After almost 17 hours of journey, 2 airplane rides with a 9 hour Singapore lay-over escapade in between, Ed and I arrived in the Philippines exhausted, yet too happy to be back in our home country. Since our domestic flight to the province was scheduled the next day, we booked an overnight hotel stay in Manila. Two months before our arrival, we scanned the list of accommodations with promotional rates at Booking.com and found Bayview Park Hotel Manila, a hotel near the bay and the heritage sights.
Bayview Park Manila is 14 km away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 10 minute walk from Manila Ocean Park, Manila Bay and Rizal Park, 10 minute drive from Intramuros. The location is perfect for us who long to rest as soon as we arrive from a long haul flight and do some sightseeing before heading home.
|Bayview Park Hotel Manila's facade|
The check-in process was smooth. I'm glad we didn't had a single problem with our online booking; I was too tired and might have freaked out if we encountered one! The hotel's lobby is simple and elegant. There's a restaurant and Starbucks at the ground floor and a swimming pool at the deck. As we approached the 8th floor, we were surprised to see unused mattresses piled in the hallway. The elegance that the hotel flaunts at the ground floor vanished at the 8th floor lobby! The hotel room was clean but needs refurbishing. Despite the flaws, Bayview Park Hotel is still a decent place to stay.
|the restaurant at the lobby|
|Though the room looks fine, we can't help but notice the old furniture|
and the wardrobe closet's broken hinge.
|complimentary tea and coffee|
|pool at the roofdeck|
The morning after, we started our day with a buffet breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. We were so delighted to see Filipino dishes, along with International breakfast staples. The tocino at the main course area, platter of papaya slices, pan de sal in the bread basket and kalamansi instead of lemon made us smile. We had a homey Filipino breakfast!
|Bayview coffee shop|
|baskets of bread|
|watermelon and papaya platters|
|sausage, tocino, egg florentine, potato croquettes|
|congee and a bowl of kalamansi|
Bayview Park Hotel Manila may not have everything that we want, but offered everything that we need; location is great, room was clean, breakfast was good! It would have been better if our room had a view of Manila Bay and a free wifi. :) Anyhow, the promotional rate of P2,100 plus taxes is very reasonable! With 10 being the highest, Bayview Park Hotel Manila is a 7.