If this small, new 28 room five level hotel was a horse, it would consistently come first, second or third in its class.
Let's get the negatives out of the way.
The first was not the hotel's fault. In the wee small hours of my second night, at teh worst possible time (0245), I heard screams coming from another room. I assumed it to be on my floor: it was actually on teh floor above. I called the front desk and hotel security spoke with the drunk American and his Filipina friend, equally inebriated.
Other deficiencies included no provision of shampoo or conditioner, and some noise transfer from the hard-floored staircase.
As well, the small balaconies at the front of the property with their steel laddered fire escapes are a safety hazard, as a guest can open the glass door near teh staircase on each floor and fall down the ladder which is partly under the door opening. I suspect that this would not be allowed under Australian building codes: an example of sometimes lower Filipino standards.
However the biggest negative is hotel signage in the bathroom.
A sign claims that 'carbon emissions warm our planet.' Thw owners appear not to know that in Western countries, the science is not settled about these claims and that many of us believe that such claims are false. This includes many scientists. I note that this property is a mass of concrete without any greenery, so apart from being wrong it is also hypocritical to have such alarmist messages on public display.
Other paternalistic signs in the bathroom implore users of the lavatory to be careful in their flushing habits, amusingly with the word 'toilet' misspelt as 'toiled.' I did not like use of the 'mess' in one of these signs: it is unprofessional. Only in the Philippines!
The property also lacks a lift, which given that it was only constructed in 2009 is poor. The disabled can forget about staying here.
On day two it took until after 1700 hours for my room to be cleaned: there was a brownout from 1420 to 1600 but this is no excuse.
The hotel is in a fairly rundown area but I did not feel unsafe. WalterMart Makati with a large supermarket and Makati Cinema Square with shops are less than four minutes' walk away, although the former involves crossing a busy road. Greenbelt (Ayala Center) is a 10 minute or less taxi ride away (typical cost just P50). There are also Japanese restaurants such as Marichan in I think Chino Roces Avenue one small block from the hotel. The area is however improving of the One Oriental Place multi-story apartment block at an advanced stage.
The stairs are in a homely brown 'skinnywood' but the stair edges are not well differentiated, as the edgin g is a browny gold. For those who have indulged in a little too much alcohol, negotiation may prove tricky given the colour palette used for the stairs.
Now for the positives.
Apart from its lack of disabled access, the property is well designed.
The owners have invested in double glazing: a huge plus. There was no outside noise whatsover.
When I initially saw the bed, my heart sank as it is, I think, foam: however it is comfortable: apart from the unseemly incident above, I slept well and endorse a previous reviewer's comments.
The bathroom's rain shower was excellent. Hot water was reliable.
The range of cable TV channels was the best available in the Philippines, which is good.
There is plenty of storage space in the bedroom, and lighting was OK although the installation of bedside table lamps would be an improvement.
Staff were friendly.
Overall, this property is excellent value for money at P1770 per night in the world's seventh largest city, the Manila metropolis of 11 million souls.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy reasonably priced accommodations for budget conscious travelers who don't want to bust their wallets for a decent hot shower, a clean comfy bed in a sound proofed air conditioned room without windows to completely shut out city noise! Free Internet in the lobby coffee shop but wired Internet in rooms with small charge.You will get what you,pay for and as long as your expectations match the price paid, you'll be satisfied with the accommodations. Thousands have stayed with us and if we get 10 complaints out of a thousand, this can't be too bad, can it? Give us a try and if you find the reviews incorrect, please let us know!!Cheers! ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotwire, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Asiatravel.com Holdings, Cancelon, Travelocity, HotelQuickly, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, Cheap Tickets and Travel Book Philippines, Inc. so you can book your Franchise One Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Franchise 1 Hotel
- Franchise One Hotel Makati, Metro Manila