Among so many hotels in this Central Business District, find out why this premier serviced residence stands out for me and my family.
Travel | By Trixie Reyna on November 9, 2016

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Living area and bedroom of the Executive junior suite/studio. Notice the sliding doors that separate the living area and bedroom, making it practically a 1BR?

My parents have been wanting to do a staycation, so I decided to take them with me to stay at premier serviced residence Ascott Makati one weekend. My parents were ecstatic, and they truly enjoyed our stay! The Ascott team pulled out all the stops to make our stay comfortable.

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The spacious living area of the Executive 2BR model unit. 

Ascott Makati is nestled within Makati’s largest shopping complex, Glorietta in Ayala Center, and it’s close to the major corporate offices along Ayala Avenue. It’s right in the heart of the Makati commercial and business district. It recently broke new ground with an ongoing extensive renovation.

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The bedroom of our Executive 1BR suite.

Better suites

Ascott Makati recently unveiled their newly-renovated Suites that are even grander and more luxurious. Located in one of two buildings/wings, each new Executive residence features expansive living and dining areas, designer interiors, lavish fittings, and WiFi internet connection.

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Living area of our Executive 1BR suite

We stayed in one of their newly refurbished Executive One-Bedroom Suite, which is definitely a major improvement on their older suites. I’ve seen the older suites, with its more classic interiors, and I can say that I like the brighter and more modern new suites–even my parents preferred the latter. The residence manager assured us that the older suites will also be renovated in early 2017, and I can’t wait for that to happen. I just find it more comfortable and homey when it’s bright and modern.

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Here’s a look at one of the older suites, which will be renovated in 2017.

My dad immediately got comfortable, put on one of the plush robes, and kicked back to watch TV on the comfortable couch. There are two large flat-screen TVs in our suite: in the living room and in the bedroom. Mom and I joined him after doing groceries at the nearby SM and Landmark Supermarkets. Truly one of the best things about staying in Ascott Makati is its proximity to the best shopping malls in Metro Manila: Besides Glorietta 1-5, there’s SM Makati, Landmark, and Greenbelt 1-5—all within walking distance.

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The vanity area and TV in our bedroom

As for the bedroom, it has a bed that’s so wide and comfortable! Mom and I had a good night’s sleep. We got an extra bed for dad, which is also comfortable, and he had it set up right in front of the living room TV so he could watch as much as he wanted. Haha. The living area had room enough for the bed.

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Bath

Their bath, although not as spacious as the ones in Ascott BGC, also boasts of L’Occitane toiletries. They also have a bathtub, where I spent a good half hour just soaking—and I’m glad my 5’6″ frame can fit comfortably in it.

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Toiletries

We can absolutely live in this property. Our suite has a fully-equipped modern kitchen, complete with a ref, stove, oven, as well as dining and cooking instruments. There’s even a washing machine so you can really think of staying here long and not worry about running out of clean clothes.

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The suite is equipped with a washing machine.

For a ‘virtual tour’ of our suite, view the photos in the gallery below. Click the thumbnail to enlarge the image and launch the rest of the slideshow.

New and improved amenities

With the new Suites come changes throughout the property. Ascott Makati also unveiled a new sophisticated lobby, a Cubbies playroom that caters to children of long-staying guests, and the Executive Lounge. The Executive Suites give us access to the new Executive Lounge on the 6th floor, where we can have coffee, juices, and snacks. They also have happy hour in the afternoon, which we definitely availed, haha. Executive Lounges just elevate any hotel experience up a notch.

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The Executive Lounge has access to the pool, too (from this vantage point).

Their new huge swimming pool is also now open. Too bad I wasn’t able to swim or even have drinks by the pool—which you can still do, by the way—since it was raining when we stayed, but it’s good to note this for when we return. I can’t wait for the pool bar called Que to finally open. They also have a fully-equipped fitness center, which overlooks the pool, where guests can maintain their fitness routine.

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Swimming Pool

What to look forward to in dining

Dining is also another great experience to be had at Ascott Makati. We enjoyed dinner at the in-house restaurant, Cafe on the 6th, which will make way for the new premier Myron’s restaurant—I can’t wait to try it! Cafe on the 6th was still open when we stayed, and we tried their Beef Salpicao, Beef Tapa, and Baked Chicken. The Buffet Breakfast that came with our stay was also quite impressive; my dad enjoyed the huge spread of international cuisine—everything from Filipino favorites to Indian, Western, Japanese, and Chinese dishes. I also liked their cheese and dessert selection.

For a peek at the dishes we tried over dinner and the breakfast buffet spread, view the gallery below.

It was great timing that on our stay, they had their once-a-month F&B showcase, and that time, they served Filipino desserts. Even if I was full from lunch at the Executive Lounge, I still sampled their kakanin, leche flan (so good!), and sapin-sapin. They told us they try to come up with new activities each month, especially for long-staying guests, to whom they primarily cater. Once a month they also take their guests on free tours of Manila—like to Intramuros, etc. Fun! Wish I can join one of those one day.

The entrance to Ascott Makati is located at Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. Click here to book your stay via Agoda.


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