Saturday, February 20, 2016

Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel, A Lucky Place To Spend Chinese New Year

Though I have been visiting Binondo since I was a child I have never been to this place at Chinese New Year's Eve. This was my first time to be here and witnessed how busy the oldest Chinatown in the world. I was honored that Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel invited bloggers and gave an opportunity to witnessed the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. I think it is one of the lucky places to spend Chinese New Year.

I've never seen Chinatown this busy. Not much fireworks but you can hear beats and sounds while the lion and dragon dances to the beat. Foods like tikoy, hopia, peking ducks, fruits and much more are abundantly lined up on the busy street of Ongpin. Another thing that can spotted easily are the lucky charms and crystals to give the Year if the Fire Monkey great luck.

Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel is one of the iconic hotel in Chinatown and it was their re-launch featuring the Feng Shui interiors, rooms and new amenities.  The hotel was before named as Binondo Suites that caters visitors of the place.
The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Chinatown. It is the oldest business disteict in the Philippines. Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel opened its doors in September 1, 2014, under the new management of Jackson Chua. Veering away from the old hotel, Chua did not just changed the name to “Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel" but also developed it into a modern Chinese-style hotel from the facade, lobby, rooms down to the hotel decors. And it is all based on feng shui.

According to the owners the hotel's name was based on feng shui and the name "Lai Lai" basically means "welcome"or "come", inviting everyone to visit and stay at their hotel and become as lucky as they are. As according to them visitors are then asked of their birthdays to match with the lucky rooms according to feng shui and thats for more luck.

“Management wants every guests to feel the excitement of staying at the hotel. Equipped with our strong knowledge in feng shui, our guest will be amazed to occuply a room based on his luck,” says Jackson Chua, Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel General Manager.

Both business & leisure guests will appreciate the Chinese-style rooms and choose among Standard rooms ( one queen size bed), Superior Rooms (two single beds), Deluxe rooms (one queen size bed and one single bed) Junior Suites and Executive Suites that provides a refrigerator and an elegant sofa, ideal for families. Hotel room features include LED television, electric kettle, hot & cold shower, hair dryer, working table, phone, built in safe, free wifi and 24 hour room service. Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel has a total of 84 rooms

Guests can also pamper themselves at the Spa that offers Aromatheraphy Massage combination of Swedish – Shiatsu Massage. The hotel also have 5 KTV rooms that can accommodate 10-30 persons. For groups events, the Rich Apple Garden, located at the roof deck overlooking Manila, can cater 100 persons.

The hotel's dining room experience includes an authentic Chinese restaurant that offers affordable buffet menu from breakfast til dinner. Its signature dishes include authentic sweet and sour pork, Hong Kong Style chicken, seafood pancit canton, fish fillet tofu, squid salt and pepper.
Guest and toursits can explore the whole Chinatown that houses various business establishments, such as the Dragon Phoenix, a one stop shop for feng shui lucky charms and crystals, the Eng Be Tin with its tasty hopia, and other establishments that will definitely fill you up with goods to bring home.
If you're planning to visit the hotel, their soft opening rates will start from Php 2,280 per room, per night including VAT with a complimentary breakfast.

For hotel room inquiries and reservations, please visit or call (+632) 25-2888 and look for Jeffrey Tee or Apple Castro. You may also send an email to

For events needs, contact LDF Events Management, the home of powerhouse events team in the Metro, though landline number (02) 505-2601 or send an email to


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