An elegant luxury hotel in bustling Manila
469 Rooms / 45 Suites
The only recognizable landmark of the Makati district in Manila from 40 years ago is The Peninsula Manila, a grand, elegant luxury spot. The two-tower hotel has the same distinguished air as the day it opened, from the cascading waterfall at the entrance of the building to the lobby’s four-story ceilings, which bathe the tufted chairs and iconic sunburst sculpture with natural light.
As you stroll past the potted palm trees in the lobby and up the curved marble staircases to your room, the iconic Old Manila restaurant or the tranquil spa, you’ll likely see why The Peninsula is known as “the jewel in the capital’s crown.”
Built in 1976 to cater to delegates of the International Monetary Fund Conference, the hotel’s location in the heart of Manila’s financial district has made it a favorite meeting place for international and Filipino businessmen and women.
Despite a daily influx of busy business travelers, the hotel is also a favorite for traveling foodies thanks to top restaurants Spices and Old Manila. In addition, the renovated spa, which overlooks the lush floral-flanked pool welcomes and relaxes weary travelers.
Contemporary elegant design aside, what truly makes a stay at The Peninsula Manila memorable is the service — from airport pick-ups in the hotel’s fleet of Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles to 24-hour room service and personalized amenities.
Thanks partly to the 2008 refresh and yearly upgrades to the room’s technology features and furnishings, the 469 rooms inside the Peninsula look (and feel) brand new. The sleek wood furniture and subdued neutral color palette give way to the bright pops of color in the room’s accents — from the three-paneled wood carvings above the bed to the bright red pillows and the matched statement artwork.
Not completely void of Filipino character, most of the artwork in the rooms and the handmade seashell lamps add a tie to the proud local community. Among the 10 room types, there is one Peninsula Suite, which encompasses more than 3,000 square feet and features a full living room, grand piano, a crystal chandelier, a tapestry-painted entryway, opulent silk upholstered furniture and incredible 180-degree views of the city below.
The Superior Rooms and Superior Garden Rooms are guest favorites for the stunning views of the city or gardens and the classic amenities provided in each (like flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, complimentary turn-down service and marble bathrooms).
For foodies, a must-visit is the restaurant Spices, located in the Makati Tower. The menu is contemporary Asian and you’ll find dishes inspired by the entire continent, from Thai tom yum goong soup to Vietnamese rauo exo (stir-fried vegetables). The room is just as beautiful as the menu, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the tranquil pool and Indian- and Thai-made table runners and simple tropical centerpieces.
Just as notable is Old Manila, located in the hotel’s Ayala Tower. Crisp white linens adorn the table while local Filipino artwork decorates the walls. The menu, like the atmosphere, is very elegant, with dishes like pan-seared foie gras, braised duck ravioli and Wagyu beef consommé.
In addition to these specialty restaurants, the Manila hotel also has an internationally influenced buffet, Escolta, a 24-hour lobby café and a full salon and bar for late-night sips and samplings.
The Spa and Pool
For international visitors, especially, the spa is one of the highlights of The Peninsula Manila. The large treatment rooms boast a minimalistic aesthetic with bamboo-and-wood-paneled accent walls that transport you out of bustling Manila and into one of the Philippines’ breathtaking islands or jungles.
The spa offers a variety of treatments personalized to your body, including him-and-her massages, body wraps and ginger-infused body exfoliations, as well as more traditional therapies like foot reflexology. The most popular treatments are the Hilot massage and the Hilot with Ventosa massage, both of which use age-old Filipino massage practices to aid in relieving and reducing stress and tension.
Nestled between the two towers of the luxury hotel and the lush, tropical gardens is the pool, a blissful oasis despite its location in the middle of Manila’s busiest district. With cozy loungers and a collection of dining tables, you can enjoy a cocktail, tea or even a meal poolside.