The Crimson Hotel runs like a well oiled machine.

Getting to the hotel is a 40 minute drive by car from downtown Manila but when you get there you can’t miss the Crimson skyscraper standing alone solid as a rock. Chandeliered elevators bring you to the humongous lobby on the 8th floor.  It’s so big that you could easily play hide and seek with 150 people. Regional art and business decor is the main interior design element.

If you are looking for tub or a spa you came to the wrong place but why not enjoy the in-room massage service

The poolside deck bar is on the 8th floor which is a nice additional perk. Unfortunately you can’t enjoy the view because you are enclosed by the building itself and greenery which could be bad or good depending on your exhibitionist status.

The charming in-house Deli Shop, serving fresh cheeses, pastries and confectionery all day long.

The Location

Only 20 minutes from the airport, this is not the neighborhood for sightseeing, central Manila is 45 minutes by car and many sights to the south require the same amount of time.

The Experience

The included breakfast in Café Eight is standard, with European and Asian choices, for lunch and dinner there is a buffet and small á la carte menu. The 8th-floor deck is more relaxed, perched luxuriously far above the city, with a poolside bar that serves snacks and renditions of everything from a refreshing mojito to a Manila Sunrise. A charming collection of fine cheeses, pastries and chocolates tempts from the Deli Shop.

On the 19th floor, access to the executive lounge will be part of an exclusive package available for suite guests, including butler service (other guests can be exclusive for a surcharge of 1500 Ps).

Self-dubbed the “gateway to the South”, the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City towers over Alabang, on the south rim of Metro Manila. The gracious staff, 8th floor deck pool and spacious public spaces make it relishable for day trips, both to Manila and Luzon’s southern sites.

While the high-rise sits next to Filinvest City, with malls, dining and spas, most non-business visitors opt for a trip to downtown Manila to the historic area of Intramuros or Makati. The closest non-manila tourist attractions are down south. A half-hour car drive brings you to Tagaytay City, right on the Taal lake. A hearty brunch at Breakfast at Antonio’s ( wouldn’t hurt before venturing by boat to the Taal Volcano. Also in the vicinity of Lugano is Pagsanjan, where you can ride the rapids of the Bombongan River, and see the Pagsanjan Falls, chosen by Francis Ford Coppola for the final scenes in Apocalypse Now in 1975.

The Look