After getting through immigration, which wasn’t too bad considering the very late arrival, I exited the airport and had a decision to make. Either grab a cab, which I had hear horror stories about, or use Grab car. There is a Grab stand about 100 feet and slightly to the right when exiting the airport. As I had never been to Manila before I decided to use Grab at their stand. In retrospect, it may have been less expensive to book a Grab car directly through their website, as the stand does charge you a small fee. For what its worth, they also use the Grab app to get their cars. Although Uber does exist in Manila they have a very small presence, and getting a car may be somewhat difficult.
Before entering the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, all guests must go through a metal detector and security.
Upon entering the hotel, the front desk is located immediately to the left. It took a few minutes before I was helped as other guests were checking in. Features of the hotel were explained, and I was told that as a Hyatt Diamond member, I could either have breakfast in the Regency Club, or in their restaurant, The Cafe.
I tried using a Diamond Suite upgrade, but was told that I could not do so as suites were usually given away to high rollers from the attached casino.
The hallways are clean, attractive and modern looking.
I was informed that I was upgraded to a King Deluxe room, room 7715.
The room is spacious with plenty of room to walk around.
Upon entering the room, the bathroom is to the right. The tub is large and deep.
There is a single sink with plenty of counter space. This is the deepest bathroom sink that I have ever seen as it came up past my elbow.
The toilet is located in a small partition.
There is a dual showerhead shower with decent water pressure which maintained its temperature well.
Lemon Verbena Portico products were provided.
Other amenities were also provided, such as toothbrushes, shaving cream, etc.
The closet is located directly across from the bathroom, and is rather large. There is an iron and ironing board.
On the other side of the closet was a safe, hair dryer and several drawers.
After exiting the bathroom, the mini bar, coffee maker, and six bottles of water were provided.
The king bed was slightly on the firm side but comfortable. There is a bench at the end of the bed. Additional water and chocolates were provided with turn down service.
To the left of the bed there is a chair and table. A fruit plate, bottle of water, and chocolates were given as an amenity.
A Welcome Letter with the Regency Club hours was provided.
The desk is spacious and provided a good working space.
Next to the desk, was a bench/dresser and luggage rack on the far side.
The view from the room is not the most spectacular. There is a lot of construction going around in the area, with more casinos being built. It seems as if Manila is trying to become the next Macau.
I decided to have breakfast in the restaurant, The Café, each day.
The Café has high ceilings and is artfully decorated. Tables are spaced a fair distance away from each other.
The buffet is divided into separate stations and provides many choices.
The Regency Club is on the small side, but was never very busy during my visit.
I decided to check out the club one morning to see what the breakfast spread looked like.
Another refrigerator had yogurt, cold cuts, fruit, and museli.
There was cereal, nuts, stewed fruit and dried fruit.
There was also bread, donuts and pastries.
There is a coffee/espresso machine.
There was a table full of condiments.
The Pre-Dinner & Hors D’Oeuvres consisted cheese, bread, lomi, crudité, cold cuts, salad, sushi, and desserts.
One night consisted of chicken fingers, fish cake with lots of lemongrass and a sweet sauce, and a slider, which was on the cold side.
Dessert consisted of flourless chocolate cake.
The hotel also has shuttle service to and from SM Mall of Asia, which begins at 11:00 AM until 2:00 AM, departing every 30 minutes.
The gym is fairly spacious and has a decent selection of equipment.
Hyatt’s pool area is on the smaller side, but there is a gate that leads to a garden and the pool area of the Nobu Hotel, I believe. There is an outdoor shower. There is a decent sized Jacuzzi. The garden area has a bar.
The only downside to the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is its location. It is kind of isolated. There really is not too much around the immediate vicinity. The nearest metro station isn’t close either. Grab is readily available and reasonably priced.
The staff was very friendly. There is an attached casino to the hotel, and is accessible from the lobby. There is also an attached mall in the complex, but it is not very big. Most of the shops and restaurants seems to be on the higher end however.
I had a great stay here, and would not hesitate to stay here again when in Manila.