Casa Nicarosa Hotel Residences Malate Manila Philippines
Casa Nicarosa Hotel & Residences, Malate, Manila, Philippines – The Good, Bad and downright confusing 3 nights stay
Ok so rarely do I get a chance to stay in a hotel here in the dark side of Manila, Malate and have a good stay. My stay at the Casa Nicarosa Hotel and Residences was one such good stay, but with a caveat.
The question remains, is this hotel the hidden treasure in Manila?
It is for sure a serene home nestled within a residential area in back and covered with the back of a mid-rise office structure. What about the location? Well it’s tucked inside the old entertainment district of Manila.
You have a choice of very affordable and spacious deluxe or suite accommodations.
If you happen to be traveling with children under 12, lucky you! They can stay for free!
Within Casa Nicarosa, each room particularly in the front have a very nice balcony that really defines the look and feel of the hotel. If you happen to have a room in the back – well not so much of a view or balcony. In fact I would suggest you just ignore that feature and keep the doors closed and locked! My suggestion is to always ask for a front facing room. You will thank me later.
Early morning risers will enjoy the big spacious veranda on the 2nd floor. The veranda gives you a feeling of respite and relaxation that few other hotels in this price range can afford you. Come bring your laptop or book and kick back. If you desire a coffee or something to bite they do offer some basics in the spacious kitchen and dining area. Mostly just get your coffee (it’s pretty good actually) and eat somewhere else. The management does not seem to really push the food offerings much. There is no menu that was to be offered or found.
Wifi is always an important consideration when choosing a hotel in this price range. At Casa Nicarosa, you won’t be disappointed – well mostly not, I’ll get to that. The hotel has a pretty strong signal on most rooms and floors. The best can be found in the large front veranda that I was speaking about before. Room coverage is good closer to the routers (common sense). The only discernible issues that I found were the sometimes loss of connectivity. I realize that this is the Philippines and having good solid internet is never a guarantee… but this is noticeable.
The hotel is very conveniently located with a few blocks away from the Ospital Ng Maynila (Tagalog version of the spelling Manila). Also and possibly more important is the location close to restaurants, night life, shopping malls (Robinson’s Place Mall – Ermita, Harrrison Plaza) and the main business district.
If you are a lover of really large malls… the Mall of Asia (MOA), currently the 3rd largest mall in Asia, is just a short ride away.
It is also very close to the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex which is along Roxas Blvd. This complex is also home to the Philippines International Convention Center and the Folk Arts Center.
What about if you want a little more adventure? Well you are also close to the launching point of the ferry boat to Corregidor Island and Bataan province. Also within a short ride taxi or Jeepney to Ocean Park and Manila Bay.
Now the bad. The beds are horrible. I really have a distaste for writing anything that is negative. But in truth you will find calm. I must say that the beds are made for other activities that are not so much related with a good night sleep… I’ll leave that up to you for interpretation. The funny thing is that the best frame and post that the solid vinyl covered foam mattress rest upon are really good quality. The ornate wood furniture is fantastic and fits the style of the hotel.
How about some downright confusing?
We need to keep in mind that this hotel is not much more than 2 stars at best. Anyone that expects too much more than a 2 star customer friendly staff needs to reset expectations. There is confusion that I found with the help staff with regard to management requests and policies. Not a big deal for most but it can get really frustrating. Also there is the issue of some (most that I have asked) taxi drivers not knowing the location of this hotel. This was strange and confusing to me considering the age of this establishment.
Overall this is a good sold find and you won’t be disappointed with a stay here. Malate is a vibrant district of Manila and makes for a really exciting and colorful visit.
Tech Geek Ratings:
|Location:||(4 / 5)|
|Amenities:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Beds & Furnishings:||(2 / 5)|
|Staff & Friendliness:||(4 / 5)|