We have a secret we’d like to share with you...
A few years ago an article came out in the country’s leading newspaper citing us as one of the “the City’s Eight Best Kept Secrets”.
Indeed, we are like a secret little hotel tucked behind a busy main street by a lush tropical garden with towering mango trees. And we have an interesting story to tell.
The Orchid Garden Suites was built in 1935 by Philippine Supreme Court Justice Antonio Villa-real as a home for his family. Facing what used to be beautiful Harrison Park, the area was literally the Park Avenue of its time where the city’s elite built mansions. It was designed by Philippine National Artist for Architecture, Pablo Antonio in his own brand of Art Deco.
Damaged in the Liberation of Manila at the end of the Second World War, it was faithfully restored for the family by Architect Antonio. Subsequently, it served as a home for many interesting personalities and even the Russian and Indonesian embassies. In 1995, the family converted it into the Orchid Garden Suites. In 2006 it was nominated for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Preservation.