Cost of living
Makati City's cost of living is significantly higher than its 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 offers service, accommodations, and value that is not that expensive compared to other upscale cities in the world. Furthermore, bargains comparable to other Philippine cities may be found in certain areas in Makati, such as in the Makati Cinema Square, The Landmark, Cash & Carry, and Guadalupe Mall, that will make a stay in Makati even for the most jaded backpackers more than economical.
The area of Makati City was first dismissed as worthless swampland 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 of the country. In 1670 it was established as a visita of Sta. Ana de Sapa under the jurisdiction of the Franciscans. 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 opening of the 20th 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.
Makati has some of the strictest traffic rules in Metro Manila. Traffic marshals 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 color coding scheme is active all day unlike in other neighboring cities when they are only enforced during rush hour.
The Line 3 elevated train has four stations along 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.
Line 3 is a quick and inexpensive way to get into the city. The cost of a ticket ranges from .
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 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.
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 premium busMost of Metro Manila's expanding Point-to-Point (P2P) bus network terminate at Makati; common termini are Greenbelt, Glorietta, The Circuit, and Trasierra.
- RRCG Transport runs Alabang Town Center–Greenbelt 1, Ayala Malls South Park–Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Cainta–Trasierra, SM Cherry Antipolo–Greenbelt 5, SM City Masinag–Greenbelt 5
- DNS Transport (Delta Neosolutions) runs from Eastwood City–Makati CBD, Sucat Exit—Greenbelt 5, and UP Town Center–Glorietta 3.
- San Agustin runs Noveleta—Trasierra and SM Southmall—Circuit Lane.
- HM Transport runs Robinsons Galleria—Glorietta 3.
- MetroExpress Connect runs Camella Homes Dasmariñas—San Lorenzo Place, Robinsons Place Dasmariñas—Trasierra, Vista Mall Daang Hari—Trasierra, and Vista Mall Daang Hari—San Lorenzo Place.
By taxiTaxis come form across the metro, including the airport. A single costs from Ninoy Aquino International Airport or from Ermita.
The Pasig River Ferry stops at two stations 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 may be worth keeping the ferry service in mind as another means of getting into Makati from other riverside districts such as Intramuros in Manila.
You can easily walk around the Central Business District by way of the sidewalks or the 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, especially around the malls. The flat rate is and a ride across town ranges from .
Greenbelt ChapelIn 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 BayaniThe 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 Churchaddress: 7440 Bernardino StBuilt by the Augustinian friars and is 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 ExchangeOne 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 MonumentErected 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.
phone: +63 2 759-8288address: Dela Rosa StShowcases the rich and vivid history of the Philippines from the earliest times of the Mactan battle to the struggle of democracy in EDSA. Also present are some famous paintings by Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Fernando Zobel. Guided tours are available if booked in advance for large groups.
phone: +63-2-889-1234address: RCBC PlazaThe 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 LibraryLocated 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.
Greenbelt ParkGreenbelt 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 ParkBehind the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Ayala Triangle Park is surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
Legaspi ParkA 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 ParkAnother small park along Legaspi Street. Similar to the Legaspi Market, on Saturday mornings the Salcedo Market opens.
The Makati Central Business District is the home of some of the biggest companies in the Philippines. It is also where the top BPO's and contact centers are headquartered.
Ayala Center is the Philippines' answer to Singapore's Orchard Road or Thailands'a Siam Square, and has a number of upscale malls. High-end 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.
GloriettaIt was renovated in the 1990s, and is 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, and Zara among others.
GreenbeltThe one stop for high-end stores from brands 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, and more. Dining options include walk-in restaurants and fast food chains; fast food chains are found in Greenbelt 1, while restaurants are located in Greenbelt 2, 3 and 5.
Power Plant MallA four-level complex that has shops and restaurants which may be of either international or local origin, cinemas too are also found. Shops at the 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, and Zara.
Salcedo Weekend MarketIn 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.
Makati is packed with dining choices:
- Ineng's 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.
- Earl's Sandwiches, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, facing Legaspi Street. Excellent submarine sandwiches.
- Mang Inasal Filipino-style chicken.
JolibeeA growing fast-food chain in the country serving fried chicken, burgers, fries, sundaes, etc.
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.
- Greenwich A favourite of locals. Very affordable yet tasty pizza, often located in mall food courts.
- Yellow Cab Pizza Multiple locations, one of the Philippines' most successful pizza franchises that has gained its market share with good value for money, lots of toppings and imported cheese.
- 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 it is. Their pastas are also filling and tasty.
