Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trader's Hotel, Shangri- la Cover up - Revealed

Trader’s Hotel, Manila
Shangri- la Cover up - Revealed

see related post: Trader's Hotel - a Shangri- la in Disguise

I have blogged about Traders ‘Hotel in the past
and labelled it as Shangri- la in disguise
as it is really a sister hotel of Shangri- la
sans the more expensive tag price.

Photo credit: Trader's Hotel Manila Webpage: http://www.shangri-la.com/manila/traders/about/

 We returned to our favourite hotel
for an overnight stop- over in Manila
on our way to Berlin, Germany.

We initially booked for a 1 bedroom suite
but they were fully booked as it was a weekend
and there were a lot of theatre enthusiasts that checked- in
because the was the last few days of staging
the Phantom of the Opera at the nearby CCP.

The best that they can give us was a club room
with a free access to the T Lounge  
at the hotel’s penthouse.

The Club Room.

We arrived late in the afternoon
and checking in was a fast and easy.

We decided have our dinner first
at a buffet at the hotel’s in- house
restaurant- the Latitude,

…before heading to our room
at the 18th floor.

It is always a joy to stay 
at the Trader’s Hotel


... since even their standard club rooms
are well-appointed and very spacious

It has a beautiful living room,


…a luxurious bathroom

lavished with posh amenities
and toiletries that Shangri- la is known for.

It also has a working
and reading table,

…a huge LCD TV,

 …free and very fast
Wi- Fi  and broadband
internet connections,

...there are three landline phones
in the room- one each in the bedside
and study table,

…and another one
 in the toilet.

It had panoramic windows
with a beautiful view of
Roxas Boulevard, nightime-

…or daytime

 Despite being a standard sized room
it has a king sized bed
big enough to accommodate all of us.

The Suite Room.

The hotel  had an available Suite room.
when we returned from Europe
about three weeks later.

Glorious! Glorious! Glorious!
What more can we say and ask for?

 After a long trip from Berlin to Prague to Amsterdam-
we needed a room to rest and recharge
for our final trip to Naga City the next day.

I cannot remember how many times
we have been to this room.
This familiarity may be the reason why
we always feel at home whenever
we check in on their one bedroom suite.

The room is enormous –
and greets the guest with a foyer
where the mini bar refrigerator
and coffeemaker are found

 and had a very spacious living room.

…a large study table
with ample office supplies.

…a huge LCD TV,

…and powder room
and its own toilet.


The bedroom is just as huge.

It had a mammoth king sized bed
that could accommodate all of us comfortably,

…another sitting area
with comfy couch,

 …a bedside vanity area,

…a study and working table,

....another huge LCD TV
in the bedroom,

a big bathroom 
with luxurious amenities,


…and a spacious walk in closet,
something you seldom see
 in other hotel rooms-

...but in Trader's Hotel this closet was
big enough to be a hotel room.

It had about five telephones
in the room, one each on the two
study tables,

... one each on two toilets.

...another one
at the bedside,

and free and fast Wi Fi and DSL
internet connections.

Most all, it had a magnificent view
of the Manila Bay 

You will never see this kind of suite room
as spacious and luxurious as this
and as affordable.

The Hotel Pool

The hotel pool is located
 at the third level of the hotel.

It is a moderate sized pool
not as elaborate as the resort type
Shagri -la counterpart,
but good enough for a relaxing swim.

The hotel pool, is the one that differentiates
 a real Shangri- la with that of Trader’s Hotel.

While the former have opulent resort pools,
Traders' pool is more of standard design.

Latitude Cafe

The Latitude Café is located near the lobby


It is almost always full of diners
especially during peak hours 

...and offers wide array of all day
 international buffet  at affordable price.

T Lounge

T Lounge at the penthouse is open for guests
 staying in the Hotel Suites and Club Rooms.

It is a good place to have breakfast
in a more quiet and private setting
as compared to the overcrowded Latitude.

It has panoramic window
 and offers a magnificent view
of Roxas Boulevard,

…and of the picturesque
Manila Bay.

In Room Dining

The hotel offers wide array
of local and international cuisine
for their in room dining.


For weary travelers,
this is a good alternative,

...as you can dine in comfort inside
the hotels spacious rooms and suites.

...and still enjoy good food in privacy
of a full restaurant service.

Traders Hotel is a great
 inexpensive hotel 


...with the Shangri- la’s fabulous brand of service
but reasonable and affordable tariff,


...still, it is Shangri- la in all aspects
except maybe for the pool,
the offical name that is Trader's Hotel
 and of course- the price.

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