Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

I’ve been to many hotels in the city, and I can say that staying for a weekend at Orchid Garden Suites in Manila is one of my memorable stay.

Last October 2017 during my blog coverage at the recent Manila FAME, I stayed at this humble place for 3D2N. It was my first time at this place, not a typical grand hotel with high ceilings, and grand chandeliers and posh butlers around, however it gives me that kind of unique appeal.

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First, it was October but the hotel has welcomed me with these beautifully adorned Christmas decors!
I was amazed truly, and Christmas gives me delights, anyway.


The Lobby

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

When I reached their lobby, I instantly sensed that there is something exceptional about this hotel. I was thinking maybe this place is a former old mansion converted into a hotel. If you are very observant, you would noticed that those windows, and pillars would tell many stories of the past.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Without wasting my time, I’ve visited their website and learned that this place is indeed a former mansion house of the former Philippine Supreme Court Justice Antonio Villa-real built in 1935, and was commissioned to one of the Philippine’s National Artist of Architecture, Pablo Antonio.



During those days, this mansion was home for many dignitaries and known personalities. And in 1995, the family decided to convert it into a hotel, now known as Orchid Garden Suites. In 2006, this hotel was nominated for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Preservation.
After reading its background story, I felt that distinct happiness that I’ve got an opportunity to spend my weekend at Orchid Garden Suites.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Each corners have those beautiful paintings which are made during it era. This photo is taken in their main elevator which is also adorned with Christmas décor. Ooh I could feel the holiday season so early then!

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
As I reached my floor (am on 8th floor!) I admire how shiny and tidy the floor and the wooden walls are! While walking its hallway, I felt like travel back in those golden era, and starting to enjoy the old luxurious life.


The Room

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

For unknown reason, I was assigned to stay at their humble Family Room (see the cost per night at above photo, via Expedia). Maybe there is no available rooms, so they gave me the family room.

Yeah, I enjoyed the whole room by myself with these three beds! LOL

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Though the room lacks the amenities of the modern luxury hotels, I like the simplicity it provided. My room have this sofa, which I think could be another space for one guest!

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Aside of these three comfortable beds, it has a functional air conditioner, a cable TV, a huge cabinet for my own usage, and a telephone.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
My room also have this complimentary coffee, tea, and bottled waters, plus a free use water heater. My cabinet is spacious enough and had this safety deposit box for my valuable belongings. Also had this mini fridge for my food.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Here’s my humble bathroom! I’ve got the basic needs like these toiletries, fresh white towels, extra tissue roll, and a hot-and-cold shower. But my heart slightly sunk when I learned there is no bathtub (sigh, you know how much I love bathtubs!).

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Well, it’s okay to have no bathtub! My heart was lifted again when I saw this hair dryer.
Yey for this! Because you can never caught me walking outside with wet hair.

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Yup I guess I became comfortable with my room!



The Swimming Pool

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

If you feeling like want to have a dip, they have a swimming pool located at the ground floor of the hotel, next to the lobby. I haven’t got the chance to indulge in this pool, due to my hectic schedule.


The Lobby Bar

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
At the hotel lobby, you will see this adjacent lobby bar. They serve your favorite coffee and I guess some few drinks and wine, and also sandwiches and pancakes.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
I like how cozy the appeal it gives as an adjacent bar, and the privacy it gives to their guests.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
They only have few tables so you don’t have to worry about overcrowding. They also provide free wifi access, and you can enjoy your coffee here while working, and no one will bother you.


Café Alicia

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Located on the right outside the hotel lobby, passing thru the patio is the Café Alicia where I spent my hearty breakfast during my stay. If I felt amazed with the hotel per se, the Café Alicia is another story.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Also in a vintage theme, Café Alicia is another unique place that you should visit when you have free time. Just like the hotel, Café Alicia was adorned with Christmas décor in October and adds appeal to this cozy place.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
I love how they layout the place just like a vintage home in its prime era. The white-and-blue theme is admirable. Café Alicia serves breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can visit the place when you are nearby.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
And foods?! Ahhh I have no protest. I enjoyed my hearty breakfasts and dining experience.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
I also noticed how charming their dining table, as they decorated it with old newspaper clippings of every iconic happenings many years back. It is very interesting to read those clippings while waiting for your ordered food. Also, you will noticed these black-and-white photos of every wives of the early Philippine Presidents. Very charming!

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
This café is not only make me enjoy their food, but also the history that they patiently plastered in the whole place!

