You’ve decided that you’ll be staying in Manila for the holidays. Have you ever considered spending it outside of your home, though? Try making the most out of your Christmas break by checking into a fancy hotel! In the spirit of the season, hotels are now offering Christmas delicacies, exclusive parties, Santa meet-and-greets, and other holiday specials for guests to enjoy. This means that you can create great Christmas memories with your loved ones without having to leave Metro Manila. To help you start planning, here’s a list of 12 hotels in the metro that provide top-class comfort with a dash of Christmas sparkle.
12 Hotels for Your Holiday Staycation in Manila
1. Seda Vertis North
Astra Drive cor. Lux Drive, Vertis North, Diliman, Quezon City
Expect spacious rooms and nothing less than king beds or twin beds at Seda Vertis North! Unwind by plunging into the rooftop pool or reclining on one of the nearby daybeds. If you linger here until sundown, you can watch the Manila skyline flicker to life. After that, dig into a sumptuous dinner right in the hotel’s kitchen! The one-of-a-kind Chef’s Table dining concept allows guests to watch up close as their meals are cooked by culinary experts.
For the kids and kids-at-heart, Santa will be visiting Seda Vertis North every weekend from December 8 to December 23! You can also listen to some jolly caroling in the lobby from 6PM to 7PM on December 17-21. The hotel has also started selling fruitcake, ham, and raspberry shortcake cookies which would make delicious holiday gifts for family and friends.
For inquiries, contact (02) 739-8888 or visit Seda Vertis North’s website.
2. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Despite being surrounded by busy malls,the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is as serene as it is stylish. Slip under feathery soft covers and catch up on some needed sleep or retreat to the roof deck and jump into the pool. Stressed? Rejuvenate yourself in the in-house sauna! Should you ever feel the urge to go shopping, just look for the staircase that leads directly from the hotel to the adjacent Eastwood Mall!
The Eastwood Richmonde Hotel will be welcoming Christmas and the New Year with special buffet feasts. You can either buy buffet passes separately or purchase them with your rooms as part of the hotel’s “Home for the Holidays” package. Also, if you need to find gingerbread snacks or cranberry cookies for the kids and inaanaks later on, you can visit the Gypsy Wagon in the hotel lobby.
Call (02) 570-7777 or visit Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s website to find out more.
3. Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
1100 Ortigas Ave, Ortigas Center, Quezon City
Want to experience VIP treatment without having to spend a fortune? Book a staycation at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria! All rooms come with minibars and 42-inch LEDs, as well as separate bathtubs and showers. Aim for the club deluxe room or club suite and you’ll get access to the hotel’s executive lounge! Some Club Lounge perks include complimentary food and drink, free newspapers, suit/dress pressing, and a 15-minute massage.
This holiday season, you might chance upon Santa in the hotel lobby! If you miss him, though, you can send him a letter at the Grant-a-Wish Mailbox instead. Also, try to time your stay so that you can join the hotel’s Christmas party on the 20th. Don’t forget to drop by Santa’s Shop and bring home a bunch of holiday hampers for the rest of the family.
Contact (02) 633-7222 for inquiries. You can also visit the website of the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.
4. Hotel H2O
Manila Ocean Park Complex, Luneta, Manila
Wake up to a sweeping view of the Manila Bay when you spend your staycation at the Hotel H2O. All of its rooms have floor to ceiling windows that face the ocean, and a select few even have aquarium walls! Refresh yourself by visiting the on-site Zenyu Spa, where you can get a traditional hilot or step into a pool filled with small fish! You may also go outside and spend a day in nearby Manila Ocean Park.
Don’t miss out on H2O Hotel’s holiday events! Join a masquerade-themed pre-Christmas party on the 15th of December, or bring your kids to the Carnival Evening Show on the 24th. On Christmas itself, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner and get a souvenir photo with Santa.
For more information, you can contact (02) 238-6100 or visit Hotel H2O’s website.
5. The Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, Manila
Also known as the “Grand Dame,” the Manila Hotel is a historical attraction in itself! A classic cream-white Cadillac sits in the lobby while the reception area of the Roma Salon features illustrations of Luneta Park, Intramuros, and other landmarks. This vintage vibe is present all the way to the rooms. Look out for mother-of-pearl detailing, sliding wooden windows, and porcelain tea sets!
But that’s not all. This holiday season, the Manila Hotel offers a Christmas Staycation package that’s perfect for some holiday family bonding. Avail of this package and you and your family get to stay overnight at a lavish Superior Deluxe room. Aside from a buffet breakfast for two adults and two children (aged 4 or younger), the hotel will also serve a room service dinner exclusive to the season! You can also request for a complimentary tour of the hotel’s Heritage Museum.
Contact (02) 527-0011 or visit the Manila Hotel's website for more details.
6. Diamond Hotel Philippines
Roxas Boulevard cor. Dr. J, Quintos Street, Malate, Manila
The Diamond Hotel calls itself the “Jewel by the Bay.” Deluxe rooms and executive suites alike are all fitted with bay windows that face the ocean! A freeform swimming pool with its own waterfall sits at the foot of this hotel. After a relaxing swim, you can dine on foreign cuisine at the famous on-site restaurant Corniche, get your sashimi fix at Yurakuen, or raise a toast at the Sky Lounge and Music Bar.
