Wonderful Weekends At The EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

August 31, 2017

Read about why EDSA Shangri-La Hotel is a superb weekend accommodation for travelers and even families.

The five-star EDSA Shangri-La Hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Mandaluyong City skyline. The first-ever Shangri-La hotel 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.

The grand lobby of the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
The grand lobby

Wonderful Weekends At The EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

    Our experience at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel


    We were invited by my sister-in-law for a weekend staycation at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. Khris and I were still quite excited with the prospect even if that would be our second time to stay in this hotel.

    Staycation at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

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

    History of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The hotel's milestones

    If you look anywhere, there is no doubt that each corner spells luxury yet, surprisingly, the 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.

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

    When we arrived here, the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel was celebrating its 25th Anniversary. We were lucky because there was a photo exhibit at the lobby about the hotel's milestones, from the time of its groundbreaking to its construction, and to its eventual opening. 

    The first signage of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The old signage

    On display were pictures of the old hotel signage, old employee handbooks, and training passports, and the swimming pool. We did enjoy walking back through the hotel's rich history.

    Our home away from home


    The two occasions that gave us the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of the EDSA Shangri-La were both to celebrate birthdays. 

    Beds at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The beds

    We always stayed in the Deluxe family room at the Garden Wing, in which all rooms offer a relaxing view of either the tropical garden or the Mandaluyong cityscape.

    View of the cityscape from EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The view outside our room

    If you choose to lazily spend your day inside your room, the bed is definitely, a comfortable spot as you watch cable TV shows on a 24-inch LCD screen.

    As can b expected, high-speed Wi-Fi is also complimentary, so you can easily update or be updated by your social media channels any time you want to.

    Bathroom at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The bathroom

    On the other hand, standard bath amenities and toiletries are available in the hotel’s large and modern bathrooms. For a much-deserved me-time, you can soak up in the bathtub, and enjoy the relaxing green tea scent of the complimentary bath products.

    Lunch at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel's Heat Restaurant


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

    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 or bump another guest while they get a slice of steak.

    Carving station


    As usual, we being our culinary adventure at the Heat Restaurant by visiting the carving station, always a must-visit in any hotel. That time, the featured meat was a huge chunk of rib eye that was gloriously displayed. 

    Rib eye steak at the carving station at the Heat Restaurant of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The carving station

    You can have the steak medium rare, which was how it was usually prepared. However, we prefer our steak cooked medium to medium-well. We smothered it with red wine sauce and paired it with Yorkshire pudding for a satisfying meat lover's plate.

    Seafood station


    Another station that is always busy is the seafood station that had steamed crabs, shrimps, and mussels that were displayed over ice. 

    The seafood station at the Heat Restaurant of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    The seafood station

    These can be consumed as they are with a dash of sauce but you can still ask the chefs to cook your seafood in garlic and butter if you prefer to eat it warm.

    Bread, cheeses, and cold cuts station


    Bread, cheese, and cold cuts at the Heat Restaurant of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    Bread, cheese, and cold cuts

    If you love to begin your meal with cheese and cold cuts like I do, then you can choose from various cheeses and cured meats in this station.

    Salad station


    what I like about this station is the freshness of the vegetables, the variety of available dressings, as well as the many toppings that diners can choose from. I usually skip the salad in buffet restaurants but it's just nice to know that the ingredients that they use here are of high-quality.

    Filipino food station


    The Filipino food station features local dishes such as kare-kare, lechon kawali, vegetables, and a host of other local items. I really like it when buffet restaurants feature Filipino food which I never fail to try.

    Japanese food station


    If you love Japanese food, there is a good assortment of sushi, sashimi, and California maki at the Heat Restaurant. The seafood was a delight to eat because they were fresh. 

    Dessert station


    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.

    The swimming pool


    The EDSA Shangri-La’s pool area is surrounded by 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.

    Swimming pool at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
    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.

    We didn't let the opportunity pass and swam in the pool. The water was a bit cold but it was okay. There were lifeguards on duty and it was easy to request towels. It was really the kids who enjoyed the swimming pool and the slide. They would pretend that they could not hear us no matter how loud we called them.

    Epilogue 


    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, the EDSA Shangri-La has managed to keep its old charm, attracting new customers, and enticing its loyal patrons to come back to its familiar comforts.

    You should definitely experience a weekend at the EDSA Shangri-La to find out why it is considered one of the best hotels in Metro Manila and possibly the Philippines.

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    5 comments

    1. Such a wonderful experience to have a staycation at Shangri La Hotel. The foods are awesome. They have lots of choices. The pool is fantastic. Hoping to visit it also.

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    2. Ganda din po pala dyan sa Shangri-la.. Sarap din mamasyal dyan.. Samanahan mo narin ng bakasyon para mas lalong mag enjoy bang boong pamilya. Mapa swimming pool napaka ganda .. Must visit po dito..

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    3. Maganda po mag spend ng weekend jan Shangri-la relaxing yung room and high speed wifi is the best 😅.kitang kita mo din yung ganda ng view sa labas and kahit yung food nila ang dami choices kaya hindi ka magsasawa.

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    4. a nice place to relax and rest from the tired week you have been through. but as good as the place, the food is always what we look for and Shangri-la Hotel's Heat restaurant will not dissappoint. You will enjoy to many different dishes that they have. Edsa Shangri-La Hotel is a really good place

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    5. Thanks for sharing this Dad On The Move truly must visit this Hotel, Sobrang Relaxinf ng Ambiance kaya Marami din Tumatangkilik at nagVivisit Dito.. super Worth it dahil sa ganda rin ng mga Room at Malakas na Wifi Connection .. Even The Kind of Room Sobrang ganda at sasarap din ng mga Foods.. hindi ka po talaga MaDidisAppoit to Stay There.. Shangrila Hotel is Highly Accomodating 💯👌❤❤

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