The Best Hotels in Makati, the Philippines

The Makati Diamond Residences exudes elegance and luxury
The Makati Diamond Residences exudes elegance and luxury | Courtesy of Makati Diamond Residences / Expedia
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31 December 2020

The Makati financial district is the beating heart of Manila – home to expansive street-food markets, Filipino art fairs and the buzzy bars of Poblacion. Enjoy it all with a stay in one of these hotels.

Makati has the unusual honour of being the selfie capital of the world – there are more selfies geotagged in Makati than in Manhattan or Miami. The social forces behind this statistic are unknown – writers have theorised on everything from the attractiveness of its citizens to the high number of celebrities frequenting its glitzy bars and restaurants. Either way, it’s a trendy neighbourhood with enough cultural and culinary draws to keep visitors occupied for weeks.

Makati Shangri-La

Chain Hotel, Luxury
Makati Shangri-la Hotel
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This outpost of the Shangri-La luxury hotel brand sits on Makati Avenue, steps from popular shopping malls, including SM Department Store and Greenbelt. Satisfy cravings for Chinese food with elevated takes on peking duck and clay pot shrimp at Shang Palace, then head to Sage Bar for a Hallelujah cocktail featuring Laphroaig scotch laced with ginger and lemon. Even lower-tier rooms have thick cotton linen and Shangri-La toiletries; upgrade to a Specialty Suite for butler service.

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Makati Diamond Residences

Suite Hotel
4.6/5 (1151 Reviews)
Makati Diamond Residences
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Perfectly placed for both business and leisure, these seriously swanky residences are just minutes from Greenbelt shopping mall and the commerce artery of Ayala Avenue. The 410 suites combine European and Filipino design elements and have a kitchenette with a convection stove and cooking utensils. Indulge in reflexology and a full-body massage at the wellness centre, tuck into a constantly rotating menu of American classics at Alfred or hydrate with tropical smoothies at the Pool Bar.

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Sheraton Manila Hotel

4.4/5 (28 Reviews)
Sheraton Manila Hotel
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Just outside Makati in neighbouring Pasay, the Sheraton is a great place to recharge before an early flight, as it sits opposite NAIA Terminal 3. Light-filled rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and come with air conditioning and a small seating area. Three dining options range from casual Filipino at S Kitchen to Korean barbecue featuring wagyu steak at Oori. Prepare for a peaceful night’s rest by tiring yourself out in the high-tech fitness room.

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The Alpha Suites Makati

Suite Hotel
4.6/5 (266 Reviews)
The Alpha Suites
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With the massive kitchens in these suites, budding chefs need not give up on home cooking while on the road. Each comes with a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer; three-bedroom suites and above even have a separate maid’s room. The exclusive 3ha (7-acre) urban complex has nine high-end restaurants, an expansive pool, a martial arts arena, boxing ring and 76-seat auditorium. If that’s somehow not enough, Ayala Avenue – the main drag in Makati – is right outside your door.

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  • Aruga Apartments by Rockwell

    Serviced Apartment, Hotel, Apartment
    4.5/5 (436 Reviews)
    Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
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    Fronting a shimmering blue pool ideal for early-morning laps, Aruga rewards the active traveller. The walled city of Intramuros is just a 25-minute ride away, and the Museo Ng Makati and Sts Peter and Paul Parish are both within a six-minute walk. Soothing, warm-toned rooms feature cloud-like beds, high-speed internet and complete kitchens with a washer and dryer.

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    Capital O 468 Element Boutique Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4/5 (34 Reviews)
    Capital O 468 Element Boutique Hotel
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    Managed by the OYO group, this intimate, arty hotel is a great budget option in a pricey region. You’ll find the Museo Ng Makati, Ninoy Aquino Monument and Ayala Museum all within a 20-minute walk, making it an ideal base for exploration. Rooms come with an elegant, dark-wood bed, crisp white linen, a refrigerator, kettle, ceiling fan and air conditioning. The restaurant serves excellent Italian food – think seafood tagliatelle and chocolate-doused gelato.

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    Lub d Philippines Makati

    4.6/5 (246 Reviews)
    Lub d Philippines Makat
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    The Makati outpost of the Lub d group takes the hostel concept upmarket, with spacious dorms with a fresh, contemporary design, a games room with vintage arcade machines and a light-filled co-working space. There’s also a rooftop restaurant for light bites and great views. The surrounding Poblacion district is known for its live-music venues, atmospheric dive bars and avant-garde art galleries.

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    The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

    Serviced Apartment, Hotel, Apartment
    4.5/5 (994 Reviews)
    The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
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    This light, bright residential complex in Bel-Air honours Málaga’s most famous son, from the paella at Pablo Bistro to the constantly rotating selection of Filipino and international works in the Altro Mondo Gallery. Rooms, too, feature Picasso-print throw pillows and bold feature walls, as well as a bathtub with covetable Mooi & Co toiletries. Get a haircut and pedicure at the Studio 119 spa before finding inspiration in the peaceful Ayala Triangle gardens, just an eight-minute walk away.

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    I’M Hotel

    Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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    I’M Hotel, Makati, Manila
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    The first five-star hotel in the Poblacion district is also the first in the Philippines to feature a Japanese-style onsen spa – a facility spanning six floors and featuring deep soaking tubs filled with carbonated water, a full roster of treatments and a healthy sushi buffet at the Common Good restaurant. Incredibly, all of this is included in your room rate. Round off your sensory experience with a dip in the infinity pool before returning to your room to admire unique works by resident artists such as Singaporean painter Bai Tian Yuan.

    These recommendations were updated on December 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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