Staycations are becoming increasingly more popular with those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life without contending with the long hours of travel to a resort in another province. However charming one’s surroundings may be in another part of the country, sometimes you only have a short period of time to get some R and R, so a staycation in a cozy hotel is definitely something everyone should try to treat themselves over the weekend if they don’t want to spend a lot of time on the road. One great place for such a staycation was the Henry Hotel in Manila, which has been generating a lot of buzz online and thus led us to try the place out for ourselves to see if it was really worth all the hype.
Located in Pasay City, this charming hotel consists of a complex of several interconnected grey homes and a central White House—we were immediately struck by the elegance of its architecture even in the middle of the chaotic urban sprawl. The lovely fixtures, well-furnished vintage interiors and meticulously maintained gardens were a balm to our tired eyes, as we had just spent a long holiday away only a few days before and wanted to have some quiet time. We were greeted by the courteous and attentive staff, who immediately took our bags and made queries to ensure that we were as comfortable as possible for our whole stay. Their unstinting politeness really made our vacation!
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The room we got was the classic room, which was comfortable and spacious, as well as bright and airy. It comes with a full mini bar and a writing desk for those who need to get a bit of work done. I really make it a point to check the bathroom first thing, and I was pleased to see how well-stocked with amenities it was, and how scrupulously clean. The internet connection was also quite speedy, which was great whenever I had to attend to emails or answer messages. The bed was also large and cozy even though it was the most basic suite, and were it not for the reviews of Apartment 1B’s delicious food and the beautiful pool on the grounds, I may not have made it off my pillows!
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Our accommodations came with free breakfast, which was very delicious and filling. Guests can enjoy a continental-style repast which comes with bread, jam, coffee, tea, salad, fruits, and a choice of
main course. I had a lot of difficulty settling on daing na bangus because the options of tapa, adobo flakes and the like were very tempting! It was just as delicious as I expected, and servings were very generous.
We spent the afternoon relaxing in the pool and exploring the grounds—there’s a fountain in the garden area where guests can stroll in peace and quiet. Afterwards, we returned to Apartment 1B in the White House, where we treated ourselves to some Spaghetti Vongole and Caesar Salad, a healthy dinner to match a staycation that was relaxing for our minds and bodies. I can’t help but heartily recommend that you eat there during your stay instead of leaving the hotel compound, as the relaxing French music and the warm ambiance of the restaurant are definitely worth your time and money to complete your Henry Hotel experience. When we had to check out, I found myself wishing that we could extend our stay.
Next time, when I have the chance to go on another staycation, I’ll definitely keep the Henry Hotel in mind, and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to get away from Manila stress! I’ll try staying in the other suites during my next visit, as the hotel staff let me take a peek at them—they’re even bigger and come with bathtubs for maximum comfort, which is always a plus with me! The desserts from Apartment 1B are also on my list of things to try when I come back, as they’re well-known for their salted caramel chocolate torte, which is always gone in a jiffy. I recommend this place for every kind of person in need of leisure—whether it’s a small family, a group of friends looking for a serene retreat or couples who want to have a romantic evening in, it’s perfect for whatever your weekend plans may be.
Address: 2680 Compound, F.B. Harrison St, Pasay, Metro Manila
Website: The Henry Hotel
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22 thoughts on “Old World Charm In The Heart of The City: The Henry Hotel in Manila”
Great hotel. Love the swimming pool.
Looks like an AWESOME place to stay! I just spent a few days in Manila during my Christmas break, and it I can see how it could get overwhelming sometimes! This looks like the perfect relaxing place for a staycation… Wish I would have know about it when I was in Manila! Maybe next time. 😉
The Henry Hotel looks like a great place for a staycation! Plenty to do there and it’s beautiful. We take staycations sometimes around our home, but not nearly enough. We all need some time to just unwind and relax.
I’m definitely looking into staying there when I get to Manila next spring.
This place is stunning! I love the floor to ceiling curtains and the beautiful pool. Looks like my kind of place to stay.
The hotel looks great! I love the design and I would definitely take advantage of the pool 🙂
Looks like a great place to stay. I think that patio would be the perfect place to relax with a drink at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing.
That’s one place worth visiting. Ang ganda ng architecture and design. Interesting that it’s been around for a long time. Imagine the stories behind it.
my thoughts exactly and they tried to stay real with the design
A continental breakfast that comes with a main course? Sounds like my kind of breakfast! (We’ve been stuck on bread and jam in Morocco the past few weeks)
It was huge, my mom and I shared a supposed serving for one.
How much is the overnight rate? Does it come with breakfast?
Love colonial architecture….makes for such a cute hotel! Id love it!
so beautiful! i’ve been wanting to stay there! just haven’t gotten around to it.
Wow, never heard of this. Apartment 1B is in my condo in Salcedo, One Lafayette Square. So they have a branch ini Henry Hotel. Awesome!!! Should stay there on our next visit!
Yes, they have in Henry Hotel too. They serve really good food. I reckon, you will enjoy it. Visit sooner.
This looks like a great place to stay. It is so cute. I could spent hours sleeping my that pool.
Woot! Very authentic. It reminds me on a one guesthouse in Makati, not sure if it offcially operating now. 🙂
The outdoor setting is gorgeous, i’d be happy enough reading a book in the comfort of that yellow lounge and have food delivered to me all day long. Lazy traveller. 🙂
Don’t worry, the place calls for it. I would read a book from the sun bed too.
Stunning hotel! Would love to visit Manila one day 🙂
Is like I’ve seen this place before in Shake, Rattle and Roll?