- Reviews: 211
Makati Shangrila Hotel: Most luxurious hotel in Makati
Before I wrote this tip, I was puzzled why this hotel was not yet listed among the Makati hotel tips. Turns out it was listed under Manila, which is not really accurate. Anyway, since I reside in Makati, it would have been unusual for me to check in a hotel that's in my neighborhood. But since I got to stay for a night for FREE, hey who am I to complain?
The hotel is the most luxurious I've ever slept in. The rooms are designed primarily for the business traveler, not surprising as the hotel's in the heart of the country's financial capital. It provides a work desk with some office supplies, your own fax machine and internet cables. The closet has flashlight, umbrella, electric iron and ironing board, safe deposit box. The bathroom has a separate shower cubicle from the bathtub, bathrobes and lots of towels. My only complaint was the room's electric water kettle was busted as it couldn't boil water for my coffee.
As for their food, oh gee...I haven't come across a dish I didn't like.
Staff was great...in performance, attitude as well as looks.
The place is not cheap, but if you really want to know and experience a superb place with superb service, then this hotel in this part of the city is definitely well-recommended.
As mentioned, the hotel is right at the financial/commercial center of the country, which is also where many foreign embassies are located. On top of that, it lies next to fine shops, restos, bistros, etc.
- Reviews: 461
Dusit Thani Manila: Five-star hotel in Makati
I wanted to pamper my Father so I booked a Club Twin Room and paid additional PHP 1800 for extra treats.
In the evening, we enjoyed live music at the lobby/lounge. Very nice - ambiance and cocktails are tops.
Valet service was provided which was a great help as it is difficult to find parking space in Makati especially at peak hours.
A lot of friendly smiles welcome everybody at the lobby.
Personalized check-in and check-out at the Club Lounge located at the Mezzanine Level.
Complimentary Buffet Breakfast (elegantly served)
Complimentary sodas, premium coffee and specialty teas from 6 am to 10 pm at the Club Lounge.
Complimentary beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Dusit Club Lounge
Complimentary use of Internet in the room
Fruits in the room
Complimentary local calls to landline within Metro Manila
Complimentary local and international newspapers
Access to the fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool
10% discount on all Food and Beverages outlets in the hotel (except roo service and minibar)
- Reviews: 4
The Peninsula Manila: Simply the best hotel in Manila...
We stayed at the Peninsula Manila last January and let me just emphasize that everything in this hotel shouts out pure luxury…
My girlfriend and I booked a “superior” room at the Ayala wing (or Ayala tower) noticing how much more expensive the rooms are at the newly renovated Makati wing/tower. So with low expectations as to how the room would “feel”, we approached the desk. We were pleased at how friendly and accomodating the check-in staff were, not skipping any details and providing straight, no-nonsense answers to all of our questions. We were shown our room and I must say that considering the location, level of service and security the hotel offered that we really felt more bang for our buck.
The bathroom was superb with a bath-tub, a grand sink and mirror, plus separate “cubicles” for the shower and toilet. The bathrobes and towels were soft and smelled good. They provided all of the necessary toiletries. Shampoo, shower-gel, bath-gel, conditioner, body lotion, sewing-kit, shower-cap, etc. Though I never used any of them, I took a wiff at the shampoo and bath-gel, concluded how good they smelled so brought one of each with me as souveniers. They replenished the stock the next day. And yes, I brought a bath-slipper with me, too.
The bed was VERY comfortable and the pillows they provided were the best I’ve ever slept on. It's strange how big a difference the choice of pillows will make to the quality of sleep you’ll have.
One thing I’ve been dreading ever since I found out during the booking process that our room was to face Ayala avenue (the Philippine answer to Wall-street) was the noise from outside. Now we know that the Pen is a 5 star hotel, but still, we were still please how this was never an issue in the 5 nights we stayed there, considering the amount of noise and traffic I could hear outside (Philippine drivers are notorious for their “beyond-excessive” use of carhorns).
The room had great airconditioning which can be regulated by a control unit, that strangely enough reminded me of a hospital switchboard. The TVs in the Ayala wing were not LCD flatscreens like those found in the newly renovated rooms. But how important is this small detail when you’re on vacation, really? We had a big CRT television which was good enough. What bothered us was the huge motel-style cabinet that housed the TV and minibar that was just too big and was taking up so much space.
The daily fruit basket was a nice touch, though the daily newspaper under the door is something that management/staff could skip when the guest is clearly there for leisure.
