Weekends at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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The five-star EDSA Shangri-La Hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Mandaluyong City skyline. The first Shangri-La in the Philippines, it began to welcome guests in 1992 and built its reputation throughout the years as the hotel-of-choice of business travelers. The hotel eventually became a favorite weekend staycation destination among families and even groups of friends.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

As with all other Shangri-La properties, it boasts of a magnificent grand lobby with a high-ceiling and glass walls that allow natural light to flood the vastness of the hall.

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EDSA Shangri-La Hotel still under construction
EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Construction of the swimming pool

Gaze anywhere and there is no doubt that each corner spells luxury yet, surprisingly, EDSA Shangri-La still manages to look inviting and relaxed. Perhaps that is the magic that keeps patrons coming back to its comforts for a sweet escape from the everyday pressures of life.

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Images from EDSA Shangri-La Hotel's past
EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
EDSA Shangri-La Hotel's 25th Anniversary Celebration

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Old employee kits of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

Home away from home

Two occasions gave us the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of EDSA Shangri-La; both instances were to celebrate birthdays. We stayed in a Deluxe family room at the Garden Wing, in which all rooms offer a relaxing view of either the tropical garden or the cityscape.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
View from above
If you choose to lazily spend your day inside your room, the bed is a comfortable companion as you watch cable TV shows in a 24-inch LCD screen. High-speed Wi-Fi is also complimentary so you can update or be updated by your social media channels any time you want to.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Comfy beds
Standard bath amenities and toiletries are available in the hotel’s large and modern bathrooms. For a much-deserved “me” time, soak up in the bathtub and enjoy the relaxing green tea scent of the complimentary bath products.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
The bathroom

Lunch at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel's Heat Restaurant

EDSA Shangri-La’s Heat Restaurant prides itself in its open-theater kitchens, with international cuisines meticulously-prepared by world-renowned chefs. The restaurant offers a nice view of the gardens and pool area.

It can seat 426 people but it does not get too crowded; diners can comfortably move around and enjoy their meals without worrying that they will nudge another person at the next table.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Rib eye
EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Leg of lamb

The carvery is always a must-visit. A huge chunk of rib eye was gloriously displayed. You may opt to have this medium rare but we prefer our steak cooked medium to medium well. Smother this with red wine sauce and pair with Yorkshire pudding for a satisfying meat lover's plate.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Seafood station, and Asian and Western cuisine selection
Another station that is always busy is the seafood station which features crabs, shrimps and mussels. Served over ice, these can be consumed as they are with a dash of sauce since these are already steamed. Alternatively, you may ask a chef to cook these in garlic and butter if you prefer to eat your seafood warm.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Breads, cheeses and starters
The dessert station, meanwhile, is a generous spread of native sweets and cakes, ice cream of various flavors, pastries, churros con chocolate, fondue and fresh fruits.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Dessert selection

The Swimming Pool


EDSA Shangri-La’s pool area is set in the midst of a flourishing tropical garden. The outdoor pool is part of the hotel’s Health Club, a premier fitness club that aims to build a lifestyle that revolves around holistic wellness under the supervision of internationally-certified wellness coaches.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
The swimming pool
The swimming pool is divided into several zones, the kiddie area being the shallowest. Its deepest portion is around 9 feet deep. Aside from a relaxing dip, the pool is also perfect for aqua fitness and conditioning exercises.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
A relaxing staycation at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

Any guest who has stayed at EDSA Shangri-La will tell you why it is one of the best hotels in Metro Manila. Decades after breaking ground, EDSA Shangri-La has managed to keep its old charm, attracting new customers while bidding loyal patrons to keep coming back to its familiar comforts.

A weekend at EDSA Shangri-La will tell you why it offers some of the best dining and accommodation privileges in Metro Manila.

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