The best treats are normally the ones you never really expect.
This is pretty much how I would put in a single sentence my short but sweet stay at Winford Hotel and Casino in Manila.
Little did I know that right smack in the middle of the bustling Manila scene, I would happen to chance upon a delightful escape that rivals the experience one gets from the usual, more established hotels in the metro.
I’m sure that some of you who probably live in and around Manila already know about Winford Hotel and Casino. It’s actually not hard to find since the place is strategically located just a stones throw away from commercial establishments and malls. But for someone like me who only passes through the busy city of Manila every so often, it was a truly pleasant surprise — even more pleasant when I experienced staying at Winford with my family for a couple of nights.
Winford Hotel and Casino – Unforgettably enjoyable
It is worth noting that their very warm welcome to me and my family during our arrival made us feel absolutely special and immediately at home.
Our beautiful rooms at Winford Hotel and Casino
During our stay, my family and I had the pleasure of staying in connecting rooms which is absolutely great. This type of configuration allows our kids to have their own privacy (they’re teens already, you know) and at the same time still keep them close to us.
My wife and I stayed in an Executive Suite while our kids were given a Deluxe Room. Both rooms were incredibly spacious and bright.
I love how our Executive Suite has a separate powder room and a very vibrant living area.
You also get a great view of Manila which adds a touch of life to the place.
Also, the Executive Suite boasts of two (2) 55″ HDTVs — one in the living area and another inside the bedroom.
Catching up with work is also not a problem, thanks to a beautiful desk that is perfectly situated away from our really comfortable bed which was calling out to me.
There was no question our kids loved their very own Deluxe Room.
The room was every bit as beautiful and spacious as our own room configuration.
Working up a sweat
Of course, being a fitness buff, one of the things I really look forward to in any staycation is the chance to take advantage of the gym/fitness center.
I was so happy to find out that Winford Hotel and Casino boasts of a variety of free weights, benches and racks.
They also have a good selection of cardio options such as treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines.
My wife and my son joined me at the gym which actually made for some really cool family bonding time.
Food, food and more food!
One of the reasons why I also wanted to hit the gym during my stay is because of all the sumptuous dishes and mouthwatering offerings I enjoyed at Winford Hotel and Casino’s many spectacular food establishments.
I had the time of my life enjoying specialties such as Peking Duck and Xiao Long Bao from Choi Garden as well as the many incredible Filipino Spanish offerings from Copa de Manila.
Oh, God… I’m getting hungry while writing this. Argh!
Moving on… (I’m trying really hard to distract myself from thinking about all that amazing food… LOL!)
Entertainment, Amenities and Facilities
Winford Hotel and Casino also offers great entertainment. If spending the evening over good music and coffee (or wine) is your “cup of tea” (See what I did there? *wink!*), then the Hippodrome Bar & Lounge is most definitely right up your alley. This happening place features well-known performers and some of the best bands in the entertainment scene.
You can also go a few rounds playing poker and blackjack, if that’s more to your liking. Perhaps a few tries on their slot machines might bring you instant luck. Who knows!
For those interested to know, the casino is operated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) under the terms of the license issued to Manila Jockey Club in 2009.
Going around the establishment, I noticed that Winford Hotel and Casino has impressive facilities for special events and meetings targeted to the affluent Filipino Chinese community in the area of Central Manila.
I was particularly drawn to their beautiful ballroom which can accommodate anywhere between 200 to 600 persons.
Apart from that, Winford Hotel and Casino also has an incredible spa with offerings as vast as the area of their facility itself.
This is most definitely a must-visit destination for guests who want to de-stress after a long tiring day or for those who want to just relax and release all that unneeded tension.
Oh! By the way… my wife and daughter also had a great time bonding over a relaxing session at the salon.
I dropped by to say hi to them and see how they were doing. Well, they were obviously all smiles and giggling.
I really wanted to try out their swimming pool but unfortunately, it was raining a whole lot during our stay. Perhaps next time.
Winford Hotel and Casino is a truly great option for anyone living near or far. Just imagine… great rooms, wonderful amenities, impressive facilities and spectacular food. And let’s not forget the amazing service, too! What else could you ask for?
Whether you’re looking for an ideal place to stay in Manila or perhaps hoping to find new and notable accommodations, Winford Hotel and Casino might just be the spot for you.
So, go ahead and experience all that Winford Hotel and Casino has to offer. It might just turn out to be one of your best stays ever.
San Lazaro Tourism & Business Park,
MJC Drive, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Guest Services Hotline: (02) 528-3600