- California Pizza Kitchen Multiple locations including the third floor of 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.
phone: +63 2-843-4075address: One Lafayette Square, 132 L.P. Leviste Corner Sedeno St., Salcedo VillageComfort 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 lasagna. Though the prices ( average starter; average sandwich; mains from for the Mac n' cheese, to for the steak frites) come out on the high side of mid-range dining options, Apt. 1B is well worth it.
phone: +63 2-403-9999Five locations in Metro Manila; for Makati visit Valero Street or Legaspi Street branches. For Middle Eastern and/or Mediterranean. The Legaspi location is directly across the entrance to Greenbelt 5, at the corner of Dela Rosa Street. Highly recommended.
address: Festejo Bldg., 816 Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), MakatiAlso has a location in Padre Faura, Ermita. 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.
phone: +63 2-729-4837address: Greenbelt 2, Ground Floor, Ayala CenterModerately 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.
Chimaraphone: +63 2-757-5652address: Cinema Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati CityThis 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., +63 2-840-0884. Casual dining at its best. Offers an array of continental, oriental, à la carte and buffet selections in a relaxing ambiance.
Magic Bread Vegetarian Storephone: +63 2 887 7921address: 25 Bautista St, Cor. Buendia, Palanan, Makati CityGreat 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 and panini sandwiches are great. Don't miss the very refreshing fresh red grape shake.
Hossein's Persian Kebabphone: +63 2-890-59-28, +63 2-890-61-37address: 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenuethe 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, +63 2-757-3940 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). They are known for their coffee pie.
Via Marephone: +63 2-893-2306address: Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1Excellent oysters.
address: Ground Floor Greenbelt 2, Ayala CenterFrench patisserie and cafe. 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.
- Basix, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +63 2-867-3333. Fine dining at the Dusit Thani.
- Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila, cor. Ayala Ave. & Makati Ave., +63 2-887-2888 / +63 2-812-3456. Fine French dining.
phone: +63 2-840-0884address: Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave.Chinese/Cantonese cuisine. Excellent Dim Sum.
- Sala, Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +63 2-750-1555 / +63 2-893-0242, . Fine European cuisine.
- UMU Japanese Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +63 2-867-3333. Offers authentic Japanese cuisine such as the sushi and sashimi bar, teppanyaki, and bento box.
phone: +63 27292888address: G/F Garden side, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati CityThey serve Thai and other Asian dishes.
phone: +63 2-7574370address: Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, MakatiWhile 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 . Main dishes range from . Cocktails in the 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 11AM to 2AM or 3PM daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at midnight or until 3AM daily. International credit cards are accepted.
phone: +63 2-757-4791address: Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, MakatiAlmost 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 () is a ridiculous bargain in the area. Cerveseria is affiliated with the excellent Kitchen, which is adjacent to the patio.
- Also in Greenbelt: Museum Cafe Ground Floor, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave corner Dela Rosa Street (adjacent Greenbelt 3 and 5) Tel +63 2-757-3000. 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 ( per bottle of San Miguel!), 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 Barphone: +63 2-897-0087address: 7838 Makati AveKiddie-corner to A. Venue. The latest newcomer on this stretch of road.
- Kwagos Grill Makati Ave. corner B. Valdez. This is where the locals go, and by locals, we mean contact center employees. Open 24 hours. A bucket of 6 San Miguel for . Serves Filipino dishes. The place gets unbearably loud on weekends.
iO Family KTVphone: +63 2-8895-5938address: 136 Jupiter StKTV (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.
Grillaaddress: corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell DrA great place to have grilled foods, both Filipino and International. Try their platters (starting at ) for a group of 3-4 and down them with some San Miguel beers.
phone: +63 2 393-9189, +63 917 832-8539 (c/o Lani), +63 917 803-9428 (c/o Kidz)address: Unit 18-N&O, A.Venue Suites, #7829 Makati Avenue cor. General Luna St., 1200The top-billed backpackers' destination in Manila in Hostelworld site, Our Melting Pot is a comfortable and friendly hostel in the cozy central district. For per person per night, modest breakfast included, you can book a bed in its 6-bed or 4-bed mixed dorms. There are also private accommodations that range from US. The place is at the center of many things, less than 30 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes to the Ayala Center where you find the Glorietta and the Greenbelt Malls, close to the Metro trains, US-taxi-ride away from major tourist attractions, etc. It is a strategic take-off point to the prime tourist destinations of this country’s 7,107 islands. The backpackers joint is essentially an apartment unit converted into a hostel so it has a very homey atmosphere. Walk-in guests may only gain access to the building upon presenting themselves to the receptionist at the lobby of the hotel as friend of the owners. Security protocol of A.Venue suites is very strict so online booking facilitates everything. The accommodation comes with free internet access and common area for guests, including use of the hotel swimming pool facilities, gym and game room. The hostel exudes a modern atmosphere, friendly and peaceful vibe.
