Hotel review: Ascott Makati

The billion-peso renovations of Ascott Makati has elevated the classic residences into a stylish luxury space

By Celia Nachura

Ascott Makati lobby on the 6th floor

First impression. The entrance to Ascott Makati is just beside the Glorietta shopping mall entrance in Makati, so my first thought was that the convenience is a major plus. From the hotel entrance, you'd need to ride an elevator to the sixth floor lobby where there are separate elevators to the hotel's suite floors.

Room. The first thing my friend and I uttered upon stepping in the executive one-bedroom suite of the newly-renovated Tower 2 was "wow". The suite is huge. The entry hall leads to the fully-equipped kitchen that looks over the dining and living areas. There’s a television in the living room and the bedroom, where there’s also a king-sized bed, a work desk, roomy closets and an ensuite with a bathtub. All creature comforts are provided.

Elegant interiors in hues of blue and taupe keep the residence looking modern and relaxing, and the sleek equipment are all new from the kitchen appliances to the entertainment systems. The Wi-Fi is speedy. Guests stay an average of three months, so the suites come completely fitted with all the living necessities including a washing machine. 

Food. In-house dining establishment Café on the 6th floor isn’t particularly fancy, but it’s expansive and features a remarkably sized morning buffet, open until 11am. It has all the essentials like pancakes, bread, cold cuts, cheese, cereal, bacon, eggs and a deliciously sweet beef tapa, but it’s also mixed with a wide variety of other dishes such as pasta, adobo, masala and many more to cater to Filipino and Asian tastes. 

The restaurant's Café on the 6th is on its last legs in Ascott Makati as part of the hotel renovations. By October, the in-house restaurant is going to be replaced with a long-time city favorite: Myron’s. The premiere restaurant, known for their steaks and roast beef, is going to handle all the F&B services of Ascott upon opening including a poolside bar Que and a small café and pastry shop on the ground floor.

Activities. It’s so tempting to stay inside the suites in Ascott Makati, but there’s also so much to do around the hotel. Most of the activities are on the sixth floor: the swimming pool, the gym facilities, the outdoor tennis courts and the kiddie playroom called Cubbies. Of course, those who prefer the mall can just walk to Glorietta, SM, Landmark and Greenbelt for shopping, dining and movies.

Service. Knowledgeable, attentive and professional.

Executive lounge

I like. The suite – it’s truly the perfect place for a staycation, and it’s great that the hotel doesn’t scrimp on space. Other highlights are the tennis courts and the executive lounge, where guests of the one-, two- and three-bedroom suites can enjoy drinks and pastries.

Not so keen. A minor one: there’s no bidet in the bathroom.

Verdict. Very impressive. Suites are large, pristine and comfortable with everything a long-staying guest would need. Highly recommended.

Essentials. Book a room at Ascott Makati, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City, +632 729 8888. Published rates at the newly-renovated Tower 2 suites start at P11,162.50 (about US$240) for the studio premiere. The one-bedroom executive suite is P13,181 per night. Classic rooms in Tower 1 start at P10,925.

Published September 2016