We were in Boracay and had planned to be there for 4 nights. After spending 2 nights there we decided that we were going to be really bored. I think we sometimes have this idea that we are more beachy people than we really are!
So we changed our flights to go back to Manila one day early so we could do more shopping, and we also needed a cheap hotel to spend the night. Enter the Astoria Greenbelt.
Astoria Greenbelt Location
The Astoria Greenbelt is located on the bottom part of the Makati / Ayala area in Manila. From a location perspective the only way you could beat it is if you were smack bang in the centre of Makati itself. Though you would expect to pay around $150 per night for a nice hotel. There are cheaper hotels on Legapazi Street, but they looked really run down and old. From here, its about a 3 minute walk to Greenbelt mall, factoring in the one road you need to cross.
The whole check in process was really easy, and the hotel staff were really friendly and nice.
On a side note, there was an old man checking in with a younger filipino lady at the same time. Its kind of amusing to see this (particularly in south east asia) where you have either old frail guys, or really fat obese ones with a woman half their age. It is what it is i suppose.
The hotel markets itself as a boutique one as a differentiator, and I can kind of see what they are going for. Its got the Instagram type font on the walls of the room to give it that millennial feel.
Overall a very nice room. The furnishings are all quite new and clean. The only downside is that it feels a little small and claustrophobic. The shower would most definitely not fit a larger person, so do check out photos on TripAdvisor to get a feel for the shower size (No, i really mean you may not fit in).
Don’t be expecting a view here. Theres a reason why the shades are pulled down all the time. I think people could see through this window. Anyway there isnt much for you to observe either.
Study area if needed. Maybe a complementary minibar here would be nicer 🙂
Overall if you need somewhere to stay for a few nights while you shopped in the Makati district, then why not. Its a good location, its relatively cheap and clean.