Manila, otherwise fondly known as the “Pearl of the Orient” has witnessed a long, richly diverse history unfurl on its shores, punctuated by European cultural influences. Visitors seeking a hotel in Manila that evokes the ideal of “east meets west” will find a delightful range of modern accommodation laced with Manila multiculturalism. A superb Manila hotel that creatively captures this concept is The Heritage Hotel Manila, which offers central access to all the key attractions around town, and is an ideal option for culture hunters and business travellers alike.
A fascinating glimpse into the Philippines’ Spanish past is evoked at the Casa Manila, which is a museum that provides an intriguing depiction of life in during the Spanish colonisation of the island. A grand structure composed of stone and wood, it hearkens back to a time in the mid-nineteenth century, and is one of the elegant houses in Barrio San Luis of Intramuros. Los Hidalgoes (built in 1650) and Cuyugan Mansion (built in 1890) are the two other houses. Imelda Marcos constructed the house in 1980, and the house draws the inspiration of its design from a 1850s San Nicolas house situated in Calle Jaboneros. So go on a journey back in time and enjoy the realistic portrayal of Manila life set in the iconic 1800s.