Manila, Philippines

The Henry Hotel Manila

Price per night from$68.51

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (PHP3,477.52), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Mid-century marvel

Setting

Chilled-out colonial avenue

The Henry Hotel Manila captures the artistic soul of the Philippines’ capital city. Set south of town in Pasay City, Henry holds 34 rooms in five 1950s homes that were once a compound for artists. Today, the hotel pays tribute to its roots; its retro charm and serene verandas are fully restored and a welcoming restaurant has been added. Each room is decorated with a mix of modern and vintage furnishings, including vivid tiles, Eames-style chairs and mod light fixtures. Seek inspiration in the palmera-dotted gardens, where visiting artists sketch and write, or learn from the masters at the three houses on the compound that still serve as artist residences.

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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.

Prices

Double rooms from £69.03 (PHP4,270), including tax at 22.8 per cent.

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
Philippines

The Henry Hotel Manila sits slightly south of the heart of the capital, in Pasay City.

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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Jules Pearson

Anonymous review

By Jules Pearson, London insider

When it comes to choosing a hotel in Manila, it’s one of those cities where you can’t have it all. Want to get far away from the airport? That’ll be at least an hour crawling through the city’s infamous traffic-clogged streets. Fancy the idea of the relative calm of the Mataki business district with its multitude of super malls? Sure, it’s a little less hectic but you do miss out on the vibrant buzz to be found in other parts of the city. There is one place, however, that lets you have your cake and eat it – the rather magnificent Henry Hotel.

The Henry Hotel is in the shadow of Manila’s International Airport and while you might hear the odd jet engine you’ll be thankful when you land at rush hour (note: every hour is rush hour in Manila) and you don’t have to go far. As we wound our way in a cab through the chaotic city streets from the airport, we were bracing ourselves for a sensory overload. But, as we turned into the entrance gate of The Henry Hotel, it was like someone hit the mute switch as the noise of the city quickly faded away. 

The Henry is a truly special spot, a little oasis that is set in what was once an artist’s commune in the 1950s. The hotel is spread over five converted houses which still feel like they could be home to artists – albeit established ones – with beautiful tiled floors, chic retro furniture, window slats, and curated artworks across every wall. It's hard not to feel inspired to crack open your MacBook and start writing a novel or painting your masterpiece. Immediately I began imagining myself as Marylou in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, sprawled out on a chic retro sofa in our room. 
 
The artist spirit does still live on here, as The Henry Hotel is only one part of the compound. Other buildings have been converted to artist studios and galleries such as the Avellana Art Gallery and Jojie Lloren's Atelier. The whole place has a very old-world charm to it, a little time warp back to Manila in the 1950s. 
 
Our room was a ‘Suite’ (which is in fact the middle room category), and it really did have the feel of our own little apartment rather than a hotel room. There’s a lot of original character – the high ceilings, French doors that open out to a patio, and colourful patterned tiles. The newer design is totally in keeping with this vibe, with soft lighting, lush fabric curtains and a freestanding roll top bath, which is just the thing after a 13-hour flight from London. 
 
Bathed and ready to roll, we headed back out into the madness, which lies right outside the compound walls, dodging traffic while crossing eight lane roads; getting stuck; turning back; and finally finding the walkway that everyone else was using. Yes, it’s best to do as the locals do when crossing the road here. It’s hectic but it’s also lots of fun; and knowing that you can quickly escape back to The Henry when that inevitable traveller’s tummy hits (and boy did it!) makes the whole experience even better. We feasted on Filipino food that we were eager to try – spit roast pork (lechon) and sigsig, which is chopped pork served on a sizzling skillet with rice, fried egg and an actual mountain of rice – before jet lag hit and we had to call it a night. 
 
The Henry has a small pool in a lush tropical garden so it was an early morning dip for us before breakfast sat outside on the sunny veranda of the main central house, where you almost feel as if you’re living in your very own Colonial villa (to maximise that feeling, book yourself in the Owner’s Suite, which was… yep you guessed, the original owner’s apartment). Breakfast was a very decent shakshuka – not very Filipino, granted, but after all the pork and rice last night, we weren’t quite ready for the local specialities of corned beef and pork sausage. 
 
After a stroll around the compound, stopping to stroke the stray cats, peek in the gallery and furniture shop room which also happens to be the showroom of the hotel’s interior designer – good luck resisting that – we were ready to head out into the madness again for another thriller in Manila.

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