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Book your stay at the Jen Hotel Manila here.
For my visit to the capital of the Philippines, I decided to stay at the Jen Hotel in Manila (formerly the Traders Hotel).
The hotel is located in Pasay and is on one of the few roads in the city where traffic actually moves most of the time. On Roxas Blvd, you can go back and forth to the SM Mall of Asia, the historic area of Intramuros and Rizal Park. The air is breathable there, since it is right at the ocean and the sunsets are magical.
In Manila, you basically can’t change your neighborhood easily unless you are willing to spend more than an hour in a taxi waiting for the traffic to move. It is easier to fly to a neighboring island than to go from Pasay to Pasig (just a few miles away).
I used Golden Circle points for my reservation. The agent greeted me with a smile at 10AM and despite the early time, I was told my room would be ready in just 30 minutes. Check-in was easy and without the usual uber-bureaucracy that you can get in Asia.
I used the time to catch up on emails and noticed how fast the WiFi was. Outside evening hours, the WiFi was about 10Mbit anywhere in the hotel and with no annoying login procedure – it was free to log on anywhere in the building!
The hotel isn’t the newest, but it’s a well-oiled machine. The pool and gym aren’t especially lovely, but they do the trick. The coffee is not great, but at least it’s served as fast as the WiFi.
My room itself was huge and featured a sofa. Things worked very well and both the bed and covers were heavenly. The AC worked very quietly and without fail the whole time.
The staff really tried hard at this hotel and spoke fluent English.
The hotel is a great business hotel in Pasay – it does not dazzle you, but everything works exactly the way you want it to be. I found that to be in great contrast to the chaos outside.
I would happily go back.
Regular rates for the time of my stay were just about $100. You can book your stay here.
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