City Garden Grand Hotel: Where to Stay in Manila, the Philippines

City Garden Grand Hotel: Where to Stay in Manila, the Philippines

We rarely accept sponsored hotel stays but we had to make an exception for this one. It was a good fit for our Manila travel guide.

Ren and I never spend too much on accommodations so a 4-star hotel like City Garden Grand Hotel wouldn’t normally be on our radar. Instead, we usually go for boutique hotels in the USD 50 a night range. I recommended Z Hostel in our travel guide because it’s a conveniently located hostel with dorm rooms for backpackers and a few private rooms for married travelers like us. If you’re on a budget, then Z Hostel is a great choice.

But just because a 4-star hotel doesn’t cater to our niche doesn’t mean I shouldn’t recommend it. The fact is, not all travelers to Manila are backpackers. Many are here on business, which is why I decided to add City Garden Grand Hotel to our guide as well. Apart from being a fairly priced business and leisure hotel, it’s also located in the same area as Z Hostel. A good fit indeed!

Hotel Lobby

City Garden Grand is conveniently located at the corner of Makati Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue. It’s near commercial centers and restaurants and just a Grab ride away from the central business district.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Simple but classy lobby. It feels warm and cozy with all the wood paneling. Of course, with this being the Philippines, it’s already Christmas in November. 🙂
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Deluxe King Room

Our big beautiful room. As mentioned up top, we never stay at big hotels when traveling so this was a welcome treat. I like how the rooms match the warmth of the lobby with all the wood and earthy textures.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

This bed was a godsend. ♥
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Sofa chair and work desk
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Ren made this her official Instagram chair. 😛 Wifi throughout the hotel was fast.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Great view of Makati from the 26th floor
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

A better look at the room and all its dark textures. I love that headboard. We usually stay in much smaller rooms than this so to have all that table space to lay out my gear was awesome. 😆
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Big marble bathroom with tub
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Toiletries and amenities
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Large closet space with safe, robe, and ironing board
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Complimentary welcome fruit platter. Thank you City Garden Grand! 🙂
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Spice Cafe

Located on the 7th floor, we ate at Spice Cafe twice — once for dinner and a second time for breakfast the following morning.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Spice Cafe is the hotel’s main restaurant so it’s pretty big. Breakfast buffet is served from 6-10AM daily and included in the room rate.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Cute yogurt bottles
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Dimsum and sushi for breakfast because why not? 😆 Not sure why, but they were serving non-breakfast dishes like pasta and salad at 7AM. In fact, most of the buffet consisted of lunch or dinner fare with just a small station offering breakfast food. We found that a little odd.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Delicious omelette made specially for me. Ren and I rarely eat bacon at home so I made sure to load up here. 😉
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Complimentary cappuccino and rainbow latte to perk up our day
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Refreshing house blend iced tea. The next four pictures were from our ala carte dinner the night before.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Roasted watermelon salad. I’ve never had roasted watermelon before so I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor combination. It was really good.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Pumpkin and prawn bisque. If you’re like Anthony Bourdain and enjoying sucking on prawn heads, then you’ll love this bisque. It’s packed with that umami prawn head flavor.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

These baby back ribs came highly recommended. They have a wide menu selection here and their prices are reasonable, especially for a 4-star hotel.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Swimming Pool

On the 32nd floor is this outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. Nice eh?
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Too bad we didn’t have enough time to swim. 🙁
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Firefly View Deck

Also on the 32nd floor is the open-air Firefly View Deck, the hotel’s other F&B establishment. It’s basically a bar that offers nightly buffets and live acoustic music on weekends.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

The view from up here is killer.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Check out Ren’s RAWR face. I can’t tell if she’s looking at me or the beer. 😆

As described, food and drinks at City Garden Grand aren’t that expensive. Bottles of San Mig Light are just PHP 99 each, which is really good for a 4-star hotel. That’s about how much you’d pay at a restaurant in Makati. We’ve been to hotels in Manila that charge over PHP 200 per beer!
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

They have an ala carte menu here as well so we ordered this quesadilla to go with our beers.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Think the view’s nice during the day? Check it out at night!
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Lights as far as the eye can see
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

We were here on a Saturday night so we got to see former Voice Philippines contestant Hans Dimayuga perform. This guy’s voice is amazing. He sounds like Hootie from Hootie and the Blowfish. You can catch him live every Friday and Saturday night.
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Dinner buffet at Firefly View Deck costs PHP 799 per person and includes a Mongolian station. If you’ve never had it before, a Mongolian buffet features a spread of ingredients like veggies, rice, noodles, raw proteins, and different sauces. You pile whatever you want in a bowl and hand over to the chef to cook. It’s fun!
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Here’s a short video I put together to help you get a better sense of the hotel.

We don’t stay at hotels like this often so I’m not an expert, but I don’t really have anything negative to say about City Garden Grand Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located, the rooms are big and cozy, and the staff is well-trained. If I had to nitpick, I’d say that the breakfast buffet was somewhat disappointing. As described, it consisted mostly of lunch or dinner fare which was a little weird. It would have been nice to have a huge selection of breakfast food to choose from.

Without question, the room rates here are excellent, especially considering that this is a 4-star hotel. We stayed in a Deluxe King which goes for PHP 5,600 a night, but Standard rooms can be had for just PHP 3,584. To put that in perspective, We paid PHP 2,700 for a private room at Z Hostel. That’s a difference of just PHP 900 pesos! We didn’t get to see the Standard room but I’m pretty sure it’s much bigger and nicer than the private rooms at Z Hostel. This hotel really is a great value and a good choice for business and leisure travelers to Manila.

You can make a reservation at City Garden Grand Hotel through Booking.com or Agoda. It’s a good idea to check both sites to find the best deal. For corporate rates, please contact the hotel directly.

City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati, Philippines

8008 Makati Ave. cor. Kalayaan Ave., Makati, Philippines
Tel: +632 888-8181
Fax: +632 890-1250
Website: citygardengrandhotel.com
Facebook: CityGardenGrandHotel
Email: reservations@citygardengrandhotel.com
Check-in: Starts at 2PM
Check-out: Until 12NN

PUBLISHED ROOM RATES: (all prices net, breakfast buffet included)
Standard – PHP 3,584
Superior – PHP 4,484
Deluxe – PHP 5,600
Premier – PHP 6,272
Junior Suite – PHP 11,200
Presidential Suite – PHP 39,200

MAKE A RESERVATION: Booking.com | Agoda

For more Manila travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Safe Travel Guide to Manila, the Philippines (from a local)

The First-Timer’s Safe Travel Guide to Manila, the Philippines (from a local)

Disclosure

We were guests of City Garden Grand Hotel and were given a free one night’s stay with full board. As always, all media, words, and opinions on this post are mine and mine alone. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning we’ll get a small commission if you make a purchase or reservation at NO extra cost to you. We really appreciate your support as this helps us keep this website going. Thank you!

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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  1. Ben at 12:27 am

    3 chandeliers is not something I am used to seeing in a hotel. I’m not a big fan of typical breakfast foods. I would love staying here as I can skip to the tastier food.

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