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Makati's Central Business District

Makati[1] (or Makati City) lies in the heart of big Metro Manila and is known for its upscale shopping malls home to high fashion brands, restaurants, hotels and affluent Filipinos.

Makati[2] is considered the financial, commercial and economic hub where the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is located. It is also the preferred address of large multinational corporations.

Understand

Cost of Living

Makati City's cost of living is significantly higher compared to neighboring Filipino cities, owing primarily to its skyrocketing real estate value and relatively upscale commercial and residential selections. However, compared to other major cities of the world, Makati City offers service, accommodations, and value that are dirt-cheap. Furthermore, bargains comparable to other Philippine cities may be found in certain areas in Makati, such as Makati Cinema Square, The Landmark, Cash & Carry, and Guadalupe Mall, that even for the most jaded backpacker will make a stay in Makati more than economical.

History

Originally founded in 1670 as a visita of Sta. Ana de Sapa under the jurisdiction of the Franciscans, Makati City was first dismissed as "worthless" swamp land by the Spanish conquistador Juan Miguel de Legazpi in 1571. Yet over the centuries, this small community would leave large imprints in social, economic and cultural history. The friars established two of the earliest churches in the Philippines, the Nuestra Señora de Gracia in Guadalupe and the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Makati, drawing pilgrims from all over the country. At the turn of the century, the Americans established Fort McKinley in Makati, and in 1901, San Pedro de Makati, with a population of 2,500, was incorporated into the province of Rizal. On February 28, 1914, the Philippine Legislature passed Act 2390, shortening the name San Pedro Makati to Makati in the 1930s, the first airport, Nielson Airport, opened in what is now the Ayala Triangle. The first centrally planned community was established in the 1950s, and since the 1970s, Makati has been the undisputed financial and commercial capital, the once worthless swampland becoming prime real property. Makati has also figured prominently in the political history of the Filipino. The community was one of the cradles of the revolt against Spanish colonial rule, and following the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983, the epicenter of the protest movement against the dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos. On January 2, 1995, Makati became an independent city by virtue of Republic Act 7854.

Talk

The main language choice for communication in this affluent Philippine city is English, making the stays here of international travelers and businessmen a relatively enjoyable experience. A knowledge of Filipino, the local language, will benefit any traveler.

Get in

Makati City has some of the strictest traffic rules in Metro Manila. Traffic marshalls actively enforce rules. This means that you can't tell your bus to let you on or off anywhere within its route except at designated stops. Moreover, the colour coding scheme is active all day unlike in other neighbouring cities when they are only enforced during rush hour.

By train

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) elevated train has four stations along the main thoroughfare Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (commonly abbreviated as EDSA). These are the Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes stations. Getting off at the Ayala Station will set you in the middle of the Ayala Centre, a complex of shopping malls and restaurants.

The MRT is a quick and inexpensive way to get into the city. The cost of an MRT ticket ranges from 11 to 14 pesos.

By car

Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through Makati. The Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) passes along the southeast part of Makati and connects the city with Mandaluyong City and Pasay City. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) runs through the western part of Makati and connects the city with Manila to the north and with southern Metro Manila. The Skyway, an elevated highway built on top of SLEX, provides residents coming from southern Metro Manila a fast way to reach Makati. SLEX and EDSA intersect at the Magallanes Interchange, which is the most complex system of elevated roadways in Metro Manila.

Other major roads in Makati include Buendia Avenue (Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue), which connects with EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the Central Business District; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Buendia Avenue and also extends north to cross the Pasig River to Mandaluyong City.

By bus

Buses plying the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) route from Baclaran in Paranaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City pass through the Central Business District daily. As mentioned above, you can't load or unload just anywhere, you have to wait or go to the designated stops. There are separate loading and unloading zones which you must observe.

By river ferry

Pasig River Ferry service has been suspended since January 2011. No word on when it will be back.

The Pasig River Ferry [3] previously made two stops in Makati: Valenzuela (near the city government complex) and Guadalupe (near Guadalupe Bridge). Although neither station is in a convenient spot for tourists, which makes this option far less convenient than hailing a taxi, it was worthy to keep the ferry service in mind as another means of getting into Makati from other riverside districts such as Intramuros in Manila.

Get around

One can easily walk around the Central Business District by way of the sidewalks or the new pedestrian underpasses. Driving around the city is also possible. Some areas in the Central Business District are connected with overpasses where pedestrians can walk above the streets.

Taxis are also abundant. The flat rate is 40 pesos and a ride across town ranges from 100 to 150 pesos; to Ermita, 200 to about 250 pesos; to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 200 to about 300 pesos.

Airport taxis fall in two categories: Metered and Flat-Fee.

