A couple of weeks ago, the Food Club got a chance to experience the newest and swankiest hotel to rise in Binondo, Ramada Manila Central. It houses 114 rooms and suites in addition to the a large ballroom, rooftop bar and multi purpose venue. The hotel located beside the historic Binondo Church and adds a modern feel to the hospitality industry in the area.We were a bit late to arrive but good thing there was basement parking available, but it was still not completely finished with some areas set aside to contain construction materials.
Check in was a breeze, after a quick elevator ride we were ensconced in our cozy room on their newly opened Executive floor. Our executive room came with a king sized bed, flat screen tv and in room wireless internet. My only complaint with the room is the cramped placement of the table, I solved this by pulling out the chair and had it face the windows.
The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the curtains were very dark, a big plus for me as I don’t like to be woken up by rays of light on my face.
The bathroom fixtures were of excellent quality including the toiletries provided. The size of the bathroom was also fairly large which included a bathtub as well as a shower area.
The bathroom included a nice peek into the room and vice versa but you can close off the blinds for extra privacy.
One of the perks of a room in the Executive floors is the use of the Premiere Lounge. This area, when completed will house a private breakfast area as well as include all day snacks and cocktails services. Its also a great venue for small meetings, or just a get together for chit chat like what we did that night.
Since the Premier lounge breakfast area was not yet open we took our breakfast in Ramada’s all day dining area called News Cafe. You’ll be amazed at all the framed photos of old Binondo as well as their newspaper like menu.
The Plaza dela Barca Events Hall is capable of seating 270 and is the perfect venue for big events.
The rooftop is occupied by a multipurpose hall capable of seating 200 which transforms at night into Luna, an entertainment bar with great views of the city.
From the rooftop, I spied the nearby Lucky Chinatown mall. Going there is a cinch since Ramada Manila Central provides a free shuttle service. After a stroll in the mall, you might want to check out some bargains in the nearby 168 mall.
Ramada Manila Central gives a great option for tourists wanting to stay in the heart of Binondo, compared to the current dreary options. The rooms are well appointed and amenities are very nice, although some are yet to be completed like the kid’s play area and the basement parking area.
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