Choosing a good hotel in Makati, Manila can be a challenge if you’ve never been there before. That’s why I created this guide. To show you the best accommodation in this area, so that you can quickly and easily find the perfect place for your stay.
Note: I selected the following hotels based on location, overall quality and value for money. I’ve also made sure that each has an overwhelming amount of positive reviews – so that they’re not just resorts that I like, but also places that other people were happy to stay at.
Makati is Manila’s best neighborhood to stay in because it’s modern and relatively safe. It’s also filled with parks and impressively big malls. In comparison, most other parts of Manila look chaotic and unattractive.
The area is best known for being the central business district of the Philippines, and it’s one of the major commercial and economic hubs in Asia. Almost every big business in the country is based there, or at least has an office in the city.
Besides it being the financial center, it’s also known for its cosmopolitan vibe, with many expats living and working in the city.
Its skyline is modern and green, and the area is bustling with nightlife venues and restaurants. It’s also home to well-known attractions such as the Greenbelt Mall, Ayala Filipino Culture Museum, and the Salcedo Weekend Market.
A taxi ride from Manila Airport to Makati takes about 15 to 30 minutes, making it a good place to stay the night if you’re planning on traveling anywhere else in the Philippines.
The Best Cheap Hotels
These 4 places are easy on your wallet, while still providing good comfort and cleanliness. Starting rates for their rooms fall in between ~?1,766 (~USD $34) and ~?2,400 (~USD $46).
Artina Suites is located down a small street near the Makati City Hall, within easy walking distance of Century City Mall, and many restaurants.
Their rooms are clean and spacious, and they have a good in-house restaurant, named Gallery Café, which features a variety of artwork from local artists.
Red Planet is located close to P. Burgos Street, which is known for its vibrant nightlife scene. Their rooms are small but modern, clean and very comfortable.
They also have their own app, which doubles as a front desk communication line and a travel guide for discovering nearby attractions.
Hop Inn is one of the newer, cheaper hotels on Makati Avenue. It’s located close to Century City Mall, as well as many restaurants. The area is also known for its nightlife, so you’ll never be too far away from a lively place to end your night.
Solace is a good budget option if you want to stay close to the business district. It’s tucked in a quiet street away from the buzz, but is only a short 10-minute walk to the business district.
It’s a relatively new place with clean rooms, and they include breakfast in their rates.
The Best Mid-range Hotels
These 4 hotels have an excellent balance between value for money and modern comforts. Starting rates for their rooms fall in between ~?4,185 (~USD $80) and ~?5,300 (~USD $101).
City Garden Hotel
For a relaxing stay on a mid-range budget, have a look at City Garden Hotel. They have a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi at the 32nd floor, with panoramic views of the Makati skyline.
On the same floor, there’s also the popular Firefly Roof Deck restaurant and bar, where you’ll find a decent menu along with a good selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
Conveniently located within the charming Salcedo Village, Citadines Salcedo is within walking distance of many restaurants, bars and cafés, and the Salcedo Weekend Market.
The serviced residences are great if you’re looking at a longer stay, or prefer having the option of preparing your own meals. Citadines offers a range of accommodation from studios to two-bedroom apartments, with well-equipped kitchenettes.
Aruga by Rockwell
If shopping is on your list of things to do, Aruga by Rockwell is a good choice. They have built-in underground access that leads right to the Power Plant Mall, an upscale mall that has great selection of restaurants, shops, and a cinema.
You can also request for rooms on the higher floors, for views overlooking the Pasig River or the Power Plant Mall.
Jinjiang Inn is relatively new, they opened in late 2016 and are located at the heart of Makati’s central business district.
Both Greenbelt and Glorietta Mall are just a few minutes away, as is the huge supermarket plus department store named Landmark. Restaurants and nightlife venues are also close, so you’ll have everything you need within a short walk.
The Best 5 Star Luxury Hotels
These 4 resorts are the best options to consider when you’re looking for a luxury experience. Starting rates for their rooms fall in between ~?5,200 (~USD $100) and ~?10,200 (~USD $195).
Discovery Primea is centrally located near both Glorietta and Greenbelt Mall. Its rooms are spacious, and the 5-star hotel is home to two restaurants and four bars – plus it has an extensive in-room dining menu.
If you decide to stay there, don’t forget to take a dip at their beautiful infinity pool which overlooks the Makati skyline.
The Picasso Boutique
The Picasso Boutique is a unique art-themed hotel offering rooms in minimalist, contemporary designs. Each room has a different vibrant colour scheme, with quirky artwork inside.
If you’re a fan of modern art, the art gallery within the hotel is worth a visit too. It features up-and-coming Filipino talents, with new exhibits added regularly so you’ll be able to enjoy new art pieces when you return.
The Peninsula Manila
The Peninsula Manila is a good place to stay if you want to be pampered. It has a spa, salon and an outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens. Plus it’s just a 10-minute walk away from the Ayala Triangle, a beautiful public garden.
The hotel also has a very grand and spacious lobby, where you can enjoy classical music from a small orchestra seated on a balcony.
New World Makati
New World Makati is located just across the road from Greenbelt Mall, and close to many restaurants, bars and clubs where you can get a taste of Makati’s nightlife.
When you book a Residence Club room or suite, you’ll also get access to the Residence Club Lounge, which has a great panoramic view of the city skyline.
Conclusion & Summary
As you can see, Makati caters to all budgets. And all hotels listed here are within close range of major malls and other popular landmarks, making it easy to find things to do.
To summarize: My top budget pick is Artina Suites, because of their clean and affordable rooms in a convenient location. My top mid-range pick is City Garden for a comfortable stay and a great rooftop restaurant. And my top luxury pick is Discovery Primea, for its spacious accommodation and infinity pool overlooking Makati’s skyline.