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
And if you want to enjoy fresh air, you may opt to dine al fresco. Good for enjoying your coffee and reading your favorite book!

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila
Look how quaint this patio/parking space! I like it and you can truly feel and smell that fresh air these plants brings in.



By the way, before I leave that night to attend the Gala of Weaves, I never missed that opportunity to take some souvenir photos wearing my dress.

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

Hahaha I felt like am truly travelling back in time!
I also like the olive-and-white color themed of this hotel. Although some of their furniture (like that sofa in the lobby) needs to upgrade, however those wooden furniture gives a distinctive appeal and can stayed as is. 


Verdict:

Overall, my weekend at Orchid Garden Suites brought another exceptional experience to my entire staycation life. I like how attentive their staffs are, the foods, everything is worthy!

For this staycation, I would live it a 4-star experience!

Review: Orchid Garden Suites Manila

If you want to experience traveling back in time, you may opt to check and stay at Orchid Garden Suites, and discover its story by yourself.




Orchid Garden Suites Manila
620 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila


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xoxo, Blair


84 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Oh how I love that dress on you.And I certainly wouldn't complain if I was given the family room either lol. I'm glad that you enjoyed the cafe food.

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    1. Hahaha thank you Ana. Yeah I enjoyed lots of beds! And the foods in the café are so nice.

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  2. so beautiful and feel like a princess if stay at this hotel. Seeing the situation from the pictures has made me so excited to stay here. Will be stay here one fine day if i go vacation there.

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    1. Thank you Bonda! Yeah you will enjoy here and don't forget to experience dining at their café.

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  3. The decoration so modern and classy ! Facilities looks complete too easy for guests.i love your geometric dress.beautiful

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  4. I've never been to Manila for a long time to go there for a good look at this beautiful and luxurious stay at ok prices will not be able to sit there anymore.

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    1. Hahaha you should try it next time when you are in town.

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  5. This place is pretty. Simple and nice. and they have a swimming pool! :) Good chose

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  6. Enjoy reading your staycation experience at Orchid Garden Suites. Very nice hotel and i wish to go there some day.

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    1. It was a good experience, and I can't forget that humble breakfast at their café.

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  7. Wow.. The mansion is so beautiful. I never saw the shinning floor like this before in every hotel ive been to. The room was so spacious for a family and im sure the guest will have a stunning experience here.

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    1. Yeah it was spacious enough. Its a humble room and I like it.

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  8. wah..that place so nice..looks eksklusif..more nature..looks very calm..oh my your dress looks gorgeous..hehe

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  9. This place look so cozy! Will stay here if I visit to Manila.

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  10. Personally, what makes me excited whenever I get the chance to have a staycation is not just the comfort that it brings, but also the swimming pool and the food. This is actually so perfect for me, I will definitely try to stay here If I get to travel to Manila soon. The room looks really spacious, organized and clean. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  11. A very beautiful hotel, even though yes, it does not look that large or spacious. You in that arty dress fitted in just nicely. HAHA

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  12. Hi.
    I am glad to read post about REVIEW: ORCHID GARDEN SUITES MANILA.
    Good job Its good to share with others. I like your post. Keep up the good.

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  13. I do really love your dress. You look gorgeous on it. and that suites looks perfect place for having a relaxing time. The room is so comfortable and warm.

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    1. Thank you Shub! My dress is uber festive!

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  14. That's a lovely choice for an accommodation. The little touches make it so welcoming, like the couch in that niche by the elevator. Your dress is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Punita! This hotel is very welcoming :)

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  15. I think I could live here too, or at least stay as long as possible. It's so fun finding a place like this for a little getaway and make you feel like a queen.

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    1. You should try someday Rosemary! Visit Manila :D

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  16. Your staycations are the kind of stuff which poke at the envy corner in most people's brains. Orchid garden suites do look cozy and ensconced in a bubble of greenery.

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    1. Hahaha thanks Denny :D You should try this place as well.

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  17. These are some very beautiful impressions and it seems you really had a great time there,especially in your 3-bed room :)
    The lobby looks very inviting and cozy. Also the Cafe Alicia looks adorbale, everything so white and pure. I love the idea with the newspapers as a dining table - thats really cool.
    If I might once visit Manila, I would surely also like to stay in the Orchid garden suites

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  18. Looks like a good option for those looking for large suite-style rooms and elegant decor for an affordable price. Some of the furnishings in the room look a little basic but mostly, the place looks quite grand!

