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Ruth dela Cruz is a travel and lifestyle blogger in the Philippines. She loves writing about her travels. Drop her a note at admin@ruthdelacruz.com. The internet knew her as @ruthilicious.

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September 25, 2018

A Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay + Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel

Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay

A Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay + Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel

When you received an invitation by the Great Gatsby to attend a party at the Penthouse, you pack up your luggage and dress up to join the night of decadence ⭐

It was like stepping into the world of the Roaring Twenties when we arrived in the Penthouse by the Bay located at the rooftop of the Rizal Park Hotel. It is a new events place where you can have good food, fine drinks and magnificent view of the old great city that is Manila. 


Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay


The place  gives a luxe vintage feel complete with the view of familiar sights including the Rizal Monument, Luneta, and the busy seaport of Manila. 

When we got inside the dining hall, we saw familiar faces that were also invited to the event. Penthouse By The Bay is a destination events place that can cater up to a maximum of 500pax (standing) or 270pax seated. Unfortunately, I didn't meet the Great Gatsby. 

Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay

with Rodel Flordeliz, Valerie Tan, Rod Magaru and Genzel Habab

We had over-flowing drinks of fine wine, cocktails and champagne accompanied with really good food. I love everything that they served us but I guiltlessly indulged in  Quattro Formaggi Php 670.00 and the SPAM dish.  ✌️ 

Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay

What makes Penthouse by the Bay a little too special? They carry fine wines and spirits from the same official wine suppliers to the entire royal family.  Berry Bros & Rudd bottle carries the emblem of the Queen and Prince of Wales. 

I got to taste this fine whisky and it felt like sharing the bottle with the royals. I am not a whiskey drinker but I would describe it as smooth and fine. 

Here are some of the items that I suggest that you order:

Chicken Florentine Php 550.00
Meat Lovers Pizza Cone Php 670.00
Spicy Mussels Php 290.00
Crab Cake Php 580.00
Asian Nachos Php 410.00

Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay
Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay


When we felt like the dining hall felt a little too intimate and luxe for a party, we transferred outside where we all danced our hearts out! It was one of the best nights with blogger friends who we rarely get to see (because they are mostly supermoms!). But the good thing is, they know how to party hard!  🥂🥂🥂 

Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay

The stars at night watched us as we get crazier. There was no sign of the Great Gatsby (or maybe, he was there partying with us) 🎇

Great Gatsby Party at the Penthouse by the Bay


Rizal Park Hotel Staycation

I love that we were conveniently checked in at the Rizal Park Hotel that night and I didn't need to worry about going home. It is not that, the place is far from home (only 3.5 km from where we live - a rare time that an event place is located so near me!). 

The hotel has so many nice spots and corner!

Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel


Rizal Park Hotel used to be a Navy Army Club Manila which was first built in 1911. According to historian Manolo Quezon, the building was the "center of the American military's social life" in the Philippines from the time it was built until the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific in 1941

Our room has a colonial-style deign, which reminds me of the hotels we stayed in in Greece. 
I really love the chandelier, flooring design and the quilted headboard. 

Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel

Rizal Park Hotel offers the usual amenities for a comfortable stay such as TV, mini-bar, safety box, bottled water, coffee and tea, and toiletries. 

Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel

Last weekend's schedule was a bit crazy yet I am glad that I got to spend the night with friends (and met new ones who share the same level of craziness!).

Staycation in Rizal Park Hotel
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I cannot wait to go back to Penthouse by the Bay, and by then, hopefully I would meet the Great Gatsby. 




Penthouse by the Bay
Rooftop, Rizal Park Hotel, South Road Drive, 
T.M. Kalaw Ext., Ermita
Manila, Philippines 1000
https://www.facebook.com/penthousebythebay/