I should have stopped with one blog. That one — about our lovely lunch in Conrad’s China Blue, that casual but fine-dining experience under the helm of international chef Jereme Leung. But it is not enough to blog just about our food adventure. Conrad Hotel, by itself, is a wonderful experience.
There have been a number of new hotels in the Metro, mostly in the Bay Area. Sadly, many of the casino-hotel type. Quite a few brag about Bay views that will take your breath away. Well, save your breath. Many offer those views simply because of their geo-strategic location. Conrad Manila Hotel enjoys the same geo-strategic spot but takes it several notches better with high ceilings, floor to ceiling glass windows, tasteful decor, inspiring art pieces and LOTS OF SPACE!
If the Lobby gives you a “park ambience”, wait till you check out the toilets. Surely, they didn’t scrimp on space here. So many cubicles, nice marble-top sinks and powder area. Right outside, my friend was taken by this glass sculpture that’s reminiscent of a Mirô. I hope they put the name of the artist there, as we admiringly looked for it. (We later learned it was an Impy Pilapil artwork, as only Impy could have crafted such magnificent piece!)
Many lunch crowds trooped to Brasserie on 3. We should try that sometime. No big fan of buffet meals here, so we tried China Blue by Jereme Leung. No regrets. Check out my food blog link above for details and food photos. ATM, I’m searching hotel rates here as I can’t wait booking a room if only so I can try cocktails at The C Lounge, wait up for sunset and the evening fireworks, and waking up to a majestic view of the Bay. Sounds like a plan?
I won’t mind having just coffee and dessert here while waiting or reading a book. I remember those days when I’d order a halo-halo by the pool in Westin Plaza — also by the Bay — and watching how the ice melts while I savor the breeze and the view. This hotel lounge could yet be a favorite hangout. Just have a look at how they serve their coffee. La belle vie!