Ramada Manila Central Hotel in Binondo, Manila

We were invited to stay overnight at the newly opened Ramada Manila Central last July 7, 2012. The hotel is located right in the heart of Chinatown.

Ramada Manila Central HotelOur floor had its own business center which has a computer and printer you can use and a lounge area equipped with tables, chairs, a couch, and a flatscreen TV. You can actually hang out here.

Ramada Manila Central HotelSince there were four of us (hubby, myself, and two kids), we were assigned to the Ramada Suite. It costs around P5,000+ a night which is very reasonable considering it’s their most expensive type of room. The suite can accommodate three people comfortably, thus the hotel graciously provided us with an extra bed (not shown in photo). Room rates start at around P3,000.

Ramada Manila Central HotelThe suite is divided into four sections. First, there’s the bedroom which has a king-sized bed shown in the previous photo, an LCD TV, a study table and chair, plus closets with hangers, robes, and a digital safe.

Ramada Manila Central HotelThen there’s the bathroom which has a bath tub, toilet, and an enclosed shower area (not shown in photo).

Ramada Manila Central HotelThere’s a complete set of toiletries in the bathroom.

Ramada Manila Central HotelThe living room area is furnished with a recliner, a spacious couch (not shown in photo), tables, and a flatscreen TV.

Ramada Manila Central HotelFinally there’s the study.

Ramada Manila Central HotelThere are also complimentary bottles of water, coffee, and tea.

Ramada Manila Central HotelWe also had a lovely view of Binondo from our bedroom window.

Ramada Manila Central HotelThat evening, we had dinner at News Cafe, one of Ramada Manila Central’s restaurants.

Ramada Manila Central HotelWe availed of their special soft opening set menu. For a very affordable P295, you get a three course dinner consisting of either soup or salad, main course, and dessert. For the first course, you can choose to have Crispy Taco Salad with Minced Beef, Salsa, Olives, and House Dressing (pictured above). It’s pretty good, everyone finished their individual serving.

"If you’d rather have soup for your first course, you can choose either Velvety Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Bacon (pictured above) or Chicken Consomme with Julienned Vegetables (not shown). Like the taco salad, I quite enjoyed the pumpkin soup too.

Ramada Manila Central HotelFor the second course, you can choose from Twice Cooked Filipino Beef Ribs Adobo (pictured above), Taiwanese Three Cups Chicken with vegetables and Rice, or Pub Style Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce. I didn’t really like this dish as the beef wasn’t tender and I felt a bit more sauce would’ve made it more flavorful. Unfortunately I was unable to have the third course which was dessert because I had to retire early as I wasn’t feeling well that weekend.

Ramada Manila Central HotelAfter breakfast the next morning (accommodations include free breakfast), we toured the hotel. They have an expandable ballroom for events.

Ramada Manila Central HotelThey also have a function area at the top floor with a view of the Manila skyline. I noticed that there’s no swimming pool.

Ramada Manila Central also offers free shuttle service to Lucky Chinatown Mall for guests. Everything else is pretty much walking distance — Binondo Church, shops like Eng Bee Tin (famous for their hopia), and a host of authentic Chinese eateries. Basement parking is available for guests with cars. There’s free wifi internet access too.

All in all we had a pleasant stay, albeit I was not feeling well when we checked in. The hotel staff are very attentive and quick to respond to requests. The room is big, comfortable, and fully furnished with everything you need.

Ramada Manila Central
Ongpin cor. Quintin Paredes St.,
Binondo, Manila

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