Manila, the capital city of the Philippines is one of the most highly urbanized cities in the country. Being a commercial and business hub, the city offers a wide array of hotels and accommodations to stay in for tourists and travelers whether on business or leisure trips. Depending on your needs, there are hotels, inns, lodges and hostels for you to choose from. Last January 2015, I was able to stay at one of mid-class hotels along Mabini St., City Garden Suites - Manila.
City Garden Suites - Manila is a 142-room hotel located along Mabini St., in Ermita, Manila. Its prime location is located just 5-minute walk to the world-renowned Manila Bay, the historic Rizal Park and other business, shopping and entertainment establishments. Because of its central location, food chains, restaurants, banks, shopping mall, supermarket, and other commercial and entertainment establishments are just a few meters away.
I honestly don't have very high expectations with City Garden Suites. I always see it whenever I am in the area and all I know is that it is one of those old mid-class hotels in Manila.
Upon entering the hotel, we were hospitably welcomed by the hotel staff and greeted us with a warm smile. I was quite impressed with how neat and well-designed the lobby is. It is very spacious, well-lit and has a lot of couches where guests could lounge while waiting to check-in.
We then proceeded to the front desk where we were assisted by the check-in staff. Since we already have a reservation, we just gave our names and were asked for identification cards and to fill out a registration form. It took a while before we got to check-in because of the number of guests also checking-in at that time. But it was fine; we just enjoyed our welcome drinks while waiting.
After about 15 minutes, we were given our room keys and ushered to our room by their very friendly and helpful staff.
One Bedroom SuiteUpon entering the room, I was impressed. The room smells fresh and clean. It is a one-bedroom suite located at the 3rd floor. It is very spacious and features modern and classy interiors with top-notch facilities and amenities that every guest will surely love.
It has a receiving area with a comfy sofa, a small breakfast nook, a television set, coffee and tea making sets and a refrigerator filled with drinks.
I then proceeded to the bedroom which has an array of essential amenities that are needed for a comfortable stay. It has 1 double sized bed and 1 single bed. Both have comfortable mattresses that are soft and fluffy. It is joined to one side by a small bed table with a telephone and an alarm clock; it has fresh clean white sheets, huge fluffy pillows and comforters that perfectly compliment it. I tried it right away and I felt like I was melting into the bed as I lay my back on it. Very comfortable and relaxing!
The room feels airy and very comfortable because of its size. I was quite impressed by some of the much needed amenities equipped inside the room, like an individually-controlled air-conditioning unit, a cabinet, an LCD television set with cable channels, an electronic safety deposit box, full size mirror, luggage rack and a small working desk.
Truly, every guest will have a comfortable and awesome stay here that you'll end up just staying inside the comforts of your room.
As I sneaked into the toilet and bath, I was impressed. For me, it is very important to have a bathroom that is clean and well organized. City Garden Suites did not disappoint me, from the sink to the water closet, to the shower area with rain head shower and hot and cold water feature, they are all clean. Toiletries such as shampoo, bath gel, bath soap and dental care kits were also provided. The body and hand towels are soft, fluffy and all smell fresh! Everything we need are here! I couldn't ask for more!
Our room also has a balcony that also serves as the window with full-sized sliding glass door. I love it!
Assisted by one of the hotel staff, we were able to see some of the other rooms. I simply love the hotel's elegant and lovely interiors. It has long hallways that are well lit and exudes a very cozy feel.
Penthouse SuiteIt is a one-bedroom suite located at the hotel's top-most floor. It has a huge living room, a dining area and a kitchen.
The bedroom has 1 queen-sized bed and 1 doubled bed coupled with clean white linens, comforters and fluffy pillows. It also has cable-ready flat screen LED TV and other amenities such a cabinet, full size mirror, electronic safety deposit box, luggage rack, telephone, alarm clock, refrigerator, working desk and a spacious roof top veranda.
The toilet and bath is also spacious and very clean. Truly impressive!
Superior RoomIt features comfy and fluffy 2 queen-sized beds with bed tables on both sides. It also has all the much-needed amenities and facilities for a comfortable stay. The toilet and bath is clean and complete will all the toiletries and bath towels.
Standard RoomThis room has 2 single beds joined together. It is spacious, clean and feels very comfortable as everything is well organized. The toilet and bath is also clean and well-maintained.
Cafe MirandaCity Garden Suites' in-house restaurant is located at the ground floor. Cafe Miranda is a casual dining restaurant that offers a wide array of international and local cuisines. The buffet breakfast that comes with every booking at the hotel is served at Cafe Miranda from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
The buffet breakfast is composed of different meat, fish, chicken and vegetables dishes to choose from. There's also a variety of pastries and fresh fruits for desserts. There's also an omelette section where you could request how your omelette should be done.
The dishes change everyday, so even if you're staying for more than 1 night (just like us), you won't get bored with their breakfast buffet because there's always something new to look forward to each day. The food were good and we were satisfied in every breakfast we had.
WIFI Internet ConnectionWIFI internet connection is available anywhere in the hotel. Connection is fast, reliable and the best thing is - it's free! Unfortunately, sites that would stream videos are prohibited. You need to pay a little extra to access those sites. I guess that's the reason why internet connection is fast.
Published RatesYou may check room availability and updated room rates at their website at www.manila.citygardenhotels.com. Standard check-in time is at 2:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Children 12 years old and below can stay in the room at no extra cost (without extra bed). Maximum number of children allowed to stay for free depends on the room type booked. Extra person charge is Php 600 nett payable at the hotel.
Function RoomsThe hotel's functions rooms are located at the ground floor. They have 3 functions rooms ideal as a venue for private, corporate and other social events such as wedding receptions, birthdays, meetings and conventions. Complete with audio visual facilities, it can accommodate a maximum of 200 people. For banquet inquiries and reservations, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (632) 536-14-51 local 120 or 130.
What I like most at City Garden Suites
- The hotel's prime location is ideal, its's near business, shopping and entertainment establishments in Manila.
- Their staff are smart, pleasant and genuinely accommodating. Customer service is highly commendable! I think, it's one of their best assets.
- The hotel's interiors are elegant, classy and well-maintined.
- Rooms are clean, well-lit and spacious. Everything is organized and well-maintained.
- Bed is comfortable and gave me a relaxing sleep.
- Bed sheets, blankets, comforters, pillow cases and towels all smell fresh and clean.
- Individually operated air-conditioning unit in every room which you can adjust to your desired temperature.
- The toilet and bath is clean and has hot and cold shower with rainshower feature.
- Free internet connection anywhere in the hotel.
- They have an efficient lift, so even if your room is located at the top-most floor, going up is not a problem.
- Complimentary buffet breakfast is good.
- Affordable and value-for-your-money rates.
Overall, we had a very comfortable and memorable stay at City Garden Suites Manila. It is an ideal place to stay in Manila for value-for-money travelers who want to maximize their budget without sacrificing accessibility, safety and comfort. With its superb amenities, highly commendable customer service, proximity to the entertainment centers, restaurants, shopping mall and other commercial establishments, every peso you spend at the hotel is all worth it.
"We truly enjoyed our stay at City Garden Suites Manila! It definitely exceeded my expectations and I'm giving it my two thumbs up!"
City Garden Suites - ManilaLocation: 158 A. Mabini St. Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 2 5361451
Disclosure: City Garden Suites Manila hosted our 2-night stay in Manila. We really had a memorable stay! Thank you for having us!
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