Now that restrictions have eased up a bit and my daughter and I are finally fully vaccinated, we’ve become a little more comfortable with the thought of going on staycations again. It had been two whole years since our last staycation, so to say that we were excited to take some time off from our boring daily routine would be a huge understatement. For our first staycation since the pandemic, we decided to visit Winford Manila.
In case you aren’t familiar with Winford Manila yet, it is located at San Lazaro Tourism & Business Park in the heart of Manila, where the San Lazaro Hippodrome used to be. From 1912 to 2003, the country’s premier horseracing events used to be held here. Today, it offers a new kind of excitement and luxury in the form of the 22-story Winford Manila.
Since my daughter basically only looks for two things in a staycation – a great bathtub and a great swimming pool – this was a no-brainer for us. Add to that the fact that their pool is heated and it really became the best choice by far. Not only is their pool heated, but our room also came with a full view of the pool so we could just look out the window at different times of the day to see whether there were a lot of people there or not.
If you like your privacy, this is definitely the kind of room you should get.
Speaking of the room, Winford Manila offers 128 spacious rooms and handsome suites minus the prohibitive rate typical of a luxury hotel. Each one features sleek decor that incorporates subtle colors and themes for an Asian-inspired touch. Check out how spacious Winford Manila’s hotel rooms can be:
For a workaholic like me, it was impossible not to fall in love with the work area:
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The bed is huge and oh-so-comfortable, as well. Even though I set an alarm to get some work done in the morning before my daughter woke up; it was just so comfy, I ended up sleeping in.
And if bathtubs are your thing, they’ve got a clean and roomy one, too:
And what’s the next best thing during a staycation? The food! When you’re resting and relaxing, it’s important to have great food available to you – and that’s exactly what Winford Manila provides. They offer various food and beverage outlets that capture the spirit of the Filipino-Chinese community it is located in. New products such as Winfredo’s Pizza and The Bakery at Winford Manila, and innovative concepts like Winford on Wheels food delivery and Curbside Pickup were launched in 2020.
There are so many different dishes to choose from that it’s hard to list them all down, but here are some of our favorites:
Salted Egg Prawns
Brownie ala Mode
Choux au Craqueline
And at the pool, they have the Zabana Pool Bar perfect for those who love to drink. Strategically positioned at one end of the pool, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Manila with the peace of mind that an al fresco set-up brings.
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Winford Manila also offers ballrooms that can seat up to 700 people for weddings, parties, and events. In case you want to get out of the hotel for a bit, there is also an SM right in front of it so you can walk around and get some shopping done while you’re at it. Talk about convenience!
The next time you’re looking for a place to stay whether for a quick or long staycation, make sure to visit Winford Manila!
San Lazaro Tourism & Business Park, MJC Drive, Sta. Cruz, Manila
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