The colorful and charming Binondo in Manila is a popular destination for oriental foodie experiences, budget-shopping, and sightseeing Old Manila. It can be a good starting point for adventurers who wants to learn about the world’s oldest Chinatown and how it influenced the Filipino culture, and vice-versa!
The Manila Chinatown is easy to reach by a cab , or a Grabcar even. But the cheapest way would be by commute via the Light Rail Transit train system (LRT) or the iconic Manila Jeepney.
Among the place’s popular attractions are the old Binondo Church, landmark Ongpin Street, and several temples, among others.
As a couple with Chinese background, we are not unfamiliar with this old town. We have explored Binondo on different occasions but two of the most memorable was our ‘amazing race’ activity when we stayed in a town hotel, and the ‘shopping challenge‘ in Tutuban Mall for our very first white Christmas tree.
For the usual tourists, one should not miss the long-time guided tour branded as “Old Manila Walks” and food tour. We’ve joined-in at least twice, and we wouldn’t mind doing it again. Mrs. Seats For Two even bought a lovely bracelet in one of the shops.
It would also be great to experience Chinatown at night and early morning. It would be more convenient if you are staying in a hotel in / near the area as the streets can get crowded during busy hours.
Hotel Lucky Chinatown Opens in Manila
Make your stay comfortable at the newly opened Hotel Lucky Chinatown! It’s a new 6-storey hotel located just beside the Lucky Chinatown Mall.
It is Megaworld‘s newest hotel property to date offering 93 guest rooms made to suit different customer needs ranging from twin, double, and junior suites.
More than a place to stay, the hotel also offers a cozy restaurant and easy access to other shops landmark destinations around Manila.
The famous spots in and around Manila include the Divisoria market, Manila Metropolitan Theater, Manila Cathedral, Palacio del Gobernador (1.3 km), Fort Santiago (1.4km), and Intrammuros (1.5 km) which is just a few kilometers away.
Hotel Lucky Chinatown recently had its grand opening with traditional Chinese ceremonies – dragon dance and breaking of giant fortune cookie. The gathering was followed with a sumptuous meal at the hotel’s in-house restaurant.
Later on, we joined the hotel tour to find out their facilities and different types of accommodation.
A Peek Inside the Hotel
Guests can choose from among the Standard Twin Room (2 single beds), Standard Queen Room (1 large double bed), or a Junior Suite ( large double bed).
Aside from the amazing bed, all rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable. They are also equipped with a cozy bathroom with complimentary toiletries. VIP rooms come with a bathtub.
While some feature garden views as an option, every room has a seating area.
Cafe de Chinatown
By default, Binondo life offers you authentic Chinese tikoy, lumpia, hakaw, mami, rice cakes and dumplings. You can have them from famous Chinese restaurants located along Ongpin Street, Yuchengco Street, and the wet market alley Carvajal Street.
Some local favorites include Dong Bei Dumpling, Eng Bee Tin, President Tea House, and the New Po-Heng Lumpia House.
If you prefer staying in the hotel, you can get your fill at Hotel Lucky Chinatown‘s all-day dining restaurant, Cafe de Chinatown serving authentic Chinese cuisine as well.
Spa and Wellness Center
Guests also have the option to complete their experience with some self-pampering.
A good massage is perfect after a whole day of sightseeing and food trip. Guests may enjoy a relaxing time at the spa and wellness center offered by Hotel Lucky Chinatown.
Other hotel amenities include free WiFi, parking spaces, family room, bar, and non-smoking rooms. They also have a 24-hour front desk, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, and room service.
Chinese speaking guests need not worry because the staff can speak both English and Chinese languages.
Hotel Lucky Chinatown
21 Reina Regente St, Binondo, Manila,
1008 Metro Manila
Phone: 0917 805 6062