Manila, Philippines

The Henry Hotel Manila

Rates from (ex tax)$67.76

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (PHP3,892.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Mid-century marvel

Setting

Chilled-out colonial avenue

A one-time artist compound, The Henry Hotel Manila in Pasay City is a sanctuary of creativity in the heart of the city. With 34 rooms set over five 1950s houses, the hotel feels more like a large-scale retro happening. Each room is decorated in mid-century style with original floor tiles, mod furniture and contemporary fixtures, and the casual restaurant serves comforting, homey fare. Lush palm-shaded gardens surround the property and offer serenity for those looking to craft new masterpieces. For an added dose of art, visit the three houses on the compound that still serve as artist residences and temples to fashion, furniture and art.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

34, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a small fee. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $67.76 (PHP3,475), excluding tax at 12 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night prior to arrival and an additional local city tax of 0.8% per room per night prior to arrival.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (PHP3,892.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast, which offers a choice of mains with an egg and either home fries or rice, plus salad and fruits, with coffee or juice.

Also

There’s no spa to speak of, but in-room massages can be arranged.

At the hotel

Gardens, parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, desk, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water and locally made bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The rooms are all smartly decorated, but the sprawling Owner’s Suite is sunny and bright, and opens onto a large balcony facing the gardens.

Poolside

Surrounded by lush gardens, the unheated stone pool is ideal for dips on muggy Manila days.

Packing tips

Bring your sketchbook: The mid-century gardens and nearby artists’ residences are practically guaranteed to spark inspiration.

Also

Several ground-floor rooms and suites have been adapted to accommodate wheelchairs, and the sidewalks and hallways are all easily navigable.

Children

All ages welcome; little ones will love running through the gardens. The hotel has one baby cot, which is free and subject to availability; extra beds run PHP1,800 a person.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a table in the courtyard for a more romantic meal.

Dress Code

Shirt dresses and wide-leg pants should keep in theme, and allow room to dive into hearty pasta dinners.

Hotel restaurant

Exuding the same nifty Fifties appeal of an Elvis flick, Apartment 1B serves time-tested comfort foods from around the world in a space decorated with stained-glass windows and vivid tiled flooring. Chef Marivic Diaz-Lim specialises in soul food, including hefty burgers, bubbling French onion soup, creamy Carbonara pasta and meatloaf with mushroom gravy, with snacks of samosas and wings.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, to speak of, but wine, beer and mixed drinks are available in the restaurant, and there are beers in the minibar of each room.

Last orders

The restaurant serves food from 6.30am until 10pm.

Room service

A selection from the restaurant menu is available for delivery between 11am and 9pm each day.

Location

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Address
The Henry Hotel Manila
2680 Compound, F.B. Harrison St
Pasay
1300
Pasay
Philippines

Planes

The country’s air hub, Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (www.manila-airport.net), is a 30-minute drive from the hotel, and operates non-stop flights from London, Tokyo and other major international cities. The hotel can organise transfers for PHP1,050.

Trains

LRT Edsa Station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and makes connections throughout Manila, from Pasay to Quezon City.

Automobiles

Manila has infamously congested roads, with traffic that can flummox unsuspecting drivers. Those who choose to drive can take advantage of the dedicated car park, a short walk from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The creative spirit of the Henry Hotel Manila’s history as an artist compound live on in three artist residences within the gates, featuring an art gallery, a furniture showroom and a fashion atelier. The hotel is a serene sanctuary within busy Manila, and the lawns are an ideal place to relax. Bring a book to the palmera-shaded gardens or dunk in the pool. In the evenings, the staff host movie nights or lively hog roasts. Nearby, SM Mall of Asia is one of the largest malls in the country, spread over 42 hectares and attracting thousands of shoppers each day. The mall includes an IMAX theatre, an ice rink, a music hall and plenty of shops. For those feeling lucky, Pasay is home to two casinos, City of Dreams and Solaire. A historic treasure, Manila's walled city of Intramuros dates back to the city's founding in the 1500s. The historic centre includes expansive plazas, museums, ruins and San Agustin Church, a Unesco-recognised stone cathedral.

Local restaurants

Once the home of renowned Filipino architect Pablo Antonio Cuadra, My Mother’s Garden in Pasay serves mustard chicken, chorizo pasta and other tasty dishes; but the romantic tables in its walled garden are available by reservation only. One of a large chain of Filipino coffee shops, UCC Clockwork has a modern industrial vibe, and a global menu of sandwiches, pastas, salads and excellent coffee. Sample a modern twist on classic Filipino food at Crisostomo near the hotel in Blue Bay Walk. Chef Florabel Co-Yatco has compiled a lengthy menu, which includes black-bean fish, green mango with crispy squid, and deep-fried pork.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this retro boutique hotel in Manila full of cassava cake and unpacked their milk candies, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Henry Hotel Manila in the Philippines…

Dip back in Filipino history with a stay at the Henry Hotel Manila. Tucked into lush walled gardens, the hotel is set over five mid-century houses, creating the intimate feel of a private home. Designer Eric Paras sourced vintage materials, including intricate wrought-iron screens and stained-glass windows to match vintage Baldosa tiles and other original materials. The hotel comprises four grey-painted guest houses and the main house, known as the White House (yes, for its paint colour). Inside, find a library and homey restaurant Apartment 1B with warm wood, comfortable chairs and comfort dishes such as meatloaf, fish and chips, and ossobuco that wouldn’t be out of place on a grandmother’s Sunday table. The staff extend their friendly, familial charm, hosting events in the gardens on warm nights. Gather for weekend roasts or outdoor movies, or slink off to sunloungers in a quiet corner for a some Manileño serenity. Henry Hotel Manila is tantalisingly close to some of the city’s best and busiest new sites, including casinos and SM Mall of Asia, making it that much more sacred of a retreat on return.

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