Taxi-drivers don't know it, so just tell them to go to City Hotel on Makati Avenue. It's hardly 30 metres into Durban Street, which is one-way traffic not allowing your taxi to enter from Makati Av. But no need to let it go all around the block for literally those few steps.
When you arrive in the evening, don't be deterred by the "girly-bars" in the neighbourhood. It adds to the "couleur locale", but is not at all disturbing. In fact, because of the one-way traffic, the street is surprisingly quiet for traffic noise.
The hotel is nicely refurbished, clean and modern. Very nice bathroom, well-tiled, shower corner with glass door. And I loved the bed and the pillows. Might be because I'd been traveling for 24 hours, but still!
The rooms are not big, but certainly big enough, certainly if you're just spending the nights there.
Staff of the hotel is really friendly, even to Philippine standards (which is usually friendly everywhere).
There's a little bar in the lobby, that does breakfast in the morning. (Php 250)
I was charged Php 1,700 for the room. Very good value, considering the prices of the much bigger hotels just literally around the corner (less then a minute by foot).
If you have business in Makati, and you're not traveling on the company's account, this is the best value you can find. I'll be back here in the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Durban is located in the up-and-coming Poblacion neighborhood of Makati. Surrounded by hip restaurants and casual bars, the hotel is a small oasis in the heart of the city. Our spare and modern aesthetic underscores the superior comfort, exacting cleanliness, and undeniable value for which we have been known since our founding in 1975. Our guest rooms showcase art by local and international artists while offering all the conveniences expected in a modern hotel. Complimentary high-speed wifi is standard throughout. Farfalla, the hotel’s restaurant, specializes in handcrafted and authentic Italian cuisine overseen by an Italian chef. Pasta and pizza are made fresh daily in addition to an international breakfast selection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Durban Street Hotel
- Hotel Durban Makati, Metro Manila