“Leave the rest to us”. This is the slogan of Ramada Manila Central, the first international hotel in Binondo, Manila. Being a newly opened four star hotel with an international brand, I raised my expectation prior to our stay. We visited their restaurant a few months earlier and vowed to check the hotel in the future . Imagine our joy when they offered discounted vouchers through LivingSocial. With their slogan in mind, we gave our full trust, relaxed and “left the rest to them”. Were we impressed? I can boldly say Yes. The hotel have thought of everything and will do anything to make sure you enjoy your stay.
The best things about Ramada Manila Central, in my opinion at least, are: the very nice luxurious rooms that are up to the mark, elegant, spacious, spotlessly clean and well thought out, the food which is top-notch, the staff who are attentive and always make sure your needs are met and are so genuinely pleasant and the service that is generally of a high standard.
Our experience was seamless from the reservation to check-in. Gillian whom we communicated with via email was very accommodating. Reservation was a breeze. Inside, the magnificent and wide reception area, beautiful lighting, simple yet well designed furniture and a marbled staircase leading to News Cafe were most noticeable. The welcome at reception was distinctly friendly and the atmosphere hospitable.
The best thing though was entering the very luxurious and spacious room. It was new and clean with complete amenities and had a nice view. Being an avid traveler and having stayed in various hotels and guesthouses, this is so far the cleanest hotel we ever stayed in. It smelled great and fresh.
The room furnishings are simple and natural. Colors are earthy complimenting various shades of red. Above the bed is a large framed painting of Koi fish. This whole Zen set up, the colors, the decors created a peace haven in the comfort of our room. Red for luck, Koi fish for harmony and happiness. What else can you ask for.
The upscale amenities included complete toiletries( shampoo, conditioner, bath foam and soap, 2 sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste), soft towels, two pairs of slippers, a bathrobe, hair dryer , 2 bottles of water, newspaper, a mini ref, LCD TV, safe deposit box, lounge chair and tea and coffee making facilities.
We also spent a few time revelling the view from our room which looks out across Binondo Church and Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz in the short distance.
Ramada Mornings Buffet
Breakfast was great. We ate well, and felt that the buffet menu which was included in the accommodation was a steal. Even if you are not a guest in the hotel, you can drop by to try their breakfast offering. Buffet is fairly priced.
The buffet spread that morning included ham cheese roll, adobo flakes and bacon. The bacon was baked so it wasn’t greasy which was great. The adobo flakes were tasty but a bit tough. We would have preferred them to be super crispy.
Our son was contented with a combo of fruit loops, corn flakes and choco flakes. You can bring your kids for breakfast and they will definitely enjoy this.
Those who prefer vegetables and fruits will not be dismayed. They have fresh fruit platters like watermelons, papaya, melon etc. and a salad bar (lettuce, olives, cucumbers etc )with various dips and dressings to choose from.
Hot fried rice, steaming siopao, siomai, congees were also available with century eggs, pickles and other side dishes.
Other viands were beef misono, longanisa, steamed Chinese ham, fish fillet with pesto and sauteed vegetables. The fish fillet was a hit. I just love anything with pesto.
Ramada Lunch Buffet
One of the hotel’s highlight is its restaurant, The News cafe. We tried the weekday lunch a few months back and the Sunday brunch just recently. Both times did not disappoint. The cafe was smoothly and professionally run. The buffet lunch was delicious with a great variety of Chinese and western food, fresh fruits, juice, tea and coffee. They had a pasta station. You can choose from 3 sauces, white, pesto and red which was a bit spicy. Since it was cooked upon order, expect it to be warm and flavorful. They also had a carving station. They had Lechon chicken and pork. Crispy and tender.
Check photos below to see more of what they offer. Enlarge to appreciate.
In parting, this was the best hotel imaginable. The room was spacious and comfortable. The restaurant food was delicious . The hotel receptionists and staff were very courteous and helpful. The security was top-notch and the service was the best we have ever experienced.
We look forward to coming back to this hotel soon. Definitely among the best to stay in Manila.
Ramada Manila Central
Location: Ongpin Cor. Quintin Paredes Sts.,1006 Manila, Philippines
Phone: 632.5886688 / 632.3544151
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RamadaManilaCentral
Disclaimer & Disclosure: The reviews on the site are presented in good faith and strictly my own. They are intended for informational purposes only. In majority of the posts/reviews, we paid for our meals and accommodation. In cases where they were complimentary, I usually mention that we were invited by the host.