Suite Spotlight: Novotel Manila's "Pia Wurtzbach" Suite

I've always wondered where presidents, celebrities, and the world's richest businessmen stay whenever they travel, but I've never given much thought about fellow Pinoys who bring pride to our country. Take our athletes, for instance, who bring home medals when competing abroad—or in the case of today’s feature, the beautiful Pia Wurtzbach, no less than Miss Universe of 2015. In her homecoming celebration after the pageant, she stayed at Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Executive Suite … and guess what? Two weeks ago, I experienced how it must feel like to sleep, relax, and be pampered—Wurtzbach-style, if I may say (or at least something close to it).

Of course, I didn’t have assistants doing my hair and retouching my makeup (LOL), but I did experience sleeping in the same lavish King-size bed, nestled comfortably in a separate bedroom; I was able to enjoy a stunning sunset view from my suite lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows; and I had the luxury of indulging in my massive well-appointed bathroom. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so allow me to share with you the features of Novotel Manila’s Executive Suite one by one.

I’ve stayed at Novotel Manila before (read the full review here), but this was my first time to experience the Executive Suite—or the “Pia Wurtzbach Suite” as it is fondly called. The first thing that greeted me upon entering the room is the incredibly spacious and chic lounge area, equipped with a plush sofa, ottomans, a marble coffee table, a gigantic flat screen LED TV, and a workstation off the corner.

I loved the room’s color scheme—dominantly cream, white, and gray with splashes of magenta and purple. The fixtures are, in a way, masculine, mostly with rough edges and geometric patterns, which are offset by the vibrant yet calming hues.

Welcome treats awaited us, which we happily enjoyed while enjoying the view from our huge windows. The mini-bar sits just nearby, stocked with chips, sweets, sodas, beers, sparkling water, and other bottled juices. There’s an espresso machine with two complimentary coffee capsules, as well as a selection of Althaus teas.

The adjacent bedroom features a King-size bed, a flat screen LED TV, and an armchair with a matching footrest. The bed is a Live N Dream bed—a signature, especially designed Accor amenity with a pocket spring, 400-thread count mattress; a memory foam topper; and a duvet filled with silicon fibers. The sheets and pillows were ultra-snug and comfortable, the kind that makes you feel like you don’t want to get up ever.

Positioned directly in front of the TV, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some treats while watching films from your favorite cable channel. Enjoy a cup of coffee while the sun bathes your room with morning light, or just sit back and read a book while waiting for sleep to come at night. Both sides of the bed have tables, power outlets, and reading lights.

The gorgeous bathroom is right beside it—one of my favorite hotel bathrooms so far! It is designed such that you can walk from the bedroom to the closet area while accessing the bathroom "compartments" on both sides. On the left are separate shower and toilet areas, a shelf, and a vanity area; the right side has a spacious marble counter with 2 sinks, special eco-friendly toiletries from Paraguay, towels, and Novotel’s heated mirror that doesn’t fog up. The centerpiece of course is the freestanding bathtub perfect for an indulgent soak.

The closet area has plenty of space for luggage, and even shoes. Bathrobes and comfortable bedroom slippers are provided. There’s also an electronic safe for your valuables.

Families or even friends eager to have a weekend staycation can request for an Executive Suite with an adjoining Superior Room, accessible through a connecting door.

Booking an Executive Suite automatically gives guests access to the Premier Lounge—Novotel’s exclusive lounge situated at the 24th floor. Here, those with Executive Access can enjoy all-day snacks and refreshments, afternoon tea, and sunset cocktails, wines, and beers.

We visited just in time for sunset, and indeed, watching the sun sink down the cityscape is best seen from here—especially from the Premier Lounge’s al fresco area. The view is simply breathtaking. Look down and admire the hotel's swimming pool and bridal garden from above.

At night, the space becomes even more intimate with its dramatic overhead lighting with very Filipino woven patterns. We chose a table near the window so that we could get a glimpse of some city lights while enjoying some light snacks and drinks.

Local and imported beers (Heineken, Stella, Hoegaarden) are available, as well as two types of wines, but I highly suggest trying their cocktails—the Classic Mojito is very good.

Guests can choose to have their breakfast at the Premier Lounge as well, especially those who want to escape the busy buffet scene at the Food Exchange downstairs. The spread, consisting of breads, pastries, sandwiches, and canapés, is smaller, of course.

Rates at start at PhP10,000 (2 adults and 2 kids under 15, with breakfast for two), and considering the lavishness of the room as well as all the inclusions from the Premier Lounge, I would say that it’s a good rate for a suite of this quality. That’s almost equal to one night in a Deluxe Room in a 5-star hotel! Personally, if value for money is the top consideration, I would definitely choose the Executive Suite.

Not to mention that this was where Pia Wurtzbach stayed. But the good news is that you don’t have to undergo all the pressures of performing charity work around the globe in order to stay at this lovely suite.

Novotel Manila
Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

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