See

Ayala Museum

Landmarks

  • Greenbelt Chapel (Santo Niño de la Paz Chapel), Bernardino St., Guadalupe Viejo (In Greenbelt Park). Located in the Greenbelt Park, the church is popular for church goers, most people find it relaxing though because of the park around it. The church is surrounded by trees and a fish and lily pond is on the side of the chapel. The Greenbelt Chapel might be the most relaxing chapel in the Philippines. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also found here.
  • Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of the Heroes). The final resting place of many Filipino soldiers, heroes and martyrs, it is also the final resting place of two Filipino presidents; Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.
  • Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church. Built by the Augustinian friars and is a UNESCO world heritage site, it's architecture is of European-Baroque inspired. It is named Nuestra Señora de Gracia in honor of the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary that can also be found inside
  • Philippine Stock Exchange. One of the two stock exchanges in the Philippines, it is known to have Asia's shortest trading times which lasts only for two hours. Nearby the PSE is the Ninoy Aquino Monument.
  • Ninoy Aquino Monument. Erected in honor of the late Filipino senator and national hero, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, who was the husband of late Philippines president. Corazon Aquino. Together, they both fought for democracy during the martial law which was under the Marcos' administration in the 1980s.

Museums

  • Ayala Museum, [4]. The Ayala Museum on EDSA showcases the rich and vivid history of the Philippines from the earliest times of the Mactan battle to the struggle of democracy. Also present are some famous paintings by Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Fernando Zobel.
  • Yuchengco Museum, [5]. The museum was created to house the art collection of Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco, and highlight his distinguished career as a businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines. The museum’s primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of the finest in Filipino and Filipino-Chinese visual arts and creativity. The Yuchengco Museum houses paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Carlos “Botong” Francisco.
  • Filipinas Heritage Library, [6]. Located inside the old Nielson Airport tower, the Filipinas Heritage Library has an astounding collection of books that date back to the Spanish period. Serious scholars of the time period will love it, but anyone with even a remote interest in old books and history should give it a visit.

Parks

  • Greenbelt Park. Greenbelt Park is a small park designed to be a complement to the surrounding Greenbelt Malls. An artificial duck pond and stream can be seen here, as well as the Greenbelt Chapel for Catholic services. Greenbelt Park is also a good place to sit, people watch and see the more multicultural side of Metro Manila.
  • Ayala Triangle Park. Located behind the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Ayala Triangle Park is surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
  • Legaspi Park. A small, well kept park along Legaspi Street. On Sunday mornings the Legaspi Market opens, where you can get fresh organic foods, delicacies, sweets and other assorted souvenirs.
  • Salcedo Park. Another small park along Legaspi Street. Similar to the Legaspi Market, on Saturday mornings the Salcedo Market opens.

Work

The Makati Central Business District is the home to some of the biggest companies in the Philippines. It is also where the top BPO's and contact centers are headquartered.

Buy

Greenbelt

Ayala Center is the Philippines' Orchard Rd, it has a number of upscale malls. High class brands and restaurants usually have branches here. The cost of buying in Makati is far more expensive than its neighboring cities or in any other city in the Philippines because of the upscale brands they have in Makati.

  • Glorietta, [7]. It was renovated on the 1990s, owned and operated by the Ayala company, it is one of the biggest malls in Metro Manila. Aside from shopping and dining, indoor facilities such as a kids' playground and an activity center for concerts and shows. By the 2000s other buildings too were constructed making it bigger. Its tenants include Adidas, Aldo, Cole Haan, Debenhams, Lacoste, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Puma, Zara, etc.
  • Greenbelt, [8]. The one stop for high class shopping from brand like Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Audemars Piguet, Balenciaga, Bally, Banana Republic, The Body Shop, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Celio, Charriol, Chopard, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fred Perry, Gucci, Hèrmes, Hugo Boss, IWC, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Levi's, Louis Vuitton, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Mango, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jabos, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Paul Smith, Prada, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Springfield, St. John, Tod's, Tony Burch, Topman, Topshop, Zara, etc. Dining options include sit down restaurants and fast food chains, fast food chains are found in Greenbelt 1, while restaurants are loacted in Greenbelt 2, 3 and 5.
  • Power Plant Mall, [9]. A four level complex mall that has shops and restaurants which may be either international or local, cinemas too are also found. Shops at Power Plant Mall include Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bally, Billabong, The Body Shop, Celio, Cole Haan, Diesel, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Esprit, Fred Perry, Kate Spade, Kennth Cole, Levi's, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Muji, Nine West, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shu Uemura, Springfield, Thomas Sabo, Topman, Topshop, Trucco, Zara, etc.
  • Salcedo Weekend Market. 7am to 2pm. Right in the heart of the Business Center District is the Salcedo Park. Every Saturday, vendors take over part of the park to sell their specialty items. There are ornamental plants, organically grown vegetables, bakery products, lechon from Cebu, etc. Be sure to come early for the full experience.


Eat

Makati is packed with dining choices:

Budget

  • Inengs BBQ, Ayala Central Bus Terminal at Makati Avenue beside The Landmark. This establishment is all about pork barbecue. Their skewers have much more meat than other barbecue outlets.
  • Max's Fried Chicken [10] There are dozens of locations around Makati. Good Filipino food, affordable, reliable and clean.
  • Earl's Sandwiches, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, facing Legaspi Street. Excellent submarine sandwiches.
  • Mang Inasal Filipino-style chicken.
  • Kenny Rogers' Roasters Kenny Roger's Roaster is reliable and the sides are good.
  • Jolibee's [11] A growing fast-food chain in the country serving fried chicken, burgers, fries, sundaes, etc.

Pizza

The pizza debate will rage in eternity but thankfully, you're never far from a slice in Manila. No matter your personal definition of pizza, Makati has you covered with a mind-boggling array of choices. Of course, they have Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Domino's, which if that's your thing, you won't have to look far. The following are proven winners.

