one of my 10 things i have not done before that i posted at the start of the year was to spend a night in a historic hotel. well the oldest hotel that i know of in manila is obviously manila hotel and to take it simply, if it is old its historic, hehe.
established in 1912, manila hotel has survived even the bombing of manila during world war II. the japanese troops took over and maybe even ate buffet dinners at café ilang-ilang .. lol!
when i was about to check-in at the hotel, i told the front desk reception that i had the reservation done online but did not received confirmation. they checked their records and voilà! my name was not listed and not confirmed! i thought i won’t be able to check-in and that will be a full embarassment on my part for i have invited a friend for dinner. good thing they offered to take my card and charged me on the same amount as their internet rate.
i chose a deluxe room and was assigned at the seventh floor, facing intramuros. the room has its classic flair of furnitures and a modern marble-tiled bathroom with a water-proof lcd tv. broadband internet and a fruit basket were complimentary – including nine pillows that almost took the space half of the bed! 😀
buffet meals are served at café ilang-ilang where i invited my blogger friend chyng for dinner. it’s my advance birthday treat for her for she’s like a little sister to me and is the first person whom i’ve known who has the same birth date as mine.
i’m not really into food blogging but chyng’s post on café ilang-ilang will surely be a feast in your eyes. read chyng’s blog entry, café ilang-ilang at the manila hotel.