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Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila – the staycation that felt like a dream


Stayed two nights at Nobu during Holy Week and I might say, it’s so far the best hotel staycation we’ve had! Nobu is one of the three hotels that is part of the integrated casino resort that is City of Dreams Manila. The other hotels are Nuwa and Hyatt Regency. We chose to stay at Nobu because mainly Jeckie wants to try something out at the casino, ako naman I liked Nobu’s interior. ♥

I uploaded a Room Tour vlog on YouTube, check it out here: [Room tour] Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila – Deluxe room, breakfast, amenities

We booked through Agoda and checked in early at around 2:30pm. Room wasn’t ready yet and we were made to wait around 30mins for it. It’s a peak date (holiday) so it’s expected that rooms can take longer to get assigned.

When we got to our room I was pleasantly surprised. I super love how it’s designed. Normally I would prefer elegant, modern, or minimalist styles but I think I’ve graduated from that cos I really appreciate the Japanese inspired theme. It’s very characteristic.

The big brush paint accent on the wall, the roman shades, the roll-up blackout curtains, the lamps, I love the room so much! ♥ FYI I used to hate that big wall accent whenever it comes up in my feed but now I love it so much I specifically requested for it lol. 

We didn’t get a room with a bath tub but it’s more than fine. Maybe next time!

The large TV is an Android TV which is something I really admire because most hotels still only have cable which nobody uses anymore, so we always have to bring our Mi TV Stick just to watch Netflix or YouTube or Disney+. Glad we didn’t have to set it up this time. ♥

I learned about this late, but apparently all the food at the minibar is complimentary. There’s soda, juice, m&ms, and cup noodles.

Besides check-in taking too long, another thing I didn’t like was that they’re not responsive through email. Which I don’t really mind but that’s minus points in terms of hospitality for me. 5-star hotels usually are very responsive through email. Okada, being another busy hotel, never missed my emails. Anyway. Just to compare… cos I normally email hotels after booking to confirm, reiterate my requests, and subtly hint if we’re celebrating anything cos most of the time they take cues and prepare something hehe.

Oh wait, Smart signal is bad in the room. We’re on the 8th floor facing the pool. Little to no reception at all. But the free internet is fast and doesn’t require a username and password so yey.

They don’t allow outside food. Understandably so cos they have their own retail area where you can eat, so yeah take note. There aren’t a lot of food choices though. And most of the shops are high-end so we didn’t indulge. We focused on the restaurants. Personally the only familiar names are Mary Grace, Mango Tree, and Starbucks, and they’re the cheapest in the lot haha. There were a bunch of unfamiliar restaurants but owing to the fact that they’re in a casino resort, we have above average expectations. And they did not disappoint! We ate at Red Ginger (Southeast Asian) and Season 88 (Chinese, Filipino) and I highly recommend both when you’re in COD! 

They gave us three breakfast options. Option 1 is buffet breakfast at Hyatt. Option 2 is ala carte dining at Wave restaurant (by the pool). And Option 3 is ala carte in-room dining by Nobu. We stayed two nights so on day 1 we tried the buffet, and on our last day we ordered in-room.

Hyatt buffet was just okay, there weren’t a lot of choices to be honest. But it’s all good. I don’t tend to eat a lot during breakfast anyway so my plate was mostly continental, you know… bits of everything… pancake, bacon, eggs, potatoes, sausage, coffee.

Personally I prefer in-room dining because Nobu is serving and they have a good breakfast menu. Day 2 we got Nobu Style eggs benedict which was perfect.

We also got side salad, fresh fruits, bread, and juices. I love it!

Wave is the one option we didn’t try cos it’s too hot to dine out here.

We didn’t think of eating at Wave because of the heat wave haha. Sobrang init sa labas grabe I don’t think we would enjoy breakfast by the pool, but their menu looks good din!

They have a cute sized gym hehe. There are enough cardio equipment, a rack of weights, medicine balls, and other machines, but it’s pretty tight.

No enough space to lay down a mat and maybe do some yoga. To be fair I don’t think people would even use the gym when they’re here.

What really made this staycation special, and like I said, the best haha, was that we were able to win everything we spent here by playing at the casino. And before you say we’re lulong, let me be clear that I’M NOT PROMOTING GAMBLING because we all know it could lead to a serious addiction… 

yeeeeaah, that’s about the extent a disclaimer I can make…

but I still wanna share my excitement cos it’s quite an elated experience for both of us. Something I want to relish but also control cos there’s no knowing the depths of this rabbit hole we just peeked through haha. 

Thankfully, we came in with a strategy (ah! like many others before us haha). My husband taught me the martingale betting system which effectively works with roulette. But it’s not foolproof okay, it’s a slow process depending on your risk appetite. Like any wise man would say, bet only with what you can afford to lose. Have an exit point and a reward ceiling. I’m not gonna elaborate the system but so far in the few times we played we never lost. Sometimes we gained only a little bit, but overall our 14k yielded over 50k. We were ecstatic cos that’s more than enough to pay for our whole stay plus everything we ate there haha. 

When we wanted to eat at a restaurant we’d just play for 2k and call it a day. That’s basically how we enjoyed our stay hehe. It feels so freaking good. We’re on a high. But it’s so dangerous, this feeling, this brewing addiction, if you may. And we only ever hear regret stories about gambling so I have to be very very clear about my motivations every time we enter the playing field. 

What’s really off-putting thing about the casino though, besides losing and the growing possibility of being addicted, is the lingering smell of smoke, which is common naman with Casinos I think but I didn’t realize I’d hate it so much I’d gag. I wore a face mask the whole time but I still couldn’t stand it specially when someone in the same table is actively smoking. To be fair, COD smells better than Okada. Slightly or maybe because it’s larger. The cigarette smell in Okada is too thick and the place feels cramped. Over time you get used to it but again it sucks when someone nearby keeps puffing hehe.

Yeah I should stop raving about our measly winnings. It feels immoral to be proud of this. I shouldn’t be proud of it.

But yeah we would love to go back to City of Dreams haha. Char.