent beaches, hot spring resorts, colorful festivals, hundreds of scenic spots and world-class hotels and facilities. Not to mention the tropical climate, the affordable prices as well as the friendly and hospitable, English-speaking people! You will be glad you came, and we’re sure, you WILL come back for more FUN in the Philippines!
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When staying in Manila, try our grand hotel, the Manila Hotel. This is an 80-year old hotel that has been a part of the Philippine history.
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The Manila Hotel is a 570-room, five star hotel in Manila, Philippines, located in the heart of the Manila Bay area. It 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 an area of 35,000 square meters (380,000 sq ft) along Roxas Boulevard. It was the residence of General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941.
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The Manila Hotel’s conference halls can seat 7,000 and it can accommodate another 2,500 guests, for wedding receptions, anniversaries, conventions, and exhibitions.
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The hotel contains the offices of several foreign news organizations, including The New York Times.
It has hosted numerous historical persons and celebrities, including authors Ernest Hemingway and James A. Michener, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, The Beatles, King of Pop Michael Jackson, Actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Wayne, publisher Henry Luce, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, and many various world leaders.
From its own website, http://www.manila-hotel.com, this is the history of the hotel:
The Manila Hotel which opened in 1912 is a Philippine landmark, a scene of many historic events.
1898- Judge William Howard Taft issued of the first decrees of the Second Philippine Commission, to create an urban plan for the Manila. Architect and city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham drafted a wide and long tree-lined boulevard that would begin at the park and at the spit’s end of the bay, a boulevard that would be dominated on one end by a hotel.
1908- William Parsons was appointed to continue where Burnham left off. He supervised the design and construction of Manila Hotel and was completed four years later. Soon, a magnificent, white, green-tile-roofed California Missionary-styled edifice emerged housing 149 spacious and high-ceilinged rooms. Since then, it is a hotel that commands the best westward view of Manila’s fabled sunset, the fortress of Corregidor, the poignant ruins of the medieval fortress that was Intramuros, and the palm-lined promenades of Luneta Park.
July 4, 1912- On the commemoration date of the American Independence, Manila Hotel was inaugurated and officially opened. With the Hotel garbed in full regalia, four hundred handsomely groomed and elegantly attired guests were ushered in for a dinner of American roast, Philippine lobster, and French champagne.
1912 to 1935- Manila Hotel was visited by some of the most prominent and notable personalities.
1935 to 1941- Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon invited General Douglas MacArthur to build the Philippine Army in 1935, Gen. MacArthur responded to the request of his long time confidant and sailed back to the Philippines. During his tenure as the Military Advisor to the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines, Gen. acArthur, his wife Jean and son Arthur made Manila Hotel their home.
1941 December – Manila Hotel became the command post at the onslaught of the Japanese invasion. But MacArthur and his men were unable to hold off the advancing forces and he and his men withdrew to Corregidor.
Quick fact: When World War II broke out, Gen. MacArthur made Manila Hotel his command post. On the height of the war, the Japanese occupied Manila Hotel and Gen. MacArthur was forced to leave. On his memoirs, he told of joining the patrol to recapture the hotel from the Japanese High Command, writing, ”I was anxious to rescue as much as I could of my home atop the Manila Hotel.”
1942-1945 – Japanese flag flew over the hotel during occupation in WWII.
1945 – MacArthur returned and was eager to rescue his home atop Manila Hotel as it was reported to him that the penthouse was intact. Upon reaching new Luneta however, they were pinned down by machine gunfire coming from the hotel. Suddenly, they saw that the penthouse blazed into flames consuming MacArthur’s military library, his souvenirs, and other personal belongings.
1946 July 4 – Manila Hotel was reopened for people who were determined to live well.
1950s to 1960s- Manila Hotel were graced by the likes of Bob Hope, Marlon Brando, Tyrone Power, Secretary John Foster Dulles, Senator Robert Kennedy, Sir Anthony Eden, Charlton Heston, Burgees Meredith, the Rockefeller brothers, John Wayne, Publisher Henry Luce, Vice President Richard Nixon, Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, and other notable personalities.
