The Peninsula Manila is perhaps best-known for being the music video location of Regine Velasquez's "Written in the Sand", and infamous for the military rebellion led by now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Remember the tanks ramming up and destroying the lobby?
Well, it's come a long way since then, baby. J
Upon entering The Peninsula Manila, you are immediately transported to a land of luxury. The grand lobby is the ultimate welcome to any weary traveller.
|The Peninsula Manila's grand, high-ceilinged lobby|
|Close-up of their lobby's lighting fixture. So nice!|
|View from the top|
And the rooms? So clean and comfy...
You are welcomed by a nice platter of fresh fruits (replenished daily.)
|Fresh fruit bowl|
And look at our wonderful Ayala Avenue view (varies from room to room.)
|Ayala Avenue on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Lazy day, indeed.|
Rooms are fitted with a small writing area and comfy lounge chair. There's even a foot rest to place your weary feet.
|Complete with writing desk and comfy armchair and foot rest|
The bath is complete with separate toilet and shower on one side; and a huge tub in the other. I can smell those bubble baths now. J
|Separate shower, toilet and tub! So heavenly!|
But for me, what makes this room truly special are these extra conveniences.
|Clockwise from left: three-pronged outlets, working reading lamp and |
multi-functional bedside control board
Most of my gadgets are gifts from Hubby, which he usually buys in Singapore. Since they use three-pronged electrical outlets, I always have my Slazenger travel universal adaptor with me always. But in this hotel, all outlets are designed to fit any type of electrical plugs so no need to bring my adaptor. So convenient!
Another fave of mine is the bedside reading lamp. I love reading books at night. And this handy reading lamp makes sure I don't bother Hubby, who you'll find sleeping snuggly by my side. J
And last but not the least, the bedside control panel is perfect for controlling room lights (switches on and off; night lights; etc.), temparatures, electronic room signs (no need for door hangers), and even the in-room radio. All of that without even getting off the bed. Very nice.
And of course, one must never fail to experience the gastronomical delights the hotel chefs have to offer. Whether through ordering via room service...
...or through their famous Escolta restaurant buffet. J
Eating at buffets can be so overwhelming, but this I tell you, are the following items that you SHOULD NOT MISS if ever your find yourself here.
1. Kani salad (located at the Japanese food section)
The kani salad we know is made up of cucumber strips. Escolta's version makes do without it and instead, uses lettuce as a base. Topped with a generous serving of crabstick and Japanese mayonaise and you have yourself one tasty appetizer. Yum!
But seriously though, it's so good I always get 2 servings. J
2. Salmon sashimi (also located at the Japanese food station)
Regular readers of my blog know how much I love sushi and sashimi. In fact, I'm drooling just thinking about this thing. J
Escolata serves one of the freshest salmon sashimis ever. You can immediately tell. It's sweet and melts in your mouth. Yummy!
3. Fresh mango juice
It's ripe, yellow mango; it's definitely fresh. Enough said. I have mine with a splash of milk. J
|Fresh mango juice|
4. Four seasons non-alcoholic cocktail
This isn't really a part of the buffet line, but I feel it's still worth mentioning it here.
|4 Seasons non-alcoholic cocktail|
It's a non-alcoholic cocktail made from a mixture of fresh orange, mango, guyabano and pineapple juices with a splash of grenadine. It's the perfect summer drink! Or any season for that matter. J
5. Ice cream
Came highly recommended by Ms. Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First fame, also one of my fave food bloggers of all-time. And I totally agree with her J
|Very strawberry (top) and Ferrero Rocher (bottom) ice cream|
sprinkled with coulourful candies
Try the Very strawberry and Ferrero Rocher flavors.
The Very strawberry is made from fresh fruits and isn't as sweet as those commercially produced ones out in the market. In fact, it's a little tart. Very much like the real thing.
The Ferrero Rocher flavor was also a pleasant surprise. Believe me when I say, with one bite, you can really taste the actual candy. It's like eating the candy itself! Delicious! J
Another great 5-start hotel in the Metro. And who says Manila isn't refined? J
Join The Penininsula Manila in celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Peninsula in Pink, a project in cooperation with ICanServe and Avon Philippines, aims to raise awareness and funds in the good fight against breast cancer.
Peninsula in Pink ribbons, among other things (special teas and gastronomical delights), will be worn by hotel staff and will likewise be available for purchase at the lobby, with a portion of the proceeds going to various institutions to help this admirable cause.
|Peninsula in Pink pins|
Help fight this disease now.
The Peninsula Manila
cor. of Ayala and Makati Avenues
1226 Makati City
T (63-2) 887 2888