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  1. Devils_1
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    A Venue Hotel

    Originally Posted by Manta Ray
    I'll be in Manila for a week at the end of this month. Anyone recently stayed at A. Venue on Makati Ave? If so, how is it in terms of cleanliness, service and girl friendliness?

    Many thanks,

    Manta Ray
    Hi Manta,

    I have stayed there. it is decent. the bathrooms are tiny and annoying. I would recommend the St Giles, which is right across the street. it is nicer and the bathrooms are bigger.

    I just looked and you can get it for $57/per night (US dollars).

    http://www.stgilesmanila.com/

    The difference in the two is the A venue does have a sitting room and more of an apartment set up. your call, maybe do a night at one and check out the other to see which is more to your liking. you cant go wrong with either for the money and location.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  2. Devils_1
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    Greenbelt Hotels

    Originally Posted by Omall2008
    Hi

    Can any of you give me some mid/upper range hotels close to Greenbelt (5 minutes walk close)

    I have stayed at New World Hotel - any other suggestions. Obviously girl-friendly is a pre-requisite

    Planning my next trip to Makati - only thing that keeps me sane back in the UK!
    I am sure you know the obvious ones, Shangri La and Peninsula. You can try the Mandrin Oriental which is just a couple of blocks further down the street. They are the older of the 5 stars and have lesser rates.

    Also, I would look at the Somerset chain. They are more of an apartment. They are very nice and very large inside. The somerset olympia is a dump however. So if you are set on the greenbelt area try the somerset millenium. Also they have another group assocaited with them called the Ascott. But I think they are similar in price to the Shang/Peninsula in price. But they will be worth the money for a very large and nice apartment.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  3. Mc_Don
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    Makati Palace on P Burgos

    Stayed there for 2 nights last week. Good size rooms, OK internet (cable) good size bead and aircon that does not kill you .... Location is perfect, hotel is girl friendly and fairly cheap (payed 50USD for executive suite - booking via agoda). I didn't check any other facilities so I can't comment on the pool or restaurants. The only annoying fact was there is no safe in the room (safety boxes at reception) and that they charge like wounded bull for ANYTHING. To clean the room they wanted 500 peso, if you lose the key from the safety box its 100 USD, 150 peso for an hour internet and so on...
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  4. Manta_Ray
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    Thanks for A Venue Replies

    Well, from the replies I got it seems that St Giles, which is nearby, would be a better choice than A Venue.

    Thanks again for the replies lads, and I will report back after my stay.

    BTW, if anyone wants a wingman/beer buddy on an evening while I am there (Nov 30-Dec 4), do drop me a PM.

    Manta Ray
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  5. Mc_Don
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    Originally Posted by Manta Ray
    Well, from the replies I got it seems that St Giles, which is nearby, would be a better choice than A Venue.

    Thanks again for the replies lads, and I will report back after my stay.

    BTW, if anyone wants a wingman/beer buddy on an evening while I am there (Nov 30-Dec 4), do drop me a PM.

    Manta Ray

    I think someone compared it to the IBIS in europe which is a fair. I have stayed there few times the only thing I don't like is the fridge in the room you wont be able to fit in more then 4-5 drinks in it. Never seen anything like it. Pool on the roof is nice. They had a Halloween party few weeks ago so its all nice and functional. Official hotel opening is in january so there is still some work going on but unlike last time when I stayed this time it was quite and decent. Book through their website, rates are cheaper. If you are extending again you need to book over the net as counter price is much more expensive. I found that silly but most hotels do it.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  6. FreebieFan
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    Originally Posted by Mc Don
    I think someone compared it to the IBIS in europe which is a fair. Book through their website, rates are cheaper. If you are extending again you need to book over the net as counter price is much more expensive. I found that silly but most hotels do it.
    All the big hotel chains, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood etc have something called Rate Parity.. which means they all offer a guarantee that if you can find a lower rate on internet thsan offered at hotel, they will refund you the differnce.

    The fact that these little independantly run hotels dont offer such means that Ive seen guys logging on in lobby of a hotel, asking Front Desk best rate and then showing them that theres a much better rate for same hotel on internet.
    Desk clerk shrugs her shoulders, guy books online in the hotel hes already at and hotel then pays the Agoda / Wotif etc commission and the credit card commission.. As we know, sometimes in the Phils their business common sense is more like business non sense.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  7. Mongerer69
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    Somerset Millinium

    Originally Posted by Devils 1
    I am sure you know the obvious ones, Shangri La and Peninsula. You can try the Mandrin Oriental which is just a couple of blocks further down the street. They are the older of the 5 stars and have lesser rates.

