03 Jul 2019 - 21 min read
Traveloka-approved places with the best hotel amenities for your next staycation. Disclaimer: this piece only features hotels in Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
The view, the size, and the experience. Of course, let’s not forget the aesthetic, quirks for guests, and the IG-worthiness of the place. These are the components we looked for in determining the coolest hotels with the best swimming pools.
One of the most serene hotel amenities this place provides is a heated indoor pool. It’s massive and has glass plank roofing that resembles an aviary. The surrounding design has elegantly integrated nature and has set the mood for a relaxing time. Using the pool is free for registered in-house guests (the number of persons allowed depends on the type of room occupied) and Health Club members. Visit this gem at the 4th floor from 6AM to 9PM daily.
Mella Hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is simple but beautiful. Surrounded by tropical plants that complement the architecture, it gives off a vibe that you’re someplace else. Adult- and kid-friendly, this hotel amenity is also best appreciated at night when the pool light shines. A warning, though: always wear the proper attire. Cotton and denim materials aren’t allowed. All set? Take a dip in this Las Pinas establishment from 7AM to 9PM.
With a spectacular view of the ocean, this infinity pool is all about that quality tropical living. As spacious as it is mesmerizing, this hotel amenity offers more than just refreshment. Aquatic fitness activities such as aerobics, among others, can also be experienced here. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as snacks, are also served for more enjoyment.
Inspired by the surrounding beaches, Bluewater Maribago has three lagoon-style pools that has waterfalls. These are set within lush foliage that promote green leisure spaces and encourage optimum fun and relaxation. These hotel amenities are, of course, best enjoyed with the family over delicious food and refreshments.
With nature as its backdrop, this jaw-dropping, IG-ready hotel amenity contains salt water. Hotel Tropika’s swimming pool follows the minimum requirement of sports pools with 4 ft. 5 in. depth. There’s also a portion for kids that’s only 24 inches deep. Free of use for checked-in guests, this photogenic spot has been host to a handful of good memories.
Quality more than quantity, but with a good mix of variety for refined eaters. Add a good selection of beverages and an exceptional service for an amazing overall experience. These are some of the ingredients this hotel amenity needs to provide unforgettable mornings.
The legendary Cafe Ilang Ilang of The Manila Hotel provides a delicious gastronomic breakfast experience. This hotel amenity has open kitchens that whip-up Asian, Mediterranean, European, and Western delicacies. It also has an open Pan-Asian kitchen, a Churrasco station, a dessert station, and an Italian wood-fired pizza oven. A staycation here will definitely put your tastebuds to the test!
Tagged as “The Jewel by the Bay,” Diamond Hotel Philippines’ tastiest treasure is located at the lobby. Elegantly laid out, Corniche is a sprawling restaurant that offers extensive and delicious buffet spreads. Choose among Asian, Western, and Japanese cuisines topped with salad and dessert stations, served by its in-house master chefs.
UNO is Waterfront Cebu’s premier buffet dining hotspot. This hotel amenity serves various international selections, as well as dessert and salad selections. Apart from the delectable dishes, this foodie location is popular for its quirky staff wearing racer-themed uniforms. It’s truly a different experience dining here when visiting Cebu.
Feria in Radisson Blu Cebu boasts of good reviews and even better dining offerings. This hotel amenity has food stations for discerning eaters that love to spot for their current cravings. Choose among its Mediterranean, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Indian, and other Asian cuisines, or enjoy its fine desserts or greens, all set in a luxurious ambiance.
When in Davao, eating your way at the start of the day should begin in Waterfront Insular Hotel’s Cafe Uno. From international to local favorites, and fresh-off-the-grill delicacies from La Parilla, breakfast has never been so good. With classy interiors lined with intricate woodwork, Cafe Uno provides an excellent vibe to whet one’s appetite.
Take an intoxicating ambiance, a sophisticated theme, fast and efficient service, delicious drinks, and mouthwatering grub, mix them all together, and you have in your hands an exceptional bar. Here are some of the coolest hotel bars you can check out when in a staycation.
