A few months back, my husband and I were able to attend the media launch of City Of Dreams Manila and had the chance to tour around the property.
With 3 different hotel brands that cater to a wide spectrum of guests, namely Crown Towers, Nobu Hotel and Hyatt, and being a hotelier myself, I wanted to experience what they had to offer.
Fast forward a couple of months ahead to present time, I am happy to let you know that we were finally able to have that much sought after staycation at Nobu Hotel Manila.
Nobu Hotel Manila, the first in Asia is a sleek, modern and gorgeous hotel with 321 rooms. This impressive hotel which boasts of world class facilities and carrying the signature “Nobu style”, is located at City of Dreams Manila.
Nobu Hotel is inspired by the world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his dazzling array of hip, modern restaurants throughout the world. Together with him is the Academy award winning actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper. Designed by the internationally-acclaimed Rockwell Group, whose hand also created the look and feel of Nobu restaurants throughout the world.
Discovering Nobu Hotel Manila
Upon entering the lobby of Nobu, you will immediately notice that the entire establishment carries a modern Japanese-inspired aesthetic.
As you make your way to the room, you’ll pass through Nobu Hotel Manila’s dimly-lit hallways which pleasantly gives you that boutique feel.
The Japanese inspiration goes all the way up the Nobu Deluxe Room from furnitures, fresh orchid to Japanese lanterns.
Upon entering Nobu Hotel Manila’s room, a beautiful created calligraphy wall design easily catches your attention. This inscription translates to Chi or flow of energy.
It has natural light coming from floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you a wonderful view of the outside as well as bathing your room with ample amount of sunlight.
The entire room has a neutral palette which invokes a more relaxing ambiance while still maintaining a luxurious atmosphere.
Our room boasts of a dreamy king-sized bed, JBL docking station, writing desk, sofa and 47” LED cable TV with video on demand and Internet connection (wireless and LAN).
The mini-bar refrigerator is stocked with premium Nobu Sake, Matsuhisa wine, UCC Coffee Blend and some other Japanese products.
This drawer right here is quite a sight to behold! You’ll find an extra Matsuhisa bottle, some wine glasses, chopsticks and even an intimacy kit! Talk about being “thorough”! 🙂
The second drawer contains some of their instant coffee, tea packets and an electronic water kettle.
Open the spacious closet and you’ll see these gorgeous robes. Probably the softest I have ever tried on in a hotel. I was also surprised to see these cute slippers designed to look like traditional Japanese Geta sandals. It was absolutely comfy!
Our room at Nobu Hotel Manila also has an iron + ironing board which is neatly tucked in the corner. And on the other side of the closet is where you’ll see the safety deposit box.
Opposite it, is the bathroom. See that bamboo ladder? How about the Japanese stool for that traditional onsen style feel when you take a bath? If you’re a fan of countertop sinks, you will be amazed as to how deep this wash basin is! And the illuminated mirror is love!
The open shower area in wall tiles is separated with wooden planks and glass from the toilet. I love that Nobu Hotel Manila has really strong water pressure!
Your basic necessities are also covered. Nobu Hotel Manila uses Natura Bissē from Barcelona. A brand that specializes in spa care products. The shampoo is soft on the hair and has a pleasantly light scent, the soap smells great and the lotion is very good on the skin.
Look at this wooden toothbrush. How beautiful!
Even their tissue roll has that distinct Nobu touch. Very dainty. Very Japanice!
Another thing that I like about our room is the blackout blinds! Nobu Hotel Manila has the perfect blinds if you just want to relax, sleep and close yourself out from the world. This was taken at 11AM but from inside it feels like it was taken during the really wee hours of the morning.
A few minutes after getting relaxed (READ: after all the picture taking), we heard a gentle knock on the door. When I opened it, I was surprised to see this lovely welcome treat!
It was followed by our afternoon tea. Nobu Hotel Manila uses Ikaati Premium tea served in a lovely tea set
Look out the window and you’ll see that our room has the perfect view of the deck area and the pool.
Nobu Hotel Manila has 1 main restaurant, a lounge and a bar by the deck. The restaurant I am talking about is the NOBU RESTAURANT that I know most of you are already familiar with.
Nobu Restaurant – the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant by Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa has already opened its doors to the Manila dining scene.
Apart from its innovative new style cuisine that Nobu Restaurant is known for, the entire restaurant has a relaxing vibe.
Spacious, decorated with floral print seats, wood, floor to ceiling windows with spectacular lighting that simply spells out luxury.
There are areas at Nobu Restaurant that are great for people who want a little more privacy… Just like this spot here.
The restaurant has an outdoor cabana-styled dining terrace if you want to eat al fresco, by the way.
After all these photo taking, it’s finally time for breakfast!
Nobu Restaurant serves great buffet breakfast. You also get to choose from their ala carte section, too!
Check out this Wagyu Tapsilog that I am most definite you wouldn’t want to miss!