    Also, I would look at the Somerset chain. They are more of an apartment. They are very nice and very large inside. The somerset olympia is a dump however. So if you are set on the greenbelt area try the somerset millenium. Also they have another group assocaited with them called the Ascott. But I think they are similar in price to the Shang/Peninsula in price. But they will be worth the money for a very large and nice apartment.
    Just got back... Stayed at Somerset Millinium on Aguirre Street... 3 minute walk to Greenbelt 1 and 5.... 8-10 Minute walk to Cafe Havana... $82 including breakfast, low key Apartment Style Hotel.... GF friendly.... Won't think twice about staying here again... This is a great find..
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  8. Wicked_Roger
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    A funny thing at the Dusit

    I always like the Dusit and based on my comments some mingers claim they chose to stay there

    Now despite what I am about to write I will still stay there as I believe this was a 'one off' and am a mellow guy...

    Firstly, not only did I see a cocroach but I saw 5..some crawling over my laptop, others in the bathroom...on 2 separate days, the second time after they had sprayed etc

    Then...to top it all..I got food poisoning (and I rarely get this in years of travelling). The only culprit was the soup I had late at night (not having eaten prior to that except a nice breakfast in Toscas early in the morning). The soup is served chilled but I wanted it heated...thus causing me a nice 24+ hours of staying in my room enjoying the porcelain

    But credit to the Dusit management. The cockroaches did disappear, I declined an upgrade as I was leaving the next day (but I have a promise of lovely upgrades next time and more), plus all sorts of complimentary wine and food...that I could not enjoy due to the food poisoning . But the thought was good

    But I will still stay there again (upgrades or no upgrades), the rate was excellent this time and well worth it

    Could not make a fellow mongers party which was disappointing but I would only drink water and need to be close to a toilet so a taxi ride with all the bumps of Manila to get ther was not the best way to help me recover quickly

    PS..if you think this will help get upgrades a word of advice..make sure you show them the cockroaches....
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  9. Irony_Monger
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    Originally Posted by Wicked Roger
    PS..if you think this will help get upgrades a word of advice..make sure you show them the cockroaches....
    I'll likely be at the Dusit in about 3 weeks. Should I bring my own cockroach or try to pick one up locally :-)
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  10. Peskadot
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    Somerset Millinium

    M69-
    Do they have a safe in the room?

    Peskadot
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  11. Omall2008
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    Dusit or where

    Thanks WR for your Dusit cockroach recommendation. I must admit the Dusit was my selection for my next trip in February. And given that I won't be partaking in any form of soup, I hope it is the right choice.

    My question is. When to book? Do I leave it to the New Year for a mid Feb trip. Or do I try and get some kind of last minute deal.

    Some advice from the well travelled would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Omall

    By the way and as an aside. Got an email form one of my ladies from my previous trip professing undying love and glibly informing me that she was pregnant. No f****ng way this was my doing. Plus she must have a menstrual cycle, gynoe, and give me money charity infrastructure that would beat all measures of normal time

    I expressed this to her in a more terse fashion.basically giving her the fuck off tablet.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  12. Westcoast1
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    le cookaracha

    Originally Posted by Irony Monger
    Should I bring my own cockroach or try to pick one up locally :-)
    Try the G-Point on Faura.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  13. Wicked_Roger
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    Originally Posted by Omall2008
    Thanks WR for your Dusit cockroach recommendation. I must admit the Dusit was my selection for my next trip in February. And given that I won't be partaking in any form of soup, I hope it is the right choice.

    My question is. When to book? Do I leave it to the New Year for a mid Feb trip. Or do I try and get some kind of last minute deal.

    Some advice from the well travelled would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Omall

    By the way and as an aside. Got an email form one of my ladies from my previous trip professing undying love and glibly informing me that she was pregnant. No f****ng way this was my doing. Plus she must have a menstrual cycle, gynoe, and give me money charity infrastructure that would beat all measures of normal time

    I expressed this to her in a more terse fashion.basically giving her the fuck off tablet.

    I book mine online about a month before as Dusit can get full as it is popluar for a number of online events. Have done last minute but sometimes pricier than earlier as the hotel is trying to fills rooms

    Recommend you do a check on the web sites and see what prices, then a few days later and see if any movement etc.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  14. Slippery
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    Dusit

    I have booked at Dusit and Diamond Hotel through agoda.com

    The price difference through agoda can be substantial.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  15. Mongerer69
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    Yes.......and it is even bolted down........Enjoy


    Originally Posted by Peskadot
    M69-
    Do they have a safe in the room?

