If you are looking for a hotel in Manila that has no unnecessary frills attached and yet has all the bells and whistles needed to make your stay a comfortable and carefree one, the Lotus Garden Hotel is one such place. Given that, there is no shortage of decent hotels in the capital. In fact, the choices can be overwhelming. But that’s not even the main problem. Especially for tourists, the real challenge is to find a good hotel that “just works”.
Lotus Garden Hotel is located just a short distance away from scenic locations such as Roxas Boulevard, Luneta, Intramuros, and Manila’s Port Area. It is also within the vicinity of malls, restaurants, a hospital, and other important establishments, and can be reached from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in under half an hour. As such, it offers amazing access to some of the best sites in the metro so you don’t have to waste time on commutes.
But where it really excels is in its no-fuss nature. Sure, it has more amenities than your average three-star hotel, but it isn’t encumbered by trying to show off its assets to its guests. Instead, those who check in here will find a quiet, subdued, and very relaxing atmosphere that is just perfect (and fairly unexpected) for a Manila stay.
Filipino Rooms All The Way
One of the charms of Lotus Garden Hotel is how it incorporates the Filipino culture in its very image. The rooms are adorned in a white-and-brown ensemble, with bed covers made to look like traditional woven cloth. The floors are lined with wood panels instead of tiles. Even the doors, bed, and furniture are wood. Flowers also abound — in the bathroom, framed on the walls, and on bedside tables in the upper tier of rooms. It’s a relaxing, rural feel — the only clue you get that you’re in the middle of the capital is when you look out the window!
There are six types of rooms, starting from The Standard which offers a Queen bed or a double bed configuration and basic amenities. The largest room in terms of size is The Executive Deluxe, which has first-class amenities. Businessmen, or those who would like to take their work with them as they travel, would want this room for maximum comfort. Families, on the other hand, would want to take one of the Deluxe rooms with kitchenette. These last two rooms can both comfortably take in up to four people.
More Than You Would Expect
Of course, these rooms would be nothing without the service that goes with them. All rooms are routinely cleaned and properly maintained. There are various options for beds and amenities, and even options for connecting rooms! There are many hotels in the price range of the Lotus Garden Hotel, but not many offer as much amenities and services as they do.
I’ve mentioned before that businessmen and distance workers would be at home here — the whole hotel is equipped with a free and considerably fast WiFi connection! No need to pay extra for data.
And of course, when we talk relaxation, there’s got to be somewhere hotel guests can spend their time whiling away the rigors of travel. Lotus Garden takes care of these with their Exercise Rooms, which offer modern equipment for all guests to use. There’s also a jacuzzi where you can soak away your stresses! And if that’s not to your taste, you can also request for an in-room massage and spa treatment.
And since you’re in the Philippine capital, what good would your stay be unless you indulge in something that all Filipinos love — eating! The hotel is host to two food places, Cilantro and The Cellar Bar. The former is its restaurant, while the latter is the perfect place for an afternoon or evening drink. To give you a taste of their gastronomic feast, the hotel also offers a free buffet breakfast available with most of their room packages! Different breakfast dishes, soups, fruits, pancakes, and drinks are waiting for you to jumpstart your day.
And if you would like to bring in your friends for the food (or to use the hotel as a meeting or events venue), they also have a function room that can seat a maximum of 180 people. The hotel has been extended through the years, meaning it also has more than enough room to accommodate an influx of guests.
Filipino Service, Through and Through
And we haven’t even gotten to the best part of staying at the Lotus Garden Hotel — the service. Their well-trained staff is ready to assist you with whatever you would need. Service is always done promptly and with a smile, making your stay all the while easier.
And in keeping with the Filipino theme, the hotel also offers tourism services to those who would like to enjoy more of the country! Their Philippine Getaway Tours and Business Center can be reached 24-hrs daily via the frontdesk. They offer day tours and private transfers to such famous destinations as Corregidor, Villa Escudero, Taal Volcano, and Mount Pinatubo. They also offer a lot of other tourist-related services, from airport transfers and private cars to international hotel bookings and assistance with alien certificate registrations. They even offer assistance with visa extension!
All these would make Lotus Garden Hotel a one-stop shop for tourists and locals alike — anyone who is looking for a place where they can spend their days and nights without minding anything else. The efficiency with which the hotel is ran makes it a real value for money, and the amenities they offer make for a competitive edge not found in many similar hotels.
So if you will be staying in Manila, look no further than Lotus Garden Hotel. That’s one off the list of decisions you have to make while navigating the Philippine capital!
Lotus Garden Hotel address: 1227 A. Mabini St. & P. Faura St. Ermita Manila 1000 Philippines
Lotus Garden Hotel reservations: +63 2 8353831