Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino

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Blogging about this makes me miss by humble bedroom in Cebu where I stayed for almost 3 years. It maybe non-airconditioned but it is blessed with a beautiful sunrise and sunset. Why? It has an unobstructed view of the grand Waterfront Cebu towers. 

Fast forward to that down time between Christmas and New Year last year, I was blessed to have reserved a room for a staycation in Waterfront Pavilion Hotel and Casino Manila in the middle of the holidays. Yes, that's a mouthful but the hotel deserves the name for it was once the star of Manila City and is on its way to be the star again. This is very similar to what Waterfront Cebu is doing, dominating the skyline of the Queen City. 

I have to admit though that in almost three years of covering events which are usually held in hotels, I have never been to Manila Pavilion. Working for a casino establishment in the previous years, I am aware that PAGCOR is a concessionaire but all the online promotions have been so subtle. That would change says Kassy Pajarillo, the hotel's marketing head, who I had the chance to dine with during my stay. She said that we will begin to feel a lot more of Manila Waterfront in the next few months as part of its goal to regain the old glory. 

I had the chance to scan old magazines and found that Manila Pavilion was once the second home of Manila's elite. I don't wanna enumerate last names, but the luminaries and the who's who of Manila's social scene used to come here for birthdays, headline weddings, auctions and other social gatherings. Though that has changed in the latest decade, Manila Pavilion is excited to get things back on track.

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It certainly has the rights to do so. With 489 rooms and suites ready to pamper you on 22 floors, you don't mind being stuck here for a long time. There are 8 kinds of rooms and suites and one very special accommodation. You can choose from the practical Deluxe rooms and the Deluxe Premiums, to the more sophisticated En-Suite, Ambassador Room, Ambassador Suite, Executive Suite, Premier Room and the grand Romulo Suite which was named after the late Carlos P. Romulo, the former President of the United Nations General Assembly and a regular guest of the hotel. 

But if you want to have the most luxurious day of your life, you can stay at the grand Presidential Aquino Suite! It is 161 sq. meters big with its own living and dining areas and a mini library! It also has a receiving area, a king-size bed, a separate shower and jacuzzi area and a 24-hour butler service. This is one of the very few moments that you can live like the President! 

Having a good time at the hotel isn't also a problem. You can dine in Season, a buffet restaurant that offers Asian and Continental dishes which I will tell you more on the next blog. The Patisserie, meanwhile, is perfect for the sweet tooth since it is offering France's most celebrated breads, pastries, sweets, coffee and tea. You can also cap the night and indulge yourself with live performances from top-notch musicians and/or engaged in intense sports actions at the Boulvar Sports and Music Bar. Cocktails and delectable finger food are also available! 

If you are up for more excitement, the casino is just a door away! As mentioned earlier, PAGCOR is a concessionaire and is located in the same building as the Manila Pavilion. Both comfort and excitement are here!

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   The last two photos above show Season, the buffet restaurant, and Patisserie, Manila Pavilion's own sweet shop. We will blog about food and beverage in Waterfront Manila on the next blog! :)

Waterfront Pavilion Hotel and Casino Manila is located at the United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in the middle of the historically-interesting Ermita, Manila. For reservations, you can call them at (02) 526 1212 or email them at 

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