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    1. I agree. This place is no luxury but quite humble enough.

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  19. The pool and outside patio are darling. Amazing that was a former estate residence. It looks like you had a nice staycation.

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    1. I agree. I just regret that I haven't tried their pool! I forgot my swimwear!

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  20. This space looks exceptionally quaint and enjoyable. The perfect place to relax and enjoy time away from home. The family room concept seems quite cool- especially for those with children who can sleep in their own beds but need to be close. Thank you for the review!

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    1. Yeah, I guess the beds can be requested to be side-by-side.

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  21. I would've never guessed this is the former mansion of former SC Justice Villareal. Now I am curious, makes me want to stay there. lol. That hotel is simple yet classy. And you look beautiful in that gown btw.

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    1. My stay was became more meaningful when I realized this is a restored old mansion. It is rare that we experience living in old mansions.

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  22. I'm soooo jealous...lol I absolutely love the pics you posted too, not to mention the one where you were sitting in that lovely dress. I wanna stay here now!! haha Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience here.

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  23. I have never been to the Philippines but this hotel looks absolutely amazing. I would want to stay there forever. I love the room with loads of beds in it for a family.

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    1. Oh you must visit the Philippines, pretty sure you will enjoy here.

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  24. Looks like a nice place. I've been wanting to travel to the Philippines. I'll have to show this to my wife.

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    1. You and your family will enjoy the Philippines!

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  25. It looks very comfortable and stylish. I would like to stay there. It will be in my mind. Thanks for your article.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! Truly appreciate it :D

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  26. Absolutely beautiful location! Your photos are fabulous too!

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  27. Wow, this is so fancy! The pictures you used made this post fantastic. You look stunning in the dress you wore to the gala of weaves xx

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  28. What a beautiful hotel! I would definitely bring my family to stay there.

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    1. Yeah, this is perfect for family - look at my space! And its more affordable as well.

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  29. The Orchid Garden looks very cozy and well located. Great to hear it provides a 4-star experience, even if it lacks some of the luxury features. It's always fun to stay someplace with a lot of history behind it.

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    1. I agree. And I like the story and history behind of this hotel. It makes my stay more precious.

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  30. I wish I was hella rich so that I can afford living there forever.

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    1. Hahaha well, you should find other old mansion, adopt it and turn into your own hotel. It will be cool!

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  31. Nice hotel place and hotel! I love your dress! Keep smiling ��

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  32. Looks like you had an amazing staycation! I have to keep the Orchid Garden Suites in mind if I'm ever traveling through that area. Sorry that you didn't get a chance to relax by the pool, but it looks like you got a little downtime in your room. Also - your dress is beautiful!

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    1. Its okay! There will be another time for the pool.
      Thank you for reading my blog :D

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  33. Such a lovely place to stay! It's so funny that you got yourself 3 beds. The lobby bar looks really cozy. Also, I would like to have a meal at Café Alicia. The food looks yummy and the decoration is lovely.

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    1. Yeah it was a surprise, coz they aid there is no available single beds. But I enjoyed my stay :)

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  34. I wonder who the interior designer is? The decor is absolutely amazing! This is a great choice of stay.

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  35. First of all, i am LOVING that dress. Second, i can't stop marveling at the hallway. So beautiful, elegant and shinny. Looks like you had a lot of fun over there though!.

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    1. Thank you dear, yeah I had a great stay good food, and awesome services.

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  36. I love love love your Hala outfit, it is chic and you look totally gorgeous! The hotel is indeed very beautiful, the vintage decor is so pretty to look at. What a perfect option for a staycation in Manila!

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    1. Thank you Suma! I was so festive then :D

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  37. Orchid Garden suites looks perfect place to stay in Manila. I loved the simple and classy interiors of this palatial villa/mansion.

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  38. This is such a beautiful hotel! I would love tooi visit someday!

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  39. Love this, this has inspired me to go on a staycation now. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome Cadina! Always enjoy your vacation.

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  40. This hotel looks absolutely amazing! I loove your colorful dress!

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  41. This one must be high on heritage if it was nominated for UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Preservation. I found it very classy in appeal. Looks extremely neat and organized. The cafe looks cheerful than the rest of the hotel. I loved your dress. Thank you for suggesting this option for Manila.

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    1. Thank you, and hope you could visit Manila one day and stay at this humble hotel.

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