This al fresco lounge and rooftop restaurant overlooks a world-renowned historical heritage site. Pair the view with an elegant design, plus sumptuous tapas, and thirst-quenching beverages, then you have an experience like no other. Choose among its wide array of delicious offerings--from classic bar chows such as beef kebabs to comfort food staples like Bayleaf Bagnet to filling appetizers namely Gamberetti. After some bites, chug them down with your choice of local or international beers, as well as classy cocktails. You can never go wrong visiting this gem at the heart of old Manila.
This rooftop hotel amenity of I’m Hotel Makati is a celebration of all things good: a view of the city, an 8-meter bar that’s actually a jellyfish aquarium, and a cocktail selection that’s the product of a collaboration with a New York-based chief bartender. Delicious classic and modern drinks retain its integrity, while bespoke cocktails take drinking to the next level. It’s food offerings are best paired with the libations for that all-around, IG-worthy experience.
This lobby lounge is a classy hotel amenity presented by Maayo Hotel in Cebu. Open ‘til late (1AM), Dayun invites guests to enjoy sipping on coffee, wine, or other non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages, while enjoying decadent food, topped by a cool view of the countryside.
Located at the 23rd floor of Bai Hotel Cebu is this over-the-top outdoor terrace bar. Overlooking the Mandaue skyline, it lights up every visitor’s experience with delectable bar chow, refreshing signature cocktails, draft beers, and a formidable selection of wines. Bask in the sunset or glow with its illuminated lighting details and furniture once the night time comes.
Eagles Bar is a classic pub-sports bar for anyone looking to enjoy some quality drinking experience. Open from 5PM to 1AM, this Marco Polo hotel amenity can sit up to 48 heads, and whip-up a variety of tapas, beer, and hard liquor. Best relished over a ball game and with friends, Eagles Bar is sure to take your evening gimmick to new heights.
First impressions definitely last. From being transported at first step to being greeted (and treated) like royalty, the lobby is a crucial hotel amenity. With aesthetics in mind, functionality, as well as the overall immediate service, here are some of the best hotel lobbies you can find around the Philippines.
Filipino elegance at its finest, this hotel amenity exudes local class and sophistication. From its chandeliers to the wooden ceiling, to the carpeted floors, and towering pillars, Manila Hotel’s lobby is IG-ready. It’s Lobby Lounge is also a go-to place for visitors, as it serves delicious food and refreshing drinks, enjoyed in a homey yet regal ambiance. Needless to say, this world-class hotel has got its service staff ready to attend to your needs in a heartbeat.
Nuwa Manila in City of Dreams is one of two hotels in Manila recognized by Forbes' “most luxurious” list in 2018. Designed by architect Michael Fiebrich, Nuwa is the epitome of modern elegance. Enter its lobby and you’ll get the feel of how your experience is going to unfold. With metallic details and gold-plated furniture, the details communicate a tightly-knit concept that’s sure to wow guests from the onset.
At the heart of Cebu City’s financial district is a business and leisure sanctuary that is Seda. Tastefully weaving together modern elements with themes of vernacular and nature-inspired architecture, its lobby presents a familiar yet unique atmosphere to its guests. With stylish and comfortable furniture fused with wood accents and metal details, this hotel amenity is a refreshing sight and experience to booked guests or even casual visitors.
Don’t mistake this quirky establishment for an art gallery or museum, with its unique brand of aesthetics. Artworks are furniture pieces that add a dash of vibrance to the overall industrial vibe. Each turn provides an opportunity for a photo op courtesy of the hotel's avant garde sensibilities. This place is a reflection of Cebu’s energy and rich culture that is as colorful as it is expressive.
At first glance, you might think that Park Inn by Radisson is purely a clean-cut business hotel (because it is one). But enter its doors and step inside the lobby and you’ll instantly change your mind. Its smooth, cornered interiors are complemented by a pop of life from its colorful furniture that are translated into its other nooks and rooms. Always IG-ready, this business hotel provides a refreshing environment for visitors who strictly came for work.
One doesn’t just stay at a hotel just for pampering in a cozy and leveled-up environment. There’s also the thing about the most delicious hotel amenity--restaurants. Usually reserved for timely vacations and special occasions, we take a look at the best hotels with the hottest restaurants, and overall service that serve a complete gastronomic experience.
