An Art Deco Hotel in Ermita for Vintage Hipsters

I actually had nothing planned for the day but thanks to an emergency invite from a blogger friend, I was able to experience another offbeat corner of old Manila. 

For a pre-holiday treat of the local government of Ermita Malate, bloggers were invited to witness a night of Christmas caroling and gift giving for the marginalized families of the community. Mayor Ejercito Estrada opened the ceremonies and students from Philippine Women's University and Universidad de Manila spread the holiday spirit and delighted spectators around Remedios Circle.

Aside from the festivities, we were also invited to visit hotels around Ermita Malate. This treat is in the efforts of the local government to promote the district of Malate as a another cultural heritage hotspot in Manila. Lucky me, I got myself into another free historical tour.


Nestled at the corner of United Nation Avenue and Roxas Boulevard is a vintage treasure I'm sure hipster travelers would want to visit. Miramar Hotel is an art deco structure built in the 1930s and refurbished as a 3-star heritage hotel in 2009 by the President of EMBOA (Ermita Malate Business Owners Association), Ms. Michelle Pe.

The facade of the building screams antiquated elegance. Aside from the yellow and red palette, it's also brimming with pineapple finials that collectively make the building a one of a kind must-see spot in Malate. Not much of the building's history is revealed anywhere though, which is frustrating, but rest assured this building is a legit survivor of WWII and the Battle of Manila.

Walking inside the building brings an instant feel of nostalgia and a weird feeling of being sucked inside the set of Chateau Marmont (AHS Season 5 reference, sorry), where you simply had to be on your toes all the time, just in case you bump into a pair of horny poltergeists. It's also coincidental that we get to gallivant around five floors at around 7pm. It's dark, we didn't see any tourist walking around, a total paranormal experience.

Miramar Hotel has a total of 40 rooms, each complete with air conditioning, cable TV, DVD player, refrigerator, electric kettle and hair dryer. The rooms are divided into Presidential suites, Junior suites, Superior twin, Superior double, Deluxe double and Deluxe twin.

Other Room Features :
Complimentary Breakfast
Wireless Broadband Internet
NDD & IDD telephone
Private Bathroom
Smoke detector and Water Sprinkler
Piped-in music

And FYI, the management doesn't have a "forbidden room" unlike the other haunted hotels in pop media. I haven't read any ghostly encounters in the online reviews so far, but one of the bloggers we had during the tour felt presence everywhere. Boo yeah.

Ms. Michelle Pe certainly has an elegant taste for art and fashion. Every corner of the hotel interior is stylishly decorated with these commissioned art deco paintings that sort of resemble those of the first editions of Vogue. We're back in the 1930s, baby.

Just like the facade, the interior is also filled with hidden pineapple finials and hard geometric patterns.
These dusty chandeliers just bring the authenticity in an old-fashioned, but still chic art deco hotel.
1034-36 Roxas Blvd corner UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila. Philippines 1000
Tel. No. (632) 523 4484 to 86 | Fax (632) 526 18 66 | (+63)915-4462115

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