The Peninsula Manila: Here’s What You Can Do There Besides Hold Press Conferences

There’s so much you can do aside from tasting their famous halo-halo.

The joint presser of some presidentiables became the talk of the town last weekend. While most talked about “the presscon that could’ve been an email,” others focused on its venue, the Peninsula Manila.

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The Peninsula Manila is a five-star hotel. It’s also the oldest hotel in Makati’s central business district. (If you ever find yourself roaming around the area, check out their giant outdoor fountain.) 

If you’re planning a gathering, you can rent their Grand Ballroom too. But there’s a lot more you can do there besides that.

Relax at the Peninsula Manila

Need a sweet escape? Book one of their deluxe, grand deluxe, or superior rooms. You can even spring for a suite. Room rates range from P8,000 to P120,000. This hotel’s ambiance and quality of service are worth the money, though.

Hotel guests get access to the fitness center, swimming pool, and wellness center. After exercising, getting pampered, or both, cap the day by soaking in your room’s bathtub.

Bon appetit

You don’t have to book a room to enjoy the Peninsula Manila’s food. One of the most photographed areas in the hotel is The Lobby restaurant.

This is a favorite meeting place of foreign guests. Locals also come here to unwind. The restaurant’s Beef Short Ribs Kare-Kare and award-winning Halo-halo Harana are crowd favorites. In fact, TIME magazine dubbed it “The Best Legal High” in 2006. The Lobby restaurant serves about 7,300 portions of halo-halo yearly.

Craving for Asian cuisine? Spices Manila serves Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Singaporean, and Sri Lankan dishes. Also, its ambiance is soothing to the eye, as it has a giant window overlooking the hotel’s garden and pool.

If you want to feast on more than one dish, Escolta is for you. They serve international buffets at lunch and dinner.

Tea time at the Peninsula Manila

Exchange ‘tea’ with your besties over tea. From 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM daily, The Lobby restaurant arranges an Afternoon Tea Set for guests. Try premium blends by the hotel’s tea masters, along with sandwiches, scones, and more.

The tea set costs P1,976 per person and if you want a flute of champagne with your set, that’d be P2,576. To avoid delays and unexpected mishaps, make a reservation ahead of time.

An aesthetic masterpiece

What makes the Peninsula Manila special is it showcases masterpieces by Filipino artists. The sunburst sculpture on the lobby’s ceiling is by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. The hotel also has several pieces by Kenneth Cobonpue.

Photo: The Peninsula Manila

Francisco Guerrero’s and Rosario Herrera’s photos adorn the walls, as do paintings by Ang Kiukok, Dominic Rubio, and Eugene Jarque.

Next time you’re in Makati, visit this five-star hotel and marvel at the beauty that has made guests happy since the 70s.

Featured Image Macky Arquilla

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