Hyatt properties are a safe bet when searching for luxury, convenience, and professionalism. That’s why I chose to stay at their fairly new property in Manila in the “City of Dreams” development. Opened at the end of 2014, this casino resort is made up of three hotels, clubs, restaurants, and a shopping mall. Outside of the busy city center, the property is conveniently located near Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
With a layover in Manila on our way back to Australia from Palau, the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila was the perfect place for a stopover.
Arriving late at night, the hotel driver was waiting for us at arrivals. The two golden towers of Hyatt are directly connected to the City of Dreams complex. From the private entrance, we checked in quickly and headed to our room.
We stayed in a Club Room arranged with two single beds. The room was warm and stylish with wooden touches and floor-to-ceiling windows. A desk and chair was against the wall next to the flat screen TV, plus there was also a plate of welcome fruit to greet us.
Fast and free wifi was available throughout the room and property.
The bathroom was luxuriously decked out in marble with a separate bathtub and a large rain-shower.
With only an evening to explore, we decided to head to the City of Dreams instead of manifesting our own dreams. The complex was quite massive with two nightclubs (Pangaea and Chaos) in a central “egg” dome and DreamPlay from Dreamworks Animation. This unique theme park must be a hit with the kids as their favorite characters wander around during opening times of course. Unfortunately due to it being around midnight, most restaurants and shops were closed.
The showpiece casino however was just getting started. Performances were underway at the slot machines and plenty of people were out and about. We walked around to see explore the grounds but didn’t stay out too late as we had an early flight the next morning.
With direct access to the casino, it was convenient to return to the hotel.
Hyatt’s Club Lounge serves complimentary drinks and snacks and is available to Club floor guests. The Cafe is the main restaurant of the hotel with live cooking stations and a breakfast buffet. The signature Hyatt Sunday Lunch with lobster, seafood, and free flowing champagne is also located in the Cafe. The Lounge is the bar and meeting place. Ready for your nightcap?
The hotel also has a Fitness Center, a salon, and a stunning outdoor pool. I wish I had a chance to swim in it!
With 362 rooms, the property wouldn’t be complete without a matching ballroom to accommodate events and celebrations. The massive ballroom can seat up to 500 guests for grand gatherings. Otherwise sections can be separated to accommodate 100 or so people.
After the tour, we headed to catch up on some sleep. The beds were extremely comfortable. No wonder they call it “City of Dreams”… The next day we checked out early from the hotel to catch our flight to Sydney. The transfer to the airport took less than 10 minutes which is incredible especially for those that know of Manila’s infamous traffic. What a convenient way to spend a night in town!
Hyatt City of Dreams Manila was ideal for a quick layover or a longer work or leisure stay. I found that the new hotel maintained its high standards in quality and service. The vast array of entertainment options will keep visitors well occupied, even those with families. Though our visit was short, in terms of a high-end layover the Hyatt met and exceeded our expectations. I look forward to coming back!
Hyatt City of Dreams Manila
Belle Avenue, Entertainment City
Parañaque, Manila, Philippines, 1701
Tel: +63 2 691 1234