Calm in Manila’s entertainment hub
Hyatt City of Dreams Manila sits so close to Ninoy Aquino International’s runways that it’s technically considered an “airport hotel.” But we challenge anyone to name a property with that tag as attractive in design and demeanor as this one or either of the other two, Crown Towers Manila and Nobu Hotel Manila, making up the hotel component to the massive City of Dreams complex.
More than 15 acres in size, City of Dreams Manila offers the usual distractions — a casino, numerous restaurants and entertainment venues — you need for a long layover or a short vacation, but it’s the hotels that truly amaze.
The biggest property in the tantalizing trio, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila soars with 362 spacious rooms, two restaurants and one unwavering philosophy among its staffers to ensure that every customer request is met with a smile.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• It won’t matter much if you’re onsite for business meetings or in the business of taking extended breaks, you’ll appreciate how public spaces and private quarters hit all the right notes with warm striped woods, shades of chocolate and other earthy decorative touches.
• We favor the Club rooms, which give you access to the seventh-floor club lounge in Tower II. Here you'll enjoy a VIP check-in and checkout along with all-day snacking.
What to Know
• If you can spring for an Aqua Suite, don’t hesitate to do so. In addition to gaining access to the treat-filled club lounge, the unit hits the absolute sweet spot in terms of views. The look from your floor-to-ceiling windows out onto Manila Bay is special.
• The suite’s massive windows and high ceilings give the place added depth, even though the 914 square feet aren’t bad to begin with. Though a bit more affordable, a similar theme of spaciousness applies to the Bay View Deluxe (592 square feet) and Club King (538 square feet) as well.
• Follow the aromas to The Café for lunch and dinner. The impressive buffet at the Manila hotel should work for anyone in your group.
• Of course, if there’s someone in your clan who’d rather drink his calories than eat them, The Lounge is the ideal spot of cocktails or coffee.
• If, for some reason, neither of those options sounds appealing, you can always try one of City of Dream’s other casual establishments (Red Ginger, Apu) or reserve a table at Nobu, Crystal Dragon or any of the campus’ other more formal spots.