25
Nov
15

Hotel Review: Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is one of the latest addition to the growing number of hotels in Metro Manila and is conveniently located in the City of Dreams Manila in Entertainment City.  I had the chance to spend a night here, and here are my thoughts.

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Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

Just three kilometers from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a few minutes from SM Mall of Asia, and having a great view of Manila Bay, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is indeed in a pretty good location.  It is one of three hotels in City of Dreams Manila (the other two being Crown Towers Manila and Nobu Hotel Manila) and its lobby also leads to the casino floor.

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The hotel lobby

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The ceiling decor of the lobby

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A typical hallway to the rooms

We stayed in a standard double room during this visit.  The room is very, very spacious!  Let me describe the room in bullet form:

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Our standard double room

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Our spacious restroom with the bathtub

  • High ceiling
  • Floor to ceiling glass window covering the entire width of the room
  • Restroom with showers and bathtub
  • Toiletries from dental products to skin and hair care including a hairdryer
  • Towels and bathrobes
  • Plenty of drawer and closet spaces; hangers, flat iron, ironing board, and safe
  • Desk, tables, and chairs
  • Fully-stocked refrigerator
  • Complimentary welcome items
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Double beds
  • Plenty of power outlets (the most I’ve ever seen in a hotel room, really!)
  • Proximity key card room and elevator access
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom area
  • Digital display near the door for showing messages like “Do Not Disturb” or “Make Up Room.”
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The doorbell is also here

The Lounge

The Club Lounge of Hyatt City of Dreams Manila (exclusive to checked-in guests) is the first guest lounge I’ve ever encountered that provide complimentary drinks and pre-dinner cocktails, all day!  They serve a variety of drinks from bottled water to imported sodas, tea, and coffee, to beers, wines, and other spirits at certain times of the day.  There are also some candies and cakes but what I really liked are their cookies!  Also served at certain times of the day are sandwiches, salads, sushis, etc.  You practically don’t need to get out of the hotel to eat, and everything is free!

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Salads, sushi, desserts (photos taken at dinner time)

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Dumplings and noodles area

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Breads, cheese… care for some wine?

The Café

The Café is a buffet restaurant located at the ground floor, right beside the casino, and is open 24-hours.  We were able to enjoy their breakfast buffet (which run until 10:30AM) and here’s how it went.

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Entrance to The Café from the Hyatt lobby

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One of the first stations of the buffet

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Dessert island 😀

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The inner section of The Café

The Café’s selection is huge!  There are the typical continental choices and Asian but what surprised me are the distinct Filipino food like pancit, champorado, and even taho to name a few!  The food is grouped into aisles, distributed along the length of the restaurant, so there’s no crowding.  And there are plenty of seats so you don’t feel like you’re eating in a food court.  But most of all, the quality of food is good!  It is highly improbable that you’d be able to taste all the food served because of the sheer number of options, and those that you would pick tastes like they were prepared with care and good ingredients, not mass produced!

The Pool

Hyatt City of Dreams Manila thankfully has a good outdoor pool that you can actually swim in, but as with most hotels, it’s not really that long.  They also have an outdoor hot water Jacuzzi in the area for those who find the pool a bit too chilly.  Towels are also provided in the area as well and bottled water was served when we arrived.  You may also get bathrobes from the nearby fitness center (which I was not able to visit).  The pool area is also opened overnight although I’m not sure if swimming is allowed.

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The pool area of Hyatt

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Towels are on the lounge seats for your convenience 🙂

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Yes, it’s big enough to do some laps

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The pool area at night

Summary

I really like that Hyatt finally leveled up their hotel in Metro Manila!  Not only are their rooms modern and fully-equipped (and smell really good!), they also didn’t cut back on their amenities.  They have a decently-sized pool for those who want to be in the waters, a fitness center for those who want to break some sweat, The Café for those looking for a good buffet anytime of the day, and The Club Lounge that provides complimentary food and drinks round-the-clock that I’ve never seen elsewhere.  Room service was also good even in the wee hours!  I’m just not a fan though of the restroom door not having a lock, but that’s a minor concern.  And while its location isn’t really near the business district of Makati, it is within a few minutes radius of the casinos of Entertainment City, the shopping and business centers of SM Mall of Asia, the NAIA, and some government offices.  And speaking of location, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is a great place to watch the breathtaking Manila Bay sunset.

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The pool area of Hyatt is on the same level as the pool areas of the other two hotels

Travel Tip: Consider signing up for a free Hyatt Gold Passport® account as this allows you to earn points leading to free nights and other benefits.

Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is located at Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid post but is from my personal experience.


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