A Weekend at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
|Our home for the weekend: a cosy deluxe room at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila|
On my recent stay at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, I must admit I initially got overwhelmed at the sky lobby on the 24th floor. What used to be a quiet, high-ceilinged reception is now a busy floor with guests coming in and out 24/7. The service though remained consistently efficient and swift.
We were handed our keycards and off we went to our deluxe room on the 33rd floor. While the fruit basket and sweet treats to welcome us weren't really something new at the hotel, our room looks more contemporary and current than the one where I stayed years ago. Panoramic views of the Ortigas skyline were framed by floor-to-ceiling windows draped in ash-hued curtains. The sun peeks through perfectly while still able to control the heat from the outside going in. The room was freezing but totally manageable with just a click of a button.
The bathroom was another story--average in size but the fittings are world-class from the tub to the rainshower and everything else in between. I might sound exaggerated but a "quality" shower makes me happy. You see, it's the only time you are truly alone and away from the cruel world outside--a relaxing activity for me! One can enjoy watching his or her favorite TV show straight from the tub through a glass wall. This was Akisha's favorite part, of course! The non-slip flooring makes it child- and senior citizen-friendly.
|The sleek bathroom|
|Akisha settling in|
|My mom and tita enjoying the|
|The indoor infinity pool|
|Inside the locker room|
|Modern interiors at Lung Hin|
|Sichuan-style spicy chicken, honey-glazed barbecue pork, and suckling pig|
The serving sizes were generous and I felt like if I was to finish all of the six courses I would actually burst. Of course, that's an exaggeration, but kidding aside, the executive menu is really good value for money.
The dim sum selection is of course the star. Besides the usual hakaw, I ordered the scallops dumplings and it was divine--something that I would order again for sure.
|Prawn dumplings and scallops dumplings|
|See those gold flakes?|
|Deep-fried pork spareribs|
|Wok-fried US beef ribs with fresh mushrooms in black pepper sauce|
|Deep-fried chicken with pickled ginger plum sauce|
|Steamed tiger prawns with enoki mushroom vermicelli in garlic|
|Steamed grouper fillet with eggplant and preserved vegetables|
|Pan-fried crispy egg noodle with prawn ball and minced pork|
|Chilled mango pudding|
Breakfast (or even lunch and dinner) buffets are worth checking out at Cucina, too. Good thing that despite the busy traffic of guests at around 8:00 am, the restaurant still did not feel and look full and the staff were able to attend to the needs of the diners quickly. The buffet spread was varied and includes the usual breakfast staples of croissants, pancakes, waffles, congee, noodles, garlic rice, bacon, and omelette among others, as well as some special fare like the flavorful salmon in lemon butter sauce (blockbuster!) and aloo gobi with roti. Plus, as in the other Marco Polo properties in the Philippines (they have one in Davao and Cebu), do not miss the delightful bread pudding drizzled with vanilla sauce and topped with blueberry coulis--pure heaven. If they serve ice cream, ask for a scoop to make it a la mode. Just sinful.
|Salmon in lemon butter sauce got five thumbs up from me!|
|Choose your noodles!|
|Mine was Nanking beef noodles|
|Eggs in flying colours =)|
|Make your own omelettes|
|Miso soup with fresh wakame|
|Crispy bacon is LOVE|
|Pancakes and waffles|
A weekend spent at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila was well worth every centavo. You get to detach from the noise outside world plus you could enjoy the hotel's award-winning restaurants within an arm's reach. Can't wait to stay there again.