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So, we made it to Manila. It was dark when we arrived and since your truly thought the plane was at 8, not at 10. We headed back to the airport in the dark. I wish I could say I love the Manila airport... You have to wait in a general holding section after security (screening number 1) and watch a board that resembles a train station schedule board …
... and together with the new faith, they established lots of churches that are still flourishing in the city (and whole part of north Philippines). The name Manila comes from Maynilad, local term for a mangrove plant. Spanish concentrated around the walled city of Intramuros until they surrendered to the Filipinos at 1898. It was done in a beautiful church of San Agustin which was built by a soldier and architect, Juan Macias. During the WWII the city ...
Within minutes of landing at the Manila airport, it became clear to us that the previous 14 hours on the plane were likely the easiest part of the journey. Contrary to the relative order inside the airplane, we now find ourselves inside the very dated terminal building shuffling forward with thousands of other travelers trying to clear immigration and then queuing up for the luggage belt. Everything goes slow. ...
... was, maar in een katholiek land als de Filipijnen kun je er niet omheen. We zagen een rij kinderen in engelenkostuums klaarstaan om de kerk binnen te gaan en het was 's avonds bij de kathedraal een komen en gaan van mensen die kaarsjes brandden.
Voor ons was Cebu city een tussenstop, want de volgende dag vertrokken we alweer naar Dumaguete op het naastgelegen eiland Negros. Voor de verandering een knusse stad met een mooie boulevard vanwaar je – vooral ...
... a ticket out of the country to be allowed in. Oh poop, because we didn't have a ticket booked. So we rush over to the Air Asia counter at the airport in a rush not to miss our flight and in a rush, try to work out how long to spend in the Philippines. One slightly expensive flight to KL, Malaysia later and we can finally check in and go through security and get on the plane. We arrive in Clark airport, which Air Asia promotes as Clark (Manila), however Clark is a 3 hour bus ...
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Don't stay in the Bayview Park Hotel
I would like to update you on the Bayview Park hotel in Manila. I have just arrived home on 16th August 2005 after staying in the Bayview. This hotel in many advertising locations is classed as 1st Class. Sadly this is not the case - maybe 10-15 years ago it would have been a good hotel. Some of the rooms are dirty, the curtains, fixtures and fittings falling down, many areas totally neglected and in need of urgent repair.
After complaining twice about the state of the rooms I was allocated I eventually got a room that was fairly decent. The carpets outside however were filthy as if they had been used out on the streets.
The breakfast in the restaurant was usually cold because the small heaters below the dishes were not renewed or checked. The breakfast was also 2nd rate and many food dishes were not renewed or topped up until specifically asked for by a guest hence long waits.
This hotel should really be in the lower end for accomodation rating although it does have a mid-price tag due to its pricing rates.
I stayed in other hotels in the Philippines over a 3 week period and was very pleased with their standards. The Bayview however seriously needs attention and uplift on an urgent basis.
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone at all.
DO NOT STAY HERE--YOU'LL REGRET IT!
The hotel does not look like what they have in their website. Very run down and seems like whoever own it does not have any interest in renovating it. They put us in a room with molds and when we told the front desk they do not know what to do and have no interest in moving us in any other room. The room was so old it got cracks all over the wall. Fridge does not work and yup! They charge us twice for 1 drink we took out of the fridge! The place smells so old and so moldy. Phone does not work and towels are so old that the towel I use to dry my dog looks better! They have rip on their old bedsheets they use. The restaurant was terrible! One time we ate breakfast the food that suppose to be hot was so cold! We did not stay the whole duration of our stays that we paid through Expedia and move out. Of course, Expedia refuses to re-imburse for the rest of our money. There is nothing good I can say about this hotel. It is not a 3 star hotel like they say they are. I will not even give them a star for that matter!
