Eastwood Richmonde Hotel: Business class in Manila
A ROOM at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is not a bad deal for business travelers in Manila: check into one of the hotel’s 138 rooms and suites (which all have amazing views, as the lowest rooms start at the 29th floor), use the hotel’s premium business amenities, and be right in the middle of one of Manila’s fastest-growing business centers.
From the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, you get round-the-clock access to the Eastwood City business and retail area: the Eastwood Mall connects seamlessly to the hotel building, and just across the street stand BPO offices and other corporate headquarters for business-types seeking to make a deal.
What makes it special
Eastwood City is one of the gold-rush towns created by the outsourcing craze in the Philippines: a development of malls, restaurants, and several high-profile international firms and BPO offices. If you’ve got business in the area, or if you want to stay far from the craziness of Makati and old Manila, then Eastwood City offers a good alternative: a place full of first class shopping and nightlife, with the rest of Manila only a taxi ride away.
The Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is actually known in the vicinity for the Eastwood Café at the lobby level – in particular its impressive buffet spread and wide-ranging a la carte menu. The Eastwood Café lunch buffet offers a belly-busting range of foods, creatively composed by the kitchen’s internationally-honed crew.
What to expect
The Eastwood Richmonde’s guestrooms are located on the top 10 floors of the building, from the 29th to the 38th floor. The 39th floor holds the fitness center and a stair leading to the roofdeck and the swimming pool.
Guestroom interiors are businesslike but not boring: acrylic-stemmed lamps and a white molded backboard complement the warm wood paneling and white walls. The rooms also have all the amenities beloved by executives: spacious work desks, access to satellite TV, and (in the case of the 1- and 2-bedroom suites) separate living and sleeping quarters.
If you need anything faxed, photocopied or written down, the Hotel’s business center can be found at the mezzanine floor, the same level as the spa and the exit to Eastwood Mall.
The rest of Manila is pretty easy to reach, as Eastwood City is located beside a major highway. Taxi rides to Makati will cost about $6 in the local currency, and will take about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic. The airport is about an hour to an hour and 30 minutes away, and should cost about $9-12 in the local currency in fares. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel may arrange airport transfers upon request.
What’s the damage
You should expect to pay between $94 to $129 for a room at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, depending on the room type you prefer. The hotel often offers early bird specials. Even at regular rates, for the price you pay, a night or two at the Eastwood Richmonde provides a satisfactory executive-level stay.