There are so many things to do when one visits the city of Manila. Places like the historical Intramuros, the Cultural Center of the Philippines or the family-friendly Manila Ocean Park are just some of the many interesting places you can explore in Manila. Spending a day or two is never enough. If you are on a tight budget but would want to stay longer in Manila to fully enjoy what the city has to offer, finding a budget friendly hotel should be on the top of your list. Good thing there is the Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Manila.
Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Manila is situated along A. Mabini St. in the famed Ermita district. It gives its guests easy access to the many interesting sites that will surely make their visit to Manila a very memorable one. It is a few minutes away from the city’s leisure spots, historical institutions, entertainment attractions and even business hubs and various government offices. Robinson’s Place Manila, Bonifacio Wall, The National Library, Metropolitan Theatre, Manila City Hall, US Embassy and The Department of Foreign Affairs are just some of the many places that are easily accessible when one is to stay at the Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Manila.
We arrived around 6 in the evening and the guard immediately assisted us to their parking lot. Yes, Gran Prix Manila have designated parking lot with 24-hour security.
Upon reaching the reception, we were greeted with a sweet smile by the receptionist and advised us to proceed to 7th floor where Rhina Villagracia, Sales and Marketing Supervisor of Gran Prix Hotels and Suites Luzon, was waiting for us.
After signing their registration form, we were escorted to our designated rooms. We got settled in our rooms and rested up for a couple of minutes. Around 7:30 pm, we went back to the function room located at the 7th floor to officially start the program. But before the presentation, Namayan Filipino Restaurant served us with mouth-watering and sumptuous food prepared by a 24 yr old chef, Gren Mendoza.
Monggo Soup, Lamb Shank meal for main dish, Lava Cake for dessert were served.
Then after dinner, Rhina showed us some presentation and discussed what Gran Prix Hotels can offer. Then, followed by a tour of the hotel…
Gran Prix Hotel & Suites offers Easy Bed rooms, small rooms with single bed, and fully air-conditioned. It is perfect for travelers looking for somewhere to stay. Easy Bed room doesn’t have a bathroom, thus, guests need to share a common spacious bathroom.
Our next stop, the Deluxe Room. The Deluxe Room is very spacious with 2 beds.***
Family Room. The Family room has a double deck bed and a queen sized bed. Perfect for a small family (couple with 2 kids).***
Superior Room. Perfect for single guest, Superior Room has the same amenities as their larger Suite Room.***
Suite Room. With King-size bed, the Suite room is perfect for a romantic getaway.***
*** Each spacious room features a full range of modern amenities: cable TV, air conditioning, telephone, keycard lock system, electronic safety deposit box and a private toilet and bath.
The hotel offers affordable accommodation with room rates that start at PHP 799 for the Easy Rooms, PHP 1,500 for the Superior Room. The Deluxe Room starts at PHP 1,999 a night. The Suite Room is at PHP 2,599 per night; the Family room starts at PHP 2,500. Rates are inclusive of daily breakfast.
A bit of interesting trivia I learned during the tour:
- Joe D’ Mango is not only a radio disc jockey. He’s also an interior designer. He’s the man behind the design of Gran Prix.
- Gran Prix chose minimalist design to make each room relaxing with spacious comfort and complete privacy.
- Gran Prix derived from the French word Grand Prix which is the literal translation of Grand Prize.
- Gran Prix Hotel is owned by a 100% Filipino-owned Company.
- Gran Prix owner love cars! Does Grand Prix ring a bell? Grand Prix = automobile racing.
After the tour, we went back to the function room where we had a fun activity. Their function room can accommodate small meetings of up to 30 people. It is also good for small activities like seminars, general meetings, product launchings. etc.
Then, before midnight, we went to the roof deck for a fellowship night where we were served with yummy pulutans and booze!
To make the night alive, a videoke machine was prepared where we can sing our lungs out until dawn. But around 4 in the morning, we decided to get some sleep. My husband and I were assigned to room 503 (Suite room). The room was adequate for us. Room was spotless, bed linen was clean & fresh. The room is very cozy and inviting. There are so many power outlets to power and charge our laptops,cellphones and cameras. Gran Prix also offers Wi-Fi Internet access in rooms and public areas like the lobby.
room amenities and security features
Too bad we missed the fabulous breakfast they have served for us. We woke up late (lol); but I really had a good night sleep. I definitely look forward to returning to Gran Prix; great value and a nice experience.
Gran Prix Hotel & Suites, which branches in other key cities such as Cebu, Tarlac, Boracay, Pasay and Cubao, also offer services such as dry cleaning, laundry service and room service which aim to make your stay worry free. Facilities such as the Namayan Restaurant & Bar and Fenwick Coffee Company allow the guests to unwind after a day of fun city exploration. The hotel’s personalized service gives its guests a taste of true Filipino hospitality.
Whether you are travelling alone or with a group, a stay at the Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Manila gives you the soothing refuge you need after a simulating tour within the exciting city that is Manila.
To know more about Gran Prix Hotels and Suites, like Gran Prix Hotel Pasay City, Gran Prix Hotel Cubao, Gran Prix Express Inn Tarlac, Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Cebu, The Sitio Boracay, Gran Prix Boracay Hideaway and Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Manila on Facebook.
Left to Right (top) Anna Jig Bax of The Serious Poser; Cathy Copaway of Chinese na Makulit; Montsch Acosta (my husband) of YipeeMedia; Flowell Galindez of In My Opinion; Ruth Floresca of Mommy Writes; yours trully Pinay Ads, Edelweiza Mabalay of Life in Manila; Enzo Luna of Juan Manila Express
Group photo by Jeman Villanueva of Orange Magazine TV
Thanks to Gran Prix Hotel and Suites Manila for a wonderful experience!