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May 14, 2016

NOBU STAYCATION: The Art of the Hotel Staycation in Manila! @CityofDreamsPH

May 14, 2016

NOBU STAYCATION: The Art of the Hotel Staycation in Manila! @CityofDreamsPH





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Our NOBU HOTEL Staycation is one of the most awesome stays we've had in Manila with the family.

It's conveniently located, the rooms have elegant Japanese-inspired interiors, the famed Nobu Restaurant is found here, and there's an awesome view of the City of Dreams Promenade.

Here is a guide on how to plan your own awesome staycation at Nobu Manila...

NOBU HOTEL MANILA
City of Dreams Manila, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard,
Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines
Email: guestservices@cod-manila.com
Telephone: +632 800-8080
Website: http://www.nobuhotelmanila.com/

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Nobu Hotel does not have a grand lobby. The main entrance actually leads to the casino.

(Tip: Best to check in early at around 12 noon and just wait for your keys before 3pm when your room is ready)

 

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You can choose among three room categories: Nobu Deluxe, Nobu Premier, and Nobu Suites.  

We were able to check out each of these room types. Here's a write-up on the three categories to help you decide which room to stay in...

 

NOBU DELUXE

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The deluxe room has a floor area of 36 square meters with a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds.

The room is equipped with a 47” LED cable TV with video on demand, and JBL docking station for your iPhone.

 

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The room has panoramic views of the pools or the city.

 

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Wardrobe/closet with internal lighting, his/hers black & white bathrobe, and cute Nobu slippers.

 

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Iron/ironing boards and Guestroom safe (that can fit a laptop) are standard features in all room categories.

 

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Fully stocked mini-bar refrigerator and snacks.

 

Nobu IRD Menu - 1

NOBU Hotel In-Room Dining Menu: Nobu Set Menu, Nobu A la Carte Nobu Breakfast | Nobu Classics, Nobu Private Dining | Nobu Manila at Night |Nobu's Sake Selections, Handcrafted Cocktails, Beer, White Wine | Spirits and Wine, Non-Alcoholic Beverage

The in-room dining options are quite good but priced a bit on the high side.

 

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All the rooms have complimentary Ikaati Premium Tea and mineral water available.

 

NOBU PREMIER 

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The Nobu premier room is bigger with a floor area of 42 square meters and equipped with a king-sized bed.

 

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It has an awesome panoramic view of the City of Dreams pools, the Promenade, and Manila Bay.

 

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All rooms have a sofa that can be an extra bed plus a bedside telephone. Nobu Hotel rooms have two daily housekeeping services.

 

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All the rooms have a writing desk with a chair that is quite low and ergonomically awkward to use in front of a computer. But the wireless internet is quite fast.

 

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The bathroom is spacious with a sleek design--a deep wash basin, separate shower, and stair bath towel holder.

 

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Nobu Hotel uses premium Natura Bisse bathroom amenities.

 

NOBU SUITES (ROOM 8533)

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The Nobu Suite Room has a floor area of 68 square meters with a king-sized bed.

 

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It has the best panoramic view of the Promenade and the Manila Bay sunset.

 

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It has a separate living room equipped with 55” LED cable TV with video on demand.

 

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Separate/detached mini-bar with Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine and Nespresso gourmet coffee.

 

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Separate powder room with toilet in the living room.


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We loved the welcome fruit basket, Japanese sake, and dessert.

 

 

 

 

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The kids are welcomed by tarsier toys, Nobu double-sided origami, and Nobu activity books & crayons.

 

 

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The suite room has an enclosed separate shower and bath tub.

 

 

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The toilet bowl opens automatically. It's fun to sit here in the morning with heated bowl seat and be pampered with all the elaborate wash button options.

 

 

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The bath tub is so nice with a spacious shower area that can fit two adults or 4 boys at the same time.

 

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It feels luxurious to use it with the Bath Foam and the Bath Salts.

 

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The toiletries are also elaborate, with a wooden toothbrush and just about anything that you can ask for in a bathroom.

 

NOBU BREAKFAST

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Nobu Buffet Breakfast (Adult P1,364 and Child (6 years up) P682; Children 5 years below eat for free)

 

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Make sure to make a reservation when you are going on a weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). Walk-ins are allowed for breakfast and not only for in-room guests.

 

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The outside seating is actually cozy with a garden feel but its a bit hot during summer.

 

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Cereals, Pecan Nut Almond, Pistachio, Dried Figs, and Full/Low Fat Milk options.

 

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I like the chia seeds, parfait, and yogurt options to start with.

 

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You can even have sesame granola, dried raisins, dried golden rains, and dried cranberry as toppings.

 

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I make it a point to always start with fruits...

 

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...and vegetables with Nobu's signature salad dressings.

 

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Check out the different bread selections. I like their chocolate croissant.

 

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You can ask for freshly cooked French toast, waffles, or pancakes.

 

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You can also ask for their soba pancakes, green tea waffle, or...

 

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...my favorite, the Nobu French Toast with oozing yuzu custard inside.

 

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We also enjoyed Nobu's Okonomiyaki or Japanese Pizza.

 

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I like my slice of okonomiyaki topped with overflowing bonito flakes.

 

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The Anticucho Wings are our favorite with Nobu's sweet soy glaze.

