“Maybe Traders does not have all the fanfare at the entrance, like greeting you with a high hat bellhop to open the doors, but it certainly has everything you need in terms of facilities and good service. The very well trained front desk staff (Justine, et al.) receive you with open hearts and immediately apologize for the renovations taking place in the hotel, including the swimming pool, but hasten to tell you that they have arrangements with the nearby Sofitel hotel for you to use theirs. The lobby is not imposing, but who cares after I was directed to my room on the VIP 18th floor and told that I am entitled to use the all day lounge on the 19th floor where a well trained and elegant staff welcomes guests, and you can snack on sweet delicacies and fresh beautifully arranged exotic fruits of the Philippines.
My room was spacious, maintained by meticulous housekeepers who make sure the room is kept spotlessly clean and that sheets and down bed covers are changed daily as well as your bath robes. The bathroom has a large, deep tub (unlike the super luxurious Sofitel which features miserable shower heads in their rooms at almost double the price). The air conditioning is a little noisy, but that is actually an advantage since it muffles any noisy activity coming from the hallway. Their restaurant is honestly and moderately priced and their buffet (for under 20 dollars) offers a variety of local and international foods whether it be breakfast or dinner. For breakfast, there are made to order omelets, smoked fish, American style waffles and pancakes, plus fresh fruit and Asiatic congees. Dinner is more elaborate with such choices as local fresh fish and giant shrimp which you pick from a raw selection that is then cooked to your desired taste and spiciness. Traders is good and well worth your money.” LikeCouchakji
” Stayed overnight on the 8th floor suite. The view is perfect, the CCP and the Manila Bay. The room is big enough, huge tv in the living room and another a little smaller (32″) tv in the bedroom. Walk in closet, powder room, and the bathroom with rainshower and bath tub. Mini bar fully stocked, strong wifi connection. This is a good place for business travelers. I noticed 3 wide desks where you can plan out your day. Office table complete with basic needs is perfectly situated near the floor-to-ceiling window. Good sleep only woke up sneezing. Maybe the carpet was not cleaned well, smells quite old. Breakfast buffet so-so.” rj_travelbug
“Traders hotel Manila has a very good location immediately fronting the majestic Cultural Center of the Philippines and Aliw theater and Star city complex. It is part of the Shangrila group of hotels.
Yet it panics when they become full. Services and sensitivity to the guest needs is almost lost when busy….
my experience april 14 to 17 as follows:
* they may have more smoking rooms than non smoking because they all gave us smoking rooms to our group of definitely non smokers
* breakfast area could not accommodate all diners
A bad experience we had when we lost 2 items and also charged for 2 bottled water we did not use, when we complained, the front desk lady just said sorry for the inconvenience not to look at it or at least inquire and investigate.about it.
The front desk even has a tripadvisor logo on the front desk” EdS16
“we spent one night here in May last year before we flew back to the UK after our visit to the Philippines, I have to say I don’t think we will be going back, we were in a room on the 5th floor which would be no problem if the lift didn’t take 15 minutes to finally reach the Ground floor, the rooms were clean and way bigger than we actually needed however we were roadside and getting any sleep was impossible, we phoned reception and asked if we could move to another room as we had to be up at 4.30 am but were told it would cost an extra one thousand peso to do so. All in all if you stay here ask for a room away from the road or bring earplugs!” Kenneth J