I originally booked a six-night stay at the Pan Pacific in Manila. What a mistake that turned out to be. Not because of the hotel itself, but because of the surrounding neighborhood. The Pan Pacific fully lived up to its luxurious billing; which would be fine if a guest did not venture beyond its front doors. But unfortunately the PP sits smack-dab in the middle of a really bad section of town. Step outside the lobby door and be besieged by pan-handlers, hustlers, ne'er-do-wells and, worst of all, what appeared to me to be clearly under-aged prostitutes. I felt unsafe walking to the Robinson Mall one block away in broad daylight--and I'm 6 feet tall and routinely bench press 200+ lbs. It is amazing to me how the hotel maintains any business in its current location. Very good hotel (except for the lousy gym) but after two nights of basically being sequestered (imprisoned?) to the hotel property, I cut short my stay and moved to the New World Hotel in Makati City.
Now that's what I'm talking about 'Willis.' Talk about a change in atmosphere; it was like going from purgatory to Nirvana. The NWH is large, modern and user-friendly. It sits in a section of the city that can only be regarded as trendy and tres chic. The hotel itself is beautiful and the surrounding area encourages exploration. It is across the street from the Greenbelt Mall which houses several high-end shops, restaurants and entertainment options.
They voluntarily up-graded me to a one-bedroom suite, which, admittedly, prejudices my review--but not by much. (Note: It is well worth the money to be upgraded to the concierge floor since breakfast and dinner is included. And while dinner is not a full-blown restaurant quantity food, it is delicious and more than enough to satisfy all but the most famished of appetites. Internet access is also free on the concierge floors.).
The suite was great except for the central control system that operated all the lights, and HVAC which was a little too clever by half, and took me a while to master. The concierge that was assigned to me was superb and what few needs I had, he addressed efficiently and expeditiously. I splurged on the buffet in the hotel restaurant one night. It was costly but very good with a nice blend of well-prepared American and Filipino dishes. The gym was very clean and modern with lots of aerobic and weight-training equipment.
My only caveat is not to use the hotel car to travel to and from the airport. Taxis are much cheaper.
Aside from that, enjoy your stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Makati
- Makati Renaissance
- New World Makati Hotel Metro Manila