Hotel Lucky Chinatown Review
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Manila, Philippines — It was only recently when Team Out of Town have been invited to the grand opening of Hotel Lucky Chinatown (hotel info), Megaworld’s eighth homegrown hotel brand in the country.
The property, in many respects, was meticulously designed to be the center of the bustling Binondo tourism scene, and so Team Out of Town only thought it fitting to do a hotel review for travelers who are looking for somewhere to stay in the world’s oldest Chinatown.
Located along Reina Regente St. and De La Reina Street just south of Recto Avenue and Divisoria, the hotel is in close proximity to a number of tourist destinations in the area such as St. Peter’s Episcopal Church situated in Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, New Binondo Chinatown Arch, National Museum, the historic Escolta Street, as well as major shopping malls like the adjacent Lucky Chinatown Mall, 999 Mall, and 168 Mall.
Set within the Lucky Chinatown Mall is the Chinatown Museum that features 18 galleries that give a glimpse of how life was like in Binondo through the last 400 years or so.
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The hotel is just around 40 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Resorts World Manila, and the Makati Central Business District, and just 30 minutes away from the Entertainment City and Manila Bay area.
Prior to checking in, we received a pre-arrival email welcoming us to the hotel. This confirmation email also includes hotel rules and standard reservation details like billing arrangements, rates, and meal inclusions. We arrived earlier (standard check-in time is at 2 p.m.) and the concierge was kind enough to initiate an early check-in. The staff were generally courteous, smiling politely every now and then. We opted that no one ushers us into our rooms, but there will be bellboys who will assist you should you need assistance for your luggage.
The room that we booked is a Standard Queen, and overlooking it was an indoor Zen garden in the hotel atrium with its own sunroof. The modest space was pleasantly furnished with natural fabrics. Inside are mini-bar items and refreshments, coffee and tea-making appliances and bathroom essentials. Apart from the standard rooms, there are also spacious executive suites with its own bathtub.
Hotel Lucky Chinatown has its own all-day dining restaurant, called the Cafe de Chinatown, managed by Museum Cafe and Chelsea Kitchen operator, Raintree Group of Companies. The breakfast buffet selection here is quite limited, but they serve delicious Chinese dishes. If you want to explore other restaurant options, we recommend Café Mezzanine at 650 Ongpin St. or Dong Bei Dumplings at 642 Yuchengco St.
Like other Megaworld hotel properties, Lucky Chinatown also has its own Zabana Bar, where you can order signature drink concoctions like Jack Sparrow Shooter or Kaakit-akit.
The hotel has a spacious, high-ceiling Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 350 guests in a banquet setting, and can be divided into three smaller ballrooms. It also has a Boardroom and three meeting rooms for smaller groups. Other amenities include a spa, sauna, jacuzzi, and a fitness center.
Our departure experience was as seamless as our arrival experience. We requested a late check-out this time to pack our stuff, but the front desk informed us that they are fully booked for the day so they cannot accommodate our request. Overall, it has been a relaxing stay at the heart of Binondo.
Hotel Lucky Chinatown
Address: 21 Reina Regente St, Binondo, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila
Phone: 0917 805 6062
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