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Acacia Hotel Manila 4.5

Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Luzon

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Pros

  • Stylish rooms with memory foam beds and flat-screen TVs
  • Most suites have fully stocked kitchenettes and a shared laundry room
  • Rooftop pool with expansive views and a whirlpool
  • Three restaurants, a bakery, and an open-air rooftop lounge
  • Bright, well-equipped fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Extensive meeting space with audiovisual equipment
  • Small spa offering body treatments
  • Free Wi-Fi and free (hearty) breakfast
  • Free shuttle service within the Alabang area
  • Free on-site parking
  • Affordable rates year-round

Cons

  • Far from central Manila and major attractions
  • Some complaints of underwhelming customer service and chaotic check-in process

Bottom Line

Acacia is a luxury hotel offering great value. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, memory foam beds, pillow menus, and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs. On-site amenities include several dining options, a rooftop pool, a small spa, and a solid fitness center. Freebies such as Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast, and shuttle service to local destinations are great perks -- but the location in a suburban area outside of central Manila is not ideal for those looking to explore the city's sights.

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A luxury hotel offering good value in southern Manila

Acacia is a hotel with a focus on design. Common spaces have been individually decorated with a striking combination of patterns and colors. The overall effect is certainly stylish and sophisticated, if a little too busy for some tastes. The lobby bar, for instance, pairs black-and-white flower prints on armchairs with blue geometrical patterns in the rugs. Rooms, however, have a more classic style and subdued decor in earth tones. The hotel’s location amid lightly built green areas allows for lots of natural light and serene views from the restaurants, the lobby, and the rooftop area, which houses a pool and a lounge. Although the decor, range of services, and amenities are on par with what is expected of a luxury hotel, some guests have complained about unimpressive customer service and chaotic check-ins, which often result in long lines at front desk and a busy lobby.

Location

In Alabang, an upscale residential area a 20-minute drive from central Manila

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The hotel is centrally located in Alabang, a serene residential and commercial area in Muntinlupa, the southernmost city in Metro Manila. The neighborhood is increasingly popular among well-heeled Manila residents for its luxurious houses and laid-back vibe, and is home to several shopping malls, two of which are within walking distance of Acacia Hotel Manila. There are dozens of restaurants and shops nearby, as well as corporate buildings -- but little else. The historic part of Manila is a 30-minute drive away, and the financial area of Makati can be reached in 20 minutes in good driving conditions. The airport is easily accessible via the Skyway.

Rooms

Stylish rooms with big windows and great amenities

Large, stylish rooms at Acacia Hotel Manila include big windows, carpeted floors, large padded headboards, and contemporary dark wood furniture. All units feature the same great amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, stocked minibars, memory foam beds, and pillow menus. Most suites also offer a basic but fully equipped kitchenette, a dining area, and access to a shared laundry room. Bathrooms in all rooms and suites are large and luxurious, with marble floors and walls, glass-enclosed walk-in showers featuring rain showerheads, and separate soaking tubs. The hotel is across the street from a green area, and views are expansive from most rooms. Robes, slippers and a wide array of toiletries are also available in all rooms. There is a designated smoking floor in the hotel; the rest of the rooms are non-smoking.

Features

Three restaurants, a rooftop pool, a gym, a spa, and great freebies

The hotel offers three dining options, including a buffet restaurant, a steakhouse, and a lobby bar with a drinks and food menu. Additionally, there is a rooftop lounge offering food alfresco -- as well as panoramic views -- and a bakery selling pastries and cookies. The hotel spa is small but relaxing, with treatment rooms, and a mani-pedi corner. Across the hall is the fitness center, complete with dozens of up-to-date machines and natural light. The rooftop pool is long and pleasant, with a few loungers, a whirlpool, and great views. Those planning an event can book one of the hotel’s 13 event spaces, ranging from small contemporary boardrooms to large, elegant ballrooms for up to several hundred people. The hotel also offers great freebies, including breakfast, Wi-Fi, on-site parking, and shuttle service to a variety of destinations within the Alabang area.

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Address

East Asia Drive corner Commerce Avenue, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa 1781, Philippines

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