I have been pretty much craving for a staycation where I could shut my gadgets off, lay in a cozy bed, Netflix and chill, and just that. I have been craving for a break because I felt like I have worked so hard, I deserve it.
But you know, since I am (or rather, we are) saving for an international trip this September and one domestic tour on October, budget is kinda tight and there’s no room for me messing around with money but fortunately, I was able to get my well-deserved break from work through Mango Tours, without having to burn holes in our pockets.
So, we had an overnight staycation in The Henry Manila. It is located in F.B Harrison Street, just a jeepney ride away from the Mall of Asia and Harrison Plaza. According to its website, the Henry Manila is “designed by a renowned interior and furniture designer Eric Paras. The hotel offers you a feel right at home stay in 34 thoughtfully designed rooms where mid-century furnishings are blended with modern amenities.”
At first I was hesitant about the offer. Why? Because upon checking the website, and seeing the photos, I was already scared that there might be ghosts in this vintage inspired hotel. I am not a huge fan of old houses, really. However, because again, this is a much needed break, we pushed through. We took an Uber from our place in Santa Ana to The Henry Manila, which without traffic would only be 20 to 30 minutes away.
Upon arriving, I was greeted by lush greeneries and bird singing. I felt like I wasn’t in Manila and is in some secluded ancestral house in the province. I knew I’m getting my well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of my life the moment I stepped in the doors to the front desk.
We stayed in Room 504 and because we arrived earlier than expected, we went out for lunch. What I hated about this experiences is the traffic jam from the hotel to Harrison Plaza. Hanggang kelan ba dapat magtiis ang mga pinoy sa mahahabang traffic? But if you’ve some extra cash to shell out, then you could always opt for a room service / eat in Apartment 1B (mind you, food good for 1 is around 500 PHP to 800 PHP).
The hotel room was chilly and cold because the airconditioning unit was huge. The bed linens were fresh and clean. If there is something I love about hotels, that is their pillows and The Henry did not disappoint. However, because my mind can’t be tamed, it played and played, scary scenes in my head that is why I did not sleep well that night. I had sleep paralysis, and a bad bad bad nightmare and it isn’t the hotels fault but mine. However, I woke up smiling parin naman, so that means I had a good rest, perhaps?
The best thing about our stay is their The Henry Blended coffee. It was so delicious! There’s a coffee press in the room, free for use.
There is a swimming pool, too and we loved it because we were the only persons who used it during our stay! Awesome, eh? HAHA.
Our stay also came free with a deluxe continental breakfast from Apartment 1B. The food served was so-so. I don’t know. There’s nothing special about the servings apart from the eggs in your main dish come in two! I had beef tapa and Patrick had Adobo flakes. It was served with a basket of pan de sal, wheat and white bread with butter and jams, fruits in season, chilled pineapple juice and a garden salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Food? 7/10.
If you ask me, will I return in The Henry? Yes, I would. If I wanted peace and serenity from the busy streets of Manila within Manila.
Will I buy food from Apartment 1B? That, I am not sure. Why? I’m torn between being stuck in the Manila traffic nightmare or paying a few hundred bucks for a food which I am not sure if worth it.
Price of Room: Around PHP 6,000 to PHP 15,000 per night as per published rate.
8.5 out of 10 stars for this experience!