New decent hotel with nice touches but far from either the historical district or the CBD
10/10/2016 JGR001, Manila, Philippines
Most of the reviewers have noted the hotel’s location as a major plus. I don’t see it. Yes, it’s very close to Parque 93, which is very small patch of green which is almost completely surrounded by re... more
Most of the reviewers have noted the hotel’s location as a major plus. I don’t see it. Yes, it’s very close to Parque 93, which is very small patch of green which is almost completely surrounded by restaurants. Parque 93 is a small piece of real estate where nearby residents walk their dogs on the weekends and new families bring their babies to push their carriages. The Sunday we checked it out, there was a book fair and it was a huge crowd. So yes, there are so many places to eat within a five minute walk from the hotel. But to put into context, Parque 93 district, which is part of the El Retiro locality, is in the northeast part of the city and about 10 blocks away from the nearest CBD. There’s nothing else to go to nearby.
Best Western used to be the 93 Park Hotel. From the outside, the 7-story hotel creates a dramatic figure because of the two tone paintwork that’s done diagonally. The lobby is extremely small – as soon as you entered the front door, you were already in front of the front desk. There’s a small seating lounge beside it. Then the rest of the ground floor consists of three large function-meeting rooms, the restaurant, and two loft banks to either of the two hotel towers. From the sixth floor, you climbed up a flight of stairs to get to the small cardio-focused gym and to the open air bar which gives the hotel a major competitive advantage – it really is that cute-romantic with heater.
We were impressed with the tremendous works of art available in the lobby. That differed in contrast to the bare walls of the rooms. You don’t get good views from the windows though. When we checked in and opened our 6th floor room window, we were facing a building under construction with blue tarps as eyesores. It was so bad we had to ask for a room change, which gave us a little bit of relief – but not much.
The room is decent and functional – up to Best Western standards. The floor is wooden plank-looking ceramic tiles, which seems to be common in Latin America. Lighting is adequate, especially for the desk area. Cabinetry is very acceptable and the woodwork doesn’t look cheap at all. The Samsung LCD TV is big enough and there are a lot of TV stations, with enough English news channels. The bathroom is tight but well-laid out – we just wish they had his and hers wash basins. AC is a plus. The tiny one-seater sofa did have a major stain though and it slightly detracts from the ‘very new’ image. The hallways are impressively appointed with nice carpeting and lighting, plus lots of motion-sensitive lighting. They also had two bottles of complimentary water upon check-in. The check-in staff are very friendly and accommodating. We asked for wine glasses and a corkscrew to enjoy the wine we had purchased from the nearby supermarket – and it arrived very quickly.
From the reviews I had seen, the breakfast gets a lot of criticism. I beg to disagree. I thought the breakfast choices were decent. At the very least, they had a great fruit selection, as good as any other hotel we had been in in Latin America. They had the usual breads, cereals, cold cuts, juices. And they had hot soup, fried rice, two egg varieties, etc. Not bad. less
Eduardo A, Channel Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS 93 Park Hotel, responded to this review
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