Local Franchises

  • Yellow Cab Pizza Multiple locations, one of the Philippines most successful pizza franchises that has gained it's market share with good value for money, lots of toppings and imported cheese.
  • Greenwich A favourite of locals. Very affordable yet tasty pizza, often located in mall food courts.

American Franchises:

  • Sbarro Multiple locations throughout Metro Manila. Yes, it's a chain store but where else are you going to find Chicago-style deep dish? Nowhere. Sbarro's is it. Their pastas are also filling and tasty.
  • California Pizza Kitchen Multiple locations including Third Floor, Greenbelt 5. It is what it is. If thin crust is your taste, head here. Dine in, Take Away or Delivery.
  • Shakey's Great traditional thin crust pizzas and a family restaurant.

Mid-range

  • Apartment 1B[12] One Lafayette Square, 132 L.P. Leviste Corner Sedeno St., Salcedo Village. Tel +632-843-4075 Comfort foods with a twist, served in a bistro-style setting. The kind of place that winds up being your favorite joint in town. Highlights include: French onion soup, cream cheese samosas, Reuben sandwich, three-cheese veggie lasanga. Though the prices (300 php average starter; 450 php average sandwich; mains from 340 php for the Mac n' cheese, to 2,100 php for the steak frites) come out on the high side of mid-range dining options, Apt. 1B is well worth it.
  • Hapadog - Japanese Style Hotdogs [13] With 2 locations in Metro Manila, for Makati visit 822 Pasay Rd (underneath Cable Car and beside Ukkokei Noodles), ☎ +632-519-6889. Hapadog merges the western American hotdog with authentic Japanese ingredients as made popular in North America. 9 signature dogs with combination of authentic Japanese toppings infused over our import quality sausage, nestled inside the freshest baked buns. A delectable taste experience like no other. (Other Hapadog offerings include: lychee iced-tea, donburi rice bowls, hapa pasta, hapa express to go items). Price range: 45 php - 175 php.
  • Persia Grill [14] Five locations in Metro Manila, for Makati visit Valero Street or Legaspi Street branches, ☎ +632-403-9999 For Middle Eastern and/or Mediterranean, Persia Grill is the best value in town. The Legaspi location is directly across from the entrance to Greenbelt 5, at the corner of Dela Rosa. Highly recommended.
  • Kashmir [15] Festejo Bldg., 816 Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati. Also have a location in Ermita on Padre Faura. Pricy Indian and Middle Eastern fare in a sophisticated (by local standards) atmosphere. The staples (samosas, palak paneer) are delicious but come in small portions. Wine list has some gems but of course it depends if they have it in stock. The Ermita branch is much better than Makati in service and value. Meanwhile, they operate a takeaway booth at the Salcedo and Legazpi weekend markets, where you can pick up your favorites at reduced prices.
  • Cyma Greek Taverna [16] Greenbelt 2, Ground Floor, Ayala Center, +632-729-4837. Moderately authentic Greek food. The best you’re going to find in Makati. Menu includes loads of favorites such as taramosalata, paidakia, dolmades, kefthedes, octapodi, sagahnaki (and yes, unfortunately they set in on fire and “Opa!”). If you like Greek cuisine, this is the place to go. See menu link for prices..
  • Chimara, Cinema Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel +632-757-5652. Email: chimaragb3@tatersgroup.com. This healthy café has a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly options from soups, salads and wraps. They also have a range of soy ice cream and offer home delivery as well. They will even deliver meals into the cinema while you enjoy a movie.
  • Circles Event Café, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +632-840-0884. Casual dining at its best. Offers an array of continental, oriental, a la carte and buffet delights in a relaxing ambiance.
  • Magic Bread Vegetarian Store, 25 Bautista Street cor. Buendia, Palanan, Makati City. Phone: 887 7921. Great store selling a range of healthy vegetarian friendly baked goods and products.
  • Cibo, Italian restaurant with several branches, most notable at Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong and Glorietta 4. Their pasta dishes as well as panini sandwiches are great. Don't miss the very refreshing fresh red grape shake.
  • Hossein's Persian Kebab 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenue, ☎ +632-890-59-28 or +632-890-61-37 (fax: +632-890-58-03) Located right along Makati Avenue and opposite of Burgos Street, the restaurant was founded in 1985. Serves authentic Indian, Arabian and Persian cuisine. Halal certified. Very overpriced. Go to Persia Grill or Al Basra on Makati Avenue.
  • Sentro 1771, Greenbelt 3 2nd Level, Ayala Center, +632-757-3940 to 41. Casual dining restaurant serving Filipino cuisine. Popular dishes include the tomato and kesong puti (native white cheese) salad, sizzling tofu and corned beef sinigang (corned beef in tamarind broth). Dessert to die for is their coffee pie.
  • Via Mare, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1. Tel +632-893-2306. For the best oysters in Manila.
  • Bizu Patisserie and Cafe, [17] Ground Floor Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center. The best French patisserie and cafe in Manila. Try the 10 Hour Roast Beef! They make the best Macarons de Paris similar to those of the best patisseries in Paris. Their French gateaux and Lavazza coffee are perfect for a night cap. Open for Breakfast at 7AM and the Eggs Benedict and Filipino Breakfast are must-tries.

