1. Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
Design Characteristics: Named after Spanish Artist Pablo Picasso, architect Dominic Galicia and interior designer Tina Periquet worked on giving new life to this old building located at the Makati Central Business District. Their vision? To create a boutique hotel that can be enjoyed many different ways thanks to the multiple artworks it houses, all inspired by Picasso's paintings from different eras of his life.
Head over to: 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Contact [email protected] or +632-8284774 or +632-8289141.
Design Characteristics: Novotel Cubao boasts of a cool, garden-inspired pool deck that makes you feel like you are taking a vacation outside of the city, even if it's actually located at the heart of Cubao. In addition, the hotel's interiors has a youthful, modern feel, with sleek lines and curves adorning every corner of this hotel, in addition to pops of colors complementing the earth hues used for its rooms.
Head over to: Novotel Manila Araneta Center, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City. Contact [email protected] or +632-9907888.
3. Shangri-La Hotel Fort
Design Characteristics: The whole hotel itself can be considered a museum, what with artists and interior designers collaborating on its overall design. Notable pieces found here include Raul Isidro's artwork at the conceirge area (photo above), Bea Valdes' "Anima" installation, artworks by Mars Bugaoan, Anton Mallari, and Noel El Farol found in the hotel's hallway and lobbies, and Jinggoy Buensuceso's iron-clad installations at the grand staircase area and lobby lounge.
Head over to: 30th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Contact +632-8200888 or +632-8653800.
4. Henry Hotel
Design Characteristics: This hotel is perfect for those who want to experience what it feels to live in the 1950s, with its post-war era building architecture adorned with vintage furnishings, which include light fixtures, tables, windows, and flooring, reminiscent of that opulent time in history as well. Bloggers and influencers like Kryz Uy, Patricia Prieto, and Lissa Kahayon are fans of this retro-inspired hotel.
Head over to: 2680 Compound, F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City. Contact [email protected] or +632-8078888
5. Luneta Hotel
Design Characteristics: Designed by Spanish architect Salvador Farre, this heritage landmark remains to be the only example of French Rennaisance architecture that can be found in the country. It took conservationists six years to restore this hotel to its former glory, which include restoring the details of its marble flooring, gilded furniture, and French windows.
Head over to: 414 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Contact [email protected] or +632-875-8921 to 29.
6. Nobu Hotel Manila
Design Characteristics: This posh hotel exudes Japanese minimalism through and through, with the presence of flowers, Japanese art on its walls, and the playful use of wood at in the lobby and the rooms (yes, all 321 of them). And since it makes use of earth tones (save for hints of purple and green found in the floral arrangements), the Rockwell group-designed hotel's nature-inspired theme makes visitors feel tranquil and relaxed all day, everyday.
Head over to: City of Dreams, Aseana Avenue, Paranaque City. Contact [email protected] or +632-8008080.
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Banner photograph from Nobu Hotel Manila's Facebook page. Photographs from Instagram.com/lianadelraycray, Instagram.com/shangrilafort, the Henry Hotel Facebook page, the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences Facebook Page, lunetahotel.com, and the Nobu Hotel Manila Facebook page.