27 Jun 2011
Seems everyone has apprehension in spending a day or two in a hotel in old districts of Manila such as Sta Cruz. The stigma comes from the menace of street crimes that seem to always lurk there. A friend of mine had experienced losing his valuables to a bag-slasher. He just arrived from the north riding a Philippine Rabbit bus. When he got to Issetan where he'd to meet up with a relative, he was shocked to find out that his backpack was slashed and his valuable holder was gone. Apparently, the culprit got behind him and slashed his bag when he walked from Philippine Rabbit bus terminal in Rizal Avenue, taking Recto Avenue, on the way to the mall.
I don't want to cause any alarm, but I was also a victim of these ruthless criminals. It happened while I was on my way to LRT-1 Carriedo Station. You can read how I was victimized by these people in my article entitled How To Get To Quiapo Church By Walking And Commuting.
That's why the exact location of Manila Grand Opera Hotel, though apparently a paradox, gives utmost security for its guests against those dangerous elements lurking in the alleys and streets of the decadent district.
Manila Grand Opera Hotel, which is situated at the former site of the historical and famed Manila Grand Opera House, is the only elegant hotel with luxury of a 5-star hotel in downtown Manila that you can check in without stepping on the ground of the decaying surroundings.
The luxurious hotel with 3-star rate have another main entrance directly open to the second level of LRT-1 Doroteo Station from which the LRT-2 walkway or footbridge is also connected.
That means, even if you're coming from Marikina in the east, Roosevelt in the north, NAIA-3 in the south or SM Mall of Asia in the west, you can go and check-in this elegant hotel by commuting through the trains of LRT-1, LRT-2 and MRT-3 lines.
How to get to Manila Grand Opera Hotel by trains
LRT-1 Southbound - Get off the train at Doroteo Jose Station, and from the turnstile, walk towards the entrance of Manila Grand Opera Hotel.
LRT-1 Northbound - Get off the train at Doroteo Jose Station, use elevator, escalator or stairs to get to the other side of the station and enter Manila Grand Opera Hotel through its door at the second level of LRT-2 Doroteo Jose Station.
LRT-2 - Get off the train at Recto Station, use the footbridge and walk your way to Doroteo Jose Station, use the elevator or escalator to get to the other side and enter the hotel in the second level of LRT-2 Doroteo Jose Station.
MRT-3 Southbound - Get off the train at either Araneta Center Cubao Station or Tat Station. From Araneta Cubao Station, walk to LRT-2 Araneta Center Cubao Station, ride a Recto bound train, alight at Recto and walk to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station. From Taft Station, use the footbridge and go to LRT-1 EDSA Station, ride a Monumento/Roosevelt bound train, alight at Doroteo Jose Station, go to the other side of the station and enter Manila Grand Opera Hotel entrance at the second level of the station.
MRT-3 Northbound - Get off the train at Araneta Center Cubao Station and walk to LRT-2 Araneta Center Cubao Station, ride a Recto bound train, alight at Recto and walk to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station. Go to the other side of Doroteo Station through elevator or escalators and enter Manila Grand Opera Hotel through its entrance at the second level of the LRT-1 Station.
You wouldn't get to Manila Grand Opera Hotel by bus and public jeep if you're carrying jewelries and cash, would you? Taking taxi is not practical because of the heavy traffic in the area. And driving your car to the hotel's parking space presents inconvenience and hassle issue. With the existence of PAGCOR Casino in the hotel, one would be tempted to bring some extra cash. Clearly, train is the safest and fastest way to get to Manila Grand Opera Hotel from any locations in Metro and Mega Manila and vice versa. The sense of security is definitely there. In fact, you can vicariously feel that you're in an Ortigas Center hotel or an Ayala Center hotel once you're inside Manila Grand Opera Hotel. Well, you can close your eyes while on the transit, go directly through the door of Manila Grand and discard in your mind that you're actually in Avenida-Recto-Sta Cruz area. That way, you would feel the same ambiance of Makati or Ortigas or even MOA, NAIA and Resort World while you're in Manila Grand Opera Hotel.
Simply put, omit the timeline between your point of origin and the moment you're standing in front of the concierge of Manila Grand Opera Hotel. Try it, it feels great, and it's fun.
Location Map of Manila Grand Opera Hotel
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