A Peek Into The New Rizal Park Hotel
Not a lot of hotels in Manila speak eloquently to the rich history and culture of the city as Rizal Park Hotel does. Rizal Park Hotel is a timeless landmark with more than a century of stories to share, dating its history back in 1911 as the former Army and Navy Club. Built in the heart of Manila—originally in Intramuros, now along Luneta—the Army and Navy Club was an exclusive “rest and recreation area” for the U.S. military officials and civilians in the Philippines and was envisioned to be the epicenter of the city’s growing social and cultural life before the World War II. The members-only club accommodated Americans who came to enjoy the club facilities such as the bowling alleys, sports courts, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, tea room, and grand dancing pavilion. But years later, it lost its crowd as members ventured into other similar private clubs.
A century later, the William Parsons-designed property was restored by the city government and the Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corporation to what we know now as Rizal Park Hotel. Upon entering through the hotel’s driveway, you’ll find yourself in a setting similar to that in the early 1900s as it retains delightfully distinct elements such as the vintage iron fence, the age-old statues, trademark arches, dome ceiling, and the balcony.
Blending history and elegance through its architecture, unique accents, and modern superfluities, the richly appointed lobby with its iconic black and white checkered tiles, all-white walls, and stained-glass windows bring character to the place. The stunning al fresco courtyard and restored grand staircase leading to the rooms are both beauties, all in all making a great testament to how history and modern luxury can blend in seamless fashion.
Set in a historic building, the past of Rizal Park Hotel is revealed through the hotel's design and service. Offering a high-class experience, the hotel has been updated with modern amenities that guests can enjoy—spa, gym, coffee shop, sky bar, infinity pool, ballroom, casino, and lifestyle club—some of which will be realized in the second phase of the hotel by the end of the year.
The exquisite ambiance of its facilities also give way to state-of-the-art luxuries for a unique hotel experience. The modern Colonial-inspired rooms—Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Premier Suite, and Army Navy Club Suite—are painted in muted, neutral colors of gray, beige, and off-white, warmed up with shades of yellow. The rooms are updated with wood work, Machuca tiles, and an elegant crystal chandelier, giving off a charming and homey feel to any vacationer. The Army Navy Club Suite, or the Presidential Suite, is something to consider if you want to stay in style. It combines two junior suites, a dining room, a living room, and a balcony overlooking Rizal Park.
With its timeless service, elegant décor, comfortable accommodations, and prime location, the Rizal Park Hotel is an ideal choice for travelers and staycationers who appreciate the historical experience and want to create a refreshing atmosphere for work and relaxation.
If you feel like bringing this hotel vibe to your home, here are tips to recreate Rizal Park Hotel's elegant look:
If you have a spacious entryway, why don't you wow with a grand foyer? Style a round table with tall clear glass vases, to give your home a fresh and warm feel upon entry.
Go for a sophisticatedly muted palette of black, white, beige, and brown, for a cohesive look that is timelessly stylish.
Make wise use of the space by the staircase through styling it with a nook whether for reading, lounging and drinking coffee, or having a chitchat with a guest.
Another nook that you may explore is a seating area by a window, where two chairs flank an accent table. Not only does this make a beautiful vignette for the way it brightens up a room, it will surely be functional, too.
Machuca tiles give a much-needed character to this room defined by soft hues of gray, beige, off-white and pale yellow. The room shows a study in contrasts between classy and eclectic, with the end result being a stunning mix of elements that altogether create a tasteful space.
Rizal Park Hotel is located at South Road Drive, T.M. Kalaw Ext., Ermita, Manila
Photos courtesy of Metro Home & Entertaining