We stayed at Room 302, a junior suite. The room looked, smelled and felt clean. It was a non-smoking room and had no smell of cigarette which I appreciate so much. The mattress was firm which is good for the back and I was at peace with the cleanliness of the sheets and the comforter, which had no strong chemical smell usually acquired from dry cleaning. We also appreciate how quiet the airconditioning unit was. The comfort room was quite narrow but still adequate and well-designed. We were happy with the heater, which was functioning well. A very helpful upgrade would be to install a bidet beside the toilet bowl. Some 5-star hotels in Makati had none as well, but I know customers would appreciate it nonetheless. There was an ant trail in the comfort room when we arrived but good thing that there were no ants in the bedroom. There was free wifi and the speed was good but the signal was weak. We had to stand near the door to get a connection. It wasn't a big deal for us but people on a business trip might see this as a problem. A router with a greater radius would easily do the trick. Also, just for info to the hotel, the safety lock of the door was not completely attached. It was lacking a screw.
The hotel was artistically decorated with antique figures and paintings along their corridors, which made the hotel very unique. The location of the hotel was also convenient since there are a number of restaurants, fast food chains and convenience stores just outside the hotel, along Makati Ave. and Jupiter St. There are also a number of bars along P. Burgos St.
We had no trouble with the cash only policy and the absence of an elevator of the hotel since our stay was planned and we did some research over the net beforehand. We were also prepared with shampoo and conditioner. The key to avoid negative reactions is to know in advance. The hotel might have to explain this very well to walk-in travellers. I only wasn't prepared with the fact that only street parking is available. I was uncomfortable to leave my car outside. It was a huge relief that nothing bad happened. When it rained hard that night, I was also assured by the lady at the frontdesk that it doesn't flood at Durban St. which lessened my worry.
Overall, we enjoyed our overnight stay at Hotel Durban and would recommend it to friends. For P1,850, I think it's very worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 1975 on the principle that comfort and elegance need not be expensive, Hotel Durban is a small oasis tucked into the heart of Makati. With a refined but relaxed ambiance found in elegant and modern Filipino homes, many of our rooms overlook a quiet, garden courtyard. The hotel is furnished with antiques from the owner's collection, as well as pieces of her own design. Our rooms adhere to exacting standards of cleanliness and have many of the amenities expected of a modern hotel, including air-conditioning; flat- screen, cable TV, and complimentary, wireless broadband. Our café serves a choice selection of hot and cold beverages, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Durban Street Hotel
- Hotel Durban Makati, Metro Manila