Splurge

  • Basix, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +632-867-3333. Fine dining at the Dusit Thani.
  • Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila, cor. Ayala Ave. & Makati Ave., +632-887-2888 / +632-812-3456. Fine French dining at the legendary, The Peninsula Manila.
  • Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +632-840-0884, [18]. Chinese/Cantonese cuisine. Excellent Dim Sum.
  • Sala, Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +632-750-1555 / +632-893-0242, [19]. Fine European cuisine.
  • UMU Japanese Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +632-867-3333. One of Manila’s best restaurants which offers authentic Japanese dishes such as all-time favorite Sushi and Sashimi Bar, Teppanyaki, Bento Box and many more.

Drink

The epicenter of Manila's famous nightlife is Greenbelt where some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, bars and karaoke joints cluster around a park in the middle of the main business district. Meanwhile, there are a series of bars stretched out along Makati Avenue, northeast of Ayala Triangle, including the infamous P Burgos Street go-go bar area.

  • Cafe Havana [20], Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, Tel +632-7574370. While the Spanish-Cubano cuisine is quite good, and the weekend samba bands are generally top-notch, Havana’s true draw is the outdoor umbrella tables packed with expats, travelers, and local women offering companionship, on a nightly basis. Therefore, Havana is undoubtedly the number one venue in Makati to meet and greet. Though rich by Metro Manila standards, Havana’s prices are reasonable. A bottle of San Miguel beer is 100 php. Main dishes range from 300-900 php. Cocktails in the 180 php range. Otherwise, there are a couple of better places in Greenbelt 3 to have a drink (Cerveseria, National) with none of the riff-raff. The club’s Greenbelt 3 branch is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. or 3 p.m. daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at 12 midnight or until 3 a.m. daily. International credit cards are accepted.
  • Cerveseria [21], Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, Tel +632-757-4791 Almost next door to Café Havana is this cool and relaxed bar, popular with locals, Havana-wary (and weary) expats, and not surprisingly, ladyboys. Cerveseria is a great place to post up and watch the free-for-all of vice going on across the plaza. The extensive tapas menu is a bit steep but excellent and their buy-one take-one San Miguel policy (100 php) is a ridiculous bargain in the area. Cerveseria is affiliated with the excellent Kitchen, which is adjacent to the patio.
  • National Sports Grill [22], 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, Tel +632-728-4126 "The dining choice of champions." This is where you go to watch the Pacquiao fight. The food is decent sports bar fare (Buffalo wings, etc. but avoid the 'National Sauce' on burgers—at least order it on the side) and the beer is cold. 95 php for a San Mig. They have a pool table and TVs in the outdoor patio area, although the LCDs indoors are infinitely better for watching sports.
  • Also in Greenbelt: Museum Cafe Ground Floor, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave corner Dela Rosa Street (adjacent Greenbelt 3 and 5) Tel + 632-757-3000. Kind of a swanky joint. Usually featuring live music. It's common to see well-heeled expats sipping mimosas at noon. Ice Vodka Bar 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3. Generic nightclub.

Northeast of Ayala Triangle

  • WG Diner Corner of Makati Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Makati, This unassuming outdoor establishment was the best kept secret in town. Located near the A. Venue Mall, across the street from the Wendy’s and 7-Eleven. Friendly staff, decent Filipino food, and insanely cheap beer (33 php per bottle of San Mig!!!), combined with a ringside seat on the parade of God-knows-what on Makati Ave., makes WG a solid choice for a laid-back night with friends.
  • Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar 7838 Makati Ave., kiddie-corner to A. Venue. Tel +632-897-0087 The latest newcomer on this stretch of road.
  • Kwagos Grill Makati Ave. corner B. Valdez. This is where the locals go, and by locals, I mean call center employees. Open 24 hours. Bucket of 6 San Miguel for 130 php. Filipino menu. The place gets unbearably loud on weekends.
  • iO Family KTV, 136 Jupiter St., Makati, Tel +632-8895-5938. KTV (Karaoke TV) bar where you can sing to your heart's content in private rooms while having the usual drinks and eats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends.
  • Grilla, corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell Drive. A great place to have grilled foods, both Filipino and International. Try their platters (starting at 400-500 pesos) for a group of 3-4 and down them with some San Miguel beers.