From the creative minds behind Your Local and Hey Handsome, chefs Nicco Santos and Queenie Villar, comes Essential Goodness, for the Pilgrims. Situated at the rooftop of Lub d in Poblacion, this new neighborhood joint serves modern Asian food with an attitude. Expect to relish on Thai-inspired dishes that are packed with a kick, yet friendly to the Filipino palate. An open kitchen divides the 90-seater dining area with an al fresco cocktail bar facing the urban horizon. Visit this place for some healthy essential breakfast and brunch offerings or enjoy the stunning city skyline views at night.
Discovery Suites’ flagship restaurant, 22 Prime specializes in US Prime Angus Steaks. Led by Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon, wolf down a lean selection of choice cut meats or seafood specialties. Enjoy the view atop this 22nd floor restaurant while slicing through a tomahawk steak or a freshly-grilled Barbecue USDA short ribs. Perfect for a date night or an intimate family celebration, have a hearty fill courtesy of this award-winning steakhouse.
It’s all about the preparation and the artful ways of creating delicious, IG-worthy dishes in Cafe Marco. This bustling contemporary restaurant offers an array of Filipino, Asian, and Western selections that are sure to tickle the taste buds. Bring your significant other, loved ones, or any other foodie for a sure-fire feast that can trigger a worthwhile food coma in Cebu.
An open-air restaurant at Radisson Blu’s Events Plaza, Urban Table takes local ingredients and transforms them into culinary masterpieces. Take pleasure in its deliciously-curated menu composed of prime meat cuts, insatiable appetizers, and Cebu’s finest delicacies.
The Bourke and its award-winning restaurant, Bondi&Bourke, has recently ventured in Davao. Down south, they’ve taken over and restored a pre-war structure and created an art deco-styled food haven. Their on-point interiors set the backdrop for its open kitchen that cooks up a wild culinary treat, headlined by prime cut meats, fresh seafood, imported produce and artisan cheeses, and a great selection of wines.
Aside from the five categories above, we're also including hotels with unique amenities. Check them below.
More than the comfortable rooms, the aesthetically-sound design, exceptional food, and unparalleled service, some establishments offer something more. These are hotel amenities that cleverly maximize space and the overall concept of the place. In doing so, a cool, unique offering comes to life, furthering the experience of its guests and garnering distinctions. Here are some of the best hotel amenities that have put establishments on the map of travelers.
Apart from its highly-popular The Lawn events space -- a go-to for corporate functions, weddings, and formal events -- there’s also The Library. Although it does serve its primary purpose for reading and a place of solace, this unique hotel amenity also hosts private, intimate gatherings for very particular guests. With its old school-style aesthetic, including restored vintage furniture pieces and fixtures, the hotel is ideal for creative photo shoots. If you’re planning to mount one, why not check out this sleek, quirky location and take your project to a whole new level?
Hotel H2O Manila already feels like one big amenity of The Manila Ocean Park. What makes this establishment unique is that it has aquatic-themed rooms that resemble the lush ocean life. However, the true perk of staying in this place is the opportunity to maximize the attractions and activities that revolve around the vicinity. There’s The Manila Ocean Park, there’s a bird show, and interactive museums, as well as other animal shows for the whole gang.
Expect world-class quality whenever in Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan Cebu. There’s a private beach, an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, not to mention the delicious food and exceptional service. However, as this is a family-friendly resort, one of its unique hotel amenities is the Crimzone for Kids--a larger than life recreational area where kids can stay active and occupied. It’s like a mini theme park but inside a hotel, this venue keeps the kids entertained with or without the oldies.
Maayo Hotel in Cebu is a wellness destination as seen from the nature-inspired interiors to the food selections. But one hotel amenity stands out in-between of its two towers, the Roof Garden. As simple as it may seem, this serene patch of land is the epitome of relaxation and wellness in Maayo Hotel. With well-lit walkways, benches, and a spacious area, this garden promotes exercise and other fitness activities such as yoga and just plain old hanging out.
Dusit d2 in Davao has one of the most unique and relaxing hotel amenities available: the Namm Spa. “Namm,” which directly translates to water” in Thai, banks on the concept of activating the healing properties of water. A key feature in this treatment is the “Thai Heritage Therapy program”, which taps into the core of Thai therapy to achieve balance. It uses Hermit’s Body Twist technique, aromatherapy, and Thai apothecary formula. The experience brings about a rejuvenation of one’s body and a relaxing experience from one of the best hotels in the country.
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