The Ermita Malate Business Owners Association is a conglomeration of key business owners and managers representing established Manila hotels, poplar restaurants and entertainment hubs in the area. One notable objective of EMBOA is to promote a healthy environment for the businesses and patrons of the Ermita-Malate area. It involves improving safety standards, sanitation, cleanliness and designing activities that will promote Ermita and Malate.
|Mabini Pension House vintage looking signage at front|
|Mabini Pension House affordable room rates are displayed at the door|
|posing on an old stairway|
|Mabini Pension House reception area|
Room rates are pretty affordable with prices ranging from Php 600. to Php 1500. per night. There is an option to choose from a fan room or room with AC but what is nice about this place is its location and old world charm.
|Long wooden stairs of Mabini Pension House reliving the good ole Manila days|
|Mabini Pension House hallway|
|Promo price for Lotus Garden Hotel Manila is posted on entrance|
|Reception counter and lobby|
|Cozy Christmas nook at Lotus Garden Hotel|
What makes Lotus Garden one of the best hotels in Manila is the unassuming décor. Each room has hardwood flooring and with touches of Filipino design. Even some of the corridors and side stairway have hardwood floors with a newly added wing that features suites perfect for groups and families.
|Hallway of Lotus Garden Hotel Ermita reminiscence of old Manila|
|Impressive hardwood flooring of the stairs of Lotus Garden Manila|
|A functional meeting/ boardroom at Lotus Garden Hotel Ermita Manila|
|Jacuzzi in black marble stone at the basement of Lotus Garden Hotel- area is open for mini party|
|Billiard table at the lower ground floor|
|Exercise equipment for the guests|
I find Lotus Garden Hotel somewhat special because it reminds me of home where I grew up. Walking the corridors and being in one of the 116 rooms in this hotel feels like home. I am sure guests will love the homey atmosphere.
|Twin single bed room at Lotus Garden Hotel Manila|
|A workable counter with modern LED TV|
|Huge comfy bed with lounging chair at Lotus Garden Hotel Ermita|
|Spacious standard bathroom with shower at Lotus Garden Hotel Manila|
|Cozy ambiance in each Lotus Garden hotel room|
|Old wooden hotel room doors|
|Common sitting area|
|Lotus Garden Hotel restaurant at the ground floor- displayed on the wall is a collection of international dolls|
|Colorful reception counter of City Garden Hotel Ermita|
|City Garden very own restaurant Cafe Miranda offers a wide variety of yummy dishes|
|The dining area of elegant Cafe Miranda at City Garden Hotel Manila|
|Full bar service is available at City Garden Hotel Ermita|
|Main lobby of City Garden Hotel Manila|
|Elevator of City Garden Hotel Ermita|
The rooms are all cozy, spacious and efficient. There’s even a full kitchen on some rooms where guests can cook and enjoy meals.
|A full kitchen and dining area in some rooms in City Garden Hotel Manila|
|Living room area in the room|
|Receive guests and still find privacy in one of the rooms in City Garden Ermita|
|LED TV in the living and dining area in some rooms|
|Large area to entertain guests|
Some rooms have private balconies and separate receiving/living room area. This is great for casual travelers and even perfect for families on staycation. Price wise, City Garden Hotel Manila offers good value for money.
|Single double bed room type|
|Twin bed hotel room option|
|Working desk and drawers|
|Personal safety deposit box is a standard in City Garden Suites hotel rooms|
|Some rooms have private balcony|
|City Garden Hotel bathrooms are clean|
|Impressive colonial Spanish style exterior of Ibarra's Party Venue Ermita|
The building that houses Ibarra’s party venue and catering is an architectural gem that exudes the charms of old Manila era.
|Ceiling draperies fit for a princess!|
|A table setting perfect for a royal wedding only at Ibarra's Garden Ermita|
There are several party rooms that have various guest capacity. The charming garden setting is a total plus with fancy ceiling that perfectly fits any memorable event. Ibarra’s is now a pioneer in events places in Manila.
|Fun and elegant decor surrounds Ibarra's party venue Manila|
Whether it’s for small birthday celebration or for a big wedding reception, Ibarra’s Ermita knows how to throw in an unforgettable experience plus they provide great food too.
The warm people that we met and the establishments that we visited made me realized that EMBOA is doing a significant job in uplifting and reviving the vibrant tourist scene in this side of the city with emphasis on Filipino culture and genuine hospitality that visitors can enjoy.
Websites to visit for reference:
Lotus Garden Hotel Manila- http://web.lotusgardenhotel-manila.com/
City Garden Hotel Manila- http://www.manila.citygardenhotels.com/
Ibarra’s Party Venues & Catering-