Sleep

Budget

  • Our Awesome Hostel- Manila Hostel, ABBA Bldg., 5756 Kalayaan Ave cor. EDSA, Makati (near BGC entrance, below Kalayaan Flyover),, +63 927 3870267 (), [23]. A recently opened cozy hostel within walking distance to the nightlife and cosmo district of The Fort/Bonifacio Global City. Rooms are spacious and cozy and has its separate toilet and bath. Rates start at ₱550.00. Please see website for promotions.
  • Private Studio Apartment, Makati city, [24]. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm (noon). This fully furnished studio apartment is conveniently located in the heart of Makati city. Facilities include Air-conditioning, LCD TV, Refrigerator, Microwave oven and kitchen appliances. You will have access to the apartment complex's gymnasium and swimming pool facilities. 42 USD.
  • Azotea Suites, 5786 Polaris corner Felipe Sts. Poblacion, +63 2 338-0983, [25]. All rooms equipped with bathroom, kitchenette, LCD TV with global cable service, dining table and chairs with dinner ware, individually controlled airconditioning units and hot and cold shower. Business center, centralized mailing area, 24-hour security, scheduled housekeeping services, internet, massage, laundry and pressing services. Rates start at ₱1,999.
  • Citadel Inn Makati, 5007 P. Burgos St, Bel-Air, +63 2 897-2370, [26]. 33-storey condominium hotel with 120 rooms equipped with complete dining and kitchen facilities. Best rates on official website start at ₱1,800.
  • Clipper Hotel, 5766 Ebro Street, P. Burgos Poblacion, +63 2 890-8577 / 756-0939, [27]. Relatively new hotel housed in an old art deco building, near the red light district (if that interests you any) as well as numerous restaurants, as well as the Powerplant Mall. It's a budget hotel, but annoyingly they do not show their rate on the website.
  • Creekside Amorsolo Hotel, Mezzanine Floor Creekside Mall, Amorsolo St. cor VA Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati, +63 2 893-4123 /817-8726 to 28, [28]. Best rates on official website start at ₱1,968.
  • El Cielito Inn, 804 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road), +632-815-8951 (fax: +63 2 817-9610), [29]. Very close to the first-class Ayala Malls Best rates on official website start at US$33.
  • Franchise One Hotel, 7430 Santillan Street corner Fernando Street, Brgy Pio del Pilar, +63 2 394-7012 (, fax: +63 2 886-4667), [30]. air-conditioned, LCD cable TV, DVD player with movies Rates start at ₱1,770.
  • LPL Suites, 112 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, [31]. fully furnished apartments located across from the Greenbelt Mall Best rates on official website start at ₱3,000+.


  • Unit 819, 8/F Cattleya Condominium 235 Salcedo Street Legaspi Village 1229 Makati Metro Manila, [32]. cheap hotels in the philippines
  • Lorenzzo Suites, 1803 Evangelista Street, Bangkal, +63 2 822-2723, [33]. All rooms with set breakfast, free morning coffee or tea daily, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and flat screen TV. 24-hour standby generator and security, sprinkler system, CCTV surveillance and Airport transfer (upon request) Rates start at ₱2,800.
  • Makati Apartelle (Budget), 4411 Montojo Street, +63 2 897-4219, [34]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. 1 Bedroom fully-furnished units at ₱1,085/day for single or double occupancy. Each unit has an airconditioner, one double-bed with towels and linen (one bed, sleeps 2 people), a refrigerator, a 24" LCD cable TV, a living room set, dining room set, an electric kettle, a private bath with hot and cold shower, kitchen utensils, an electronic vault/safety deposit box, fans and a telephone/intercom (free calls within Metro-Manila). Wi-Fi is free. Utilities included. Daily housekeeping provided. All-female, friendly staff. Very clean, safe and inexpensive. ₱1,085/day.
  • Saint Illian's Inn, 7461 Santillan Street, Pio del Pilar, +63 2 893-0754 (fax: +63 2 812-1998), [35]. 5 min walk from Makati Cinema Square mall Best rates on official website start at US$27.
  • Studio Apartment, (located within Antel Lifestyle City along Makati Ave), [36]. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. Located at the eastern side of MAKATI CBD, the apartment is only 15 minutes away from Ayala Center and within walking distance to the P. Burgos Entertainment District. Amenities include the gym, cafe, pool. The air-conditioned unit has cable TV and wireless internet. USD25.

