Alexander Pope once said, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Ever since Verniece and I started to live out of our suitcases, staying in multiple hotels in a short span of time, we both learned that it’s best to expect nothing no matter what the name of the hotel is. We’ve been disappointed countless times especially because we’re very OC when it comes to bathrooms. Pictures don’t do justice too when it’s so easy to tweak them to make it look good in official websites. I mean when it’s been in the business for far too long, who can blame us right?
This time, when Dusit Thani Manila invited us for a little staycation in their hotel, we expected nothing only because we know it’s one of the longest standing here in Manila. It’s one of those first hotels ever built in the city and we’ve always equated old establishments = forgotten. Dusit Thani was built almost at the same time Intercontinental Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Hotel were and we were quite worried because both closed in the recent years. Lo and behold, we were surprised in the best way possible. The hotel is the same on the outside but don’t let the exterior fool you! My family used to check in here a lot and we were shocked to walk into a new lobby. It will still remind you a bit of before but there’s something different, like a new light was shed into it. The hotel made recent renovations and still ongoing with only half of the rooms finished. Again, no expectations on this staycation but when we got our key, the front desk told us that we were going to be checking in the Ambassador Suite. A 70,000 pesos a night hotel room and if you’re curious to know how that would like look, here it is:
We are suckers for personalized stuff and we love how Dusit, along with the renovations they’ve made, added this little touch for us and to any guest staying in :)
You got a king sized bed…
A humongous marble toilet.. so big that you can sleep on the floor then make tambling.
complete amenities, replenished everyday…
A modern toilet. When you are paying this much a night, why do you have to wash yourself?
Your own study…
and a whole lot more! What we didn’t get to include here is: you get all that + a powder room thats the size of what you usually get in a regular hotel room you usually stay in + a bar area + a living room with a big ass flat screen tv + another study outside and your own walk in closet. I wish Verniece and I got to take photos of them but we were just enjoying the room so much!!
A lot of hotels skip on it’s other amenities and just try to make up for it with a huge pool or a gym but what we started to appreciate in the last few months was spas in hotels. They’re oh so expensive (compared to your salon at home 250 pesos of course! lol) but just oh… so….. worth…. it! *I hope you imagine me saying that in my super relaxed voice! hahaha We love thai massages because they just hit the spot. For those of you who don’t know, Dusit Thani is Thai owned and of course, they’ve only brought in the best from Thailand to train their masseuses. They just really hit the spot! We tried their signature massage and I know a massage is good when I fall asleep. (Which is almost never! I only got to sleep during 2 massage I’ve ever tried in my life: the one from Shangri-la Sydney and one in The Spa Alabang)
Okay, now let’s talk breakfast! I’m going to sound very maarte and annoying right now but we skip breakfast when we’re home and only feel like the extra calories are only worth it when it’s a hotel one. But The Pantry’s breakfast is very memorable as well! Aside from the usual waffles, bacon, Filipino dishes, Chinese, Continental and really good coffee, I love how Dusit showcased a Filipino favourite that a lot of hotels here doesn’t include – a Taho Station. It’s quickly becoming forgotten and it’s good that Dusit is trying to help make this tradition stay :)
The reason why we were actually invited to stay over was because The Pantry is celebrating it’s first birthday! The lunch party was attended by celebrities, socialites, bloggers and even politicians :) The turn out was very good :) The food was better of course :P haha
This was the best part for me.
Okay, maybe this.
No.. this one.
On our last day in the hotel, we were invited to try the Crossover brunch happening every Sunday. It’s the Pantry combining it’s powers with it’s Japanese restaurant Umu. The sushi was fresh, they have sukiyaki and makis but what made us happy was their unlimited Wagyu! :)
I saved the best restaurant for last. We invited our parents to have dinner with us so we can try Benjarong together. It’s been awarded the best Thai place for years now so that got us curious. We’re a family who randomly craves for Pad Thai in the middle of the day so our expectations were pretty high on this one. We agree with whoever awarding body gave this award to Benjarong!!!! :) It’s that good!! We’re no food critics but it’s just so hard to find good authentic Thai restaurants here in Manila that this just made our tummies so happy! :) We can’t wait to go back!
Now we know why Dusit Thani Manila is the last man standing and in our opinion, it’s here to stay. Thank you for a very memorable weekend! :)