THE HENRY MANILA: Aidan’s Birthday Staycation Experience @TheHenryHotel

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THE HENRY HOTEL MANILA is a modern-vintage, 34-room boutique hotel designed by Eric Paras, which sets the bar for adaptive reuse of Manila’s heritage houses.

We celebrated Aidan’s 10th year birthday with a staycation at The Henry Manila, and here’s our experience…

The Henry Manila
2680 FB Harrison St. Pasay City, 1300 Philippines
Telephone: +632 807 8888
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Here’s Aidan’s birthday video at the Henry Hotel.

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The Main House is where the 24-hour front desk and the Apartment 1B restaurant are located. On the second floor is the Owner’s Suite and 5 Classic Rooms.

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There are 4 heritage houses with preserved facades. Each house is configured with 6 classic rooms + 1 suite room.

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You are greeted by the lovely reception ladies wearing The Henry Hotel’s signature quirky eye glasses.


The Henry Manila Classic Room #704

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The classic room feels as if you’re actually staying in your own ancestral house with a 2nd floor view.

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Each room has a nice study table and telephone service.

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The restroom is white, with a chic-yet-vintage design.


The Henry Manila Suite Room #301

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We stayed in a suite room, which was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 4 children.

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The master’s bedroom.

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The boys loved the bathtub, but since it’s integrated into the room, they would get cold if the air-conditioning is on.

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The cute, spacious white restroom is standard across all room types. 

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They have generic toiletries, so it’s best to bring your own.

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The living room has a day bed where the boys can sleep.

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Each suite room opens up to a mini-garden where you can hang out for coffee and read the papers.

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The living room gets converted into a playroom and the TVs have HDMI ports for the kids’ Playstation.

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I love the spacious working table and the room’s decent WiFi connection, which allowed me to still work.

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I like the hotel’s attention to detail shown in little things, like this recycled basket and their own coffee blend.

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Our Birthday Boy…how time flies! The blog is as old as Aidan! 🙂


Apartment 1B Dinner

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Apartment 1B was on soft opening, so it had a limited food selection in the A la Carte Comfort Food Menu. It was also only open for lunch/dinner for in-house guests.

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It has a private room that can accommodate about 16-20 people. 

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House Salad (P280). Walnuts, grapes, blue cheese, raspberry vinaigrette.

The salad is simple with fresh greens and sweet vinaigrette sauce.

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Spaghetti Vongole (P380). Manila clams, tomatoes, basil, white wine, olive oil, garlic.

The boys loved the vongole, especially the flavor of the Manila clams. 

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Roasted Half Chicken (P590). Fresh herbs, garlic mashed potatoes, lemon, garlic, sauteed vegetables.

The roast chicken serving size is big enough to share, and the taste is simple but good.

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Beef Burger (P550). U.S. Angus ground beef, wheat bun, tomato, lettuce, cucumber with Australian cheddar cheese & bacon.

We love the beef burger–very juicy and with a thick patty. 🙂 

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✮ Frozen Pie (P210). Vanilla ice cream, Oreo crust, walnuts, chocolate & caramel sauce.

The frozen pie was so yummy that we had to fight over it. 🙂


Apartment 1B Breakfast

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The Apartment 1B Breakfast Menu is limited to Filipino egg breakfast, with vegetarian and continental options. It’s simple and satisfying but nothing to rave about.

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Assorted bread, butter and jams, cereal and milk, mixed salad greens with raspberry vinaigrette, fresh sliced fruits in season, drip coffee, tea or chilled juice.

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Bangus (marinated milkfish) with two eggs cooked any style, and home fries or rice.

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Smoked Bacon with two eggs cooked any style, and home fries or rice.

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French Toast

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte (P220). Almond shortbread crust.

The birthday cake for the birthday boy.


Artist Enclave

The Henry Manila-103.jpgInside the compound is fashion designer Jojie Lloren’s atelier and Albert Avellana’s gallery of extraordinary art, which is open to select clients and by appointment basis only.

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It’s fun to explore interior designer Eric Paras’ furniture store, with three heritage houses converted into a furniture gallery.

Here are the various furniture items and home design inspirations we liked…

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Staycation Activities

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The IP Santos lawn is a nice place to play with the kids in the morning. 

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In the evening, the compound is well-lighted and photogenic.

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It’s also nice to hang out by the Garden Pool at night.

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Beside The Henry Manila is the Daughters of St. Paul compound where you can buy religious articles and hear Sunday Mass. Call +632 831-1723 for the mass schedules.

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The Blue Bay Walk is the nearest mall where you can eat. You can go to the Hot Star Philippines flagship store for lunch.

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We love the ancestral house feel of the rooms with a modern-vintage design by Eric Paras. Reserve the suite rooms if you’re going with your kids.

Make sure to tour the Eric Paras furniture shop after breakfast, relax and hang out in the IP Santos lawn in the morning, and by the Garden Pool at night.

Apartment 1B is on soft opening with a limited menu for now. But we love their Beef Burger and Frozen Pie. 🙂

Overall, this is a great place to go on staycation and celebrate a special occasion, or just to showcase Filipino heritage house accommodations to your tourist or balikbayan guests. 

The Henry Manila
2680 FB Harrison St. Pasay City, 1300 Philippines
Telephone: +632 807 8888
FacebookThe Henry Hotel
Instagram: @thehenryhotel
Twitter: @thehenryhotel

Book now for the best rates from Agoda: The Henry Hotel Manila

Live an Awesome Life,


Disclosure: We paid for our The Henry Hotel Manila stay. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Check out the tour of the Owner’s Suite, which a good option to reserve for 2 families or for special occasions like weddings and anniversaries. 

One thought on “THE HENRY MANILA: Aidan’s Birthday Staycation Experience @TheHenryHotel

  1. Hi Anton,
    It’s a good thing you have a pleasant stay with them.
    I got bumped off/downgraded despite confirmed reservation. I booked for a suite last 30th of April only to find out that I was deliberately bumped off to stay in a regular/classic room. Worse, I found out about this via email sent to me on 6th of May.
    The details of the email are as follows:
    Greetings from The Henry Hotel Manila!
    Regrets, but we’d have to change your allocation from a Suite Room to a Classic Room.
    This is due to high occupancy for the same date as your stay.
    Should there be further queries that we may help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    After much further ado, the situation was rectified only after I had to highlight how inefficient, unprofessional, and unacceptable the staff and management of the hotel were. The reservation officer even had to save face my telling me on the phone that the email was subject for my approval as if adding insult to injury. The details on the email clearly stated that they went ahead to change the allocation just like that. Not even a single question was asked. The statements are of finality. I even pasted it here in case they still want to justify their claim.
    Seriously though, if this is what The Henry hotel does on a regular basis – bumping off booking/reservations/changing allocation of rooms than what was previously agreed upon, then they should have put this on fine print. Then again, why would one want that – being booked initially on a suite then changed to regular/classic days ahead of your intended stay?
    I do hope The Henry hotel would look into this matter. After all, they aim “to provide its guests an entirely unique experience.” And have tagged themselves as a hotel “like no other.” And it is because of this “unique bad experience,” that I am no longer going back to this hotel nor would I recommend this to anyone.
    Sorry for the rant!
    -Rachelle Ariola

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