Mid-range

  • One Greenbelt Hotel, 914 Arnaiz Avenue, (+63-2) 550-2628, [37]. All rooms have coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, minibar, electric kettle, flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, satellite/cable TV, bathrobes and desk. Some of its facilities and services are coffee shop, meeting room, meeting/banquet facilities, business centre, laundry/dry cleaning, private check-in/check-out, room service, airport shuttle, car rental, complimentary use of WIFI, parking and wake up service. Rates start at 3,600.00 PHP.
  • Alley 8 Apartments, 5776 Ebro Street, Barangay Poblacion, (63-2) 896-6520, [38]. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV with 80+ channels, refrigerator and WiFi (free of charge). Some of its facilities restaurant, elevator, parking, WiFi in lobby and laundry/dry cleaning service. Rates start at 2,595.00 PHP.
  • Casa Amapola, 257 Amapola St, Palm Village, 632-895-4576, [39]. All rooms are equipped with high speed internet connection, cable TV, patio and private bathroom with hot water shower. Casa Ampola also offer services such as laundry service, room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, babysitting service and massage service. Rates start at 80.00 USD.
  • VIP Suite Apartelle, 1847 K&K Bldg., Evangelista St., Pio del Pilar (15-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)), +632 887 3345-48, [40]. All rooms are equipped with mini bar, refrigerator, WiFi available, safe, air conditioning, cable LCD television, hot and cold shower. Rates start at 2,860.00 PHP.
  • LPL Suites Greenbelt, 9th Floor LPL Towers, Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, (632) 818-3628, [41]. Studio and bedroom suites, all equipped with Air-conditioning, Cable TV and Wi-Fi Internet access. Facilities and services are Safe deposit box, Travel and tour assistance. From PHP 2,500.00.
  • Guijo Suites, 7644 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, 63 2 5538998, [42]. Deluxe room, junior suite and premier suite, all equipped with Flat screen LED TV with cable channels, Wi-Fi Internet access and Safe. Facilities and services are Lobby Restobar, Daily housekeeping services and 24-hour CCTV security. Fully explore the city of Makati and its neighboring areas. From PHP 2,400.00.
  • Hotel Celeste, 02 San Lorenzo Drive corner Arnaiz Avenue Makati City Philippines, 063 2 887 8080, [43]. It offers rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, Telephone with NDD/IDD service, wireless Internet access, Internet connectivity and Mini-bar. Some of its facilities and services are Business center, conference room ,Outdoor jacuzzi. PHP.5,423.56.
  • Millennium Plaza Serviced Residences, Eduque St. corner Makati Avenue, 02 899-4718 to 22, [44]. Fully air-conditioned accommodations, all equipped with cable television, coffee/ tea maker and daily newspaper. Some of its facilities and services are Business center complete with Internet connectivity and fax. From USD 50.00.
  • AIM Conference Center Manila, Buenavidez cor. Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1260 Philippines, +632 750-1010 (, fax: +632 751 7160/ +632 750 4459), [45].
  • Antel Spa Hotel Suites, Antel Lifestyle City, 7829 Makati Ave, +63 (2) 403 0808, [46]. Offers 80 rooms, all of which have LCD TV, minibar, and bath tub. Some of its amenities include gym and fitness center, free WIFI, and a coffee shop. Best rates on official website start at PHP 4,680.
  • Asian Mansion II Condotel Makati, 107 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines, +632-844-9061 (fax: +632-844-9061), [47]. Condotel Makati is along De La Rosa Avenue, very near the Ayala Center. Best rates on official website start at US$45.
  • BSA Mansion Condotel Makati, 103 Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1200, +632-812-2729 (fax: +632-812-2671), [48]. BSA Mansion Condotel's rooms are tastefully appointed and designed to integrate all the comforts of home. Location-wise, this hotel is walking distance to the Ayala Center, the city's major shopping and business mecca. Best rates on official website start at US$40.
  • BSA Suites, 108 Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines, +632 8841463 (fax: (632) 887-0513), [49]. Units at BSA Suites Serviced Apartments have living, dining and kitchen facilities meeting the needs of both business travelers and leisure guests on short or extended stays. Best rates on official website start at US$40.
  • BSA Tower, 108 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines, (632) 887-0147 (fax: +632 8841463), [50]. BSA Tower is elegantly designed to provide both business and leisure travelers with a relaxing stay in the country's central business hub. Best rates on official website start at US$56.
  • City Garden Hotel, 7870 Makati Avenue cor Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, +632-899-1111 (fax: +632-899-1415), [51]. This three-star Makati hotel along Makati Avenue is one of the more popular mid-range hotels, with excellent dining, sightseeing, and evening opportunities all in the area. They are known to nickel and dime guests, however, charging service fees for seemingly everything (i.e. a 100% "corkage fee" for bringing food (not only alcohol) to the pool side, so if you paid 350 pesos for that Pizza Hut pizza from across the street then they will charge you 350 pesos to eat it at their hotel. The fact that you're a guest is irrelevant. Best rates on official website start at US$67.