1966 July 4 – The Beatles stayed at the Manila Hotel. Their experience in the Philippines was a significant point in the group’s history. After their tour in the Philippines, they decided to stop touring altogether and just focus on strictly making studio albums. None of the Beatles ever returned to the Philippines again.
1966 October – Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion was the venue for the ASEAN Summit Meeting. Six leaders discussed the worsening situation in war-torn Vietnam.
1970 – Philippine Constitutional Convention was held at the Fiesta Pavilion which was led by the political party of Marcos. Among the 320 delegates were former presidents Diosdado Macapagal and Carlos Garcia. It was comprised of very noisy meetings and lots of walkouts.
1974 January – In accordance to Presidential Decree 645, the old Manila Hotel Company was liquidated and GSIS was given the mandate to form a new subsidiary corporation which will restore, renovate, and expand the Manila Hotel.
1976 – The Manila Hotel was remodeled.
1977 October 6 – Inauguration and formal reopening ceremonies of Manila Hotel.
1970s-1980s – In last two decades, Imelda Marcos could be frequently seen at the hotel. When she visited restaurants, a red carpet and garlands were put out and the air was sprayed with deodorant.
1986 July 6- A group of military officers loyal to the deposed President Marcos, takes over the Manila Hotel and declared Arturo Tolentino, who was Mr. Marcos’s vice presidential running mate, as President. They surrender two days later.
1987 October 20 – Cory Aquino delivered a speech at the hotel that became the turning point in her campaign.
1995 – Supreme Court blocked a takeover bid by a Malaysian company using “Philippine First Policy”. Fifty one percent of the ownership was awarded to Manila Prince Corporation.
1997 April 25 – New owners joined 49 percent shareholder.
Rooms and Suites
Manila Hotel offers more than 500 guests rooms that are all equipped with modern amenities designed for comfort. The rooms are all exquisitely decorated in a classic Filipiniana theme visible in the use of capiz shells, wood furniture, and paintings by Filipino artists. Each room is spaciously outfitted with advanced in-room technology and takes advantage of the hotel’s location with the rooms overlooking the Manila Bay, the magnificent sunset, or the fascinating view of Intramuros.
– Indulge your epicurean cravings in our restaurants that offer an extensive selection of international and local cuisines. Dine at the Mabuhay Palace for a taste of authentic Cantonese dishes, have a taste of the most luxurious French cuisines at the Champagne Room, or enjoy a gastronomic tour of the world at the Café Ilang-Ilang.
Lounges and Bars
– Enjoy light snacks and your favorite drinks anytime of the day at our lounge and bars.
– Manila Hotel’s swimming pool was reconfigured and re-engineered with brand new state-of-the-art pumps and filter system. Decorative spouts and jets were also installed to add novel flavor and to complement the new “Quartzon” finish of the swimming pool. The Garden Alfresco at the Pool area of the Hotel provides a spectacular sunset view. Adding to the experience are the luxe Dedon Orbit Loveseats designed for comfort. The elegant cloth canopy keeps you safe from too much exposure from the sun and, not to mention, prying eyes.
Inside Manila Hotel
•24-hour laundry/pressing services
•24-hour business center
•24-hour Lobby Lounge
•Café Ilang-Ilang (Intercontinental)
•Mabuhay Palace (Chinese)
•Champagne Room (French)
•Tap Room Bar
Inside your room
•A newly redesigned bathroom with Italian marble and a separate walk-in rain shower room*
•Water Proof LCD TV in the bathroom*
•Tempered glass shower partition*
•Kenneth & Mock sound-proof window panels*
•Largest LCD TV in the Philippine hotel industry
•New wall paper
•Senso memory foam mattress
•L’OCCITANE bathroom amenities
•Newly upholstered furniture
•Mp3 dockable clocks
•New RFID Ving Card door lock system
•Mini bar ref by Dometic
•Electronic Lighting System
•Free wi-fi connection
•Paintings from renowned Filipino artists
Note: Amenities with asterisk (*) are only applicable to Superior Deluxe, Sunset Suites and Sunrise Suites.
Staying at the Manila Hotel will give you the feel of the old Manila, within the comforts of the latest hotel accommodations.
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- Tourist Attractions in Manila
- Festivals in Manila