Planning Your Awesome Sofitel Escape
(12/12/12 Update: SOFITEL Overnight & SPIRALS' Champagne Breakfast!)
Checking in a hotel within Manila to spend your long weekend is becoming a trend these days, especially for families who don't want the hassle of a road trip and just want to have a relaxing escape. Sofitel is one of my favorite hotels because it transports you to a resort setting -- without you having to leave the heart of Manila. It is a great place for families with kids and for couples who just want to escape the stress of everyday business life. Plus, it's about one hour away from Makati.
Here are some suggestions on how to plan your Sofitel Escape...
The Sofitel Experience
Once you check in, you'll be greeted with "Bonjour!" by French-speaking Maria Claras. This is Sofitel's way of introducing guests to the Filipino-French Cultural Integration experience.
Don't forget to check-in in the afternoon, so you can witness the Awesome Manila Sunset! Sofitel has the best comfortable view, and you can relax in the al fresco Sunset Bar.
Make sure to get the rooms with a view of the Swimming Pool and the Manila Sunset.
Sofitel Room Rate (December 2009 Peak Season)
Classic Rooms - P6,620 net (See Above)
The classic rooms are the standard rooms in the non-renovated floors 4, 5, and 6.
Superior Rooms - P8,425 net
These rooms are more expensive because they are on the higher floors 7, 8 and 9. The newly renovated rooms on the 2nd and 3rd Floor are also priced at this rate.
Luxury Rooms - P11,271 net
Luxury rooms are the rooms located on the 10th and 11th floors, where you have access to the 10th floor lounge. You can enjoy high tea and have exclusive breakfast there.
A P50 contribution per room/night to Virlanie Foundation will be added to your bill.
("Virlanie Foundation offers street children shelter, meals, education and caring -- everything that a normal child should have -- a family with loving foster parents and foster aunt, a total rehabilitation to enable the children to grow up as educated individuals, capable of providing a viable future for themselves.")
You can become a member of their Accor Advantage Plus for only P7,200, and you'll get a Complimentary Classic Room Accommodation. The benefit is for the primary member only, non-transferrable and subject to room allotments. (Be a member in advance and halos libre na ang classic room!)
Unfortunately, there is No FREE Wi-fi and Internet is charged at P25 per minute and P950 for one day.
(Ok na rin, so that you cannot work and you can focus on your family :)
Sofitel provides nice toiletries by Roger & Gallet Paris and Colgate.
You can have your dinner in one of the Best Buffets in Manila: Spiral, Sofitel!
"Spiral is a multi-cuisine restaurant with the biggest buffet in town. It has several live cooking stations and boasts the widest array of dishes. At the center of the restaurant is the spiral staircase connected to the main lobby, accented by the spiral art centerpiece." (see detailed review here: Best Buffets in Manila: Spiral, Sofitel)
We also love Galette, located in the Main Lobby, which offers one of the best chocolate truffles in town. You can buy them per piece.
Kids would love the gingerbread house on display in Sofitel for this Christmas Season. :)
To maximize your stay, check out Le Spa. It is "specially designed to cater to your body's need for relaxation, revitalization, reharmonizing and purifying." (Source: Le Spa brochure)
Hotel Guests and Accor Advantage Members get 50% off on Le Spa rates:
1 hour (treatment time 50 min) - P3,150
1 hour 30 minutes (treatment time 50 min) - P4,740
2 hours (treatment time 110 min) - P6,210
3 hours (treatment time 170 min) - P9,365
Feet Delightful Massage:
30 minutes - P1,360
1 hour - P2,700
7 Pecados Night Out
From Siete Pecados to 7 Pecados, the hotel's night bar was rebranded to attract not only the hotel guests but the yuppie crowd looking for a cool bar/hangout.
Here's a 7 Pecados video of a cool "Marker Night" party held last Wednesday.
Sofitel is a favorite hotel of the Department of Tourism. A lot of the Tourism Events are held here. Most of the guests would hang out in 7 Pecados, like the Binibining Pasay contestants (see photo).
Don't expect too much from the food (personally, I don't like the taste -- mostly bland and flat.) One of 7 Pecados' barriers for attracting the yuppie crowd is that their San Mig Light is priced at P200+. If they are serious in attracting that market, they should have a promo on their drinks and not continue to price them at "hotel level".
You can also organize your birthday or special celebrations at 7 Pecados and, maybe, have your own Marker Night event. :) All you need to do is ask your guests to come in white and then have fun with the markers! :) Marker parties are best for birthdays, despedidas, or reunions with your barkada.
Swimming Date with Your Kids :)
Kids love to look at the awesome view of the swimming pool below. They almost want to jump in already -- it is heartwarming to see the excited look on their faces.
Here's a preview of the different things you can do with your kids:
And of course, swimming with your kids!
The pool is not heated, so it will be super cold in December. Put some oil on the back of your kids and give them enough Vitamin C. Note: the slides that you can see at the back is only for kids 12 years old above.
For those kids who cannot swim due to colds, they can use the Kids Club Facilities:
Cool and Wild Video Games, Kiddie Flicks, Chefs Wannabes, Kids Eat, Bookshelves, Wacky Water Coloring Books, Creative Crafts, Funky Face Painting, Toys and Goodies Shoppe.
In House Guest | Walk-In Rate:
P200 | P250 - 2 hours full use of facilities and snacks
P300 | P370 - 4 hours full use of facilities and snacks
P600 | P720 - 8 hours full use of facilities, snacks and lunch
P100 | P100 - Extension Fee for every fraction of an hour
P75/hour/head - Accompanying Adult Fee
P250/hour/head - Any Extension beyond 10.00pm
The Spiral Breakfast!
My personal favorites are the Papaya Smoothie (with a little bit of a pait taste) and the Banana-Hazelnut Fresh Yoghurt for breakfast!
Please share your own Sofitel experience so that the next person reading this will be able to learn from your experience as well. Thanks :)
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 551-5555
For Accor Advantage Plus, you can call:
Melicia Pia Limbo
VIP Officer, Advantage Plus Membership
Telephone: +632 832 6948
Mobile Number: +63 907 5432685
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. This is OAP's official entry to the Sofitel 7 Pecados Contest. :)