phone: +63 2 8222723address: 1803 Evangelista Street, BangkalAll rooms are equipped with set breakfast, free morning coffee or tea daily, Wi-Fi Internet access, Air-conditioning and flat-screen TV. Some of its services are 24-hour standby generator, 24-hour security, sprinkler system, CCTV surveillance and airport transfer (upon request).
phone: +63 2 8974219address: 4411 Montojo Street Makati CityOffers 1-bedroom fully-furnished units at /day for single or double occupancy, 12 noon check-in/check-out time. Each unit has an air conditioner, one double-bed with towels and linen (one bed, sleeps 2 people), a refrigerator, a 24" LCD TV with cable, 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.
phone: +63 2 897-2370address: 5007 P. Burgos St., Bel-AirIn the middle of the business, shopping and entertainment districts of Makati City. The 33-storey condominium hotel now boasts of 120 rooms equipped with complete dining and kitchen facilities.
phone: +63 2 8934123, +63 2 8178726address: Mezzanine Floor Creekside Mall, Amorsolo St. cor VA Rufino St., Legazpi Village
phone: +63 2-815-8951address: 804 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road)Offers standard, deluxe, and superior rooms.
phone: +63 2-3947012address: 7430 Santillan St, Brgy Pio del PilarEach accommodation is air-conditioned, and boasts an LCD television with cable, DVD player with movies, and comfortable beds.
address: 112 Legaspi St., Legaspi VillageOffers fully furnished apartments.
phone: +63 2 893-0754address: 7461 Santillan Street, Pio del PilarIn the business district of Makati City, a budget Makati hotel that is clean and efficient.
phone: +63 2 890-8577, +63 2 756-0939address: 5766 Ebro Street, P. Burgos PoblacionHotel in an old art deco building in Makati, near the red light district and the Powerplant Mall. It's a budget hotel, but annoyingly they do not show their rate on the website.
phone: +63 2 818-3628address: 9th Floor LPL Towers, Legaspi St., Legaspi VillageStudio 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.
phone: +63 2 5538998address: 7644 Guijo St., San Antonio VillageDeluxe 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.
phone: +63 2 818-6811address: 130 Amorsolo cor. Herrera St., Legaspi VillageOffers rooms equipped with kitchen, refrigerator, remote control colored television, air-conditioner, telephone with IDD/NDD access and voice mail. Amorsolo Mansion also offers the following services: a restaurant, airport transfer to and from the hotel, daily maid service, business service and room service.
phone: +63 2 887 8080address: 02 San Lorenzo Drive corner Arnaiz AvenueIt offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, a telephone with NDD/IDD service, wireless Internet access, Internet connectivity and a mini-bar. Some of its facilities and services are a business center, conference room and outdoor jacuzzi.
phone: +63 2 899-4718address: Eduque St. corner Makati AveFully air-conditioned accommodations, all equipped with cable television, coffee/tea maker and daily newspaper. Also has a business center complete with Internet connectivity and fax.
phone: +63 2 750-1010address: Buenavidez cor. Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village
phone: +63 2 403 0808address: Antel Lifestyle City, 7829 Makati AveOffers 80 rooms, all of which have LCD TV, minibar, and bath tub. Also has a gym and fitness center, free Wi-Fi and a coffee shop.
phone: +63 2-844-9061address: 107 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village
phone: +63 2-812-2729address: 103 Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village
phone: +63 2 8841463address: 108 Benavidez Street, Legaspi VillageUnits at BSA Suites Serviced Apartments have living, dining and kitchen facilities meeting the needs of guests on short or extended stays.
phone: +63 2 887-0147address: 108 Legaspi St., Legaspi VillageBSA Tower professes to be elegantly designed.
phone: +63 2-899-1111address: 7870 Makati Avenue cor Kalayaan AvenueThis three-star hotel along Makati Avenue is one of the more popular mid-range hotels. They are known to nickel and dime guests, however, charging service fees for seemingly everything (i.e. a 100% fee for bringing food (not only alcohol) to the pool side.
phone: +63 2-844-8811address: 912 Pasay Road
phone: +63 2-8905044address: 102 Jupiter St.Bel-Air VillageQuaint 25-bedroom facility right in the heart of the Makati Central Business District.
phone: +63 2-750-3010address: Kalayaan Avenue corner P. Burgos St., Bel-Air, Makati, Metro Manila, PhilippinesA 110-room property along bustling Kalayaan Avenue (Makati Avenue), close to the Power Plant Mall. Fully air-conditioned executive studios, one and two bedroom suites, and luxury penthouses available.
phone: +63 2 845-0211address: 1026 A. Arnaiz Avenue San Lorenzo VillageA/C suites equipped with satellite/cable television and broadband internet access. Also has a business center, fitness center, and Wi-Fi zone.
