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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lunch at 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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