First of all, this hotel is in the middle of the red light district. No matter which way you go, you will walk by lady boys and working girls on way in or out of the hotel. There are strip clubs and 24 hour massage parlors right across the street, and the infamous P. Burgos street is only one block away. If you are going to Manila for this, then stay here. If you are on a family vacation, I'd think twice before booking.
Also, the rooms lack basic amenities: there are no telephones, refrigerators, or chairs in the room. If you want to sit, you have to sit on the bed. If you want to make a call or order room service, you better have a local phone or be willing to walk to the elevator. Also, free wifi is not included for all rooms, so make sure you ask when you book. Mine was included, but their wifi passwords are only good for 48 hours... so every 2 days you have to put in a new password, which is annoying for longer stays. There is also no central air conditioning in the hotel- so the elevators and hallways are like steam rooms. There is AC in the room and a fan, but it's really noisy. The rooms are small too, so it's hard to drown out noises. Oh, AND the pillows here suck. They're flatter than pancakes. I left with so many cricks in my neck.
The positives: the staff is very helpful and attentive, and the housekeeping is efficient. New towels and soap every day. I did have an issue with the cleanliness of the linens though... I thought that they were putting the same sheets back on every day, but apparently they were actually changing the sheets and putting new ones on, it's just that the new ones all just had stains on them because whatever bleach they were using (or not using) for their laundry just left stains on the sheets. There is a TV in the room with lots of channels. They have 24 hour room service, which is nice- but again, you have to have a phone to be able to call them. They offer a safe in the rooms for you valuables, but I never had any problems at all with leaving my stuff out. There are also doormen working at all hours, so you feel safe going in and out of the hotel. They also have a sports bar next to the lobby. Decent food, but overpriced.
I'm not sure if I'd pick this place again, but it's definitely cheaper than some of the other places in Makati. I think most people pay $50 a night for this place, but I booked online and somehow managed to pay just over $30 a night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An array of pubs, bistros, restaurants and tourist attractions surround the 213-room Red Planet Makati, Manila, a stylish property at this dynamic destination. It's 30 minutes from Manila International Airport and centrally located in the Makati Commercial and Business District. Major tourist attractions easily accessed include Rizal Park, the National Museum, Intramurous, Manila Cathedral and Manila Ocean Park. The property's practical and comfortable rooms include four with wheelchair access. Red Planet Makati, Manila has redefined the value-hotel sector by offering an all-inclusive rate for every room, every night. All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, soothing power showers, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen and many other features including air conditioning, in-room safes, hair dryers, ceiling fans and a 32-inch flat screen TV. There are no hidden costs in the room rates or the amenities we provide. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Planet Makati, Manila Metro Manila