For my mom's birthday, she wanted to try out Luneta Hotel, which was originally built in 1918 and was regarded as one of the most elegant hotels in Manila. It was one of the few buildings that survived World War 2 but fell into disrepair over the years.
|Old photo of the original hotel from the lunetahotel.com website|
Fortunately, its new owners restored and retrofitted the hotel with the approval of the National Historical Commission and after 7 years, it reopened in June 2014.
The weird thing was, we couldn't find their website or contact number. We tried a number we found on the web, but it turned out to be a different hotel.www.lunetahotel.com
I think the staff were still getting their bearings when my mom made a phone reservation because the price quoted for the 3 rooms was different from the one we were to pay when we got there.
|The rooms had very modern amenities like LCD TVs, a digital safe, and a refrigerator|
The toilet and bath were very clean and new.
|Minibar had wine and Perrier . Ooh lala!|
|No instant coffee here, just TWG tea!|
|The 2 Summit bottled water were free, thank goodness!|
|The new owners decided to keep the rooms as they were so the halls are rather narrow. They removed the spiral staircase but added an elevator.|
|Exterior of Filomena's Garden.|
|The staff who was cleaning the 6th floor when we got there informed us that the tiles on the walls were from the original building and were integrated into the redesign of the walls.|
|Old steel grilles from a Church in Malabon adorn Cafe Yano on the first floor|
Tip: Stay in the cheaper but quieter deluxe rooms if you're a light sleeper.
There's no pool so you might want the executive room with the bathtub.
Be prepared for heavy traffic if you go via Roxas Boulevard.
We didn't experience any ghostly apparitions during our stay so don't worry!