The lobby is just a jaw-dropping sight. Just hanging out in the lobby makes one feel the grandeur of of it all, having coffee and desserts among some of Manila’s most important personalities. And if you're patient enough, you might even catch a glimpse of the "Lady with a thousand pairs of shoes". Yup, the former Philippine dictator's widow, Imelda Marcos is a frequent resident/visitor of the Pen.
For a special dinner, my girl and I went to “Old Manila”, the signature restaurant of the Peninsula Manila. This is one of those stiff places that makes it’s money by maintaining it’s stiffness. Not a laidback place, but then again, it's not supposed to be. A classy restaurant indeed, we were seated by a waiter who was to be our own for the duration of the meal and no-one else’s… talk about 5-star service!!! The food was worth bragging about, but expect to pay around 3-4 thousand pesos per person for a 3 course meal and dessert. Definitely not the place you’d bring your burp-out-loud beer-buddies to.
Breakfast at Nielsens buffet was superb, with an omelette/pancake station and a wide selection of drinks and food that other countries consider breakfast (sushi in the morning?). One thing they could improve on is their variety of bread. My girl was a bit disappointed when none of the bread they had on the buffet was “rough” enough for her euro-stomach. But she did get to taste, according to her, at Nielsen's the best muesli + yoghurt cereal she’d ever had, so the bread issue went away.
Having said all that, the main attraction of the Peninsula Manila has got to be the staff and their dedication to impeccable service. Everybody greets and smiles, but unlike most other 5-star hotels, the Peninsula people do it in a non-irritating manner. They are eager to please and help out while at the same time they somewhat unintentionally give the impression that they geniunely enjoy doing it. The service does not feel fake. The security personell are thorough, but not overwhelming or intrusive. They check everything before you enter, even when they know you live there, which is a good thing. The checking of bags and purses for "items for the unthinkable" before entering a public place is the norm in Manila, so better willingly open up that bag. The surrounding areas around the Pen are some of the, if not THE safest place in the capital. That's what you get when you put four 5-star hotels, a chain of high end malls and the main financial district of the country all in one place... security gets beefed up.
Will definitely stay again.
- Reviews: 17
Hotel Intercontinental Manila: Great location. Great deal.
The Intercon has been in Makati God knows when but still offers one of the better deals in town. I believe the rooms have been renovated when we stayed here last (November 2007). Conveniently located near Glorietta and major public transit stations, like the MRT.
The lobbby may not be as grand as the other two bigger hotels here, but the Intercon is a bargain and still met our expectations.
- Reviews: 92
Makati Prime Tower: Affordable Hotel in the City
It's always a nice experience staying at Makati Prime Tower. It's conveniently located in the heart of Makati City, where the action is. It's just a few minutes away by cab from the city's shopping malls, cinema houses, restaurants and even hospitals. I first discovered about this place when a close friend recommended this place for a shower party. This is where we organized the memorable event around three years ago, and, the place was just perfect. There even even a suite, where the kitchen is quite nice and you can cook and prepare your food. Great for parties too!
It's got everything that you need at an affordable price.
- Reviews: 8
Hotel Intercontinental Manila: luxury hotel in makati
stayed at the intercon makati last dec and couldn't be more please. the hotel lobby is very posh. the bar has san miguel; a little overpriced. the hotel is situated in a great location; only minutes from the train station and glorietta mall. the rooms are a little bland but spacious. i stayed in a jr suite which allowed club lounge access. that in itself almost paid for the room. there is free coffee and tea in the afternoon, a breakfast buffett in the morning and free cocktails/beers/snacks in the evening. all this as you enjoy the view of the city from the top floor. the staff of the hotel were very helpful and accomadating. great stay overall.
- Reviews: 203
Gilarmi Apartment and Suites: Gilarmi
I've had relatives stay at Gilarmi before. I slept over once when my sister was booked there. The best feature would be accessibility. It's just across the Glorietta Mall in Makati, a lot of food and shopping choices. The place is rather old (old charm), but it will do if you are looking for a good enough place to rest.
Walking distance from Glorietta and Greenbelt, as well as MRT.
- Reviews: 1795
Saint Illians Inn: Friendly Good Quality Service
The first room they gave me had a leaky seal on the toilet. The repairman was there within five minutes. When he could not fix it right away, they immediately moved me to a bigger room on the same floor.
