Hotel review: KL Tower Residences

Great location, smart rooms, reliable Wi-Fi and service that is spot-on — this serviced 'aparthotel' in Makati has everything you need for a stylish city stay.

By Giselle Javison

The lobby at KL Tower Residences in Makati
LOCATION. KL Tower Residences is in Gamboa Street, opposite Legaspi Park in the heart of Makati and walking distance to the popular Greenbelt Shopping Center where you'll find restaurants, shops, and all manner of nightlife. It's near banks and major office buildings. To add to the convenience, it's also smack-bang next door to a 7/11 store, so you're never stuck for essentials. 


ROOM My stylish one-bedroom premiere suite has great views of the city with glass windows and doors opening onto a small balcony and letting in plenty of light. There's an open-plan living room and dining area next to a small kitchen with an electric hob and oven, fridge, kettle and coffee maker — everything you need for cooking if you fancy a quiet night in. There's even a guest bathroom off the kitchen. The bedroom has an en suite shower and toilet, wardrobe and separate study room. Wi-Fi is high speed, so no problem if you're here on business and have work to do. The aircon is individually controlled in the different rooms and there are two cable TVs. There's also peace and quiet. Makati is a city that never sleeps, but at KL Tower there's no noise from outside when your windows are closed, so even if the city isn't sleeping, you will be able to. Other pluses include a sauna, gym, indoor swimming pool and a smart but functional restaurant that's open until 11.00pm (last orders at 10.00pm).

SERVICE Excellent. I needed some laundry and dry cleaning doing, so handed it to housekeeping at midday and got it back bang on time at 8am the next day. KL Tower is a serviced residence (an aparthotel) so you don’t need to deal with the drudge of tidying up and washing dishes (they have housekeeping for that) but still have the freedom to cook for yourself.  When I had problems with my mobile the front desk stepped in and helped me track down the Uber taxi I had ordered. The staff here make a big difference; helpful, efficient, but never in your face or overbearing. KL Tower gets high ratings on TripAdvisor and on the evidence of my all-too-brief three-night stay it's no wonder.

Visit KL Tower Residences. KL Tower Residences,117 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Originally published in InFlight Traveller December 2016 to February 2017. Updated December 2016