It is a relief that finally, there is a brand new hotel located within the oldest chinatown of the world- Hotel Lucky Chinatown. It is a project of Megaworld Corporation inaugurated only last April 2019. Here are the 19 Things To Expect in Hotel Lucky Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines!
1.) Come-in earlier than 2pm, so you can be prioritised for check-in…
2.) …And Avoid Tantrums
Although we came in earlier than 2:00pm, we were checked in late due to the long queue. So look how my tantrums affected my signature.
3.) Comfy New Bed
4.) De-stress in their spa
7.) New Robes
9.) Garden in the 5th floor
10.) Sofa in your Junior Suite
11.) Nesspresso Coffee Maker
12.) Chinatown Museum Shop
13.) Chinatown Museum
Binondo was earlier referred to as “Binundok” because of its low hills. From the 1600s to the 1800s, Binondo was famous for being the Philippines’ commercial hub and the world’s crossroads. It began as a Dominican parish for large Chinese community, and as a merchant’s quarter. Many Chinese labourers and artisans clustered here, contributing their skills to the richness of the district. Hence the nickname “Chinatown”. By the 1860s to 1930s, its location attracted Spanish, German, French, British and American businesses.
In Binondo, many of the country’s firsts were born, from pharmacies, theaters, panciterias, and department stores to the revolutionary Katipunan in 1892. However, one thing remains constant- Binondo was a global city because of its pivotal role in international trade.
Chinatown Museum: Honoring the Colorful History of Binondo
Chinatown Museum is a heritage and community space that shares interesting highlights of Binondo’s history as one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world. The museum’s visual narrative brings alive key social, cultural, economic, political and religious threads. Through topics like the rise of the Chinese mestizo and the birth of the Katipunan stems from the heart of Binondo, its impact has changed the course of the country’s history.
Senior Citizen 120php
4th floor, Lucky Chinatown
Reina Regente St., Binondo
Galleries: Mission Settlement, Figures of Faith, Alcaiceria, Mestizo de Sangley, Shophouses, Industries, Esteros de Binondo, El 82, Origins of Revolution, Turn of the Century, Botica de San Fernando, Rosario Gallery, Flavors of Binondo, Tranvia, La Estrella del Norte, Escolta Gallery, Meisic Gallery, and Unionpay Gallery.
Alcaiceria- The Alcaiceria de San Fernando was contructed in 1752 following a Royal Decree of Ferdinand VI. The area was to be a residence and trade center for transient Chinese. It was a bustling commercial area where merchants traded their wares, like textiles, housewares and various commodities.
Esteros de Binondo- Binondo is an island bound by estuaries or esteros. It is a mix of fresh water from Pasig River and salt water from Manila Bay. The esteros facilitated the transport of goods such as bananas, coconuts and building materials via cascos.
Panaderia- Chinese immigrants were popular cooks. One of their major offerings were goods made from flour such as hopia and siopao. Some well-loved snacks include the mooncake and the nian gao.
14.) Aerial View of Luck Chinatown Mall
15.) Cafe De Chinatown
16.) World’s Largest Display of Origami Lanterns
17.) Nice sala and dining set in your Junior Suite
18.) Zabana Bar
19.) It is not nice to be rude to their polite staffs. So say sorry!