A weekend at Lotus Garden Hotel Manila + food trip in Adriatico

Rare are the times that I get a chance to take a break from my daily grind. So when I was offered a complimentary stay at Lotus Garden Hotel Manila via one of our managers, I accepted. It’s like getting a day off the usual routine and a chance to experience the offerings of one of the more established and budget-friendly accommodation providers in the storied city of Manila.

I, along with a colleague, made way from the office at Makati to Ermita, Manila via jeep to LRT Libertad. From there, we rode a train to UN Avenue and walked towards the corner of Mabini and Padre Faura Streets. Lotus Garden Hotel won’t easily be missed, the white-and-green structure on the corner that’s just a few blocks from Roxas Boulevard.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila at the corner of Mabini and Padre Faura Streets

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Reception

View of the Reception Area. Service was quite fast.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Virtual Concierge

The hotel has a Virtual Concierge, which was more like an information center, containing details of its rooms and facilities.

We were scheduled for an overnight stay in the Deluxe Room, but was upgraded to a Grand Deluxe located at the hotel’s extension, the Marilo Wing.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Marilo Wing

Sign from the Main Building’s 2nd floor going to Marilo Wing

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Marilo Wing

Entry to the “new” wing

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Marilo Wing Lobby

Marilo Wing 2nd floor lobby

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Marilo Wing Lobby Stairs

The floors and stairs on this building were made of wooden slats. They creaked in some parts when walked on.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Old Manila Photos

Walls had black-and-white photos of the Old Manila, like this one.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Marilo Wing Corridor

The hallway going to our room

We asked some of the staff that we met about the history of the Marilo Wing building, but none were able to tell us. I got to read about it in my research on TripAdvisor: it used to be an old apartment that was used by the Americans during the 1950s. It was refurbished to be the extension of Lotus Garden Hotel Manila’s main building.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Room

This is our room: 3304

Our room had 2 single beds, but there are also rooms with double beds. Other amenities included an LCD TV, writing desk, and a well-stocked mini-bar. Accommodations also come automatically with air-conditioning. Wi-Fi Internet access is available as well (you can ask for a password at the front desk), but it was intermittent during our stay.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Mini-bar

Only 2 complimentary bottles of water. All other items in the mini-bar came with charge.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Mini-bar

The buddy refrigerator came with drinks, also with charge

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Room

The bed itself was pretty firm, but the pillows that came with it were fluffy and soft. A work desk is also found inside the room.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Amenities

Rubber slippers were available, but also cost above a hundred pesos (PHP)

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Bathroom

The bathroom had a shower, but the hot/ cold function was not working. Or maybe there wasn’t a hot/ cold function…

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Bathroom

Soap, shampoo, and towels were provided. A hair dryer is available. Guests can request for a dental kit (toothbrush and toothpaste) at the front desk.

So after settling in, my friend and I went outside to grab dinner within the neighborhood. And this is one thing I like about Lotus Garden Hotel Manila — its location. Apart from quite a number of jeepneys plying myriad routes like Divisoria, Sta. Cruz, Cubao, and even Munoz in Quezon City just outside its doors, there’s not a shortage of food shops and convenience stores in the area. Beside the hotel, along Padre Faura, is a 24-hour Chowking branch. Beside it is Mercury Drug. Across the street and a few steps before reaching the Adriatico side is a 24-hour Jollibee branch and 7-11.

And because Adriatico Street is just nearby, it meant a short walk to many other restaurants and bars. We strolled its stretch, passing by Korean, Persian, and Japanese eateries, Robinsons Place Ermita, and the cutest The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branch I’ve seen.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Location

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf along Adriatico Street

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Location

One of the cute Korean restaurants we passed by.

After a 15-minute walk, we reached Remedios Circle. Bombarded with a host of food choices, we opted to eat at Go!Kizip, because my friend wanted to try Samgyeopsal.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Location

There’s a minimum of 2 orders here, so we opted for 1 beef and 1 pork order. Both looked like bacon cuts.

Lotus Garden Manila - Location

The orders came with lots of side dishes (banchan)

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Location

And that night, I learned that greens can actually make you feel full in just a few minutes.

After filling our tummies with lots of meat and veggies, we went to Cafe Adriatico for some coffee (let’s take a break from the usual coffee shops, shall we?).

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Location

Cafe Adriatico by Remedios Circle

I had a Cafe Americano while my friend had White Chocolate Coffee. Afterwards, we went around some streets like J. Nakpil (which, we found out, wasn’t as bustling as, well, years ago). Then we headed back to the hotel to cap the night. I had quite a comfortable sleep!

Next morning, we went down to the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast. Our stay included complimentary buffet breakfast for 2.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Breakfast

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila’s restaurant offered Continental and Filipino breakfast favorites. Here’s bread and butter and jams.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Breakfast

Cornflakes with milk

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Breakfast

There’s an egg and pancake station

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Breakfast

Salad and fruits are also on the spread

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Breakfast

My brekkie: pancake with maple syrup, poached egg on buttered toast with orange marmalade on the side, a slice of meatloaf, cereals, and black brewed coffee.

After breakfast, we explored a few parts of the hotel, including the function room and gym at the main building’s 2nd floor (which were both unused that time), and the jacuzzi and soon-to-open lobby in Marilo Wing.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Bar

Cilantro Bar at the main building’s ground floor

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Jacuzzi

The jacuzzi is at the far corner of this open-air restaurant

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila - Marilo Wing

Some details at Marilo Wing’s ground floor lobby/ reception area. Soon to open.

By 12 noon, we checked out at the hotel. The process was quite fast, like during check-in, no long waits.

Overall, our stay at Lotus Garden Hotel Manila was a good one. I would recommend this hotel to those seeking a budget-friendly accommodation in the Ermita area. Note, however: some rooms don’t have great views from the windows, other rooms are facing the street so you might hear the bustle outside, and pedicab (pedaled taxi, like a bicycle with sidecar) drivers will charge quite a hefty fee to take you to places that are accessible within a few minutes’ walk (one pedicab driver told us that it’s PHP30 each person for a one-way trip to Remedios Circle). But in terms of comfort, staff service, and location, Lotus Garden Hotel Manila hits high on my scale.

Know more about Lotus Garden Hotel Manila by visiting its website. You can also choose to book online if you want to secure rooms at more affordable rates.

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  • Jocris Mangubat March 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    That’s interesting.. Nice post.

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    • moonchild117 March 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

      Reply
  • marri March 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Great offer from Lotus Garden. Looks like you had a wonderful time. The amenities are quite impressive.

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    • moonchild117 March 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Yes, and the room rates are friendly on the pocket, too. 🙂

      Reply

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