Hotel Review

Review: Conrad Manila, Philippines [Hilton]

Pro: Delicious food. Suite has such a great view of the Manila bay.
Con: No business center. 

Last November, I decided I’d book a hotel for my family for a stay in January and since I have Diamond status with Hilton, the choice became easy: I booked the Conrad Manila without any hesitation. I’ve read a lot of nice reviews of this new hotel so I was really looking forward to visiting it myself. We arrived at the hotel around 4pm and headed directly to the reception and was greeted warmly by John, one of the receptionists working that day. He welcomed me as a Diamond member and asked if I wanted to do the check-in at the Executive Lounge, and which I gladly accepted. He escorted us to the lounge located on the 7th floor and once there, he continued with the check-in process as we admire the beautiful lounge and the wonderful view of the Manila Bay that comes with it. If there’s one place you would rather be while watching the sunset, that would be at the Conrad Manila Executive Lounge!

Hilton Conrad Manila one bedroom suite – luxury hotel in Manila

Hotel Exterior 

Conrad Manila exterior – luxury hotel in Manila
Hilton Conrad Manila as seen from the MOA bridge


Welcome Lobby
The main lobby was simply gorgeous offering fantastic views of the bay

Hotel Reception

Reception Area

Hallway, 5th floor

Hallway – Conrad Manila, luxury hotel in Manila

Moments later, John was back to inform us that we had been upgraded to a one bedroom suite. Thank you so much, John! I was also asked to sign the express check out so that my dad could easily do the check out the following day. Everything went smoothly, after which we took the elevator to the 5th floor where our suite was waiting for us. And yes, it was one of the most beautiful rooms we have stayed at I’ve had suite upgrades at Hilton Panama and Hilton Tallinn Park in the past and this one was just as wonderful (if not better).

The living room was spacious with a flat-screen TV and a huge work desk. In the bedroom, there is another flat screen TV and the bathroom was lovely with a separate shower room and bathtub. Lastly, the view of the pool and the Manila bay was just fantastic. As a diamond member, there was also a welcome gift waiting for us, as is the norm in all Hilton hotels.

One Bedroom Suite, 5035 

King Bed – Conrad Manila, luxury hotel in Manila
The living room is simple yet elegant
View from the living room
42-inch flat screen HDTV
Welcome gift – Conrad Manila, luxury hotel in Manila
Bathroom – Conrad Manila, luxury hotel in Manila

Bathroom with bath products by Aromatheraphy Associates (body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion) And yes there’s an in-mirror TV. What more could you ask for.

Bath Tub
Hydrotheraphy rain shower
Iron and ironing board, umbrella, slippers
In-room safe

Alarm clock radio. There’s also the usual “sustainability program” card which I love about Hilton hotels.

Minibar, espresso machine
Stunning views of the pool at Hilton Conrad Manila
View of the Manila Bay from Conrad, luxury hotel in Manila

Executive Lounge, 7th floor (6:30am to 11pm)

After our short stay in the suite, we headed back to the Executive Lounge where I politely asked the staff if I could take pictures of the buffet before it opened, and which was granted. 

Conrad Manila Executive Lounge
Conrad Manila Executive Lounge
Conrad Manila Executive Lounge
Conrad Manila Executive Lounge
Conrad Manila Executive Lounge
Relaxation area

Evening Cocktails with Canapés (5pm to 7pm) 

Conrad Manila Buffet spread
Spicy salmon roll, tomato feta cheese, calamaretti
Choco Mousse black forest, Mixed berry jelly
Edam, Manchego, Camembert
The two warm dishes were chicken buffalo wings and stir-fried vegetables.
Beers, softdrinks, mineral water, espresso machine
Peppercorn Lane Cabernet Sauvignon , Tocornal Merlot
Criollo, Pinot di Pinot Brut, Genesis
Absolut Vodka, Olmeca Tequila, Havana Club, Beefeater, Ballantines
Refreshments served throughout the day

Everything looked tempting and nicely presented and I really wished we could stay much longer but we really had to leave for our family dinner.

There’s also the “afternoon treats with our chef’s temptation” from 2 pm to 4 pm although I was not able to check it out.

View of the pool from the Executive Lounge
View from the Executive Lounge – Conrad Manila, luxury hotel in Manila

Brasserie on 3 (Breakfast Buffet Restaurant) 

Cold cuts
Cereals, salads
Live cooking station
Buffet spread
Buffet spread
Buttered corn, Hungarian sausage, Roasted pumpkin.

*Pictures from the breakfast buffet were taken by my younger brother, Gab!

Swimming Pool 

Swimming Pool – Conrad Manila, luxury hotel in Manila

The hotel also has a fitness center although I was not able to visit it. Interestingly, there is no business center although I guess most guests are using the complimentary wifi in the room and that one could always ask the help of the concierge/reception for printing services.

Bottom Line

We only stayed in this hotel for a very short time and yet that very short time was more than enough to experience the genuine hospitality of the staff and to appreciate how luxurious this hotel is. To John and to all the staff of Conrad Manila, Maraming Salamat Po!

AwardTravel Protip 1
Free Weekend Night at Hilton?

On 1/18/2018, American Express will introduce new benefits and products in the American Hilton Honors family. With the Hilton Ascend and Hilton Business credit cards, cardholders can earn a Weekend Night Reward after spending a certain amount within a calendar year. Please click for more details: https://www.awardtravel.com/blog/guides/award-data-reports/award-travel-report-hilton-honors-points-valuation-2018/

AwardTravel Protip 2

This is included in the Hilton Diamond Status benefits. Diamond members’ access to executive lounge is guaranteed (in some brands, including Conrad and Hilton). We are talking about Breakfast, afternoon tea time and the cocktail indulgence during happy hours.

AwardTravel Protip 3
Is upgrade easy to get? How can I get my upgrades easily?

Generally speaking, upgrades at hotels are prioritized based on customers’ membership levels. For Hilton Diamond, the upgrade includes “suite upgrade”, and as long as there is availability for upgrades at the hotel, customers with higher ranking membership will get their room upgraded first.

AwardTravel Protip 4

From Jan, 2018, The Diamonds will be earning more redeemable points for each stay, also the ability to earn milestone bonuses; Gold members are getting 5 more point per dollar spent, still yet positive. On the other hand, fewer redeemable points for Silver and base members, but they can again get some bites from rollover nights and gift status. More details please click here: https://www.awardtravel.com/blog/news/daily-digest/hilton-honors-2018-program-changes-jfk-airport-flooding/

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