10 Historic Hotels in Manila

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A hotel is a place that has rooms in which people can stay especially when they are traveling. It provides food, lodging, and other services for paying guests. Some have been around for so long, as early as the early twentieth century, that they reflect moments of history and hold great significance for the country.

The “10 Historic Hotels in Manila” based on Nicai De Guzman's article on spot.ph include:

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  • Location: One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines, 0913
  • Year built: 1909 (opened 1912)
  • Has the best westward view of Manila’s fabled sunset, the fortress of Corregidor, the poignant ruins of the medieval fortress that was Intramuros, and the palm-lined promenades of Luneta Park. It is also a few minutes away from airports, shopping malls, and entertainment centers. It now has 570 rooms that also contains offices of some foreign news organizations like The New York Times, and has hosted to numerous iconic people over the decades. Among them are authors Ernest Hemingway and James A. Michener, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, The Beatles, actors Michael Jackson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Wayne, publisher Henry Luce, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, and many more.
  • Snippets of History:
    • 1898: Architect and city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham drafted a wide and long boulevard lined with trees that would begin at the park and at the spit's end of the bay, a boulevard that would be dominated by a hotel on one end.
    • 1908: William Parsons supervised the design and construction of the hotel that was completed after four years. The Hotel was described as a magnificent, white, green-tile-roofed California Missionary-styled edifice. It had 149 spacious ang high- ceiling rooms.
    • 1912: When the hotel was inaugurated and officially opened, four hundred handsomely groomed and elegantly attired guests were ushered in for a dinner of American roast, Philippine lobster, and French Champagne.
    • 1935: During General Douglas MacArthur's tenure as the Military advisor to the Commonwealth of the Philippines, he and his wife Jean and son Arthur made the hotel their home. To handle the cost of his suite, he was given the honorary title of “General Manager” and took control of hotel management.
    • 1980: Former First Lady Imelda Marcos was frequently seen at the hotel. A red carpet and garlands welcome her whenever she visited restaurants. The air was also always srayed with deodorant.

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  • Location: 414 T.M. Kalaw Street,Ermita,Manila Philippines
  • Year built: 1918
  • The elegant six-story buidling has a “Mansard roof, French windows, carved details, attractive grilles and studied proportions”, as described by Philippine historian Bambi L. Harper. It is strategically located at the heart of Manila, near Luneta Park, Intramuros, Museums, Planetarium and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
  • Snippets of History:
    • It was designed by Spanish architect-engineer Salvador Farre. It first opened in 1918 and was one of the few survivors of the mass bombings in World War II. It played host to the American military.
    • 2008: The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) approved the retrofitting and reconstruction of the hotel in an effort to restore it to its former grandeur and to pay respect to its part in the landscape and heritage of the City of Manila.
    • May 9, 2014: The hotel reopened its doors and NHCP placed a historical marker on the area.

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  • Location: 1118 Roxas Boulevard corner United Nations Avenue, Manila, 1000, Philippines
  • Year built: Early 20th Century
  • Built on Calle Alhambra, the hotel boasts of its 75-year history. It is one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers who are in Manila for business and leisure. The boutique-style hotel offers affordable and friendly rates and provides unparalleled service and exclusive privileges to guests. It is just 20 minutes away from the airport, and a walk away from Intramuros and situated directly opposite the landmark U.S. Embassy building. Guests can enjoy the spectacular views of Manila Bay and experience the significant sites and the nightlife as well.

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  • Location: 1034-36 Roxas Blvd corner UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila. Philippines 1000
  • Year built: Late 1930s
  • Built in the late 1930s in the Art Deco Style, the five-storey, 40-room boutique hotel was sensitively restored and maintained. It is located within Manila's cultural and business hub facing Manila Bay. It is near the American Embassy, the Metropolitan Museum, Museo Pambata, Rizal Park , Manila Ocean Park, and a few minutes drive away from Intramuros. Airports are just 20 minutes away from the hotel.

