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Experiencing luxury at an iconic hotel


Known for its 5-star rating, The Peninsula Manila sure didn’t disappoint.


Upon arriving at the drop-off point, we were greeted with a big genuine smile by a staff who opened the car door for us. He said hello and gladly welcomed us to the grand hotel. Even members of the staff whom we bumped into inside were all smiles. I couldn’t help getting mesmerized by the warm gesture. I also kept admiring the luxurious and elegant main entrance leading to the grandiose lobby.

The lobby is an undying icon of the hotel. In the afternoon, guests would lounge there while sipping tea. In the evening, they would drink a glass or two of their favorite wine while listening to soft jazz.

“Is it your first time here?” the good-looking receptionist asked when we approached the front desk to check in.

“Yes,” we answered.

“Oh, we hope you enjoy your stay.”

Then he walked us to our room with pleasure. The soft, comfortable looking bed caught my eye. It made me want to jump in right away.

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We opted for the Deluxe Room with a cozy bed and fluffy pillows. The view was the main thoroughfare of the Makati CBD. At night, the chaos of the traffic outside surprisingly becomes a stunning sight.

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We stayed at the Peninsula Manila for a total of 4 nights and 5 days. One day, we were too lazy to go out, so we ordered pizza from the hotel’s restaurant.

We were watching the Royal Wedding when our order arrived. (By the way, the Peninsula Manila doesn’t allow fast food delivery. I didn’t ask why.)

We got really excited when the doorbell rang, as we were starving. We were surprised (in a happy way) when we opened the door. It was an extraordinary delivery!

There was a round table with our pizza on a platter on top. The staff said some lines before he served us as if we were a king and a queen.

It was one of the best pizzas we’ve ever eaten so far, thanks to the remarkable service. Our ordinary evening turned into a special night from the comforts of our room.


We ate buffet breakfast at Escolta, the hotel’s restaurant, which offers a great selection of Asian and International cuisines. One of the best we enjoyed was the fresh coconut juice! Chris loved it so much that he had 3 glasses of it every breakfast and even during lunch and dinner.

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Going back to the staff, they were neat, well-trained and knowledgeable. They were always smiling, a testament to how accommodating they were. They spoke excellent English wherever they were stationed, be it at the restaurant or by the pool.



The Peninsula Manila is conveniently located in the middle of the city. A few blocks from the hotel are big shopping malls like SM, Landmark, Glorietta, and Greenbelt.


We loved everything about the Peninsula Manila and we would love to go back! Indeed, the hotel is legendary.


Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post. Review is written by me.

Born, raised, and forever loyal to the Philippines. Catherine is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. She writes every day. She's in love with Africa, beaches, and books. Her favorite books are " There Is No Me Without you, One woman's Odyssey to Rescue African's children, and "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace. One School at a Time". And her ultimate dream destinations are Madagascar and Hawaii. Check out more of her stories on her blog.


  • Seeking Neverland

    This hotel looks luxurious indeed. I can’t believe you held that giant bottle of champagne.

  • Sarah Jane Wilson

    That hotel looks amazing, isn’t it great when you are spoilt at a hotel. I stayed at the Peninsula in Bangkok, if you get the chance, you should try there. I’m definitly going to check this one out when I go to Manila, thanks for posting!

  • Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow

    I love cosy beds that make you want to jump right in! This looks like a very luxurious place to stay. I love fresh coconut juice – used to drink it all the time in the islands. So thirst quenching in the heat!

  • Navita

    The Peninsula Manila does looks like a great place to stay when visiting there. Its amazing to experience luxury at an iconic hotel like this. One thing that makes a difference is the interaction with the staff and if that goes well, everything else can be managed. We are happy you found them helpful! The food looks amazing.

  • Annick Lenoir-Peek

    I would love to stay at the Peninsula in Manila because of its reputation. I love that you spent a lazy day in! And what a cool delivery for the pizza. The entire experience is so much better when the staff is also pleasant.

  • YUKTI Agrawal

    I have heard that Manila has many luxury hotels and therefore planning for it. The Peninsula Manila, has great breakfast options with fresh coconut water served too. Also I have heard about delivering food from outside but after this they serve you on table and treat like king and queen, which sounds very warm gesture.

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