The top 4 casino hotels and resorts in Manila
Words by Natasha Bazika
This year instead of joining the millions in sin city head to the city of dreams for your high roller thrills. The thriving city of Manila boasts an award-winning pedigree of five-star hotels and world-class casinos that are perfect for your next escape. Visitors are attracted by the cloud-piercing skyscrapers, gleaming malls, Michelin star restaurants and non-stop entertainment in swanky spaces.
Splurge on the Peninsula suite, catch a live show, shop until you drop and discover an exciting range of games on the casino floor. Whatever your heart desires, the city of dreams can make it happen.
The great thing about Manila is that if you don’t want to leave your hotel, you often don’t have to. There are so many great options for casino lovers who enjoy the thrill of the flutter. Guests can enjoy playing a number of different and exciting casino games such as roulette, blackjack or even poker. Slot games are another popular casino hotel attraction and Manila has them in abundance. There is nothing more enjoyable than playing live slot machines with a delicious cocktail in hand, but even so don’t forget to practice some free online slots before you go, as there will be plenty of other guests waiting to give you a run for your money.
For your benefit, we’ve scoured the city to bring you the top 4 casino hotels and resorts in Manila in 2019.
The Peninsula Manila
Situated in the center of Makati City, The Peninsula Manila has set the benchmark for luxury and sophistication for over four decades, so it’s only fair we put it first on the list. Known as the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown,” this luxury hotel features the finest Philippine cuisine in its signature restaurant, Old Manila and a glamorous nightclub reminiscent of 1930s Shanghai. Because we’re all about living the high life, we would suggest booking the Peninsula Suite if you’re looking for the ultimate lavish experience. The suite greets guests with a magnificent marble-floored foyer, sleek wood paneling, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Not to mention, the suite includes a 24-hour resident butler to cater to your every need, whether that be a gourmet meal from the chef or tips on the best casinos to visit and when.
Voted by Forbes as one of 2018’s most luxurious hotels, Nüwa comes in second on our list. The hotel is one of the newest additions to the city and sits beside Manila Bay as part of City of Dreams Manila, an impressive resort complex. The hotel has the usual amenities, spa, comfortable rooms, and a fitness center, but what makes it really stand out is the pool and signature club. Whether you want to take a dip in the whirlpool or sit by it in a private cabana, the choice is yours. As for the signature club on the ground floor, it’s a 24-hour members-only dining room and lounge serving Asian and international cuisine. In addition to food and beverage options, the space doubles as an exclusive gaming club allowing you to play in privacy. However, if you were looking to join the crowd, the resort complex offers a selection of places to visit, including the VIP club, K-Golf and a VR zone in The Garage. To list all the activities would take a while, so you will have to go see it for yourself.
Nobu Hotel Manila
Nobu Hotel is another accommodation option inside the City of Dreams Manila resort. The best thing about Nobu is that it’s a collaboration between Melco Resort Philippines, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Nobu Hospitality partners including Robert DeNiro and film producer Meir Teper. Other than that, Nobu Hotel is the first-of-its-kind boutique hotel in Asia offering guests luxury accommodation with stunning views and of course cuisine from the worlds most recognized Japanese restaurant, Nobu. After dining, relieve stress at the Nobu Spa or take a reviving dip in the pool before exploring the resort and trying out some of the casinos.
Solaire Resort and Casino
Step into a world of indulgence, gaming, entertainment, and dining in Manila. The Solaire Resort and Casino literally has everything you need for your stay. When you’re hungry, eat your way through six casual eateries, four fine dining options or sip on cocktails at several of the bars scattered throughout the establishment. In term of leisure and entertainment, the resort has a world-class entertainment center for Broadway shows, concerts and theater plays, including the classics, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Looking to keep fit or unwind? The wellness spa and gym can help you out, and the azure pool is also a great spot to relax with a cocktail. Don’t forget shopping. The resort has several upscale retail stores including Prada, Louis Vuitton and more. And last but not least, be spoiled for choice from baccarat to roulette at the on-site casino.