For $40.00/night, OK (Good for Short Stays Only)
For the $40.00 I paid for one night, I think I got I paid for. The room was small but comfortable. The carpet in the hallway needs to be replaced, 'twas faded and stained. There were some renovations going on. Some areas looked newly painted. I think they need to fast-track these renovations because the hotel and its premises could use a major overhaul. The breakfast buffet was ok. The Starbucks coffee shop next to the dining area was one good thing about this hotel. The front desk staff could be more generous of their smiles. That can make up for a lot of shortcomings. The bell boy was very helpful. Would recommend for short stays only.
Scariest Shower I've ever had
The price I paid for the Bayview was reasonable, one of the most inexpensive I could find in the area. I stayed with my wife and daughter for about a week and found the room to be of average cleanliness but very small. Smaller than most 3 star hotel rooms(days inn, holiday inn, etc.) The thing that sticks out in my mind the most about my stay was the electrical outlet they had IN THE SHOWER. No, I'm not talking about a outlet BY the shower for use while shaving at the sink, but literally IN the shower wall. Needless to say this was a little unnerving trying to keep water away from the outlet while showering at the same time.
Stripped of all Stars
My family and I were suppose to "celebrate" our new year's eve...we ended up wishing that we stayed home!
January 30, 2004...Making the reservation
We called to make a reservation for 2 rooms facing Manila Bay(to witness the fireworks display better). Then we called again in the afternoon to reserve another room stating that we would like it to also face Manila Bay, we were informed that they could only reserve a city view room on the same floor. We accepted it and informed them that the 2 rooms reserved before would be bay view rooms.
Check in at 2pm January 31, 2004....
Lo' and behold, we checked in and they had NO bay view rooms available! So we bitched about it and even informed them who we talked to...So they HAD to give us bay view rooms...The best they could do 1 bay view room, a corner room and a city view room- what could we do but accept. When we got to the bay view room--OH MY GOD!!! It was located beside a room under construction so the paint fumes were horrible. The coffee pot maker was dirty! We demanded another room--we didn't even care if it faced the House of Satan as long as it was clean--but they said ALL the rooms were occupied or reserved--"be careful what you wish for, it just might come true"
The swimming pool....
We make it a point that when we check in a hotel it has to have a swimming pool...The pool which was located on the top floor was a joke...less than 10 kids could barely fit, how much more if according to them the hotel was full! Totally unsafe with stones from the landscape finish, the water was grimmy, you could smell the strong fumes of chlorine and it was way too small...
The day after...
Happy New Year!!! Ah! The first day of 2005, we headed down for our buffet breakfast...WHoa, out of the elevator there was a LONG line, around 20 people waiting for a seat at the lobby where breakfast was held! We had to wait 30-40 minutes to eat, and when we got to our table the food was almost gone! The tocino we were sooo craving for was gone and NEVER replenished...The breakfast buffet ended up like a sit down and wait to see what could be edible...After an hour of when we got down, the crowd doubled in number, and an angry, hungry mob is not what you want in your hotel, so that was when someone came up with a bright idea of adding more tables...HELLO?! Be prepared!!!
NO STAR HOTEL ACROSS THE EMBASSY...
BE PREPARED...The staff always told us that they were up to maxium capacity, well why did no one foresee the breakfast buffet crowd and moved to a bigger venue, like a function room? Why did they not have more than 2 people at their reception area during the time of checking in and checking out? Why did they not finish construction of their "upgrading" their rooms in time for the new Year celebration, or at least did not have the rooms beside those under construction occupied? Horrible service...Horrible rooms...Horrible hotel.
I suggest that Bayview Hotel be stripped off of the 2-3 stars it has! The only good thing in their hotel is the starbucks coffeeshop connected to it's lobby...
Rats and Roaches in my room
My brother and I checked in this hotel and we found big ben (rats) inside the room after few days. We were moved to another room and presence of small roaches all over the bathroom noted. Not only that, early in the morning you'll hear loud music played in the function room which is the top level of our room. Also, we were charged of drinks from the mini bar twice.
