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Stepping foot in Rizal Park Hotel instantly transports guests to the glitz and glamour of old Manila. This historic boutique hotel located along Manila Bay adaptively reuses the former Manila Army and Navy Club building, a National Historical Landmark originally built in 1911.
After undergoing massive renovations starting in 2014 by hotel developer Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp. and reopening on July 26, 2017, the sparkling hotel now features 110 beautifully designed rooms that embody a unique colonial-era design.
The facade of Rizal Park Hotel looks like something out of a history book or vintage postcard. Both the exteriors and interiors of the hotel feature the trademark arches that original Architect William Parsons favored in his designs a century ago.
Rizal Park Hotel manages to feel both old and new. The impressive airy lobby boasts of classic black and white checkerboard tiles complemented by pops of color in the carpet going up the stairway and stained glass windows surrounding the dramatic domed ceiling.
The hotel has beautifully designed rooms ranging from deluxe rooms, junior suites, premier suites, and an Army Navy Club Suite, also known as the Presidential Suite. The neutral nude tones dominating the room and touches of gold hardware and nostalgic machuca tiles, make each room feel light, yet luxurious. Each room is equipped with modern conveniences like a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and a small coffee and tea making station.
On the fourth floor of the annex building, an infinity pool gives guests a view of the sea and famous Manila Bay sunsets. Right next to the pool is a gym and sauna which guests can enjoy during their stay.
The hotel also has fully-equipped entertainment facilities such as a spa, a coffee shop, a sky bar, a courtyard, function halls, a casino, marina, and in-house restaurant Café Rizal that offers guests a place to enjoy Chinese fine dining and buffet meals.
Not only does the hotel offer a stylish place to stay, it also serves as a good jump off point for other historical spots in Manila, including Rizal Park (just 500 meters away), Quirino Grandstand, Manila Ocean Park, Museo Pambata, and the National Museum Complex nearby. Intramuros is just 1.2 km away.
If you’re in the mood for a historic and stylish staycation in Manila, Rizal Park Hotel offers an ideal getaway right in the city.
Rizal Park Hotel is located at South Road Drive, TM Kalaw Extension, Ermita. For inquiries visit www.rizalparkhotelmanila.com