Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Shangri-La Manila

The Shangri Manila as some like to call it is actually officially called the Shangri-La Manila or its second official name, the Shangri-La Makati. What you need to know is everyone else calls it 'The Shang" and its located in Makati, across the street from the Manila Peninsula Hotel. I'm going to tell you the same primer I laid out in my Manila Peninsula review. The Shangri-La Manila is located in Makati, the business, financial and outsourcing hub of the Metro Manila region. Think of Metro Manila as the San Francisco Bay Area - composed of 3 major cities (San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland). San Jose is Quezon City. Oakland is Manila. San Francisco is Makati. You want to stay in Makati, especially if you're traveling here on business and want a luxury hotel in Manila.

The Makati Shangri-La, Manila is one of the three hotels managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts located in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is also the largest Shangri-La hotel in terms of room number with 699 guest rooms and suites. The Makati Shangri-La is a consistent award-winner, and in recent years has won World's Best 500 Hotel, Travel + Leisure (USA) and
One of the Top 75 Asia Hotels, Conde Nast Traveler (USA). Located at the centre of Manila's most prestigious business, shopping and entertainment district. Just 20 minutes away from the international airport, this award-winning hotel offers exquisite comfort and luxury.

The Shangri-La Manila offers 699 spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, each with views of Makati’s famous avenues and the city beyond. Four international restaurants and private lounges are known throughout the Philippines for their quality and the same gracious service found in Shangri-La hotels throughout the world.

All guests of the hotel enjoy free broadband Internet access and complimentary access to the hotel’s 24-hour fitness centre. The hotel is walking distance from deluxe cinemas, premium shopping malls and trendy bars and restaurants, making the hotel a prime location for business and family travellers from around the world.

The experienced staff of the Shangri-La Manila provides an extensive range of services and facilities. The Business Centre of this luxury hotel in Makati offers business travellers state-of-the-art equipment that is made available to them from 7am to 10pm.

Why do I like the Shangri-la Manila hotel so much? My reasons:

1) Location. Right in the heart of the Greenbelt / Ayala complex and next to stores, malls, and restaurants

2) Luxury. A true luxury hotel in the middle of the city. You can stay on the grounds of this large luxury hotel and be perfectly happy never leaving its premises.

3) Amenities. A great buffet that beats most anything in Vegas. A relaxing and comfortable lobby with live orchestra everyday. Tennis courts with opponents to play against you if you want. A large gym and pool area. And the friendliest hotel staff I've ever met.

So, this is my first choice for Manila luxury hotels. If its your first time in Manila and you have a little bit of money to spend, stay in the Shangri-La Manila.

Read More: Official Site of the Shangri-La Manila