I love staycations! Nothing like spending a weekend in a new environment, meeting new people and experiencing new flavors. Last weekend, we were blessed with yet another meaningful stay for we got the chance to get to know one of the country’s most progressive cities – Makati City!
Makati City is known as the Philippine’s business capital and also one of the classiest cities in the land. The country’s financial center, earning it the nickname, “Wall Street of the Philippines.” The major banks, corporations, department stores as well as embassies of the different nations are based here. But you see, despite its image to be only known for business and trade, there’s this other side of Makati which I believe people should know of.
Last weekend, we decided to stay at the Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, situated beside A. Venue Mall. Best Western is a well known international hotel chain so we also wanted to experience their own signature hospitality.
As soon as we entered, we were immediately greeted with warm smiles
We really liked its casual and friendly atmosphere. Everyone kept on smiling a lot and were so easy to approach. =)
Our room was spacious enough and everything we needed was readily available. I actually liked its relaxing ambiance…
Our room was like a studio type condo. It even had a dining table and a mini-kitchen with microwave making it ideal for long staying guests or for people who wish to cook meals during their stay.
Perfect for people who wish to escape the stresses of the outside world, without having to travel away from the metro.
Be sure to let your kids (if you have any) play and swim at the pool area located at the 5th floor
They have a total of 3 pools to cater to both kids and adults! Super saya!
the play place for kids
To further help relieve stress, be sure to visit Toccare Spa to experience their signature healing touches….
a look at one of their couple rooms
Another great reason why we enjoyed our staycation at Best Western Plus Antel Hotel was because of the countless new flavors and eats which we discovered around A.Venue! This side of Makati is always full of life! Never a dull moment!
It was our first time here and we were surprised to know that this has been existing for years! This open bazaar area is popularly known as HOTT ASIA and here you can find a variety of street food, clothing, bags, shoes, accessories etc plus LIVE entertainment every night!
crowds of people from all walks of life flock HOTT ASIA every night to chill and enjoy good affordable food!
HOTT Asia: The best place in Makati to enjoy street food!
MUST TRY Timplador’s Lechon Cebu!
These stuffed eggs were a hit!
Craving for Laing? Visit JNX Lutonng Bahay!
Sinigang na Ulo ng Maya-maya at Aloha Grill
This blueberry cupcake by Belle’s Cakes was super yummy!
I will never forget this feast! Everything so tempting yet so affordable! No wonder this place is filled with people every night!
I used to often pass by A.Venue Mall, but I never thought this place had soooo many great eats!
If it’s Chinese Szechuan/Sichuan food you’re looking for, check out Chuan Xiang!
Szechuan/Sichuan is a style of Chinese cooking originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China. It has bold and spicy flavours from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavor of Sichuan peppers.
If you love spicy food, then this is the place to be in Makati!
Chuan Xiang Mapo Tofu
Braised Beef with Brown Sauce
Stir Fried Four Seasons Green Beans! Soooo gooooood!
Pickled Cabbage & Fish Pot
We were also fortunate to discover BAMM: Manila’s very FIRST German-Turkish comfort food resto and Home of the BEST HUMMUS in the land!
THE BEST HUMMUS EVER!! 4 thumbs up (feet included)!
The food here is simply great plus the prices are so affordable!
German Frank with rice
Kofta with rice
Best enjoyed with beer!
after 30 mins….. lols!!
For dessert, I really loved the Ensaymada Ice Cream I found at Foccacia, also inside A.Venue Mall
I remember leaving the Antel Hotel a bit teary-eyed coz I was beginning to really like not only the hotel but the community which surrounds it.
We’ve only scratched its surface and I bet there are so much more to discover and experience in this area…. We can’t wait to come back!
Next time I think about the word staycation, I will definitely remember this place! =)
Best Western Plus Antel Hotel: For remarkable Makati Staycations!
Best Western Plus Antel Hotel
8729 Makati Avenue, Makat City
(+63 2) 403-0888
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