Rizal Park Hotel; My Classic Colonial Stay in Manila

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The history of Rizal Park Hotel Manila is deeply intertwined with its iconic building, formerly known as the “Army and Navy Club.” Constructed in 1911, the Army and Navy Club served as the premier social and recreational venue for the American military stationed in the Philippines during the American colonial period. The Club’s strategic location, situated near Manila Bay and Rizal Park, made it an ideal spot for American military personnel and their families to unwind and enjoy various leisure activities. It boasted impressive amenities, including a swimming pool, tennis court, dining area, ballroom, barbershop, and sleeping quarters for military families. As time passed, the Army and Navy Club played a significant role in the social life of the American community in Manila. However, as historical events unfolded, including World War II and the eventual independence of the Philippines, the Club’s role and relevance evolved.

First off, stepping into the Rizal Park Hotel felt like entering a time capsule. Its majestic structure, formerly known as the Army and Navy club, once served as the “Heart of the American military’s social life” in the Philippines. From a swimming pool, tennis court, dining area, and ballroom, to even a barbershop, the hotel-casino had it all, complete with sleeping quarters for military families. The hotel boasts 110 exquisitely decorated rooms, each adorned with a distinctive colonial-era décor that instantly transports visitors back in time. I was amazed by how they perfectly balance historical charm with modern amenities, ensuring the utmost comfort, elegance, and joy. The range of facilities at the Rizal Park Hotel is simply impressive. They have thoughtfully curated spaces, including a spa, coffee shop, sky bar, courtyard, event halls, gym, and a delightful restaurant named Café Rizal.

My Stay

During our visit to Rizal Park Hotel Manila, we were fortunate to book the Deluxe Room through Agoda at an incredible price of just Php 4,814.61. It was an unbelievable deal compared to the published rate of Php 14,760, and we couldn’t believe our luck! The Deluxe Room was beyond our expectations. It featured two comfortable twin beds, a well-appointed shower and toilet, and a Flat Screen TV for our entertainment. One of the highlights of the room was the partial view of the picturesque Manila Bay, which added an extra touch of tranquility to our stay. The room’s elegant ambiance was further enhanced by a stunning chandelier that exuded timeless charm. Its remarkable cleanliness and neatness were very impressive. The attention to detail and the maintenance of the room’s elegance were evident in every corner. We were amazed by how the room combined historical charm with modern comforts.

It made our stay truly special and enjoyable. Throughout our stay, we couldn’t find a single thing to complain about; the room was flawless. We felt like we were living in luxury without breaking the bank, thanks to the amazing deal we secured through Agoda. We’re not sponsored, however, just a short disclaimer. It was an absolute steal for such a lovely room in a hotel with so much historical significance. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay during our visit to Manila. I told myself that I will come back to this place again with my family some other time. Especially when we decided to go around the nearby attractions like Manila Ocean Park, Luneta Park, and a lot more! The staff was also so nice for letting us have an ocular visit on the available rooms. They were so patient in touring us around!


  • DELUXE ROOM (PHP 14,760 / night) – Maximum Capacity: 2 pax
  • CLUB KING ROOM (PHP 17,720 / night) – Maximum Capacity: 2 pax
  • CLUB TWIN ROOM (PHP 18,450 / night) – Maximum Capacity: 2 pax
  • JUNIOR SUITE (PHP 18,450 / night) – Maximum Capacity: 2 pax
  • PREMIER SUITE (PHP 22,140 / night) – Maximum Capacity: 4 pax


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Dining Options

  • THE DECK 1911 – Nothing beats sipping a favorite drink and a romantic dinner in an alfresco rooftop bar and restaurant. 
  • CAFE RIZAL– Enjoy a lavish buffet with a wide variety of Western, Chinese, Japanese, and local dishes, along with a special ala carte menu. PHP 1,299 per head. 
  • IMPERIAL COURT – From the simple fried rice to the more exquisite Imperial Seafood Hotpot, diners are sure to experience the freshness & difference of classic authentic Chinese cuisine. Imperial Court features 11 private rooms good for 8-15 persons. Perfect for that intimate family meal. 
  • THE COURTYARD – Guests will enjoy Rizal Park Hotel’s Garden while having their mid-day snack in an alfresco dining set up.


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How to get there

Via Public Transportation

  • Rizal Park Hotel Manila is located in the heart of Manila, making it accessible from various points in the city.
  • You can take the LRT-1 (Light Rail Transit) and get off at the United Nations Avenue Station. From there, it’s just a short walk to the hotel located at South Road Drive, Kalaw Ave, Ext, Manila.
  • Alternatively, you can take a jeepney or bus that passes through the area. Look for routes that go to Luneta Park or Rizal Park, as the hotel is within walking distance from these landmarks.

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