First impression. Centrally located along Emerald Avenue in the Ortigas Business District, the 316-room five-star Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is a tall 45-floor modern edifice popular with business travellers. It calls itself “the first sky hotel in the Philippines” and lives up to the name, designing rooms with an eye to offering exceptional views. Wherever you are in the hotel – the fitness center and pool on the 22nd, or the continental club on the 44th, or the sky bar and lounge on the 45th – you get a view of the cityscape. The hotel is sleek and modern. Corrugated gold-topped tables and brass sculptures at the ground floor lobby add interest. As you walk in, you wonder where the reception and grand lobby is. Well, it’s on the 24th floor, so your first experience is the ride up its innovative elevator. The door frame lights up showing the direction it’s headed.
Check-in. What check-in? It was so swift, I didn’t realize it actually happened.
Room. My superior room is top-notch, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving a fantastic view of the city. My bed is king size, the mattress plumped up by goose down bed toppers, and the pillows are feather. You don’t like feather? Browse the pillow menu. There’s free Wi-Fi, dual-docking devices with bluetooth technology, LED screen cable TV, and Nespresso machine. The bathroom has a glass enclosed high-pressure rain shower and marble bathtub with a glass wall looking out to your room so you can soak in the bath and watch TV.
Food. My continental club access allowed me to enjoy what the different dining outlets have to offer. At tea time, there were sandwiches and scones, served up by the butler with my hot cup of cappuccino. At cocktails, the pan seared tuna, salmon with capers, sushi, macaroni salad, hakaw or shrimp dumpling, and seafood pie, fish and shrimps in mashed potato were good. For drinks, try the tequila sunrise or margarita.
All-day restaurant Cucina’s breakfast buffet offers western and Asian selections. There’s a la carte too.
Other dining outlets are Connect Lounge at the hotel lobby, coffee and pastry shop Café Pronto, Lung Hin, which serves Cantonese cuisine and seafood dishes; and Vu, a sky bar and lounge located at the hotel’s top most floor.
Activities. Take a dip in the indoor pool, or hit the gym, working out while taking in views of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, book an in-room massage, or go to the malls.
Service. Warm and professional.
I like. The fuss free, high-speed Wi-Fi, the views, luxurious rooms, and the continental club pampering.
Not so keen. None I can think of.
Verdict. Highly recommended.
Room rates change depending on when you plan to stay. For the first week of June 2015 for instance, the published room rate for the superior room for two with breakfast costs P8,098
Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, Tel +632 720 7777.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller July to September 2015