I stayed at the Renaissance on two occasions during my trip to the Philippines (Dec 28-31 and Jan 6-8). Both times I was treated to exceptional service and fine accomodations.
Location: Extremely convenient! Right across a small road from Greenbelt 3 (part of an expansive, higher end shopping mall with lots of restaurants and bars/lounges), and Landmark, Shoemart and Glorietta are a short walk away. If you're not leaving Makati, you won't even need a car to get around. Ask for a room on the Greenbelt side and you'll be treated to a view of the Makati skyline and the pool/terrace on the 4th floor.
Checking in: Like most hotels in Makati, all vehicles are stopped for security check before entering the driveway and you must also go through a security check before entering the hotel (bomb sniffing dogs check your baggage and you go through a metal detector). I didn't mind, as these measures were for everyone's safety. The hotel lobby is lofty and there are a multitude of staff members that greet you. There is even a waterfall by the stairs. Check-in was quick and easy and soon enough we were in our room.
The room: We had requested 2 beds, but were given one large bed. I called down and within 15-20 minutes were taken to a different room with 2 beds one floor below. Word of warning, the 2 beds are not like the ones in the states (where you can sleep 2 people in each). They are singles. There was also a small couch and easy chair in the room. Overall, the room is very spacious, with built-in closet, safe, refrigerator, desk, etc. You do have to use a key card to activate the lighting and air conditioning (all controlled through a central unit on the bedside table). The beds were comfy and there were plenty of pillows. The bathroom was decked out in marble with separate tub and shower. You are provided with an amenity kit with toothbrush, sewing kit, shower cap, etc.
Services: The gym was great! The staff members were very helpful and gracious. The cardio room had really new bikes, treadmills and eliptical trainers. There was a smaller room with spinning bikes and resistance balls. There was also a separate weight room with newer looking machines. The locker rooms were very clean and well maintained. There is a steamroom and sauna. You can finish off your workout with a shower using their amazing "rain" showerheads. The pool (accesible from the gym, by taking the stairs to the 4th floor) is great on a hot day (the water is cold!) and there is a bar on the terrace in case you just want to relax by the pool.
There is a business center off the lobby, but computer usage (for internet) is 330 pesos for 1/2 an hour. It is easier and cheaper to find an internet cafe nearby for a fraction of the cost (there is one at Glorietta where it's 30 pesos for 1/2 an hour). There are shops adjacent to the hotel which include a salon, travel agency and boutique. Starting Jan. 1, most of the restaurants are under construction so it may be noisy, but it didn't bother me.
I am an American-born Filipina and stayed with my teenage niece and nephew here. We felt very safe in the area and would love to stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Makati
- Makati Renaissance
- New World Makati Hotel Metro Manila
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury retreat and destination in the heart of the city, New World Makati Hotel is in the heart of “The Wall Street of the Philippines” -- the financial district of Makati City. Right across the street from the smart Greenbelt area of Ayala Center, the 595 stylishly appointed guestrooms and suites combine stunning city views with comfort. ... more less
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