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Cioccolata at The Bayleaf Hotel

After our sumptuous dinner at RAPHAELE, Chefs Maricel & Carlo took us around to see THE BAYLEAF HOTEL in its entirety. We were floored with its grandeur & beauty despite being a boutique hotel.

 

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Within the protective three mile-long circuit of massive stone walls rose a city of churches, palaces, museums, fine courtyards and now The Bayleaf Intramuros. Launched in November 2011, this boutique hotel promises a restful experience for its guests given its 5 star quality beddings, room amenities and a spacious bathroom. For the guests’ business and social needs, The Bayleaf Hotel has 5 modern meeting rooms with high end audio and video set up. For larger events, The Muralla Ballroom has a capacity of 300 persons or it can be divided into three smaller events place. Exclusive access to a terraza overlooking the historic Intramuros wall is also provided.

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And you know what happens when the kids are full right? Yes, the fun begins. :P

 

I asked Maricel why the hotel was named Bayleaf. I’m always curious of the history of an establishment & try to get as much information as I could. @chismosangfrog Turns out bayleaf is taken from the Laurel tree. And Laurel is the last name of the owners. Yes, those Laurels. :) And yes, Bayleaf is an all-Filipino owned & operated hotel built to cater to the students of Lyceum University. But GM ED VITUG had other plans & is partially responsible for the always full booking of the hotel & restaurants.

 

 

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Ed Vitug, General Manager of The Bayleaf Hotel, is an experienced hotelier having started his career as an Assistant Restaurant Manager at the EDSA Shangri-la Manila in 1992. When he moved to his next appointment in 2001, Ed was already EDSAʼs Director of Banquet Operations. He was assigned to the Shangri-la Hotel Jakarta in the same position that year. In 2003, he was part of the pre-opening task force for the Shangri-la Dubai lending support to the F&B team. That same year he returned to the Philippines as F&B Manager of the Makati Shangri-la Hotel until 2007. His biggest break came when the newly re-branded Sofitel Philippine Plaza offered him the top post as F&B Director. One of his greatest challenges at the Sofitel was pre-opening the totally renovated coffee shop now called Spiral, which remains one of the top hotel restaurants in the Philippines. Before joining The Bayleaf, Ed was F&B Director of the Intercontinental Manila.

 

Bayleaf Hotel may just be a boutique Hotel but aside from its magnificent service, it boasts of 4 restaurants:

9 spoons (for the 9 Laurel offsprings & the restaurant being on the 9th floor), is a penthouse All-Day Dining restaurant with a panoramic view of the city. Known for its heritage selection such as the popular “Crispy Bagnet”, “Manileño” and “Callos”, 9 SPOONS is perfect for business meetings, private gatherings and even for afternoon snacks and cocktails. 9 SPOONS turns quite romantic in the evening with nightly piano or saxophone live music entertainment that goes along with your À la Carte dining. Breakfast & Lunch buffets are available daily.

The Sky Deck & View Bar is an al fresco, roof deck view Bar strategically located for an unobstructed 360 degree viewing of the skyline, the bay and the famous Manila sunset. It has been witness to many romantic proposals since its opening. The menu selection includes local favorites, tapas & a wide selection of bar chows with an extensive wine selection, local beers & cocktails. Happy hour is from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm daily.

 

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Cioccolata is a charming Churros Cafe on the hotel’s ground floor. Great for a quick dose of great coffee and churros pairing, classic homemade sandwiches and pastries plus an array of sweet selections created by the hotel’s pastry chefs and the Culinary School students are available daily.

 

Cioccolata Churros Cafe The Bayleaf

G/F The Bayleaf, Muralla corner Victoria Street, Intramuros, Manila (02) 318-5000

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With my cutie patootie bubbah bear who was sick that night but still came with mommy. <3 Got Milk??? ;)

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Coffee Caramel 90 php. Churros with coffee caramel sauce.

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Original 75 php. Churros with hot Spanish chocolate. The light & fluffy churros were great on their own too, without any dip.

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To keep themselves amused as I chatted up a storm with Chefs Maricel & Carlo, the kids.. and the kid at heart, played with their food! @_@

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Presenting to you the letters J-O-N-A! ;))

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Candy covered churros stix now available!!! And Chefs Maricel & Carlo gave us some to take home. THANK YOU!!! <3

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Brazo Cupcakes only 35 php each. Oh-so-addciting! @_@ Unbelievably inexpensive too!

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Just look at that yolk-y custard filling amidst the light & fluffy egg white cake! GAAAH!

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We can never thank you enough, Maricel & Carlo! <3 I was truly lovely meeting you & dining at The Bayleaf Hotel.

 

and the new – Raffaele is a pizzeria serving Italian/Spanish dishes. It offers a fresh take on wood-fired pizza dining. It provides a pleasant contrast to its surrounding with its  glass walls, an unobstructed view of the historic wall just a few meters away, glass ceiling and brightly colored furniture.

 

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Sure, Bayleaf has no swimming pool or gym, but the historical monuments surrounding the hotel is enough to keep you occupied..

 

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Intramuros Manila was where everything started. And for almost four hundred years, this city within a city was the seat of government, culture, religion, education, trade and commerce and arts. Life in Intramuros was the standard against which all other lifestyles in the rest of the country were judged. It survived gunfire and bombs, earthquakes, fires and one world war…and a host of other calamities and neglect very nearly spelled the death of this city. In the years following the war, other priorities got in the way of rebuilding the Walled City. There were some sporadic attempts to rebuild the entire city but, these were more focused on reconstructing the walls and gates rather than on a holistic approach to urban renewal and heritage conservation. And this remained so, until the creation of the Intramuros Administration under Presidential Decree 1616 on April 10, 1979 inspired by a vision to rebuild Intramuros into a living, breathing, livable city where the legacy of our colonial past can be nurtured and balanced with the urban fabric of life and economic interests. Today, efforts to preserve the Walled City and revive its illustrious past are stronger than ever. The present generation of Filipinos has come to realize its historical value. As in the days of our forefathers, Intramuros is a priceless treasure to be shared with the world. Visit Intramuros and have a glimpse of the country’s 400 – year old history of religion, politics, trading arts and culture.

 

We were able to see the luxury penthouse as well. Rooms range from 4.5k for the regular to 20k for the Penthouse suite which has a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and 2 bathrooms. All are inclusive of breakfast buffets for 2.

 

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Thank you so much Chefs Maricel & Carlo for the tour. We know how tired you already were at 10 PM and yet you took pains to entertain us. I will never forget your kindness, and Bayleaf Hotel’s hospitality to me & my family. ‘Til we meet again! :-*

 

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And thank you kids & my hunny for behaving.. well, sort of! :P

 

Bayleaf Hotel, we shall return! :-*

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