Winford Hotel & Casino Manila; What went wrong during our stay?

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Winford Hotel Manila has a fascinating history that traces back to the early 20th century when it was known as the San Lazaro Hippodrome, a popular horse racing track in Manila. However, as the popularity of horse racing declined, the property underwent various transformations over the years. In the early 2010s, the MJC Investments Corporation saw the potential in the location and decided to revitalize the area. After extensive renovations and redevelopment, the property was reborn as Winford Manila Resort and Casino in 2016. Since then, the hotel has been providing guests with a luxurious experience, combining modern comfort with subtle Asian-themed elegance. Despite its history as a horse racing track, Winford Hotel Manila has successfully transformed into a captivating resort and casino. Leaving a lasting impression on both local and international visitors seeking entertainment and opulence in the heart of Manila.

Winford Hotel & Casino Manila offers a luxurious experience with 18 floors of rooms and suites with modern décor and subtle Asian-themed accents. Catering to both leisure and business travelers, providing world-class amenities for relaxation and entertainment. They feature a spa and steam room for rejuvenating treatments and relaxation, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. With spacious ballrooms accommodating up to 600 guests, it is an ideal venue for special occasions and meetings. The second-floor casino offers thrilling gaming experiences with various slot machines and traditional table games. The Hippodrome Bar and Lounge host live performances. During one visit, we had an encounter with the famous Philippine Entertainment Industry personality, Ian Veneracion. Additionally, Zabana Bar and Copa De Manila Buffet add to the culinary delights with live music, BBQ delights, and an array of culinary favorites, including unlimited lechon feasts during daily breakfast and weekend buffets.

What went wrong during my stay?

Before anything else, we booked the Deluxe Room at Winford Hotel & Casino Manila for PHP 6,300/night (PHP 5,504.92 on Agoda). With a spacious area of 29 sqm, the room was truly beautiful and met our expectations. The bright big glass window with blue and wooden accents created an ambiance that we loved. However, despite our positive experience with the room, we couldn’t help but notice shortcomings in the hotel’s management that negatively affected our overall stay. First, I encountered challenges with their parking facility. The parking ramp was too narrow. To make matters worse, there was only one available ramp. It became frustrating when I had to navigate through the tight space while another car was coming down. I believe the hotel could greatly improve this situation by having a dedicated parking officer to assist guests. Providing guidance and advice when cars are entering or exiting the parking area.

Second, excited to try my luck at the casino, I headed there but was unexpectedly turned away because I was wearing sandals. The dress code policy seemed unclear. As I noticed other guests inside the casino wearing slippers. This inconsistency in enforcement left me feeling frustrated and confused. Lastly, while enjoying the breathtaking views from the lobby area of our room floor, we were taking photos to capture the beautiful scenery. However, a staff member approached us and told us that we stop because our permit to film in the area was still under review. We explained that we were not filming for a vlog yet; rather, we simply wanted to take personal keepsake photos before starting any vlogging activities. Despite our explanation, the staff insisted that we cease taking pictures. These reasons and experiences already gave us a bad impression of our first stay.

Rooms

  • Deluxe Double – 29 sqm room with 2 guests capacity. Comes with two double beds.
  • Deluxe King – 29 sqm room with 2 guests capacity. Comes with a king-size bed.
  • Executive Suite – 49, 53, or 58 sqm with 2 guests capacity. Comes with a king-size bed and with living room and powder room.

Amenities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming Pool – Located on the 11th floor, open every 6 AM – 10 PM daily.
  • Fitness Center – Located on the 11th floor, open every 6 AM to 10 PM daily.
  • Ballroom – Make meetings and seminars more productive at their modern venues or choose a ballroom space for a celebration you won’t forget. Winford Hotel & Casino’s ballrooms can accommodate up to 600 pax, perfect for special occasions and gatherings.
  • Casino – Located on the 2nd floor of Winford Hotel & Casino. Choose from a variety of entertainment choices, including numerous slot machines and traditional table games like Blackjack, Poker, and Roulette. Unwind and indulge in as much top-notch gaming as you want!

Dining Options

  • The Hippodrome Bar and Lounge – Unwind with a refreshing beer or your preferred cocktail in a stylish and lively setting. Every night, some of the best local performers perform at the Hippodrome Bar and Lounge.
  • Zabana Bar – Chill out to Live acoustic music and freshly grilled BBQ while enjoying your favorite drinks and snack delights in Winford Hotel & Casino’s air pool bar.
  • Copa De Manila Buffet – The restaurant feature some of the best meals in Manila, from the most intriguing Chinese culinary favorites to the rich flavors of Spain. They have a daily breakfast buffet and a weekend buffet. Enjoy unlimited lechon and other mouthwatering favorites. Saturdays Dinner Buffet at 6 PM – 9 PM, Sundays Brunch Buffet at 11 AM – 2 PM

Disclaimer

We want to clarify that our purpose in sharing our experiences at Winford Hotel & Casino Manila is not to tarnish the hotel’s reputation but to provide honest feedback, as we do in all our hotel reviews. The management may have made improvements since our stay and our experiences may not reflect the current situation. We encourage readers to consider multiple reviews and make informed decisions when choosing their accommodation. Hotels often strive to learn from guest feedback and continuously evolve to meet the needs and expectations of their visitors. Our intention is to share our experiences genuinely, allowing readers to gain insights and make their judgments.

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How to get there?

Via LRT (Light Rail Transit):

  • From Northbound: If you are coming from the north, take the LRT Line 1 (yellow line) and get off at the Tayuman station.
  • From Southbound: If you are coming from the south, take the LRT Line 1 (yellow line) and get off at the Doroteo Jose station.
  • Transfer to LRT Line 2: At either Tayuman or Doroteo Jose station, transfer to LRT Line 2 (purple line). You can walk between these two stations through a connected walkway.
  • Ride LRT Line 2 to Recto Station: Board the LRT Line 2 and head towards the Recto station.
  • From Recto Station to Winford Hotel Manila: Once you arrive at Recto station, take a short walk to the nearby Isetann Recto Mall. At the mall, look for jeepneys bound for “Lerma” or “Quiapo.” Inform the driver that you want to go to Winford Hotel Manila, and they will drop you off nearby.

Via MRT (Metro Rail Transit):

  • From North or South: Take the MRT Line 3 (blue line) and get off at the Quezon Avenue station.
  • From Quezon Avenue Station to Winford Hotel Manila: Once you exit the Quezon Avenue station, you can take a taxi or a jeepney bound for “Quiapo” or “Blumentritt.” Inform the driver that you want to go to Winford Hotel Manila, and they will take you there.

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