Manila Diamond Hotel

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Manila Diamond Hotel

Roxas Blvd Corner - Manila - 1000 - Philippines Hotel Website | 2-526-2211
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A glamorous Manila hotel....
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 26/01/06
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While most of Metro-Manila's top hotels are in the Makati area, I can wholeheartedly recommend one of the rare truly top notch hotels in the Malate/Ermita area. It's the Manila Diamond Hotel on Roxas Blvd and Querino.This area was formerly the center of Manila tourism, but most of the hotels have become quite seedy, as has much of the area. However, there are a small number of hotels that have remained in top shape, and the Manila Diamond Hotel is one of them. The hotel is glitzy and glamorous, but in a rather tasteful way. The Diamond Hotel suggests a clean lined New York Hotel rather than something out of Las Vegas.I don't mean to suggest an old time understated elegance like New York's Pierre or St.Regis hotels, but a hotel suggesting the upscale glamour of the Grand Hyatt or Mandarin Oriental hotels in New York. Not overly flashy, but still quite tasteful and modern. The service was excellent, and the superior room was well decorated and thoughfully equipped.The room showed only slight traces of wear; in general the room was in excellent condition.This New Yorker was quite impressed ! If you have reason to stay in the rather deteriorated Malate area, rather than in the much more upscale Makati area, I highly recommend the Manila Diamond Hotel.There is still a lot of nightlife in Malate,(modest in scale and taste) and it's close to the airport, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the American Embassy, and the modestly revived Manila Bay area.Along with the new Hyatt Hotel and Casino, the Diamond Hotel seems the most upscale hotel in the entire area....having said that, I haven't been to the Manila Hotel recently, so I can't comment on its current state.

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For great bargains, always check the hotel's official website Hotels in Manila LOVE to give great deals, and you'll be surprised what kind of savings you can get if you visit the official website of a particular hotel. Google the name of your hotel and see what you can find!

Getting Around (for foreigners) If it will not be possible for you to travel with a filipino friend, here are some tips: 1) Taxis generally have Php 25.00 flag down rate and has increments of Php 2.50. 2.) Insist that they use the meter. For tipping, just round off to the highest Php 10. and watch out for unusually fast meters. 3.) Generally, you should not pay more than Php 300.00 from any two places in Metro Manila (Quezon city, caloocan, makati, mandaluyong cities or even the airport. 4. ) In cases of rush hours and most taxis insist on an illegal but usually common practice of setting a fixed price prior to boarding, haggle with several taxis first to get a general feel of how much is an acceptable rate before boarding. 5.) Buses and the jeepneys: - just call out "PARA" to stop anywhere you like. Filipinos are approachalbe and friendly to toursts and speak english so don't hesitate to ask.-just make sure those you ask look decent and educated enough.

Be careful ! People at Philippines are very poor. I think that Manila is not a touristic destination, with some problems of public safety. Use of Jeepneys as public transport seem not so safe for foreigners, as well as getting around especially in the night. Be very careful at all times !

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