Transit hotels in Manila are a problem Opposite terminal three there are a few, but they are either very expensive or very average. This time I tried the new Holiday Inn and suites in Makati. Makati is 30-40 mins from T1 and T2 and 15 mins from T3, if the traffic is co-operating. The new Holiday Inn seems to folow a recent trend in Asia, attached to a Shopping Mall with the reception accessable by lift. This is a problem as this overloads the lift system, and the three lifts here are inadequate. It was very frustrating trying to reach the top floor where a bar, gym and pool is located,as only two go there and invariably the other one would arrive. In the end guests I met in the lifts were returning to the ground floor to start again when trying to reach the top floor.
So what about the hotel otherwise... Comfortable rooms, as you would expect, good sound insulation, and the Mall next door has a range of mall type restaurants. But not much else in the area. So just an acceptable holiday inn, as it says on the box.
But no strong reason to use as a transit hotel. With a regular shuttle then it would work as a useful transit hotel, but without a shuttle no strong reason to use it at all.There are lots of other hotel options in Makati and next time I will be trying another.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the warmth of the Filipino hospitality as you check-in at the Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Metro Manila's newest international hotel which is situated at the heart of Ayala Center in the Central Business District of Makati City. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a 10-minute ride to nearby Bonifacio Global City & a short walk to the Makati Philippine Stock Exchange. It has direct access to Glorietta Mall, Ayala Centers world-class hub for shopping, dining and entertainment.Be delighted with our genuine service when you stay in any of our 348 guest rooms which are all fully equipped with coffee & tea making facilities, high-definition 40" LED TV, IDD/NDD telephone, mini-bar, work desk with high-speed Internet access and a multimedia panel. Moreover, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati offers excellent dining and entertainment through its smart casual all day dining, a hip and happening bar and a sky lounge. For guests’ business needs, other facilities include meeting & function rooms, a boardroom, a business center, and an executive lounge. Have a relaxing time and soak up the sun by the hotel's roof deck swimming pool overlooking the cityscape.Experience the warmth, wealth and wonders of the Philippines with our close proximity to local cultural attractions. Relax and feel at home in a family friendly environment where Kids Stay Free, Kids Eat Free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn & Suites Makati Metro Manila