 

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You can get this scrambled egg with salmon and soy salt or have one cooked to your specification from the egg station. 

 

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The housemade umami ketchup and Nobu's hot sauce is quite addicting.

 

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They serve a breakfast sausage in the buffet like this Veal Chipolata...

 

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...and bacon (and longganisa sometimes). The meat and vegetable options change often.

 

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Do note that the breakfast minis menu with the miso-braised wagyu cheek tapsilog is no longer available. :(

 

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Their cherry blossom inspired plates are pretty. 

 

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When eating in the buffet, a good tip is to make sure you can still see spaces in between the different dishes to control your appetite.

 

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NOBU MANILA
Level 1, Nobu South Tower, City of Dreams Manila
Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy.Tambo, Paranaque City
Nobu Breakfast: 6.00 to 10.30am (Mondays to Saturdays) and until 10.00am on Sundays
For restaurant reservations, call +632 691-2882 or 691-2885 
Email: noburestaurant@cod-manila.com

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NOBU POOL, FITNESS, & SPA

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The Nobu Pool is around 4 ft deep and located at the center of the Promenade. Best time to go is from 6am to 8am and 3pm to 5pm when it's not too crowded.

 

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Check out the well designed fitness center. Make sure to use its world class facilities.

 

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My favorite is the bike with a biking video simulation. It would be nice to have a VR headset when riding this.

 

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Take the time to visit the Nobu Spa as well.

 

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It has well-appointed rooms and everything you need to freshen up and relax.

 

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MUSCLE RELEASE (60 Minutes - P2,800, 90 Minutes - P3,600)A holistic massage designed to alleviate deep-seated tension and muscular stress. Specialized techniques concentrate on specific areas of concern and lessen common discomforts such as stiff neck, lower back pain, and sore tight shoulders. This treatment can be performed with or without oil.

I tried the muscle release massage and it was just OK. The spa at Crowne Towers is much better.

 

THE NOBU LOUNGE

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On the ground floor of the South Tower of Nobu Hotel is the sleek Nobu Lounge, which you can use for casual meetings or while waiting.

 

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Check out the Nobu Lounge Menu: Sandwiches and Salad, Savory & Light | Soup and Noodles, Pastries and Breads | Beverage List | Wine & Spirits, Sake

You can have high tea, light snacks, desserts, or drinks. Here are our favorites at Nobu Lounge...

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The Nobu Style High Tea Set (P2,000). Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Tofu Misozuke with Senbei & Vegetables, Tonkatsu Sandwich, Kuro Choux, Atsuyaki Tamago, Yuzu Pound Cake, Warabi Mochi, Coffee or Tea.

 

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Ikaati Infused Cocktail (P470)

 

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Mini "Takumi" Sliders (P650). Grilled Wagyu patty, sauteed shitake mushrooms, umami ketchup, and honey truffle aioli on a toasted bao bun.

 

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Rock Shrimp Bun (P325). Shrimp tempura, creamy spicy aioli, lettuce, maui salsa, tofu bun.

 

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Nobu Fries (P300). Seasoned sweet potato, eggplant, and potato fries with umami ketchup and honey truffle aioli.

 

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Miso Cappucino Tart (P290). Vanilla miso custard, coffee cream, candied pecan.

 

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Chocolate Royal (P450). White and Dark chocolate layers with a crisp almond praline crust.

 

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The Nobu Lounge
Operating Hours: 11.00am - 7.00pm
Telephone: +632 691-2881
Email: NobuTeaHouse@cod-manila.com 

 

 

THE NOBU MANILA SUNSET

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The sunset in City of Dreams is amazing, especially when the colors of the sunset reflect on the golden facade of the buildings.

 

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The Wave Restaurant at the Promenade is the best place to enjoy the sunset. Check out the Drinks Menu 1 | Menu 2

 

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Reserve this table to get a front seat view of the Manila Bay sunset on the horizon.

 

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Aperol Spritz (P420). Aperol, grapefruit, soda, and champagne.

Order the aperol spritz for something refreshing and bubbly while watching the sunset with your loved one.

 

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A Nobu Hotel Staycation is definitely one of the most awesome staycations you can have in Manila. 

Verdict:

What we like:
- Nobu Suites with the bath tub and high tech toilet
- Nobu Breakfast and the Nobu Sunday Brunch
- Panoramic view of the City of Dreams Promenade with a front seat view of the Manila Bay sunset
- Attention to details from the toiletries, bathrobes, welcome platter, and the bed
- Improved Hospitality of the Service team - more responsive and better attitude

What we don't like:
- The bare lobby that leads to the casino; it's hard to explain it to kids
- The chairs are too low when working on your laptop in the work table
- The spa options could be better

 

NOBU HOTEL MANILA
City of Dreams Manila, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard,
Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines
Email: guestservices@cod-manila.com
Telephone: +632 800-8080
Website: http://www.nobuhotelmanila.com/

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Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of Charisse Chuidian of Nobu Hotel Manila. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. I really miss their Nobu Style Tapsilog for breakfast. :( Hope they can bring it back to their breakfast line-up.

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Nobu Style Tapsilog. Miso-braised wagyu cheek, garlic rice, fried egg, papaya relish.


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