The Asian Mansion II Hotel is very conveniently located right opposite the Greenbelt Mall (well not the mall proper, but immediately across the road - Dela Rosa Street, is the footpath where one can easily walk to the Greenbelt mall which also adjoins with two other malls). This is a pedestrian only walkway, where the ONLY road that has to be crossed is Dela Rosa Street, so if shopping is high on one's agenda, considerable savings would be made on what would otherwise be invested in taxi fares or other transport costs, because walking to the three malls via this walkway would be faster than going to any of them in a taxi. (About a five minute walk to the first mall: "Landmark" Dept. Store and walking straight through the Landmark, to SM Makati). The Greenbelt malls are also accessed from the same walkway.
The rooms are not the largest I've seen and the bathroom was TINY! However it was clean and everything was functional. The best part of the room is the view out of the ample floor to ceiling windows in the main living room of the two room apartment.
It has a small kitchen with all the facilities needed to cook a basic meal including plates and cutlery, but it does have a very generous sized (by hotel standards) refrigerator.
The (small) bedroom is furnished with a bed that would only just qualify as a 'double bed' and that was the only bedding. We required an extra single bed which the hotel provided, but for an extra P800.00 ($20.00 approx) per day. The bed was one of those fold-up portable 'guest beds' with a thin mattress, but it was surprisingly comfortable to sleep in. It was just as well that it wasn't a 'normal' bed because being such small rooms there is only one place to put it - in the living room. We only opened it in the evening when it was required, otherwise it was always in the way, cluttering up the living room. The bedroom had no space for storing anything larger than a typical suitcase, so it wasn't even an option.
I notice a few other reviewers mention that the hotel doesn't have wi-fi internet service, which is true, however I just took my laptop to almost any of the many restaurants along Dela Rosa Street and used their wi-fi, (after buying a cup of coffee or something from them). I also bought a "SMART Bro" USB 3G mobile internet stick, for about P1000.00 which comes with 5 days unlimited free surfing / downloading access. I then bought a P100.00 load which saw me through to the end of my stay. Next time I visit the Philippines, I simply buy another load card and recharge...
I didn't think that having no Internet access (provided to the room by the hotel) was a big issue and I am a person who is HEAVILY reliant upon the Internet for many things in my daily life...
The hotel staff were wonderful, always polite and couldn't do enough for us. They serviced the room daily (as they do in any hotel), which was just as well, because owing to the very limited size of the rooms, we couldn't even find places to store things, but the hotel staff had it down to a 'fine art' so we always returned to be pleasantly surprised by our small but CLEAN and TIDY room every afternoon...
There is no dining room within the hotel, but they do have a very efficient 24 hour room service with a fair selection on their menu, so meals were no problem and reasonably priced. (We were on holiday and couldn't be bothered cooking our own, which we could easily have done if we preferred).
One thing I really appreciated about this hotel too, was it was always quiet - never disturbed by traffic noise from the street (as we were on the 19th level, well above the street), nor by inconsiderate (rowdy) fellow guests. The rooms may be small but are built very solidly, so are very soundproof.
For the daily tariff of about $63.00 per day, (even with the extra $20.00 / day for the extra bed) this hotel is probably unbeatable value. The only negative is the size of the rooms - a little cramped, but at that rate I was happy to ignore that minor inconvenience.
It is a great hotel and we would not hesitate to stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Asian Mansion Ii Hotel Makati
- Asian Mansion II Makati, Metro Manila