First impression. I am not used to entering a hotel and then finding myself all of a sudden in a high-end shopping mall, the Newport Mall. After trying to get my bearings, I noticed elevators immediately to the left of the entrance, leading to the 172 all-suite room Maxims hotel. I pressed the button that led straight to the fifth floor reception for an express check in.
Room. My friend and I were booked on the fifth floor corner deluxe suite. Our suite, with red and gold the predominant colors, is the antidote to the usual magnolias of hotels. The all red carpet with flower swirls is a velvety true red, as are some of the chairs. The button-backed headboard is luxe gold. Amenities include a powder room, kitchenette with coffee-making facility, a banquette-type dining area, large living area with Internet TV and a wireless keyboard, a small study, internet TV, ensuite bathroom with his and hers sink, and glass sliding doors opening out to a private patio with a jacuzzi. A small gate leads to the hotel pool area. And did I mention a butler service?
Food. Everything was good for the most part. We had a pretty unexciting breakfast buffet at Terraces, lunch at the excellent NYPD (New York Pinoy Deli), and a most delicious dinner at the Korean-Japanese Ginzadon.
NYPD offers American and Filipino selections in a setting with an urban hip vibe. We were served the restaurant’s bestselling adobo (P250 about US$5), a sticky version with quartered tea-boiled eggs, okra, and string beans; and a tasty Reuben sandwich with French fries (P490). The current promo offers buffet with a round of iced tea at P600 per person.
Ginzadon restaurant is headed by Chef de Cuisine Antonio Ablay, who was drafted directly from Star Cruises, now Genting Hong Kong, to create the menu for RWM’s Korean-Japanese restaurant. He presented us with a chef ’s selection, which included his signature dragonroll maki (P955.36), with king prawn tempura, crabmeat, cucumber, and mango wrapped in grilled salmon skin; a selection of sashimi including snapper and a variety of maki; a ring of tofu crowned by a volcanic molehill of minced pork strewn with sesame seeds and slivered peppers.
I like. My king size bed was the comfiest bed ever! Best sleep I've had in a long time. I also like the private access to the pool area where you can hang out at night. The food at Ginzadon and NYPD.
Not so keen. Waitstaff at Terraces were a little inattentive.
The published rate for the deluxe corner suite for two adults and two children with breakfast is about P24,156. Maxims at Resorts World Manila is located on Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City, tel +632 908 8888.
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Originally published in InFlight Traveller June to August 2016. Updated August 2016