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Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Bayleaf Hotel Intramuros: The Boutique Hotel with THE View




If you are looking for a new hotel that will show you Manila's rich history, lost magic and inimitable views, nothing would be more perfect than the Bayleaf Hotel, situated within the walls of old Intramuros (that sounds redundant if you understand Spanish). The Bayleaf Hotel recently opened its doors last November 2011, giving Intramuros the attention it needed to attract more local and foreign tourists. Everyone can now have a taste of an upscale accommodation in the heart of Manila's historic district.

FYI, this boutique hotel is owned by the prominent Laurel family, hence the name Bay leaf which refers to the aromatic leaf of the bay laurel plant, a familiar ingredient of the Philippines' most popular dish--the adobo. Call that Serendipity.

I came here without any expectations and that left me with more room for surprise. Sometimes, it's better that way. When we went to the Penthouse to have a quick merienda at the all day dining 9 Spoons Restaurant, I found the best view of Manila.

I did not realize Manila had something as beautiful as this. The Bayleaf Hotel, with certainty has the best 360 view of Manila!! It almost reminded me of New York City and Central Park.

The restaurant gives you a panaromic view of the Intramuros Golf Course, Manila's famous landmarks, and the Makati Skyline. The views are graciously unobstructed that I even saw our condo from where I stood.

At night, you can go up to the Skydeck where you can dine with this 360 degree view. It's not open during the day since it's obviously too hot in Manila.

Seeing so much green in Manila reminded me of  the potential of this city to regain its once glorious past.

A pool on top the hotel would have done wonders. It could have given this hotel another WOW factor. 
Having seen that, I will be coming back this weekend to experience this place at night. I  am also curious to try food here since the students of the Culinary Arts  of Lyceum of the Philippines University make the dishes for you.
I only had a club sandwich and a Mango + Banana Shake.

After my merienda, one of the staff gladly showed me some of Bayleaf's rooms (Thanks to Randy, btw). They are all modern, clean, and most of them have views of Intramuros. Rates are quite reasonable from P5,000 to P20,000 (The most expensive one is the Bayleaf Suite)

Premier Room. You are guaranteed to get five-star quality service and beddings in this hotel.










The Black Executive Room. I love the color combinations here.


It's like the quintessential Bachelor's Pad. Sleek.


The Bayleaf Suite. It was occupied during that time but I lifted this picture from their page (Source: Bayleaf Hotel's FB page).


On a separate day, we went back to the Bayleaf to see how it was in the evening. At night, Manila from the Skydeck totally tranforms into this romantic city. The cool breeze and the greenery around the hotel premises certainly make for a good date place.


Craving for meat, we had some chorizo and sausage pizza from the 9 Spoons Restaurant.





































 
On the ground floor, you can also try the Cioccolata, a bar serving Spain's most popular food, Churros! You can have a fill of these delectable pastries for only P75.00.

For corporate events, conferences, weddings and other occasions, they have the Muralla Ballroom that can accomodate 300 guests.

The Bayleaf has certainly given me something that most hotels do not have here: It made me fall in love with Manila. I think only a few people can say that--those who understand its past, present, and future. I remain hopeful that one day, the vision of Burnham will still come to a reality. There's hope for Manila to be that shining city in Asia again. Manila will have its day to make the world what its namesake really means --The Pearl of the Orient. Go the the Skydeck of the Bayleaf and you'll believe me. 

Ill be back there this weekend and I will continue my review.

The Bayleaf: Muralla, Intramuros
Tel Nos. 02 318 5000

37 comments:

retrochic said...

Awesome!!

Janella said...

Another cool find, doc. This is near my work. tnx!

deobaraanmd said...

Can't stop raving about it!

Anonymous said...

very nice view, indeed!

deobaraanmd said...

Nothing would beat that view! haha. please put your name next time. :)

killerfillers said...

awesome photos, gotta love the view. and yes it also reminds me of Central Park.

deobaraanmd said...

Hi killerfillers- the view is really a killer. i wish rhey coudl. lean up Manila more.

Icy Curiano said...

I'd definately love to try that, been busy going elsewhere and forgot that side :) gReat job!

deobaraanmd said...

