Thursday, June 7, 2012

Luneta Hotel (Now and Then)

One of the most interesting building along the area of T.M. Kalaw is the Luneta Hotel.

It was declared a historical landmark by the National Historical Institute and is protected by Presidential Degree 1505.

According to the history, the only structure reminiscent of French Renaissance architecture with Filipino stylized beaux arts in the country, Luneta Hotel was built in 1918.

And According to the http://www.heritage.org.ph , " During World War II, however, the Luneta Hotel became a brothel of American G.I.s who were off to Corregidor after Manila had been declared an open City. Surviving veterans of the war still recall how the hotel served as a gleaming hope when it withstood the bombardment and how it was turned into a purgatory of earthly pleasures for soldiers
facing eminent death. "


" The Luneta has been renovated in 1972 but the hotel in its namesake has continuously deteriorated
since then. The building is a monument to an era where people used to do things
differently- more relaxed and elegant, where windows are not mere peeking holes but
studs of diamond and ruby that compliment a luxurious art deco frame. It is elitist but
even the elite of the now don’t measure up to the elegance of this hotel. The closes to art
noveau they could get to is noveau riche. It was a time when balconies to a hotel room
were actually functional and you could take a cup of tea sitting on it.   "


Here some of the pictures of Luneta Hotel from 1918 to present 2012.

1918 

 2007

 2007

The amazing details of Luneta Hotel

 My Luneta Hotel Shoot 2012

The newly renovated Luneta Park

If you have any information about this Hotel, free to comment, so i can update some details.




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Disclaimer
Old Photo Credit to the respected owner.

23 comments :

  1. wow its been ages huh
    perhaps they have great services and managing skills haha

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    1. oo nga eh.. kaso medyo di ko gusto ung pagkakarenovate nila!!

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  2. Dont tell me sa Intramuros din to :D ... seems you are very inspired dude... I really need to be back in Manila para mkapag picture2x kasama ka bro ;D

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    1. nope.... malayo ito sa inta, pero medyo malapit siya sa luneta.. mga ilang tumbling hahaha...
      yea, you need to back in manila again hahaha... i will wait you...

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  3. I've never been to Luneta Hotel and it's only now upon reading your post that I come to see it then and now. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. hindi pa ako naka pag chek in sa luneta hotel. minsan nga maitry

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  5. i've never been to Luneta Hotel, parang ayoko mag stay even for an overnight baka meron mumu hehe

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  6. First time kong naka basa about the Luneta Hotel.. Hope mapangalagaan sya at marenovate sayang kasi ganyang mga buildings kung masisira lang due to negligence.

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  7. wow historical pala talaga ito. dinaan-danan ko lng dati. akala ko umi-style lang ang design.

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    1. hahaha.... same here... di ko nga naabutan yung old luneta hotel eh..

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  8. Wow, amazing still looks a bit like how it was years ago! So many windows! ;)

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  9. It's been a long time since I last visited Luneta park. I will visit this place when I drop by to this place. Looks interesting!

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  10. i never knew that there's a hotel named after luneta. thanks for another informative post.

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  11. I remember that building, when we go to makati. I thought that why an old building is there with some new ones. It is a very great read. I didn't know this.

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  12. i wanna see the rooms inside lol. hope it will be preserved super sayang to

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  13. Siguro may taga 44th Floor dyan sa Luneta Hotel... Luma na eh #HA... try natin mag stay for an overnight, expert ka naman master di ba?

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  14. I didnt know there's Luneta Hotel pala. I should learn how to observe more.

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  15. I didn't see that when everytime I would visit luneta :))

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  16. Hanggang tanaw ko lang sya pero di ko talaga napupuntahan...

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  17. I just only knew it on your post that Luneta Hote is existing

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  18. wow! I miss Luneta. Tapat ng school ko to dati. I miss the Philippines. Thanks for posting this. :)

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  19. So naging brothel din pala sya during WWII. Malamang haunted yan kasi ang tagal na ng history. Ang mga ghosts dyan mga soldiers at mga babaeng nagbigay ng aliw.

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