I recently took a 10 day holiday in the Philippines over the Christmas and New Year Break. One of the highlights believe it or not was staying at the Makati Fairmont for our final night, as a special treat
The Fairmont costs about $190 SGD per night, which makes it quite expensive compared to other hotels in the Makati area. Makati is where you want to stay for easy access to the airport (anywhere between 20 minutes an an hour by car in Manila traffic), access to plenty of restaurants and shopping malls, as well as a good hub to get to other places in Manila.
Because we did a few nights in Manila first, followed by 4 nights in Boracay and then back to Manila, we did not want to carry all of our luggage to Boracay and back. This is because there is a ferry ride involved on the way, and we didn’t want to pay for luggage on Cebu Pacific. Fortunately, the Fairmont is more than accommodating, by allowing you to store your luggage several days before your actual stay.
Fairmont Makati King Room
The room itself is incredibly spacious. We booked the Fairmont King room for our stay, which included the breakfast buffet for one night. The photos speak for themselves. If there was a con, it would be that the room was a little cold even without the air conditioning on.
The complentary shampoo, conditioner and soaps were all from a fancy company in New York called Le Labo. We couldn’t help but nick these for home. Its like they say, “Hotels expect you to take a few things. It’s a souvenir!” 🙂
Hotel Room Views
The views aren’t too bad either, though ours was not facing the city skyline. It was the opposite direction.
Mireio Restaurant / Rooftop Bar
The Fairmont is connected to the Raffles Hotel, and offshoot of the famous Singapore Raffles hotel. The best part is that you can walk from Fairmont to the Mireio Restaurant to enjoy a drink and the best views of the city skyline and sunset. Its a fantastic and easy to get to rooftop bar in the centre of Makati. Be sure to get there around 5:30 to see the sunset and contrasting night skyline. When i went, there was a happy hour promotion, drink yourself stupid between 5 and 8PM for approximately ~950 PHP (about $30 SGD).
The breakfast buffet was about ~2200 PHP per person. Not bad but the range is no where as good as some of the other hotels ive stayed in Makati. There is a section for Indian (naan, curry), Filipino (longanissa, eggs, garlic rice), Chinese and Fusion Filo/Chinese (congee, pancit / noodles, dim sum), and Western (smoked and cured meats and bread) as well as the usual fruits, cereals, and so on.
The Sofitel near Intramuros has by far the greatest international breakfast buffet I have ever eaten at.