You will love it Icy! Try to go there at night so you could enjoy the skydeck. :)

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deobaraanmd said...

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Micamyx|Senyorita said...

I love the Black Executive Suite! :D Love the view! I hope they offer some promos so I can do an overnight staycation there hehe

deobaraanmd said...

i might do it Mica! it's such a lovely property. I just hope they can fix Intramuros and make it a world class tourist attraction.

Kristine Tan said...

Great pix! Awesome view!!! Would love to go there too! :) thanks for sharing!

deobaraanmd said...

thanks kristine! and please do share.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I want to stay here with my bf. ganda!

Anonymous said...

: wow, so beautiful, ur a discoverer deo, uhm gusto kung pmnta sa mga pinupuntahan mo... Zeth :D

deobaraanmd said...

Thank you! I guess Im doing something right if my travels make you want to travel. :)

Monette | fliptravels said...

I've always wondered what this place is! Would love to try it one of these days! :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Monette! You should really go! It's a beautiful property with beautifuk views of the Metro! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Huwaw! Monette, let's go even just for churros. LOL. Love your finds, Deo.

deobaraanmd said...

@Gay - haha, Ill go with you ladies if you plan to go. I try to find something new in this crazy city once in a while. lol

Anonymous said...

Do you have the mission and vision of the bay leaf hotel.thanks

Carolyn Ugat said...

The Bayleaf Hotel is really a place to visit! I've been there during our College Curriculum Assessment and Validation. The place is very elegant, staff are very accommodating. Highly Recommended talaga :) I'm so proud that I am a Lycean since our University's President Mr. Roberto Laurel is the owner of the hotel and if I'm not mistaken 30% of their staff comes from LPU students. FYI,LPU Graduates are given the privilege to enjoy discounts from their rooms. My family and I are going to stay there for three nights and two days in December 15 to 17 this year because my sister is getting married. And since my sister is also an alumna of LPU, she was given discount in their excutive room. I can't wait to be there again :))

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Carolyn! I just wish they would fix intramuros for good already. We should know how to take care of Manila's most historic district.

Ram and Ed | Pinas Muna said...

I was searching for a place to stay overnight within Intramuros this Sunday (August 5) because we need to be at the Bureau of Immigration early on Monday. I got two search results from Google: The Bayleaf Hotel and White Knight Hotel Intramuros. After seeing fotos from this blogpost, it was a clear decision to stay here at The Bayleaf Hotel. Plus there's buffet breakfast, woohoo! At P3,400 per night, this isn't bad. Thanks for sharing Deo :-)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi ram and ed! im glad this has made your decision easier, too bad it has been raining though. hope you get to enjoy the skydeck if our crazy weather gets better. cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Amadeus! I'm Archt. Toni, we are the designer of the building, thank you so much for blogging about it. :) would you mind if I post this blog on our facebook page? Thank you and more power to you!

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Archie! Feel free! I love the design of bayleaf! Kudos!

April said...

I love, love, love your blog and super envy your travels! I think I just fell in love with this hotel!Thank you for your review and for posting a lot of pictures. Helped me decide where my boyfriend and I will celebrate our 4th anniversary by the end of the month! Thank you!

deobaraanmd said...

Thank You April! Appreciate that! Make sure you get the executive room since it's bigger. Enjoy!

draide said...

They should remove those hideous umbrellas as they block the views of the beautiful city skyline.

When that happens, Manila can finally have something comparable to the numerous rooftop bars of Bangkok.

Thanks for sharing! :)

deobaraanmd said...

i think the umbrellas are needed if u want to eat there under the midday sun. lol. :)

Shiene143 said...

I could say that Philippines has a beautiful and luxury hotels that we may proud off. This Bayleaf Hotel is one of them and there's a lot of luxury hotels near in Makati City. Thanks.

Melissa Basit said...

Hi! Just wondering if this hotel is a five-star hotel? If not then, it is classified as what hotel? Thank you! Great review by the way. :)

Melissa

Michael said...

That looks like one of the nicer boutique hotels nyc has to offer. Have you heard of the Tribeca Hotel? That's another really nice one!

Jerry said...

Definitely looks like one of the nicer boutique hotels nyc has to offer!