  • Copacabana Businessman's Hotel, 912 Pasay Road, Makati City, Metro Manila, +632-844-8811 (fax: +632-844-6126), [52]. Guests who stay at the Copa Businessman's Hotel in Makati appreciate its convenient location in the heart of the Central Business District. This Makati hotel is in walking distance from major shopping centers and a vast choice of restaurants, entertainment centers and business addresses. Best rates on official website start at US$59.
  • Jupiter Suites (formerly Jupiter Arms Hotel), 102 Jupiter St.Bel-Air Village, Makati City, +632-8905044 to 50 (fax: +632-8905019), [53]. Jupiter Suites is a quaint 25 bedroom facility right in the heart of the Makati Central Business District (CDB). Along Jupiter St. adjacent to Makati Avenue parallel to Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue. Reservation information Please email:frontdesk@jupitersuites.com. (632) 890.5044 to 50;Fax (632) 890.5019;[54] or [55] Location: 102 Jupiter Street Bel-Air, Makati Philippine Our Home-Grown Filipino family tradition of warm hospitality and the willingness to serve both foreign and local guests. JUPITER SUITES post itself of Quality Accommodation.All of the room are set with an ambiance best for businessmen, backpackers, convention people, out of towners and family urban hiatus.Conveniently located in bustling Makati, the country's premiere financial, entertainment, and shopping district. Cozy and gracefully appointed rooms with friendly service and reasonable rates. Best rates on official website start at US$35.
  • Makati Prime Tower Suites, Kalayaan Avenue corner P. Burgos St., Bel-Air Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, +632-750-3010 (fax: +632-750-2982), [56]. A 110-room property located along bustling Kalayaan Avenue (Makati Avenue). Close to the Power Plant Mall and accessible to great Makati entertainment. Fully air-conditioned executive studios, one and two bedroom suites, and luxury penthouses available. Best rates on official website start at US$38.
  • Crown Regency Hotel Makati, 1026 A. Arnaiz Avenue San Lorenzo Village, (+632) 845-0211 to 15, [57]. A/C suites equipped with satellite/cable television, and broadband internet access. Some of its facilities and services are business center, fitness center, and Wi-Fi zone. From USD 86.67.
  • Herald Suites Solana, 2914 Finlandia corner Einstein Street, San Isidro MCPO 5006 Makati City, Philippines, 60018888, [58]. Herald Suites Solana is in Makati City, the business district of the Philippines. Just a few meters from the South Expressway and 20 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport , Herald Suites Solana is ideal for the business and leisure traveler who seeks the convenience of shopping in nearby Ayala Center or needs to meet with associates in the financial district. It offers 40 big air-conditioned guest rooms. It has a pool and gym on the top floor, and a coffee shop on the second floor. Best rates on official website start at Php 4,000.00.
  • Oxford Suites, Durban corner P. Burgos Street, Makati City, +632-899-7888 (fax: +632-897-7900), [59]. A 27-storey property located at the heart of the city’s business & entertainment district. Best rates on official website start at US$50.
  • Perla Mansion Serviced Apartment, 117 Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines, (632) 840-1826 (fax: (632) 840-1826), [61]. 24-storey, full-service condominium hotel with a three-star rating. Best rates on official website start at US$56.
  • Prince Plaza II, 101 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines, +632-840-3215 (fax: +632-894-2992), [62]. The Prince Plaza II's tasteful accommodations and standard facilities are perfect for travelers, from the budget-conscious businessman to the fun-focused family. Best rates on official website start at US$45.
  • Q Residences, HV Dela Costa, corner LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, (632) 659-2412, [63]. A/C service apartments equipped with satellite/cable television, private toilet and bath, Internet connection, coffee/tea maker, phone, iron and ironing board, and safe. Some of its facilities and services are Business center, Swimming pool and Fitness room/gym. From PHP 3,696.00.
  • HousingInteractive, Valero Street, Corner Sedeño Street, Salcedo Village, (632) 890-8342, [64]. Stylish serviced apartments centrally located in the heart of Salcedo Village. Clean, professional Studio, 1 bdrm and 2 bdrm apartments are ideal for stays of one week or longer. All apartments are equipped with cable television, DVD Player, Kitchenette, Wifi Internet, phone, iron and ironing board, and maid services. Building features include: 24 hours security and bellboy, Swimming pool, Sauna, Fitness room/gym, in-house Laundromat and Meeting room rentals. From PHP 2,500.00.
  • Salcedo Suites, LPL Manor Building, 116 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, +632-893-2654 (fax: +632-892-5322), [65]. A/C rooms equipped cable TV and kitchen facilities. Some of its facilities and services are housekeeping, round-the-clock security and safe deposit boxes. From USD 48.00.
  • Sunette Tower, Durban St. corner Makati Ave., Makati City, +632-897-1808 (fax: +632-896-6407), [66]. The Sunette Tower stands on a quiet side street by Makati City’s main thoroughfare, Makati Avenue. Accessible to Manila's financial districts and tourist areas. Best rates on official website start at US$50.

