City of Dreams Manila is the latest resort casino to open in Manila. It is the second to open after City of Dreams Macau. City of Dreams Manila is located near the airport and is a 5 minute drive from SM Mall of Asia, the largest mall in the country.
With a golden rectangular facade, The City of Dreams has a distinct look. Between the casino building and the parking building is an iconic dome-like structure called the Fortune Egg. Its dramatic lighting especially stands out at night.
Aside from the gaming rooms and areas, City of Dreams contains restaurants, clubs, luxury retail stores collectively called The Shops and a DreamWorks DreamPlay primarily for children. The casino has integrated three hotels on the property, namely the Crown Towers, Nobu Hotel and Hyatt Hotel.
The Crown Towers Hotel has 254 rooms and villas, the largest of which is about 548 square meters. The Crystal Dragon restaurant serves Cantonese food.
With 321 rooms, Nobu Hotel has Japanese-themed décor and a boutique feel. It is named after the celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, renowned for his Japanese-South American fusion cuisine. He owns 32 Nobu restaurants all over the world, one of which is in the casino itself. The upscale Nobu restaurant serves Japanese food and its own take on some signature Filipino dishes.
The Hyatt Hotel has 365 rooms, with the Aqua Suites overlooking the pool area. The Hyatt Café offers buffet sets 24 hours a day plus a midnight buffet.
Aside from these restaurants, there are many dining options in the casino. In the middle of the casino’s ground level is a central lounge where guests can enjoy drinks while listening to a live band perform.
City of Dreams has two branded nightclubs called Chaos and Pangaea located in the Fortune Egg.
The first Chaos nightclub opened in the 1990’s in New York. It is considered the world’s first bottle service club. Chaos Manila has two levels and can hold 2,000 people. It features world-class DJs, entertainers, and acrobats each week. It is open Fridays and Saturdays.
Pangaea has many locations worldwide including Singapore, New York, Hollywood, India, Marella and London. Known for its “ultra-lounge” concept, this luxurious club boasts of lavish interiors, VIP tables and rooms with private hosts for each table. It is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
While adults spend time in the casinos or clubs, kids and teens can have fun in the other major attraction called DreamPlay by DreamWorks. DreamPlay is an interactive play center based on various DreamWorks films such as Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.
Kids of all ages can go through a rope course, go wall-climbing, bake a Gingerbread cookie, practice Kung Fu with Po from Kung Fu Panda, tour Shrek’s swamp home and create their own dragon. They may be accompanied by a guardian.
Kids and guardians can take some quiet time in the DreamTales Library, or head to the DreamStudio to learn about animated film-making. A small shop offers DreamWorks inspired merchandise like plush toys, mugs, shirts, books and others typical of what you are likely to find in shops inside amusement parks.
DreamPlay charges entrance fees based on the duration of stay and some attractions have height restrictions. It is located at the Upper Ground Floor near The Shops.
Take a cab and ask the driver to take you to City of Dreams