June 4, 2019

Review: Hilton Manila One Bedroom Suite

Hilton Manila Executive Lounge

Date of stay: May 27-28, 2019
Address: 1 Newport Blvd, Pasay, 1309 Metro Manila
Room: Booked King Guest Room, upgraded to One Bedroom Suite as a Diamond member
Rate: 7377.08 PHP
How to get here: From the airport, you can take the complimentary Resorts World Manila shuttle bus.


Video from YouTube πŸ“Ί


Shuttle Bus from NAIA Terminal 3

We arrived at the arrivals area of NAIA T3 around 9:25am and saw that the Resorts World Manila Shuttle bus located near Bay 13 was still waiting for hotel guests. The bus leaves with a regular interval of 30 minutes past the hour (24/7) so we didn´t have to wait that long.

Inside the bus πŸ‘

The whole trip took less than 10 minutes to get to the hotel. On the way back to the airport the following day, we decided to take the complimentary transport to Runway Manila Link Bridge which we had to book in advance from the concierge.

Complimentary shuttle to Runway Manila Link Bridge

Runway Manila (Link bridge between Resorts World Manila and NAIA Terminal 3)

Aside from taking the complimentary shuttle from Terminal 3 (and other terminals) and taking the complimentary shuttle to Runway Manila, guests can also take a taxi. I personally prefer taking the van from Runway Manila to the hotel and vice versa as it means less driving (and less pollution) πŸ˜‰

Hotel Exterior

Hilton Manila is located immediately to the left of Sheraton Manila which I find interesting as it reminded me of two hotels I have stayed at in the past: Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, especially because they also share the same pool 😊



Lobby, Concierge & Madison Lounge & Bar

To the right of the entrance is the Concierge ...

... while located at the back is the gorgeous Madison Lounge & Bar 😊

Hilton Manila lobby

Reception, 3rd Floor

To reach the reception, you have to take the elevators to the 3rd level.

Hilton Manila reception

Welcome drinks perfect for the warm weather in Manila πŸ˜‰

Hilton was actually celebrating it´s 100 years during our stay (same week) so they had some sort of celebration going on πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

Check-in

As it was too early for us to check-in, we left our luggage with the concierge staff who were readily available for such requests. We were back around 5:45pm in the hotel (after visiting my family in Cavite) and was escorted by one of the staff to the Executive Lounge located on the 5th floor for the formal check-in.

We were welcomed by Ms. Benn, the Executive Lounge Manager who I had previously contact with through email, and another associate working that day. As a Diamond member, we got an upgrade to one of their One Bedroom Suites located on the 6th floor. Thanks so much guys 😍 We were also given the usual welcome letter, premium wifi password and our card keys.

Hilton Manila welcome letter

Elevators & Hallway

Elevators


Newspapers

Hallway

There´s also a separate elevator to the pool and fitness center

One Bedroom Suite, 618

Entrance

Just like most suites, you´d find the guest toilet on one side of the hallway. In this case, the guest toilet is located to the right after entering the room.

Guest toilet

Guest toilet

Passing through hallway to your right, you´d be greeted with a lovely dining room with the dining table complete with table set up. I´ve stayed at numerous suite rooms in the past but it was my first time to have seen such a beautiful dining room 😍

There was also the usual welcome amenity consisting of pralines and fruits typical in the Philippines, mango and banana 🍌

Complimentary tea and coffee as well as 2 bottles of mineral water. I love the fact when hotels use glass bottles for their water, as opposed to plastic bottles πŸ‘

Nespresso machine πŸ‘

Teabags from Dilmah 😊

Minibar

Minibar

Sink

Opposite the dining room is the living room which is simple yet very modern.

There´s a big sofa as well as an arm chair and center table.

In the corner is the workdesk.

Checking the download speed, I got 19.05Mbit/s which I thought was really fast. And I was not even using the premium wifi here.

As usual, there is the flat TV and surround system.

TV remote control and TV channel list

The bedroom and masters bathroom are both located to the right of the area where the dining and living room are located.

King bed

I love simplicity and modern design from hotel rooms and this one is no exception. And of course, the bed was very comfortable πŸ˜‰

(Big) drawers πŸ˜‰

Another flat TV with a cozy armchair to the right πŸ˜‰

There was also a fridge for personal use.

Opposite the bedroom is an open wardrobe and the master´s bathroom.

To the left of the wardrobe is a luggage rack, bathrobes, slippers and iron/ironing board.

Hilton Manila slippers

On the other side is the vanity with the laundry basket below, as well as the safe to the right.

Safe

Inside one of the drawers is a hairdryer.

The master´s bathroom is spacious and had all I needed. One thing I really liked about it is that it has motion sensor light which is perfect if you wake up late at night and needed to go to the toilet πŸ‘

Master´s bathroom with double sink πŸ‘

As is the norm in Hilton hotels, the toiletries were from Crabtree & Evelyn.

Weighing scale

Bathtub (love the design on the wall πŸ˜‰)

To the left is the toilet while on the right side is the walk-in shower.

Toilet

Walk-in shower

As usual, the room has modern features like DND buttons and aircon controls.

