August 26, 2012

Acacia Hotel Manila Review




Ten minutes away from our house. A well-deserved weekend getaway to the luxurious Acacia Hotel. Sunset in the jacuzzi, light filled atria, Lush-bombed bathtubs, Wagyu beef burgers, G+Ts and a king sized bed. A short walking distance to Max Brenner for chocolate fondue for our dessert. What more could you ask for?

Acacia Hotel Manila photo from  http://spreadsomeawesome.com

Mark enjoying his breakfast, our room and their roof garden


Buffet breakfast was good.
Best experience in Acacia--sunset in a jacuzzi overlooking the city



Dinner time!
Wagyu beef burger and their adobo.
Alabang at night.
wakey!

Ah, Muntinlupa. A decade ago, commentators predicted a construction boom that would propel the choice slice of real estate between Ayala Alabang and Filinvest into the Makati of the South, complete with shiny glass towers and five star business hotels. Ten years later, we’re still waiting for those skyscrapers, but at least the shiny new 5 star hotels arrived. Following the Bellevue and Vivere, the Acacia Hotel continues the trend of homegrown luxury companies setting up shop in the south, banking on Commerce Ave and Filinvest Ave becoming the new Ayala & Paseo de Roxas. 

Airy and elegant, the Acacia straddles the line between funkster and classic design. Down the free Buko Juice and take in the high ceilings, glassy architecture and retro-70s browns and greens for an eco-angular sensibility. The real draw are the rooms - standards sit on prime acreage that wold make Asian biz hotels blush, complete with King sized beds that could sit a pride of lions. Being the new kid on the block gives it all the cute techie advantages: generous Samsung flat screens, keyless entry, digital scales and rainwater showers. The function rooms are a blast, as is the mezzanine jacuzzi and pool for some saucy exhibitionism at sunset. Take a peek over the balcony and you’ll know what we mean.

Whilst the Acacia certainly beats the competition in design, rooms and facilities; the food is certainly a downer - overpriced nonesuch that warrants a romp over to Westgate for some proper chow. Breakfast is generous and the sun-dipped, glass housed setting with a rockin’ antipasti selection almost evens out the inconsistency on the western dishes.

But you’re not here for the food, are you? For business or a visit down South, the Acacia certainly beats the incumbents on location, rooms, architecture and fun factor; not to mention price. Instant classic? Not yet. But once those kinks in the food area get evened out, the oldies won’t stand a chance.

What: Acacia Hotel
Where: 5400 East Asia Drive corner Commerce Avenue, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Contact: (02) 720 2000 /  (02) 588 5888 
Email: enquiry@acaciahotelsmanila.com
Web: http://www.acaciahotelsmanila.com/
Expect to Pay: Rooms start at P4000-5000 per night

Pros:
>Hip new design full of light and color that bucks the trend of shoe-box hotels
>Spacious rooms, ace bathrooms and delightful techie touches to the standard
>Impressive event venues
>Best location
>Homegrown luxury

Cons:
>Food is a let down
>They’re still building the bar (fear not, drinks are served in the lobby)
>Staff was friendly and on the ball esp their front desk personnel, they meant well but some of them needed more/better training. For example, we asked for more bottled water or extra toothbrushes and we had to follow up 3-4 times as it had been 30 mins since our 1st request. 

Will we come back? Definitely!
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Mark and Millie

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Listening to : Stumble and Pain by Joseph Arthur (such a sexy song ala Deftones)
        Loving: Acacia Hotel Manila
             =(: I was recently confined in the hospital -__-

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful post regarding about these Acacia Hotel; wishing someday I will visit and experience this hotel. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Ms. Viviene. I do hope you can visit Alabang and stay in Acacia :)

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  2. That looks nice! A very nice and relaxing place. I love its ambiance and their interior design. There are lots of five star hotels in Philippines and each of them are really worth to visit. Anyway, thanks for sharing your stay. Really love them!

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