for quite a long time, there has not been a decent hotel to Manila's busiest bargain shopping area of Tutuban. thus it has been a concern for one to shop there without getting trapped in the heavy traffic.
not anymore, as one now has the option to stay in a hotel located right on one of the floors of a shopping mall. Orion Hotel Manila was opened late last year to give way for tourist and shoppers more flexibility to get around Tutuban.
i know some people who would visit Manila and do shopping for one whole day but would always find it difficult to leave their things somewhere. with a hotel set on the third floor of the Prime Block Building just beside Tutuban Centermall, one could easily take a short break and would have enough space to organize and pack their items.
all the shopping malls are walking distance from the hotel which can be accessed from the Prime Block mall itself or through its main entrance which is located along Antonio Rivera St. these cozy rooms might even tempt one for a staycation.
every accommodation comes with a complimentary breakfast meal served in the room. i chose Wanton soup with Siopao and coffee over the usual Pinoy breakfast. WIFI connection is also available on every room.
Tutuban isn't all shopping. just a short walk from the hotel is one of Manila's grandest and beautiful Buddhist Temple. a great morning walk to Seng Guan Temple after a day of shopping is highly recommended.
this busy district turns to a night market by the road when the shops starts to close. though known for having negative feedback of having many snatchers around this area, this side of the Tutuban center compound remains a safe place to dine and shop.
on our stay for an overnight, along friends and fellow travel bloggers we didn't miss the opportunity to shop hop to prove that it really is a safe place to shop. i ended up buying a shirt, an arm band, a bull cap, and some travel essentials all costing to around PHP800.
all in all, Orion Hotel Manila is a great add to this shopping district. also near this areas are historical landmarks including the old PNR Station (now Tutuban Centermall), China Town, and Binondo church.
photo above shows fellow travel bloggers Nath, Kat, Kaiye, Claire, Rem, Endette, Kenneth, Gelai and Jherson during a night food stop just beside the night market. here one can eat the usual Pinoy delicacies. Note: this is a sponsored stay courtesy of Orion Hotel Manila.
Orion Hotel Manila
3rd Floor Prime Block, Tutuban Center
C.M. Recto Aveneu, Manila Philippines
Tel: (632) 450-3007 to 09
Deluxe Twin/Queen Bedroom
Note: Visit their website for updated rates and promo rates.
- money storage (safe) for every room
- you get a complimentary recyclable shopping bag.
- a useful guide to accessing major transportation hubs like the airport and the LRT line and even included an option on how to commute by jeep or by bus to the area.
- complimentary drink
- WIFI connectivity on each room
- postcard consignment
- mailing services
- photocopy and fax services
- function room (coming soon)