Take a look at the best luxury hotels in Makati.
Known for its outstanding service and attention to detail, the 280-room Fairmont is one of the most luxurious hotels in central Makati. All the high-end amenities expected of a hotel in this price range and category are present, including a wonderful spa complete with hair and nail services, a high-tech fitness center (think: cardio machines with Internet access), a relaxing pool with bar service, and several dining options. Rooms are elegant (if a tad plain), and upscale bathrooms have separate showers and tubs as well as Le Labo toiletries. The Edsa Shangri-La has more luxurious rooms but higher prices and a location a little away from the heart of the action.
The 584-room New World Makati is a luxurious hotel located right in the heart of the shopping and business district. It caters mostly to business travelers with extensive meeting space, functional upscale rooms with spacious work desks, and several dining and drinking options. Additionally, there is also a large outdoor pool with a kiddy section, a modern fitness center, and a luxurious spa. The Residence Club concierge level offers additional perks, such as free breakfast, private check-in, and free evening drinks. The Edsa Shangri-La has beautiful rooms at similar rates, but it is a little farther away from the action.
The luxury Peninsula Manila is a posh and polished property with swanky interiors, an array of features, and a central Makati location that's surrounded by dining and shopping options. Several dining options include Asian cuisine, a fine-dining restaurant serving gourmet fare, and an international buffet, plus there's a decadent 1930s-theme lounge and a handful of others bars. The hotel has an outdoor pool, as well as topnotch wellness features like fitness and spa facilities. Guest rooms feature tasteful decor, well-stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs, and even fax machines. Though the spacious marble bathrooms have both showers and tubs, fixtures could use an update. Travelers might want to compare rates with the neighboring Makati Shangri-La Manila, a similar luxury property with plenty of features.
The Ascott offers 362 upscale serviced apartments for business travelers and families, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units with full kitchens and washer/dryers. All are stylish and elegant, and have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks, and L’Occitane toiletries. On-site amenities include a pleasant outdoor pool, a spa with salon services, a gym with personal trainers, a staffed business center, and a cafe. The property is starting to show signs of wear and tear in some areas, but for longer business stays, the Ascott is a convenient option within walking distance of shopping, dining, nightlife and corporate offices in central Makati.
Makati Shangri-La is one of Manila’s grande dames. Even though rooms are starting to show some wear and tear and some fixtures may not be cutting-edge anymore, the property is still known for its impressive lobby, outstanding service, and long list of high-end amenities, including a luxurious spa, a great fitness center, and a large outdoor pool. The crowd here is mostly business travelers, but the kiddy pool and free buffet meals for children make it a good pick for well-heeled families as well. The pool and fitness center were renovated after our visit, but as of 2017, renovations to rooms have not yet started.
Dusit Thani Manila is a luxury hotel known for its beautiful Thai-inspired design. Many guests have complained about the rather underwhelming rooms -- but the hotel is currently undergoing renovations, and the newer rooms are elegant, stylish, and high-end. With seven restaurants, a gorgeous spa, an outdoor pool, friendly service, and a well-equipped fitness center, there isn’t much to fault here. The location, adjacent to several malls and corporate offices, is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike.