An inspiring Filipino hotel that marries tradition with modern convenience
With so many hotels around, you’d be at a loss as to where to stay in Manila, especially if it’s your first time. While no longer strangers to the city, we tried searching for a hotel that would level up our Manila staycation – a hotel that would give us a uniquely Filipino experience. Thankfully, we found The Legend Villas, a 100% Filipino-owned hotel in Mandaluyong City.
As soon as we entered, the hotel's old-world charm and Fil-Hispanic feature captivated us. It was as if we were being transported back to the Spanish colonial era. We also loved the fact that we didn’t need to go out to taste authentic Filipino food. The hotel’s restaurant, Lola Maria, serves our all-time favourites: adobo, pancit and kare-kare.
Overall, we’d say that we found our second home at The Legend Villas. And we’re not just talking about an ordinary one. It’s a home that is proudly Filipino, from the facilities and rooms, down to the staff’s hospitality. Continue reading our The Legend Villas hotel review to learn more about this inspiring Filipino hotel in Manila.
The Studio Room is ideal for solo travellers or budget-conscious couples who are looking for a cosy, functional space. Snuggle on a comfy double bed, and keep yourself entertained with the cable TV. There’s even a work table for when you need to complete some work while on staycation.
If you are with a small group, the Deluxe Room is just right for you. It has the same room amenities as the Studio Room but with more space. It also features two double beds for you and your companions to relax on.
Stay in a Villa Suite and enjoy an upgraded version of the already comfortable rooms at this hotel. This bi-level suite has a homey setting perfect for those looking for an extended stay in the metro. It is also complete with kitchen facilities if you want to prepare your own meals. In addition, it has two double beds with spacious living and dining areas. The ample space and luxurious amenities here are great when you have companions or visiting guests.
As the name suggests, this room is ideal for a small team of four people. This Team Room has four single beds and a three-way toilet and bath. You and your teammates would surely enjoy the generous space and fully functional room facilities here.
Pick the bi-level Team Suite if you’re travelling with a relatively bigger team or barkada (circle of friends). Featuring six single beds and spacious living and dining areas, it can comfortably fit a group of six people. On top of all that, the Team Suite also has two toilets and baths, two telephone units and two work tables. With its space and functionality, the entire suite will definitely foster teamwork!
If your group is composed of more than six people, we recommend you go for the Team Suite (8 Beds). This bi-level accommodation can comfortably fit up to eight people with its eight single beds with individual closets. It also has living and dining areas with two toilets and baths, and two work tables. Truly, this room is perfect for seminar participants, business associates, student groups or the entire barkada!
A great way to know a place or country is to sample its local cuisine. While you’re at The Legend Villas, taste home-style Filipino food at its in-house restaurant, Lola Maria. It has a daily buffet and a la carte dining serving sumptuous Filipino dishes. Take your pick from sinigang, binagoongan, adobo, kare-kare, and so much more!
Special occasions must be celebrated in a one-of-a-kind setting! The Legend Villas will give you just that with its Signature Events, a set of specially curated themes for different celebrations. Whether you’re tying the knot, throwing a birthday party or hosting any event, The Legend Villas will make sure you have the most memorable celebration of your life!
After sweating it out, spend the day swimming or simply relaxing at the pool area. There is also an outdoor Jacuzzi if you want to extend your relaxation. The swimming pool, by the way, is only open from 8am to 9pm.
On its 25th Anniversary, The Legend Villas placed a stone marker to commemorate this significant milestone. Here’s an interesting fact! The stone placed was taken from an excavation where the elevator was built.
Gary Munar is the oldest employee of The Legend Villas. He started work here in 1985, and is now more than 30 years in service. This only shows that the company sure knows how to take good care of its people, who in turn become loyal employees.
Did you know that Lola Maria is a real person? She is the inspiration behind the hotel's restaurant. Doña Maria Florentine Villanueva Rosario is the maternal grandmother of Legend Hotels chairman Wyden R. King. The restaurant pays tribute to Lola Maria’s dedication and love not only to her family but to the Filipino culture and tradition as well. Indeed, Lola Maria Restaurant makes every guest feel right at home with its home-style Filipino food.
The Legend Villas is at 60 Pioneer corner Madison Streets, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. This hotel near SM Megamall is strategically positioned in the city. It is also a hotel near Ortigas and a convergent point to the central Mandaluyong district.
To reach the hotel, take the MRT to Boni Station. Then, take a jeepney that goes to Boni Avenue. You may also walk for approximately 13 minutes, taking either the Pioneer Street or Madison Street. For more convenience, you may ride a taxi or book a Grab from any part of Manila.
The Legend Villas is near many establishments and attractions in the metro.
Shopaholics will rejoice because The Legend Villas is a short drive from SM Megamall, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, Starmall and The Podium. It is also a stone’s throw away from Robinsons Forum Pioneer and SM Light Mall.
Also, foodies will be delighted to know that they can easily go to Kapitolyo Food District. Popular food establishments here include Silantro, Mad Mark's, Warung, Café Juanita, and RUB Ribs & BBQ, to name a few.
If you’re here for business trips, The Legend Villas is a strategic hotel in Manila. It is near business and financial districts such as Ortigas Business Center, Greenfield District and Robinsons Cybergate Towers.