It may not look as pretty on my photo, but the Wagyu Tapsilog was a joy to eat! Even if each order is served in small portions, you’d be pleased to discover that it is actually just right. The miso braised Wagyu Cheek was flavorful and fork tender, and the nori flakes and papaya relish added character to the entire dish. One goddamn flavorful Tapa!
Next is the Painperdu (pronounced as Panperdu) or French Toast.
It has lemon cream, yuzu curd and topped with tomato jam. Sweet and salty with a bit of acidity in one dish. Looks can be deceiving… Don’t underestimate this teeny-tiny delight! Now I know why GM Marlon and PR Director Erika were raving about it! Two thumbs up!
Then I made my DIY Congee.
I got sliced tofu, edamame, bonito flakes, pork bits, scallions and dry miso. This congee makes the most of both fresh and dried ingredients. The fresh portions add texture and a subtle flavour, while the dried components give off the deliciously earthy flavors. Comfort food at its best!
This Chia Pudding isn’t just visually appealing, it was well thought out, too. The sliced strawberries and pudding go perfectly well together and the slices of almonds offer a deliciously crunchy texture. Healthy and colorful.
Level 1 – North Tower
Breakfast Buffet is from 6AM to 10AM on weekdays and until 11AM during weekends and public holidays.
A la carte selection of Nobu specialties for dinner starts at 6PM
Dial telephone extension no: 2882 or 2885
If you want to grab something light to eat or just want to sip some hot tea or coffee, the NOBU LOUNGE is the right spot. Perfect for business and leisure combined.
By the way, you can now reserve a seat at any restaurant of City Of Dreams by booking a reservation online. Just go to www.cityofdreams.com.ph and click “restaurant reservations.” Whether it’s Red Ginger, Crystal Dragon, Crystal Lounge, The Tasting Room, Nobu Restaurant and Wave… It’s all simply a click away!
NOBU FITNESS ROOM
For gym rats like me and my husband, the Nobu Fitness Room at Nobu Hotel Manila has everything you could possibly need.
But what I like the most is their treadmill. Apart from it facing the pool, you can set the view of your personal LCD screen to project a location of your choice. Say the Central Business District in Auckland or somewhere in the French region. It’s perfect for people who find walking in place quite boring and monotonous.
Level 1 – South Tower
Open from 6AM to 10PM
For appointment dial extension no: 3202
Before heading home, we squeezed in some “me time” at the Nobu Spa.
I really love how clean, bright and cozy Nobu Spa is. The natural light from the deck flows through the reception area.
Upon arrival, the receptionist asked us to fill up a “Physical Limitation” form to ensure our well-being. Then, we were led to our room that felt like a hotel room.
There’s a cabinet where you will find a pair of “his and hers” robes and slippers. Beside it is the sink and even a jewelry box where you can put your jewelry/accessories. There’s also disposable underwear should you need one. Their attention to detail really makes all the difference!
Once you have undressed and put on your robe, your masseuse will wash your feet first.
You will then be asked to choose the type of oil that you want to use for your massage. I asked the masseuse for their recommendation and went with the Calming Oil – cedarwood, sweet orange and lavender.
We both had the “Renewal Massage”. It is a 60 minute gliding massage to soothe and relax your aching body or sore muscles. My masseuse was very gentle and made sure to hit all the right spots and avoided the areas I indicated on my checklist. We left Nobu Spa absolutely rejuvenated and relaxed.
Thank you to Nobu Hotel Manila’s GM Marlon Hirsh for this lovely treat!
Level 1 – South Tower
Open from 10AM to 1AM
For appointment dial extension no: 3202
Nobu Hotel Manila has a dedicated pool for their guests, just as the other to neighboring hotels have their own as well. Nobu’s pool is situated right smack in the middle giving guests a better view of the entire area.
Whether you are here to swim, enjoy the view or do your #OOTD, the entire place is picture worthy!
Don’t fail to catch the sunset, too!
And while you’re at it, grab a drink at the WAVE bar located at the pool deck.
Aperol, grapefruit, soda and champagne. A nice cocktail drink before dinner.
TRIVIA: Wave Bar uses plastic glasses to prevent them from breaking from a fall when sudden gusts of wind happen. The wind gets quite strong at the deck.
Apart from how aesthetically beautiful Nobu Hotel Manila is, as well as their impeccable service, it’s the little things like that truly make a difference. Take this for example… GM Marlon Hirsh gave me this beautiful bag holder just because he saw me using one earlier. This simple gesture just goes to show the kind of service and personal attention they give to their guests.
I’ve been to numerous hotels in the metro either invited or as a paying guest, but my Nobu Hotel Manila experience is by far the most unforgettable.
So, has Nobu Hotel Manila lived up to its hype? If you ask me… Yes. Without a doubt.
Not only that, Nobu Hotel Manila has exceeded my expectations above and beyond.
Asean Avenue corner Roxas Blvd.,
Entertainment City, Parañaque – 1701
T: +63 2 800-9898