It is my first time in Philippines so I can only compare with hotels in other countries. It is truly a 3 star hotel but furnishing is dated and I would compare it with hotels in the '80s. As I was attending pranic healing classes at the conference room so it made good reason to stay there. Booked a executive standard at booking.com. Per night was about peso2800 for a room. Very good for budget trip with great convenience. Very clean hotel.
The reception is only manned by one staff but it was ok as I didn't see it being crowded most of the time. The staff was prompt and efficient in checking us in.
Got a corner room in the high floor. So no blocked view and a bigger room. Very clean though dated and old furnishing. I hard to swop bed with my room mate as the first mattress was too worn out and I could not sleep well on the first night. Shower was the typical bare essential in the older days so if you are particular, this can be a great challenge. Even the shower glass door was heavy to slide. Very cold air conditioning despite having a thermostat control. If you have a big budget go somewhere else.
There are many options for food around, so we did not buy breakfast coupon in hotel. It is 5minute walk to greenbelt shopping area. Convenience store, supermarket, cinema, bookstore are close by.
Unresolved doubt about security in hotel room, I locked up everything before a leave the room. However my luggage belt went missing on my 4th day. When I asked housekeeping, they claimed that they did not notice it. I just could not understand how it could go missing when I left it beside my luggage. All other locked away items were in place.
Getting there and around, be careful of taxi drivers most of them would try to make extra dollars for the ride:
We took a meter taxi from airport and the meter came up to 800peso, his excuse was he made many turns to avoid the jam (the cars were hardly moving and he kept making last minute turns). When we compare notes with others, their taxi fare mostly around 300peso to 400 from airport to aim conference manila. Our return trip cost only 200peso as the traffic was very smooth (very rare in the 6 days we were in Manila).
Another time, a taxi driver claim for some unknown reason, there was a 50peso charge on top of the meter charges. After a few trips I recognised the place, I realised they tend to make many turns instead of taking the straight road to earn extra cash.
Taxi is easily available outside the hotel.
As a woman, I do feel safe walking about in the green belt area simply by staying away from small lanes and corners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only Conference Center with F&B and lodging facilities in the heart of Makati. Offers executive rooms, caserooms, function rooms, an electronic business library, a multi-purpose conference hall, and discussion rooms. It offers 24-hour service and first-class executive lodging with recreational facilities. It epitomizes the productive partnership between AIM and local, as well as regional, and international business communities, which continue to provide fellowships, scholarships, research grants and facilities to the Institute. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aim Conference Center Manila Hotel Makati
- Aim Hotel Makati
- AIM Conference Center Manila Makati, Metro Manila