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.


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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.

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  • Seeking Neverland
    August 22, 2018 at 19:05

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

  • Sarah Jane Wilson
    August 23, 2018 at 19:52

    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!

  • Sreekar Harinatha
    August 24, 2018 at 03:57

    Its great to find such a beautiful hotel in the midst of the bustling metropolis. Glad to know its easy to reach places form and to here too!

  • Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow
    August 24, 2018 at 05:58

    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!

  • Paul
    August 24, 2018 at 08:22

    Looks like a great place to stay in Manilla. I’ll have to add this one to my list.

  • Navita
    August 24, 2018 at 11:06

    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
    August 25, 2018 at 02:38

    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
    August 26, 2018 at 10:26

    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.

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:28

    Very much! The coconut was one of the highlights of our stay and the breakfast! I highly recommend The Manila Peninsula!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:29

    Thanks, Annick! The staff and everything there was so pleasant and we totally loved it! Hope you can get a chance to stay there, too!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:29

    Thanks, Navita! Foods were great on breakfast! And The Peninsula Manila has really great reputation!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:30

    You definitely should! Thanks, Paul!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:32

    Absolutely! Coconut is thirst quenching! Plus, it’s unlimited! Why not! Right?

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:34

    hahaha yes! The Giant bottle of champagne was offered by one of the staffs, although only for the sake of taking photos!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:35

    Oh really, how was Peninsula Bangkok? Isn’t that amazing, too! We would love to try definitely! Thanks too for your recommendation, Sarah Jane!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 22, 2018 at 12:36

    Thanks, Sreekar! Yes! And we loved The Peninsula Manila!

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