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Manila as a city has had and continues to expand its good hotel offerings. The new City of Dreams complex just near the airport offers a Casino and three hotels with a view of Manila Bay and the Manila Skyline. Nobu occupies a unique space in the whole arrangement.
We arrived to the hotel in the evening and chatted with the friendly and efficient staff. We told them we were excited to see such a new hotel, especially one that is the shared vision of two friends: a world famous chef and an actor. Right away the hotel is striking for its intimate style, it masks very well the Casino atmosphere going on just around the corner with comfort and quiet. We were upgraded to a suite upon request very graciously.
The suite we received was spacious with a Japanese style of decor. This included wood, carpet, mixed with traditional Japanese artwork and a Zen atmosphere. The suite had a living room, small bar and extra restroom. The bedroom and master bathroom were good sized with plenty of closet space. The bathroom had a smart toilet, with a shower and large bathtub with bath salts. The soaps, coffee and in room amenities were all high quality.
The center complex is where a series of pools are located belonging to each hotel. The Nobu pool is grand with plenty of space for swimming, stretching out and enjoying the open air. On the same level is the gym and locker rooms. Equipment was state of the art and little touches like infused water made it a welcoming environment.
Because the hotel sits attached to the Casino there are a variety of places to eat including Italian, Filipino, Korean and German restaurants. The Nobu restaurant itself is an amazing attraction offering some of the trendiest and creative takes on meat, fish and vegetarian Japanese cuisine.
The City of Dreams complex provides a free shuttle service to Mall Of Asia and Chinatown. There is no longer a free airport shuttle, but taxi’s coming in to the complex are carefully monitored, so guests can expect a more fair transaction and security.