Fersal Neptune, #107 Neptune St., Bel-Air II Makati City NCR - Metro Manila Philippines, (632) 911-2161 local 148 DL: (632) 912-2691, [67]. Fersal Hotel offers the services of an expensive establishment at very reasonable rates. It has 33 rooms categorized as Deluxe Double and Twin.located at the prime business and commercial district of the country with easy reach of restaurants, banks, shopping malls, and other commercial establishments From USD 42.00.


  • Townhouse Homestay, [68]. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. This beautiful homestay in a Townhouse, that is centrally located in Makati, will make any tired traveler feel right at home. Package includes Jaccuzzi, cable tv, wifi, free pick-up from the airport and breakfast. The friendly host also offers guests free use of the car/driver for sightseeing!(reasonable use within Makati). USD 50.

Splurge

Thanks to its reputation as the country's premier financial district, Makati City is home to some of the country's pricier hotels. Many major international hotel chains have their local affiliates in Makati City.

  • Ascott Makati, Glorietta 4, Ayala Centre, (63-2) 729 8888 (, fax: (63-2) 728 0000), [69]. Conveniently located within Makati's prime business district and surrounded by restaurants, entertainment and shopping complexes, the residence provides comfort and convenience to travellers. From the elegant penthouses to three-bedroom residences, each of the 306 exclusive apartments offers spacious living and dining areas, fully-equipped modern kitchens, home entertainment systems and wireless (WiFi) internet connection. Daily rates starts from php7500.
  • The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines 1227, +63 2 828.4774, [70]. The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is located at Makati City, Philippines. It offersair-cnditioned rooms with 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV with cable channels, kitchenette with electric stove and microwave oven, and Internet connection. Some of its amenities include Qi Wellness Spa, salon 119, and gym. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Makati Commercial Center, Ayala Museum, and Salcedo Organic Market.
  • CEO Flats, 27 Canopus corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, 02 519 1999, [71]. All rooms are equipped with Air-conditioning, lcd TV, refrigerator, electric stove, microwave oven, private toilet and bath with hot and cold water. Some of its facilities and services are food outlets at the ground floor, mini-mart at basement 1, roof deck – serves as a function area, 24-hour security, free internet access and housekeeping upon request (charges apply). Rates start at 6,000.00 PHP.
  • Hotel Inter-Continental Manila, 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, Manila, Philippines, Tel Nos.: 1800 1651 888, 63-2-8159711, Fax: 63-2-8171330, [72]. The Hotel Inter-Continental is located conveniently on the fringest of the Ayala Center, the country's poshest and most complete shopping center. It is a mere 20 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and right beside the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, Manila's main thoroughfare.
  • The E-Hotel Makati, 906 Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village, (63 2) 478-3280, [73]. The E-Hotel Makati offers Superior, Deluxe and Deluxe Suite rooms with air-conditioning, LCD TV with cable channels and private toilet and bath. Its facilities and services include high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge, massage service and 24-hour room service.
  • The Makati Shangri-La, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., Makati City (Across The Landmark in Ayala Center), +632-813-8888 Fax +632-813-5499, [74]. The Makati Shangri-La is one of the most respected hotels in Makati. Located in the heart of the Ayala Center, the Makati Shang has sister hotels in Mandaluyong City and Mactan in the Visayas' main island of Cebu.
  • The Mandarin Oriental Manila, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Manila, 1226 Philippines, T: +63 (2) 750 8888, [75]. The Mandarin Oriental's reputation for its quality business accommodations and the cuisine of its in-house restaurants make it one of Makati's most revered hotels.
  • The Peninsula Manila, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., Makati City, +632-887-2888 Fax +632-815-4825, [77]. Just across the road from the Ayala Center in the Makati Business District, the Manila Peninsula is one of the city's most famous hotels. Its fountain, on the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue, was broadcast to the world during the international New Year's Day broadcast in 2000. Rates start at 120 US$.
  • The Raffles Hotel Manila, Makati Avenue corner Arnaiz Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • A.Venue Hotel Suites [78] is a hotel located right in the heart of Makati’s business district. It offers world class restaurants, function rooms, and comfortable accommodations. Address: Antel Lifestyle City, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines. Tel. No: (632) 757.2615; Fax No.: (632) 757.2616.

Stay safe

Despite being the financial epicenter of the Philippines, home to the rich and famous, poverty is still evident in Makati. Venture outside of Ayala Center area and you'll see it. While the streets of San Lorenzo Village may be no-go zones for beggars and touts, if you're an obvious tourist, you will be constantly harrassed everywhere else. The civilized areas of Makati (Greenbelt, Ayala, Rockwell) are completely safe day or night, as is North Makati Avenue near P Burgos Street, but the rest of the city is just as dangerous as parts of Quezon City or Paranaque. Proceed with caution.

As of July 2011, the popular scam of someone to approaching you and pretending they recognize you is still going strong. They will say they work at your hotel (i.e. room service, security, or whatever) and that they know you from there. However, there's a new twist--while the scammer is talking to you they will ask, "Where do you keep your money?" and tell you that thieves are using razor blades to cut the wallets out of pockets, etc. Do not under any circumstances indicate where you put your money, because the second you do, the scammer's hands will be in your pocket before you can move. It's the new version of a smash-and-grab. Now it's distract and grab. And then they're gone.

Metro Manila Police are generally foreigner-friendly, but are not generally known for their effectiveness in solving crimes. The recommended approach is to be on high alert at all times, as incidents may take place anywhere.

Be wary of strangers and take extra precaution when being approached.

Contact

The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Metro Manila (including Makati) is 2.

Cope

Expect heavy daytime traffic in Makati. Avoid traveling during peak hours. While jeepneys are banned from certain areas (namely Ayala Center), they are in full force everywhere else. Makati is noisy. In addition to the general traffic noise, the city is in the midst of a construction boom, and construction is ongoing 24/7. So when choosing a hotel, it's a good idea to find out in advance what is happening in the nearby vicinity. If there's a 40-story tower going up across from the Manadrin Oriental, which there is, ask for a room facing the other direction. Moving along, don't drink the tap water, ever. It's highly recommended to use tap water for washing your hands and nothing more.

Taxi drivers in Makati are notorious for playing dumb. Every other driver will tell you he doesn't know where Greenbelt 3 is, thereby forcing you to give directions or allow him to circle the area, unmercifully driving up your fare. On Friday and Saturday nights, many drivers will refuse to use the meter and insist on an extortionate fare to your destination, for instance, a normal cab ride from P Burgos Street to Greenbelt should be no more than 70 php. On weekends, it's usually 100 php just to get in the cab. Some drivers will outright refuse to take you based upon what they perceive to be their odds of getting a return fare.

Also, beware of citizens stealing your information and making charges to your accounts.

Generally speaking, Makati is the most civilized and comfortable metropolis in the Philippines and definitely the most Americanized outpost west of Hawaii. Travelers of all nations will feel comfortable. While the majority of travel guides will tell you that in contestible situations, the best advice is to smile and say Yes, even when you're getting screwed over, and frankly, the Philippines is scammer's paradise, the truth is, do not hesitate to raise your voice or demand to see a supervisor. Don't be a pushover. You'll never get up off the floor. Use common sense and if you have to get angry, do it with conviction.

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