    Peskadot
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  16. Riddler
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    Cheap Digs in Quezon City

    Stone House
    1315 E Rodriguez Ave
    Quezon City
    Tel 632-724-7551 or 721-4672
    1100 Peso for standard (Ruby) room…Air con, hot and cold water, wifi in room @ 50P/Hr, 200P day unlimited or free in Star Tavern ( live music nightly)

    Stayed 4 nights upon arrival to catch up with myself after the marathon flight from USA Midwest. Although posted sign states “No Guests After 11PM” Aussie punter had his DIA sweetie overnight with no problem. Clientele is mix of families, business types, punters and budget tourists.

    Friendly atmosphere overall and strong plus was aid given by Gary (owner), a 6+ foot, 40 y/o ish, Chinese extraction with a history as a backpacker. He steered me to an upscale Spa located about 6 blocks away, for a 300P massage by a hefty lady who worked the hitch out of my giddy-up. Because it was raining heavily, he had his driver take me there at no charge.

    He also directed me to another location (Happy Sauna) about 50 meters away that specialized in full service, nut-sack draining (FR in Manila section and photo in photo section). He also offered an introduction by his General Manager to a full nude strip club owned by a relative. Did not go as had a 04:15AM flight to Cebu but was told GRO take out is about 1500 all-in.

    Would stay here again-- value for money and as I am on a 6+/- month wander in SE Asia and no longer have a corporation footing my bills, am most interested in budget, mid-range, safe flop.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  17. Natty_Bumpo
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    Jan and Feb prices:

    I have been waiting for the 2011 reality rates to kick in at the Makati 5* (really 4*) hotels before I make my reservations. Today I saw that the New World is now asking $100 for a superior room and in the next couple of weeks I expect the Dusit to be asking around $90, the InterContinental $95 for similar entry level rooms. I booked the New World for part of my stay. I have Icon points and I think I might want to stay there for the remainder of my visit if the price is right ($0.00). I'd like to checkout their bar one night.

    P.S. I am allergic to cockroaches; absolute truth.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  18. Tally_Wacker
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    Do Phil hotel rates normaly go down this time of year? I thought it was just the opposite. I have already booked most of my trip but still need to reserve a hotel in Makati area for 4 days late December. Should I wait for rates to drop?

    Originally Posted by Natty Bumpo
    Jan and Feb prices:

    I have been waiting for the 2011 reality rates to kick in at the Makati 5* (really 4*) hotels before I make my reservations. Today I saw that the New World is now asking $100 for a superior room and in the next couple of weeks I expect the Dusit to be asking around $90, the InterContinental $95 for similar entry level rooms. I booked the New World for part of my stay. I have Icon points and I think I might want to stay there for the remainder of my visit if the price is right ($0.00). I'd like to checkout their bar one night.

    P.S. I am allergic to cockroaches; absolute truth.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  19. Natty_Bumpo
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    Originally Posted by Tally Wacker
    Do Phil hotel rates normaly go down this time of year? I thought it was just the opposite. I have already booked most of my trip but still need to reserve a hotel in Makati area for 4 days late December. Should I wait for rates to drop?
    The hotel prices for calendar year 2010 are already in. You may find some deals on Wotif or some other travel site because the last thing a hotel wants is to have a room go vacant. They can never recover lost rent so last minute deals are sometimes available. It's a question of whether you are willing to risk not getting a room at some specific hotel.

    In my post, I was referring to the staggered roll out of room prices for calendar year 2011 and that I am finally seeing some price movement for the New Year. The Dusit for example is still asking $135 or more for a standard room Feb. booking, which is crazy. Go to Travelocity, Expedia, or Agoda and compare prices for the same hotel at different dates like Dec 14 through Dec 19 vs. Feb 8 through Feb 13. The Feb prices are ridiculous because hotel management has not signed off on next year's prices. They will soon. As I posted, the New World as of yesterday, is now quoting $100 for a Feb booking and this marks the beginning to the 2011 price roll out. If I wait till Feb I might get the New World for $90. Then again, I might not.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  20. Slippery
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    Originally Posted by Tally Wacker
    Do Phil hotel rates normaly go down this time of year? I thought it was just the opposite. I have already booked most of my trip but still need to reserve a hotel in Makati area for 4 days late December. Should I wait for rates to drop?
    I was just on www.agoda.com and the various rates seem to be fluctuating day to day. Its hard to predict.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  21. Richard_2008
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    Originally Posted by Pekkakoo
    How should I interpret this? Never been to UEA so whats the difference? Any idea if I should book a double room if I will have a guest sometimes?
    Last time I booked the room in NW only for myself. When I brought my lady back to the hotel, the staff in the front desk only registerd the girl's ID. But this happened in 2009, I have no idea whether they change the policy now.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  22. Canyon
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    Makati Hotels

