“Discovery Primea Manila: Stay for the hotel, don’t come back for the service”
Being the second highest rated hotel in Makati, Philippines; I was intrigued by Discovery Primea. Lies in the center of Ayala Avenue in Makati it’s hard to miss Discovery Primea, as it’s one of the tallest buildings in the area.
The Discovery Primea is both a hotel and a residence for those who wants to stay longer in the building. The hotel Consists of 144 rooms in total, ranging from business flats to 2 bedroom suites.
Hotel Ambiance 5/5
The Discovery Primea is fairly new, as it was opened last February 2015. Modern Mediterranean features with a hint of chinoiserie are visible throughout the hotel. The lobby consists of two separate elevators for the hotel guests, and the its residents.
Checking in to the hotel is standardize like any other major hotels, although it took us a bit of time for us to get settled in our room.
Hotel Room 4/5
We chosed their Premier Loft which is one of the biggest room they can offer, consisting of a 2 bedroom suite complete with a fully furnished kitchen suitable if we have guests over. The expansive two floor suite separates the bedrooms to the living area and the dining, giving you a full space of privacy. https://www.discoveryprimea.com/primea-loft/
They also provide each room of a Handy smartphone which is suitable for travelers like me, who normally don’t buy a local sim card. The Handy phone is perfect for making local calls, and accessing the city.
The bathroom in the master’s bedroom offers separate sink, and a deep soaking bath tub. The walk in closet doesn’t really much offer much space. All of the lighting in the room is access through a touch pad.
Hotel Dining 2/5
For a 5 star hotel, the breakfast selection should be of high standard, sadly Discovery Primea didn’t met our expectations. They offer a buffet breakfast in Tapenade which is located at the ground floor of the hotel.
For the in room dining, the selection is okay, just don’t expect much food to be available after late hours.
My recommendations for dining at Discovery Primea Manila
- Tagaytay Bulalo
- Angus Beef Tapa
- Lechon Kawali
- Tuna Sandwich
- The Filipino breakfast
Hotel Service 2/5
I have such high expectations with Discovery Primea Manila, sadly those expectations were not met.
All of the service we encountered from them shows lack of communication within their department.
I kindly asked if we could have our room ready by 11am or I wouldn’t have booked with the property. The reservation officer gave me his word during a phone call with him, but we got our room by 12 noon because of “engineering maintenance”
Dining in the Tapenade during breakfast hours is not recommended, especially if you wake up late as me; the staff does not care if their are guests around and starts loudly arranging the chairs next to you, which makes it unpleasant for us to sit there and enjoy our food.
Discovery Primea Manila 3/5
I wanted to love Discovery Primea Manila, but service plays a big importance to hotels that has five star ratings.
I’m so sad to say that I will never stay again in Discovery Primea Manila, and I do not reccomend it to anyone.