The hotel has made an annual holiday pledge to pay it forward by partnering with Bantay Bata 163. Guests have the chance to take part in this kind gesture as well! A P300 donation will entitle you to a Christmas ornament, which the hotel will hang on the Charity Tree in the lobby.
Call (02) 528-3000 or visit Diamond Hotel’s website to find out more.
7. Makati Shangri-La
Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati
Looking for a taste of the high-class life during your staycation? If so, Makati Shangri-La is the place to be. Its deluxe and superior rooms already feel regal, featuring comfortable bathtubs, indulgent linen bedding, and majestic views of Manila. Check into one of its specialty suites and you’ll be provided with your own butler! Did we mention that it’s also within walking distance of Glorietta, Greenbelt, SM Makati, and the Ayala Museum?
Bite into some traditional Christmas sweets at Makati Shangri-La’s on-site patisserie Sinfully Circles. Once you’ve eaten to your heart’s content, you can pick out some classy holiday hampers to bring home for your loved ones. These colorful baskets are overflowing with holiday goodies that include snowman-themed cookies and savory spreads!
For inquiries, call (02) 813-8888 or visit the website of Makati Shangri-La.
8. Raffles Makati
1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati
Check into Raffles for your staycation and you might forget that you’re in Manila. All the rooms here come with windows that look out upon the rest of Makati, whether you’re sitting up in bed or drying yourself in your marble spa bathroom. Enjoy international cuisine at Spectrum or join other guests for some traditional afternoon tea at the Writers’ Bar. This hotel even adds luxury to your shopping experience, providing an exclusive underground walkway that leads directly to the nearby malls.
Bringing the family to Raffles for the holidays? Celebrate an indulgent Christmas with an elegant suite package! The bundle includes complimentary afternoon tea and cocktails at the Writers’ Bar, as well as discounts at the in-house spa and restaurants.
Contact (02) 555-9777 for inquiries. You can also check out the website of Raffles Makati.
9. Makati Diamond Residences
118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati
Live (for a few days) like an executive at the Makati Diamond Residences. Guests have access to a gorgeous indoor lap pool, as well as an exclusive mini-theater equipped with leather couches and Lazy Boy recliners. Avail of Club Lounge access and you can curl up with a book in the morning, nibble on complimentary snacks in the afternoon, and cap your day off with a quiet dinner.
Share the holiday love during your staycation at the Makati Diamond Residences! Just buy a holiday ornament at the lobby and the proceeds will go to the Children's Hour Foundation to fund a child’s scholarship. Your name will be placed on the tree together with your ornament. Also, whenever you buy treats from the Goodie Shop in the lobby, part of the sales goes to the Chameleon Association, which helps children with disadvantages or those who had abusive childhoods.
For more details, call (02) 570-7777 or visit the website of the Makati Diamond Residences.
10. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Brgy. 76, Pasay
Sofitel doesn’t just deliver luxury--it immerses its guests in the magnifique. Walk around the hotel premises and enjoy a manicured garden and a lagoon-style pool with its own waterfall. Afterwards, you can lie back on a daybed while watching the sun sink into the Manila Bay. Head back inside the hotel for dinner at the renowned Spiral. Offering everything from sushi to foie gras to crocodile adobo, it’s said to be one of the best restaurants in the country.
This year, aside from its 30-foot Christmas tree decked in blue and silver, Sofitel features the 25-foot-tall snowman Pierre. You can walk down the Marché de Noël (Christmas Market), where roast chestnuts, mulled wine, and old-fashioned wooden toys are all on display. Spiral will be serving roast turkey and rich Yule logs as part of its holiday menu.
Call (02) 573-5555 or visit the website of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for more details.
11. Solaire Resort & Casino
Entertainment City, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque
Reviewers have compared Solaire to hotels in Macau, and for good reason. The deluxe rooms offer panoramic views and VIP-level amenities, while the bayside villas have their own putting greens! You won’t run out of things to do in Solaire. If the 72-meter long pool isn’t enough for you, simply go downstairs to explore a sprawling casino, a string of luxury retail shops, and 14 world-class dining options.
On top of all this, a few famous singers will be holding Yuletide concerts in The Theatre at Solaire! Catch Patti Austin and Jaya and their soulful tunes at 8PM on December 8. Also, on December 22, you can sing along as Jose Mari Chan performs classic Christmas hits!
Contact (02) 888-8888 for inquiries. You can also visit the Solaire Resort & Casino’s website.
12. Crimson Hotel Manila
2609 Civic Drive, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Crimson Hotel Manila feels like some far-away tropical paradise lined with beautiful palm trees, but it’s really just toward the south end of Metro Manila! Wander around the lobby for close looks at pieces of Filipino art hanging on the walls, or go straight to the crystalline swimming pool after you check in. Then relish the flavors of the Mediterranean when you have dinner at Cafe Eight, Crimson Hotel Manila’s main restaurant.
Guests can try out the hotel’s Christmas afternoon tea, which includes pastries such as gingerbread caramel, pistachio macaroons, and Santa cookies. Those with a love for anything DIY will also enjoy the weekly Yuletide workshops! Decorate your own cookies on December 1, create your own ornaments on December 15, and pour your heart into making handcrafted greeting cards on December 23 and 25.
For inquiries, contact (02) 863-2222 or check out Crimson Hotel Manila’s website.
Excited for your holiday staycation yet? Book your rooms early and mark your calendar! These 12 hotels are proof that you can rest, relax, and recharge without having to leave Manila.
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