The Imperial Suite at Sofitel is probably the best presidential suite among the hotels here in Manila because of its awesome view of the Manila Bay Sunset. It is located on the top floor of Sofitel and offers a 180-degree view of Manila Bay. We’re so blessed to experience staying for one night in this Presidential Suite. It was part of the prize package for the Siete Pecados contest my brother and I joined last December.
Here is the photo essay of our Imperial Suite experience in Sofitel at the start of 2010:
We’re all excited because we’d heard legendary stories of The Imperial Suite, designed by Imelda Marcos herself. We checked in at around 2pm.
The suite is hidden at the end of the hall of the top floor. It even has a false door. The main entrance is old school and has a high ceiling.
Welcome to the Imperial Suite! Let me tour you around the presidential suite of Sofitel…
The main lobby feels a bit old but still classic. A lucky bonsai garden awaits you in the middle of that marble flooring.
A personalized welcome letter from the GM. Indeed, “Life is Magnifique!”
A welcome snack of cheese, crackers and truffle chocolates from Galette.
The suite has 3 rooms and a maid’s room. This is the main bedroom.
A big walk-in closet with a restroom connects to the other room.
It houses one of the biggest bathtubs that Aidan has ever seen. He was super excited to use it as a playground with syoti and their cousin.
The suite has all the amenities that you would need, including small dumbbells for exercise.
This is the second room. It has a queen-size bed and an entertainment sala.
Aidan chose this room so that he could watch cartoons with his brother and cousin.
All rooms are equipped with a flat screen TV, but only one room has an iPod with Bose speakers.
The third room has two single beds and offers a view of the pool below.
What an awesome view of the Sofitel pool!
The sala is designed in such a way that it directly faces the Manila Bay Sunset.
The comfy couch can also serve as an additional bed.
There is a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook. I could imagine holding a small dinner party here with the help of a personal chef.
The main dining room of the Imperial Suite.
The Lolos and Lolas having a memorable dinner there.
As part of the Club Sofitel services on the 10th floor, afternoon snacks are served at around 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Sofitel is the lone buffet that serves unlimited gummy bears to kids. Aidan and Joshua loved it!
We stayed in the Library area in Club Sofitel. You can read there and just hang out. We decided to borrow some DVDs.
The Manila Sunset sets directly in front of the sala. It’s awesome to watch it live! 🙂
A Grand Piano that is out of tune sits in the adjacent room.
It’s so cool to share the awesome experience of watching the Manila Sunset with Aidan and Joshua.
The suite also has an office, which has an old-world feel. It is located in a corner room with a view of the Mall of Asia.
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I was pleasantly surprised to see personalized stationery for me. 🙂
Another surprise was located outside the office — BATS!
YES, we have BATS right here in Manila! The kids were a bit scared because of the bats’ squeaking sounds.
The suite’s personal butler served us a Mango-inspired cocktail plate with fresh fruits and Mango Rum.
The entire experience was so surreal for us, especially since we were having it in the heart of Manila.
At 6pm, we went back to Club Sofitel to try the cocktails. Brobo and his wife, Carmina, joined us there.
The Diaz cousins: Joshua, Elania and Aidan.
My brother’s girlfriend Cha decided to have a photo shoot throughout the entire suite. 🙂
Of course, she had to include the bats. 🙂
My brother Rommel and Cha with a background view of the Sofitel Pool.
Our Brotherhood: Lorenz (aka Brobo), Rommel and Me. 🙂 Yes, we are only three siblings. Now, I have my own three kings: Aidan, Joshua and BB5 (soon to debut in OAP in Feb).
The Lolo and Lola with the apos.
This would definitely be an overnight stay to remember. How I wish we could experience it again, this time with BB5 with us…
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