I personally do not recommend this hotel to any of my relatives or friends not even my dog. I'm very much disgusted.
Not very nice
We stayed at the Bayview Park Hotel for two nights in December.
Maybe the only two good things about the hotel are the rather low prices (if you get a good rate) and the view of the Manila Bay (the location depends what you like to do. Makati might be the better choice).
The hotel is not very well managed. E.g. Bedding and towels are clean - but very old (holes in towleds and linen). Many 2* guesthouses have better rooms. The breakfast buffet is not worth trying (we had a look and went to the Starbucks next door).
We had a look at the (very small) rooftop pool, there were a few children in the pool and most of the area around the pool was used by hotel staff to clean carpets etc. - unacceptable (just assume the hotel has no pool ;-).
Beside that we found the service not very good. E.g. they charge 200 Php if you request a second keycard (for the 2nd person staying in a double room - which we booked at the higher double room rate).
In summary the hotel is "ok lang" to stay one or two nights. But its just a safe place to sleep not more. Therfore I do not recommend to stay at this hotel. The only reason to choose the hotel could be the low price (in my opinion its not worth more than 30US$ a night).
Got hitched in this hotel!
when my family and I stayed in this hotel they made us pay for drinks from the mini bar which we didn't consume! imagine paying for something you didn't even get a taste of! grrrrrr. we were out the whole day then arrived at around 9 pm to get a quick shower before taking off to meet with friends again for dinner. then we came back around 2 am totally exhausted and right away slept the night off. when we checked out the next day we were told we consumed a soda and mineral water! how could this be? we were out almost the whole day! i asked to see the cleaners after we left coz they were the ones who told the front desk bout the consumed bottles in our room, they were all gone! the staff keft pointing fingers as to whom i'll talk to! this aint good folks! with no one to talk to, i paid it all! darn i won't stay in this hotel again!
Every move required some sort of payment
the service was terrible. we asked for baby cot upon reservation at 2pm. then when we checked in at 6pm the same day, we reminded them about it. we went out for dinner and came back at 10pm, asked for the cot again. at 12mn, we called the desk to ask about the cot and then someone said they forgot about it. the cot arrived minutes after that call. by that time, the baby was fast asleep on the bed. was i supposed to say get the crib here in 10 minutes and you get a tip?!
i wanted to call a local taxi for pick up from hotel. i couldnt call from the room since we didnt pay the 1,000 Php to use phone for outside calls. i went to the lobby to ask for a courtesy phone. there was none. i asked the receptionist if he could dial the number for me and get the taxi to pick us up. he said he would have to charge me for it. i told him it was a local call, wouldnt cost him a cent. i ended up spending more calling from my mobile, but id rather pay to the phone company than to that hotel!!!
lastly, upon entering the room, there was a dead cockroach behind the door.
Hotel rated wrong
I travel all over the world and I was very dissatisfied with your hotel. I paid for a superior room and it did not have any refridgerator stock. The shower had no hot water even after running it for 15 mins to get it hot, the sink was missing the control rod for the plug and the room was far below what I have had in hundereds of other 4 star hotels around the world.
The door man do not even open the doors upon entering, bell boys are not around. and the front desk clerks are equal to what you find in 1 and 2 star hotels. This hotel is so over rated with 4 stars it is sick. Be assured I will never stay in it again and the restraunt is below that of 2 star hotels. You must have paid someone off to get 4 stars for this hotel.
The staff I encountered were not friendly and even when I asked for a manager or an assistanct manager none were available this morning at check out. I plan on sending my comments to books that write about manila so others do not experience what I did. You can go around the corner to the swagman and get better service.
As a pilot I was shocked to have stayed in this hotel. You need to clean up your act and when someone pays for a superior room don't give them a standard room. Even the beds are not good in this hotel. If you want to see what a real 4 star hotel is go to CEBU midtown hotel and stay in a standard room and you will see what the rest of the world experiences in real 4 star hotels.