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Staycation at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

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Jeckie and I celebrated our first anniversary at Sofitel, mainly because we wanted to eat at Spiral haha. Dinner there costs ₱3,500 nett per head, so that’s ₱7,000 for the two of us. A room, on the other hand costs around ₱7,500 with breakfast at Spiral included, so you know?! Nagbook na lang kami. Sulit din naman haha. Btw, we booked via Trip.com.
I’ve been to Sofitel a couple of times before with my parents. I wasn’t too impressed on our last time there because the rooms look super old na as in the furnishings and carpeting look so outdated. But now?

Ganon parin. Charot! The rooms look updated, and it smells super nice, like when you pass by a Mia Maison kiosk haha. Yass there’s some aromatherapy going on in our room and I love it kasi pag pasok mo parang amoy bago lagi kahit ang kalat sa loob hahaha.

The room smells clean and everything looked neat and polished. I gathered that most hotel layouts look this way: closet, minibar, and bathroom along the entrance hallway, then opening up to the main area is the bed on one side and a long TV desk that continues as a work desk on the end. There’s also a small chaise nook beside the bed. I love this layout! Truly master bedroom goals!

I’m I’m not mistaken all guest rooms at Sofitel have a balcony. Ours is overlooking the old Manila Film Center and this newly built dampa market called Seascape Village. We tried to see what’s going on there the next day but we were disappointed by the lack of variety. It’s a seafood haven, and most of the restaurants are Chinese, some of them aren’t open for business yet.

Our view on the right is Manila Bay. Great sight, bad scent.

Back to the room…

So, they’ve got a closet with a bathrobe, disposable slippers, iron and ironing board, and a safety vault. Note that the balcony door is equipped a some sensor that turns off the AC when it’s open so make sure to always close it! Also, what a nice energy-saving feature!

The minibar has some complimentary treats like coffee, tea, and water. Althaus tea is good! I gathered that you can always order for some more water and you’re allowed to bring snacks in, they won’t mind. On our second night we ordered through KFC delivery. They’re not allowed up so we had to meet them at the parking lot.

The bathroom is also super nice and immaculately clean. It’s a decent size with a spacious enough shower and vanity area. Their toiletries used to be L’Occitane but now they’ve changed to Lanvin. I personally prefer the former haha. As usual, hotel bathrooms are definitely goalssss.

They’ve got shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, body lotion, toothbrush set, shower cap, nail file, cotton rounds, and earbuds.

Our main source of entertainment is Netflix. Sofitel doesn’t have it, but they have strong free wifi and we brought a laptop and an HDMI cable so voila, we were able to Netflix and chill.


I didn’t expect this kind of welcome but their staff gave us a small token in celebration of our anniversary. Sweet!

And when we dined at Spiral that night, they also gave us this freaking delicious cake! Huhu. I did mention in my confirmation email with them that we’re staying for our anniversary, but I never expected them to actually take note. What a nice gesture!

Dinner (and breakfast haha) at Spiral will be a whole different story, wait for it on my next post! Ang masasabi ko lang, it’s the beeeeeest buffet restaurant in Manila.