Thursday, July 9, 2015

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila | A Luxury Staycation in the Sky

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is a 316-room luxury hotel located along Meralco Avenue, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It is the first sky hotel in the Philippines occupying the high-rise floors of a 45-story mixed-use building. The hotel shares the same address as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as well as some of the biggest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. Located near the hotel are SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria and Shangri-La Plaza Mall housing a number of retail and dining establishments.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
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(top) facade of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila; (bottom-left) main lobby along Meralco Avenue;
(bottom-right) Sky Lobby located on the 24th floor

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila formally opened exactly a year ago (July 9, 2014) and is currently the newest hotel in Ortigas. It features spacious and stylishly appointed rooms and suites in earth-tone colors of green, tan, brown and beige, and are classified into six categories: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Superior Suite, Executive Suite, Continental Club Room, Marco Polo Suite.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Superior Room
During our stay at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, we were billeted in a Superior Room which is furnished with a king bed topped with a goose down feather bed topper. There's a fill-size executive writing desk and a comfortable couch with ottoman.

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(clockwise from top-left) executive desk, LCD TV with digital cable channels, Nespresso machine and
electric kettle, couch with ottoman

Our room was equipped with an LCD TV with digital cable channels, a Nespresso machine, an electric kettle, a mini-refrigerator, an in-room safe, a iron and an ironing board. There's also a spacious closet.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

The ensuite bathroom has a separate walk-in shower and water closet. High pressure hot and cold water flows from the hand shower and rain shower. The water closet didn't have a bidet installed though. Towels were clean and smelling fresh.

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Just like in many luxury hotels, the bathtub is separate from the walk-in shower. Our bathroom had a marble alcove bathtub with equally strong water pressure. Bath salts are provided for a more relaxing and soothing bathing experience.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Standard toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bathing soap and body lotion. Shower cap, cotton buds, comb, sanitary bag, shaving kit and dental kits are also provided. Face towels and bath robes complete the bathroom necessities.

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The hotel has an indoor infinity pool located at the 22nd floor and facing the Ortigas Center skyscrapers. A separate Jacuzzi is situated at one end of the pool. The infinity pool is open from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

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Also on the 22nd floor is Flow Fitness Center complete with modern workout equipment. One of the cool features of the gym is the in-wall iPod dock which allows you to play music from your iPod or iPhone to the centralized speaker system inside the gym.

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Our overnight stay at came with complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Cucina, the hotel's all-day buffet and a la carte dining restaurant. Cucina is located on the 24th floor, same floor as the Sky Lobby.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

For starters, there's a section for fruits and salads, sushi and sashimi, breads and pastries, a selection of cold cuts and gourmet cheeses. There's taho and champrado as well.


Hot dishes include bacon, hams, hotdogs and various sausages. Classic Filipino breakfast items such as tapa, longganisa, daing na bangus, danggit, tocino, adobo and bistek are also available. We've also seen some Indian dishes included in the buffet spread such as Lamb Rogan Josh, Vegetable Curry, Raj Mamasala and Alon Chana. Starch options include cereals, rice, potatoes, pasta and Asian noodles.


Breakfast buffet at Cucina is available from 6:00am to 10:00am. Walk-in guests can also avail of the breakfast buffet for P1,400.00 nett, subject to table availability.

Cucina Restaurant at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

(top) Cucina at night; (bottom-left) Chicken in Thai Green Curry; (bottom-right) Nasi Goreng

During our stay, we also had dinner at Cucina and we opted to try their a la carte dishes. Edgar had the Chicken in Thai Green Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice (P500.00) while I had the Nasi Goreng with Prawns, Deep-Friend Chicken, Grilled Satays served with Sambal, Pickles, Crackers and Fried Egg (P600.00). We also had Cucina Club Sandwich (P620.00) for midnight snack. Prices are subject to 10% service charge. We are yet to try their buffet lunch or dinner.

Lung Hin Restaurant at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

(top) interior of Lung Hin; (bottom-left) Steamed Pork Siomai; (bottom-right) Pan Fried Radish Cake with XO Sauce

We also tried Lung Hin, the hotel's contemporary Chinese restaurant located on the 44th floor, serving traditional and authentic Cantonese cuisine. For lunch, we had Steamed Pork Siomai (P220.00), Steamed Barbecue Pork Bun (P220.00), Pan Fried Radish Cake with XO Sauce (P220.00), Sauteed Diced Beef with Goose Liver in Golden Nest (P680.00), Yang Chow Fried Rice (P480.00), and Hot Walnut Cream (P200.00) for dessert. We'll write a separate post for our complete feature of Lung Hin. Prices are subject to 10% service charge.



Congratulations Marco Polo Ortigas Manila on your 1st Year Anniversary!

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Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 (02) 720-7777
E-mail: manila@marcopolohotels.com
Website: www.marcopolohotels.com
Facebook: facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila
Twitter/Instagram: @MarcoPoloManila

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