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  • Location: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300 Manila Philippines
  • Year built: 1976
  • The iconic 5-star luxury hotel was a structural masterpiece of National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin. Its verdant grounds was designed by landscape visionary and National Artist Ildefonso Santos. The hotel, which is nestled amidst an urban paradise, boasts of spectacular views of the Manila Bay. Its interiors and exquisite venues are a product of French elegance and Filipino craftsmanship.

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  • Location: Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila
  • Year built: 1976
  • Known as the “Jewel in the Capital's Crown” for its legendary presence in the heart of Makati City, it has set the benchmark for luxury and sophistication. It offers a luxurious haven of comfort, quality service and fine cuisine. Manila Pen, the first Peninsula hotel outside Hong Kong, hosts 468 rooms and suites. The hotel valet consists of Mercedes-Benx cars to tour guests around the city.
  • Snippets of history:
    • November 29, 2007: The Manila Peninsula rebellion occurred. Detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Brigadier General Danilo D. Lim, and 25 other Magdalo officers walked out of their trial and marched through the streets of Makati City. The mutineers called for the ousting of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and seized the second floor of the hotel. Former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona, Jr. joined the march to the hotel, as well as some of the soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. After several hours, they surrendered to government forces once a military armored personnel carrier had barged into the lobby of the hotel. Trillanes and the mutineers were arrested while several journalists that covered the event were detained. The journalists were subsequently released.
      The lobby sustained a lot of damage from the gunfire that rattled through the walls, windows, and main glass door. The hotel's general manager announced the filing of damage suit within 10 days with an estimated cost of USD 1.2 million (Php 50.766 million).

Waterfront Manila Pavillion
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  • Location: United Nations Avenue corner Ma. Orosa Street, Ermita, Manila
  • Year built: 1968
  • It was originally called the Manila Hilton until 1988. The 4-star business luxury hotel offers a home-like accomodation amid the endless urban gleaming around the city. Functioning both as hotel and casino, its exquisite lodgings are paired with first-rate facilities. Strategically located at the heart of Ermita, Manila, places of interest ranging from historical sites to places of amusement are just near.

The Henry Hotel
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  • Location: 2680 Compound, F.B. Harrison St, Pasay, Metro Manila
  • Year built: 1950s
  • A row of old houses surrounded by a breathtaking garden designed by National Artist for Landscape Architecture Ildefonso Santos were restored and repurposed. It has 34 rooms spread across five Liberation-style houses. The neighborhood includes interior and furniture designer Eric Paras' shop A-11 (Arellano 11) and the atelier of fashion designer Jojie Loren.
  • Most of the original architecture has been restored including:
    • Scala grilles inspired by the Art Deco Style of the Scala Theater in Avenida, Rizal designed by National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio
    • Baldosa tiles with vibrant colors
    • Acacia-lined driveway

Dusit Thani Manila
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  • Location: Ayala Centre, 1223 Makati City Metro Manila
  • Year built: 1976
  • The hotel used to be called the Manila Garden Hotel before it was called Hotel Nikko in Manila. Dusit International acquired the hotel in 1995 and renamed it to Dusit Thani Manila. Luxury, heritage and comfort are fused gracefully in all of the 537 rooms and suites of the hotel which is located right in the heart of Makati's Central Business District. The hotel, which is inspired by Thai aesthetics, boasts of having the most outstanding restaurants in city: Benjarong Thai restaurant, Umu Japanese restaurant and all-day dining restaurant The Pantry.

Midas Hotel
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  • Location: 2702 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
  • Year built: 1968
  • Originally known as The Sheraton, then Savoy Philippines, then Hyatt Regency, the Midas Hotel and Casino is a 225-room hotel in Pasay. It was designed by Leandro Locsin. Construction started in 1965 and was completed on 5 January 1968. The hotel, which offers deluxe service and 5-star amenities, was a landmark precursor of 5-star hotels in Manila.




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