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.
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