Rustic and homey – these were our first impressions of Sunny Bay Suites as soon as we walked into its premises. As avid goers to Manila Bay, we’ve always had high expectations for accommodations based in the area. For one of our recent weekend escapades, we decided to give this 30-year-old property a try.
Sunny Bay Suites just has that laid-back vibe that we wanted, not to mention one of the most accessible views of the iconic Manila Bay sunset.
Strategically located in Manila’s main entertainment and business district, Sunny Bay Suites continues to be a popular choice among working and leisure travellers, particularly Japanese nationals.
We were fortunate to have been able to look at all the rooms before we settled in our own, and we were impressed at how the management maintained their antique charm but with added modern touches. Some rooms in the same category have distinct colour schemes so it felt like we were in a completely different place every time.
If you’re looking for a simple, relaxing and good value for money hotel near Manila Bay, stay at Sunny Bay Suites! Read our entire Sunny Bay Suites hotel review to learn more about the property.
Get cosy in a 46 sqm room space featuring a queen-sized bed, elegant bedside lamps and an overall calming vibe for your short or long-term stay. The Deluxe Suite is ideal for guests who prefer a studio-type setting but with an upgraded level of warmth.
You’ll find a home in the One-Bedroom Suite which, on top of two relaxing single beds, features its own multi-functional receiving area great for your afternoon conversations. Particularly impressive is the way the 46 sqm space is utilised to create the impression of a much bigger room.
Blessed with a terrace overlooking Manila Bay, Roxas Boulevard and nearby areas, the 47 sqm Corner Suite is consistently voted as one of the most sought-after rooms in the hotel. We especially admired the abundance of natural light coming into the room and the elegant wooden floors.
Despite being the smallest unit in the hotel, the 43 sqm Studio Standard is gifted with more space than its counterparts in other hotels in Manila. Enjoy a downtime at your mini lounge or in your own kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, oven stove and generous cooking space.
Even as a solo guest, staying in the 46 sqm One Bedroom Standard can be a grand experience. You can choose to enjoy some peace and quiet by cuddling up in your queen-sized bed or invite others over for socialising in your own living room and dining area.
If you ever dreamt of having your own stylish and cosy home in bustling Manila, the hotel’s two Penthouse Suites could be the place you’re looking for. Measuring 100 sqm, these accommodations offer unbelievable sights from the top of the hotel and are equipped with all the necessary home amenities to support your stay in Manila, no matter how short or long it may be.
Sunny Bay Suites rooms and suites are designed to make you feel completely at home but in a more exciting neighbourhood. Rather than luxurious furniture, fabrics and other amenities, the hotel makes use of antiques and similar materials that are usually found in Filipino homes. Together, they create an environment so cosy that you may find yourself just wanting to lie in bed all day.
Located just along Roxas Boulevard, Sunny Bay Suites provides some of the best spots to view the Manila Bay sunset and surrounding areas. Whether it’s from your own terrace in a Corner or Penthouse Suite, or at the open-air space near the top of the hotel, you can’t be disappointed.
The great thing about Sunny Bay Suites is that all of its rooms have their own receiving area that can fit a family of three, or small group of friends or colleagues. They are simple yet welcoming enough for a chill bonding session after a day of activities. Some rooms even have their own kitchen so you can all put together a simple meal to share while you enjoy one another’s company.
Since most of its usual guests are Japanese and Chinese, Sunny Bay Suites also has a few Nihongo and Mandarin-speaking staff members who are either Filipinos trained to speak these languages or actual Japanese and Chinese nationals. This makes it a lot easier for them to communicate and attend to the needs of their special guests.
Currently, the hotel has a vacant spacious open-air area on one of its higher floors. On one side, you’ll see the nearby towers in Manila’s business district and on the other, the long stretch of Roxas Boulevard, CCP Complex and Manila Bay. According to the management, this space can be used for photo and video shoots now for a fee.
Sunny Bay Suites is in the tourist area of Ermita, Manila facing the Manila Bay and approximately eight km from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Anyone transiting between these two points can easily hire a taxi, or book an Uber or Grab for a small price since the routes are quite straightforward. There are jeepneys plying a narrow road behind the hotel as well as tricycles around the area for those who wish to explore Ermita the Filipino way. Walking is also highly recommended as the tourist attractions, convenience stores and supermarkets are just a few metres from this Manila hotel.
Ermita is the main tourist district of Manila. Here, you can find a long line of bars and restaurants, travel agencies and hotels, as well as a few malls, educational institutions and government buildings.
Sunny Bay Suites lies on the western part of the district where you can find all sorts of bayside attractions. Among them are the Manila Ocean Park, Harbour Square and the various food stalls along the baywalk.
To get to know more about the history and culture in the Philippines, you can visit the National Museum, Museo Pambata, Malate Church and the Walled City of Intramuros, where the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Agustin Church is located.
Those looking to simply have a fun-filled time can go to Rizal Park or Luneta Park, home to the iconic monument of the national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. Several metres away are the magnificent CCP Theatre, CCP Park, Star City and Harbour Square, a highly rated destination for dining and watching the Manila Bay sunset.
Other popular attractions nearby include the world’s oldest Chinatown – Binondo, Robinson’s Malate, and one of the largest malls in the world – SM Mall of Asia.