phone: +63 2 60018888address: 2914 Finlandia corner Einstein Street, San Isidro MCPOOffers 40 big air-conditioned guest rooms. It has a pool and gym on the top floor, and a coffee shop on the second floor.
phone: +63 2-899-7888address: Durban corner P. Burgos StreetA 27-storey property at the heart of the city’s business and entertainment district.
phone: +63 2 810 9526address: 166 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village
phone: +63 2 840-1826address: 117 Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village24-storey, full-service condominium hotel with a three-star rating.
phone: +63 2-840-3215address: 101 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi VillageTasteful accommodations and standard facilities.
phone: +63 2 659-2412address: HV Dela Costa, corner LP Leviste Street, Salcedo VillageA/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 a business center, swimming pool and fitness room/gym.
phone: +63 2 890-8342address: Valero Street, Corner Sedeño Street, Salcedo VillageStylish serviced apartments: Clean, professional studio, 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments good for stays of one week or longer. All apartments are equipped with cable television, DVD Player, kitchenette, Wi-Fi, phone, iron and ironing board, and maid services. Building features include: 24-hour security and bellboy, swimming pool, sauna, fitness room/gym, in-house laundromat and meeting room rentals.
phone: +63 2-893-2654address: LPL Manor Building, 116 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo VillageA/C rooms equipped cable TV and kitchen facilities. Some of its facilities and services are housekeeping, round-the-clock security and safe deposit boxes.
phone: +63 2-897-1808address: Durban St. corner Makati Ave.The Sunette Tower stands on a quiet side street by Makati City’s main thoroughfare, Makati Avenue.
phone: +63 2 911-2161, +63 2 912-2691address: #107 Neptune St., Bel-Air IIHas 33 rooms categorized as Deluxe Double and Twin.
SplurgeThanks 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.
phone: +63 2 729 8888address: Glorietta 4, Ayala CentreFrom the elegant penthouses to three-bedroom residences, each of the 306 apartments offers spacious living and dining areas, fully-equipped modern kitchens, home entertainment systems and wireless (Wi-Fi) internet connection.
phone: +63 2 828-4774address: 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo VillageOffers air-conditioned 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.
phone: +63 2 519 1999address: 27 Canopus corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air VillageAll 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, a roof deck which serves as a function area, 24-hour security, free internet access and housekeeping upon request (charges apply).
phone: +63 2-8159711address: 1 Ayala Ave
phone: +63 2 478-3280address: 906 Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo VillageOffers 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.
phone: +63 2-813-8888address: Ayala cor. Makati Ave.The Makati Shangri-La is at respected hotel 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, +63 2 750 8888, . The Mandarin Oriental has a reputation for quality business accommodations and the cuisine of its in-house restaurants?
phone: +63 2 811 6888address: Esperanza Street Corner Makati Avenue
phone: +63 2-887-2888address: Ayala cor. Makati AveThe 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.
- The Raffles Hotel Manila, Makati Avenue corner Arnaiz Avenue, Ayala Center
phone: +63 2 757-2615address: Antel Lifestyle City, Makati AvenueOffers restaurants, function rooms, and comfortable accommodations.
phone: +63-2-909-0888address: Glorietta Mall, Palm Drive, Ayala Center
phone: +63 2 755 7888address: Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan AvenueI’M Hotel is the first 5 star hotel in the Poblacion district and houses the first and to date (2018) largest onsen spa in the Philippines. The hotel's architecture and rooms are designed by Singapore-based architects. It features 434 rooms including 182 suites equipped with an Electrolux-fitted kitchenette, living room, and dining area. The hotel also has an infinity pool, which can be seen upon entering the lobby as one looks up because it is acrylic-bottomed. The hotel's Common Good Food Playground features nine upscale dining outlets offering various international cuisines.
Makati is generally peaceful. Perhaps the more peaceful place than Makati is the Bonifacio Global City (Fort Bonifacio) area of Taguig. Choosing between Manila and Makati? Makati is much better security-wise.
Be mindful of people coming from outside of Makati though. They tend to be tagged as 'less civilized' by Makati residents because most offenses in the city are made by them.
Be wary of strangers and take extra precaution when being approached. Avoid crowded places, as well as sketchy locations.
Metro Manila police are generally foreigner-friendly. As usual, the recommended approach is to be on high alert at all times, as incidents may take place anywhere.
The international telephone country code for the Philippines is +63. The area code for Metro Manila (including Makati) is 2.
English is spoken everywhere. All traffic signs and business establishments are in English. In formal business engagements, English is the language of choice.
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. Just like any urban area, 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 Mandarin Oriental, which there is, ask for a room facing the other direction. It's highly recommended to use tap water for washing your hands and nothing more.
Be wary of taxi drivers. 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, never light a taxi if the driver refuses 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 . On weekends, it's usually 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, if you're that reckless, 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. Travelers of all nations will feel comfortable.