- Reviews: 241
Mandarin Oriental: Close but not too close
The hotel has a friendly staff - the friendliest I've seen in the Makati area. the hotel is clean and has good food. If you love chinese, go to Tin Hau. If you want to have a cool drink with a friend, there's the captains bar. For the freshest bread, Mandarin deli has that. Even for someone in Manila, I love staying in this hotel.
The ayala avenue (where glorietta is) is just a 3 to 5 minute walk away from the hotel. It has a pool, bar, and buffet almost the whole day. it is the nearest hotel to citibank and there are public transportation available right in front of the hotel.
- Reviews: 241
Makati Shangrila Hotel Manila: A Grand Hotel
A real 5 star hotel, The Shang (as it is more popularly called) is right at the heart of the Makati Central Business district. Here you'll find that everything is just a stone's throw away. The Islands cafe has a buffet that will make your mouth water. We had a chance to stay at the junior suite and man it really is something. it has a magnificent view of the makati skyline plus you'll feel like a royalty with all that interior. My daughter didn't want to leave the place.
The other rooms are very good too. It practically has everything you'd want in a hotel. This hotel is a favorite of celebrities from here and around the world.
It's huge but can be cozy when you go to restaurants.
- Reviews: 241
The Peninsula Manila: Vacation in Style
The Pen as it is commonly known is situated right at the corner of Ayala (the main road in Makati City) and Makati Avenue. Just from the driveway, you'd feel the grandeur that the hotel is accustomed to. It is very close to the business district so it is perfect for the travellers who are here to do business. Rooms are huge and clean.
What I do remember is the hotel's lobby. This is the typical 5 star hotel with a huge lobby where you normally don't hear anybody talk yet you see them socialize anyway. We love the half gallon ice cream served in a huge bowl complete with fruits, nuts and cream.
It's so nice to lounge about in this place especially when you're there to just while away the time while music plays in the background.
The room is ok. the toilet and bath were just the right size, not so fancy. I just feel that the TV was a little too close to the bed that it reminds me of a motel. Or was it the angle at which it was placed in relation to the bed? anyhow, they're having the hotel renovated now so I hope they consider that.
Has a pool, several restaurants, a bar, spa, great view, business center, star bucks is at walking distance (just across actually), and a few meters away from some of the best malls in the Philippines. I love the breakfast buffet at Nielsen's.
- Reviews: 241
Oakwood Premier Ayala Center: Definitely one of the Best
Located in Makati, OakWood is a serviced apartment. But you probably don't know that you can actually stay there for a day . For almost the same rate as a de luxe room of a 4 star hotel, you get a 1 bedroom suite (there are others) fully furnished. Please refer to my manila pages under Oakwood Premier Ayala Center.
It has several things I like including a swimming pool that doesn't get too much sun. Manila is a tropical country and therefore tends to be really hot during the months of late feb to mid may.
- Reviews: 7
The Peninsula Manila: An Elegant Hotel of Taste
My choice was Premier Suite located at Makati Tower wing. It is a 88 sqm-sized corner room and with independent dinning/sitting room of course. Most Pen residents who make their reservation via offical web site has at least one way M-Benz limousine. As you know, this is the best way to depart than the "Jeepny".
The "Spices", a SE Asian food restaurant offer outstanding cuisine. The decoration is lovely somewhat unique. The dinning pavilion is glass-enclosed and surrounded by a pond water. There is also a fountain indoor, with fresh flowers on the table, a cup of milk... How an ideal way to begin a day at the place! Forget the Nielsen's, Spice is much better, I think.
- Reviews: 1795
Saint Illians Inn: Good Value Hotel in Makati
I stayed at the Saint Illians Inn for two nights in Apr 04. A very clean, air conditioned room with hot shower was 1350 pesos, an excellent value for that area. The staff were friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast that came with the room was just toast and coffee. The menu prices were a little high but I ate out anyway. This is a nice little hotel in a very convenient location.
Upstairs hallways are open air and the back staircase is a spiral staircase to all floors. One disadvantage is that there is no elevator.
- Reviews: 191
The Manila Peninsula: The Pen
Another picture of the upper lobby within the Peninsula hotel. In the evening they play from here very entertaining string and piano music.
The sound is beautiful and so relaxing after a busy day.
Centrally located in the business district of Manila, ample parking space, many nice stores, excellent bakery and a very good barber shop in the basement.
The service inside the lobby is attentive as I know from way back in 1975.
This year July 2005 I can recommend this hotel as I did when I was a resident in Makati
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