DND sign

Light and aircon controls

This room can also be adjoined to the next room so there is a door located right after the hallway.

Door to Room 617

Emergency Exit Plan

View

Being an airport hotel, the one thing I missed was the view of the runway, although with the hotel´s location, it really was impossible for such a wish to be granted πŸ˜‰

As usual, they had the morning newspaper outside the door when we woke up πŸ‘

Executive Lounge, 5th Floor (6am to 10pm)

Executive Lounge entrance

Executive Desk

Newspapers and fruits (I wonder if the fruits are for the guests πŸ˜‰)

I actually liked the design of the Executive Lounge. And of course, the staff here were just so friendly and always willing to be of help.

Seating

Seating

Seating (for small groups and families)

Seating

Seating

Meeting room

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

Washroom

Toilet

Toilet

All Day Refreshments (11am to 5:30pm)


Danish pastries, croissants, cookies, etc.

Make sure you don´t miss their oatmeal raisin cookies πŸ˜‹

Juices, coffee and tea

Dilmah tea

Coffee

Soft drinks, Schweppes, Ginger Ale

Pre-Dinner & Evening Cocktails (6pm to 8pm/9pm)

Cold cuts and cheese selection

Butter and sauces

Kimchi, Couscous salad, CruditΓ©s, Fresh bean salad, Fresh fruits

Smoked tanigue and cream cheese canape, Pomela salad, Pesto and Sundried Tomato on Brochette

Salad selection

Maki selection

Chicken and Pork Spring Roll, Sauteed Cauliflower

Potato croquette, Chicken and Pork Spring Roll

Siumai

Mushroom soup, bread

Desserts

Desserts

Desserts

Alcohol and spirits


Cocktail of the Day: Shirley Temple 🍹

Light Breakfast (6am to 10:30am)


Below are some pictures from the buffet:

Assorted pastries

Croissants, Danish pastries

Cold cuts and cheese


Hard boiled eggs and Salted eggs πŸ˜‹


Ham

Chicken Fricassee (one of several hot dishes)

Fruits selection

Juices, yogurt, muesli

Tea and coffee

Full Cream milk

Accessible Toilet, 3rd Floor

To the left of the Kusina Restaurant are toilets including an accessible one.

Kusina, Breakfast Buffet Restaurant, 3rd Floor (6am to 10:30am)

Entrance

Kusina Restaurant

Seating

Seating

Seating

As a Filipino expat living in Sweden, it was sort of nostalgic for me to see the names of the different buffet sections in Filipino 😍

Below are some of the pictures from the buffet which is definitely one of the best we have seen. I personally loved the taho and kutsinta from the local delicacies section as well as the Tocino and Adobo from the Filipino dish section πŸ‘ There was even a soft ice cream πŸ˜‹

Panaderia (bakery)

Pan de sal among others πŸ˜‰

Croissants, Danish pastries

Jams, muffins

Cereals, dried fruits

Juices, yogurt, milk

Coffee and Tea

Soft ice cream πŸ˜‹

My lovely soft ice cream πŸ˜‹

Puto with cheese, kutsinta, taho

I remember having the taho from Conrad Manila as well 😍

Talipapa (market)

Fruits, yogurt

Cheese

Sliced fruits

Healthy options and local produce (grilled carrot salad, macaroni salad) πŸ‘πŸ‘

Healthy options and local produce πŸ‘πŸ‘

Cold cuts

Egg station and Japanese corner

International Kitchen

Congee, Grilled chicken

Noodle station

Dimsum πŸ˜‹

Filipino Kitchen (adobo, tocino, pancit guisado, mongo)

Champorado and chicken arroz caldo

Samalamig (local refreshments including ube, apple, orange, watermelon juice)

Amenities

Fitness Center, 3rd floor (open 24 hours)

Fitness Center

Outdoor Pool, being shared with Sheraton Manila guests, 3rd level (open until 6pm)

Outdoor pool

Outdoor pool

Outdoor pool

CONCLUSION

With a domestic flight arriving in NAIA Terminal 3 and an international flight departing from the same terminal the following day, choosing the Hilton Manila for a one night stay was an easy choice. The fact that I also have diamond status meant that I could just book a room and get complimentary breakfast as well as access to the Executive Lounge which was perfect. Having stayed in different Hilton hotels before, I was really eager to see how Hilton Manila would compare.

The easy access to and from the airport was definitely a big plus especially in a city like Manila where traffic is just horrible. The upgrade to a one bedroom suite as well as a late check-out until 4pm was very much appreciated. The room we got was spacious with modern design. The offering in the Executive Lounge during pre-dinner was extensive (and of very good quality) that we didn´t really need to have a proper dinner. The same is true with the breakfast offering in Kusina as they had just about anything I could think of, and more. Lastly, the staff were fantastic as everyone we had contact with were all just friendly and helpful.

We really had an amazing stay here and would gladly recommend it to everyone who is looking for an airport hotel in Manila. To all the staff of Hilton Manila, Maraming Salamat Po 😍 Hope to be back soon!