Hotel Jen Manila is located on Roxas Boulevard which provides direct and easy access to the newly constructed NAIA Expressway. The international and domestic airports are only 20 minutes away, and it’s 30 minutes to the Makati Business District. For all of you business brains out there, I couldn't have picked a better location for the hotel if I tried – just next door are the country's premier conference and exhibition facilities: the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center. But life should never be all work and no play - Malate, the entertainment district is only a short walk away.
Services and Facilities
- Fast, free WiFi everywhere, always
- Outdoor swimming pool
- 24-hour, fully-equipped fitness centre
- 24-hour coffee shop
- Japanese restaurant
- A range of global and local dining options
- 24-hour in-room order-in
- Taxi and limousine rental, with available WiFi
- Massage treatments
- Exclusive Club Lounge benefits
- Free shuttle service to Mall of Asia
A Little Extra
- Car rental service
- Taxi and limousine service
- Smoking area
- ATM withdrawal
- IT butler
- Parcel, postal and courier services
- Medical clinic
- Disability-friendly facilities
Manila with its sprawling metropolis may seem like a tough shell to crack, but my team will guide you to the gems that are to be found in the neighbourhood of the hotel in this multifaceted city. The streets are packed with everything from colourful eclectic jeepneys to sunsets along Manila Bay.
If you’re feeling adventurous— and let’s face it, you wouldn’t be in Manila if you weren’t— hop on a Jeepney and head 15 minutes north via Roxas Boulevard to Bambike. Here you’ll find friendly staff renting handcrafted bamboo bikes and offering guided eco-tours of Manila’s famous walled city, Intramuros. Work up a sweat as you pedal through the historic old city, gaining insight into the rich multicultural tapestry woven throughout, particularly its distinct Spanish heritage, Plaza Roma and Manila Cathedral.
Over at The Aristocrat Restaurant, the most popular dish is a simple meal of boneless barbeque chicken and java rice, paired with the in-house peanut sauce. It’s sweet, full of flavour, and will definitely give you a taste of what Filipino food is all about.
Still hungry to learn more about the Philippines’ history? Stop by Solidaridad Bookstore, one of Manila’s pioneering bookstores when it opened in 1965, where you can find more books by Filipino authors than any bookshop in the country. Check out the titles by its founder Francisco Sionil José who is a National Artist for Literature and if you’re lucky, you might get a signed copy.
Housed in a nearby colonial mansion, 1335Mabini offers for a peek into the creative side of Manila. Make your way through the galleries of contemporary art and experimental installations. Stunning sculptures and modern art permeate the halls, but its creative harmony is only half the reason to visit. The imaginative décor descends to the Dakota Cabin bar downstairs, which features an aviation theme to lift the spirits of its patrons. Of course, the reasonably priced drinks don’t hurt either. By now, the sun is probably setting. Head over to Rajah Sulayman Park and watch the day wane to dusk over Manila Bay.
Manila can be an intoxicating city, and the above is just a taste of the treasures to be discovered here. Pinoy cuisine, historic architecture and third-wave coffee bring out the day-time crowd; while cocktails, trendy bars and live music take revellers long into the evening. All you have to do is be open to new experiences.