The “suite life” can be quite addicting — a luxury that’s really nice to enjoy once in a while. And I guess once you’ve tried a suite accommodation it’s hard to go back to standard hotel rooms. For our daughter Bea’s 8th birthday weekend, we decided to hole up in a hotel suite again and bask in the grandeur that is the Dusit Thani Manila for two nights. The hotel’s location is ideal for business people and especially for families on staycation because it’s so close to SM Makati, Glorietta and Park Square. There is no shortage of activities and places to check out while in the vicinity. However, we actually preferred staying in the hotel most of the time. What struck me and Bea the most about the hotel was how fragrant it was wherever we went — the pleasant aroma of jasmine, lavender and citronella was on every corner of the building. Dusit Thani also has one of the most majestic hotel lobbies in the metro, a reflection of its royal Thai roots.
It was not our first time to stay in Dusit Thani, but it was our first time to experience the Grand Club Room — a very spacious suite with a separate living room area, 2 toilets and one bath, and a vast bedroom where we could’ve danced all night if we had wanted to (or if I knew how to dance).
Since it’s Bea’s special weekend, I decided to add a personal touch to the room to make it even cozier and more memorable. She just loved my surprise!
The room rate for the Grand Club Room is P10,911.48 nett per night (that’s roughly US$250) but it comes with perks such as personalized check-in and check-out service at the exclusive Club Lounge on the Mezzanine floor; choice of executive breakfast at two of the hotel’s outlets — Basix or Tosca; complimentary beverages at the Club Lounge all day long (I totally loved the refreshing lemongrass and pandan juices!); free hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and standard alcoholic beverages from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Club Lounge; ten percent discount on food and beverages in the hotel’s other dining outlets; unlimited wireless internet service; and unlimited access to D’Fit Fitness Center.
While on staycation where there’s a profusion of really good food, what else is left to do but to pig out? On our first day, we had lunch at Umu Japanese Restaurant because our family could not resist Japanese cuisine. We had the yummiest baked scallops at RJ Bistro in the hotel’s basement. We also dined at Tosca, Basix and Dusit Gourmet. Even the cocktails and hot dishes in the Club Lounge were superb and rather filling.
A total binge was part of the package, so it’s pointless to resist the mouth-watering goodies that the hotel had to offer. I just had to give in.
Bea’s birthday weekend was absolutely wonderful! Rediscovering Dusit Thani Manila was the best thing we’ve experienced during this summer. And although we say goodbye to summer for now, we know there’s always going to be another one. And if we get lucky, we’ll be staying in Dusit Thani Manila again.