A whole new floor/penthouse at the Manila Hotel was then constructed, of which Architect Pedro Luna, son of master painter Juan Luna, was commissioned. This new addition has housed the good general and his family from 1935 to 1941.
As with most history buffs, I've always wanted to view the MacArthur suite at the Manila Hotel. Good thing, though, as we were given a special tour just recently.
|Hallway of the MacArthur suite|
The Manila Hotel has suffered through a lot of disasters, most notably of the tragedies that plagued the capital during the Japanese occupation of World War II. Fire ravaged most of the suite in 1945 as well, taking with it a lot of the original furnishings and personal effects of the general.
As such, this 2-bedroom suite contains a lot of refurbished items but still houses a number of MacArthur memorabilia. You'll find a that lot of today's modern conveniences have also been incorporated into the suite to keep up with the times.
Coming from the entranceway, you're met with a long hallway (picture above) leading to one of the smaller bedrooms.
Off to the side of the hall we come to the spacious dining area. An equally large kitchen compliments this.
As mentioned, the suite is littered with MacArthur memorabilia. In the dining room, you see this case full of his medals.
A few steps to your right and you've entered the living room.
To the left side of the dining area is the study where you'll find a pair of the original furniture to have survived the tragedies (the 2 chairs facing the table) are displayed and still in use.
|The Office / Study|
Like with the other rooms, this, too, is littered with memorabilia and photos. One wall is plastered with tons of pictures from the general's early life.
|A wall of memories|
|The general's cap|
Yup, his actual hat. =)
Moving on after the study is the dressing / sitting room...
... with it's own marble-walled T&B.
A really nice feature of the MacArthur suite is this long balcony that occupies 2 sides of the room -- one along the hallway..
|The balcony at night|
...and one along the living and dinind halls with a commanding view of the Manila bay.
|Manila Bay at night|
The MacArthur suite is still open for reservations and is rented out at USD2,500 a night. Comes with the services of a butler for a more extravagant feeling. J
USD2,500 too expensive? Well, guests of the Manila Hotel can always ask for an informal tour of the suite, provided it's unoccupied.
One Rizal Park
T (63 2) 527 0011