    I assume that all the hotels in Manila are guest-friendly. Is this correct? How about the good hotels in Makati? The ones I'm interested in are the Shangri-la, the Peninsula Manila, the New World and the Intercontinental. I would appreciate any recomendations and comments about these hotels and their policies regarding unregistered guests. Also, I would appreciate any comments about the hotel locations for ease of mongering.

    Thank you.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  23. Westcoast1
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    girl friendly

    Originally Posted by Canyon
    I assume that all the hotels in Manila are guest-friendly. Is this correct? How about the good hotels in Makati? The ones I'm interested in are the Shangri-la, the Peninsula Manila, the New World and the Intercontinental. I would appreciate any recomendations and comments about these hotels and their policies regarding unregistered guests. Also, I would appreciate any comments about the hotel locations for ease of mongering.

    Thank you.
    The only hotel that I've stayed at that was girl un-friendly was the Bayview Park in Ermita. Every other place turns a blind eye to things. Tip the doorman when you first get there; after that they wink at you when you bring in two girls at once, or your second girl for the evening.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  24. Screaming_Beaver
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    Originally Posted by Canyon
    I assume that all the hotels in Manila are guest-friendly. Is this correct? How about the good hotels in Makati? The ones I'm interested in are the Shangri-la, the Peninsula Manila, the New World and the Intercontinental. I would appreciate any recomendations and comments about these hotels and their policies regarding unregistered guests. Also, I would appreciate any comments about the hotel locations for ease of mongering.

    Thank you.
    Yep, just got back from staying 10 nights at the Peninsula and never had any problems even bringing in two girls. Since it's a very nice hotel with lots of business people with their wifes, I love having buffet breakfast the next morning with the girls from the night before just to get the ole "stink eye" from the fat old white women. I usually wink at them when they stare at me.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  25. Slippery
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    Originally Posted by Screaming Beaver
    Yep, just got back from staying 10 nights at the Peninsula and never had any problems even bringing in two girls. Since it's a very nice hotel with lots of business people with their wifes, I love having buffet breakfast the next morning with the girls from the night before just to get the ole "stink eye" from the fat old white women. I usually wink at them when they stare at me.
    Either you guys have alot more money than me or the company is paying for it.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  26. Vitrea
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    Originally Posted by Canyon
    I assume that all the hotels in Manila are guest-friendly. Is this correct? How about the good hotels in Makati? The ones I'm interested in are the Shangri-la, the Peninsula Manila, the New World and the Intercontinental. I would appreciate any recomendations and comments about these hotels and their policies regarding unregistered guests. Also, I would appreciate any comments about the hotel locations for ease of mongering.

    Thank you.
    Talking about these nice hotels, any of these offer free wi-fi in the rooms? At least in their lobby? Even if they have fast Ethernet connection in the room, I can use my own wirless router. Thank you.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  27. Joe116
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    St. Giles Hotel in Makati

    St. Giles Hotel is about 25 minutes from airport, but 1 minute walk to the bars. Not spacious, but new and clean with flat-panel TVs / cable and king-sized beds. Courteous and professional staff. US$57 through their website.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  28. Driveallnight
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    Originally Posted by Vitrea
    Talking about these nice hotels, any of these offer free wi-fi in the rooms? At least in their lobby? Even if they have fast Ethernet connection in the room, I can use my own wirless router. Thank you.
    Shang offers free wifi in common areas (floors 1-2) , plus a free Ethernet connection in your room.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  29. Andy_Stevens
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    Originally Posted by Driveallnight
    Shang offers free wifi in common areas (floors 1-2) , plus a free Ethernet connection in your room.
    City Garden Suites also has free wi-fi. Lotus Garden hotel does too I think. I believe both are from the same owners.
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply
  30. Sky_Ryder
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    Swagman's Hotel

    I am trying to get to Sabang, but it seems if you don't leave Manila by the crack of dawn, you can't make it the same day. I won't arrive in MNL until about noon. Swagman offers daily bus service, but I was wondering if it is worth it to stay at their hotel and not have the hassle the next morning, or is the hotel really as bad as it sounds.

    I am also assuming there is easy access to the local Manila talent? TIA.

    Sky
    Posted 3 years ago | #Reply

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