In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Ascott The Residence is offering special promo rates from April 1 to December 31, 2014 for all of its properties around the globe. Ascott was established in Singapore back in 1984 and has now grown into a leading luxury serviced apartment owner/operator. I took advantage of its online Flash Sale for Members last June to book a 3-Bedroom Deluxe for 2 nights in time for my dear mother-in-law’s birthday weekend most recently. We wanted to make this affair an annual family tradition (last year we stayed in Hotel H2O for her birthday weekend). I got a sweet low rate of P8,760+++ per night for the 3-bedroom apartment (without breakfast) that I booked online.
We checked in last Friday, August 8, and because it was our first time to stay in Ascott, we weren’t expecting it to be so elegantly grandiose. However, I was informed at the front desk that my preferred residence was not available that day due to “maintenance issues” and that the Guest Service Supervisor, Ariane, sent me an e-mail about it the day before. I told her that I do not check my e-mail everyday, hence I didn’t get to read her message. Anyhow, in lieu of a 3-Bedroom Deluxe, she offered me two units of a 2-Bedroom Deluxe for the same price, plus complimentary breakfast for 6 persons as “a gesture of our sincerest apologies.” So instead of getting three bedrooms, we got a total of four! How could I refuse? Well, then, apologies accepted!
Each 2-Bedroom Deluxe has a floor area of more than 100 square meters, which gave us massive family space. Each unit features a master’s bedroom, another bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a living area, a 4-seater dining table, a kitchenette complete with a kitchen sink and all the essential appliances and utensils that a family would need: a huge refrigerator with freezer, a big oven and a microwave oven, rice cooker, chinaware, silverware and glassware — the works! There’s even a washing machine and dryer. It’s really a home away from home.
Aside from a huge outdoor swimming pool on the 6th level, there’s also a fully-equipped gym, aerobics room, game room with billiards and game console, spa and massage center, and — get this — tennis courts! Can any other hotel beat that?
Breakfast is served at Cafe on the 6th. Its breakfast spread is pretty basic compared with the other hotels’ offerings, but I loved the food (plus, it’s complimentary!) especially the pancakes, bacon, and the cheesy baked baby potatoes. Yum! I also truly appreciated the warmth and hospitality of all the staff. They even surprised my mom-in-law with a small, personalized cake and balloons while serenading her with the birthday song. Massive thanks!
Aside from its prized location (we just went down and there’s Glorietta and SM Makati), what I loved most about Ascott Makati was its high-speed wireless internet service (because, let’s face it, most of us can’t survive a weekend without the net). We had a remarkably comfortable stay and would surely recommend Ascott Makati to all our friends and relatives. My only complaint, which I’m sure can easily be fixed, is the clogged drain in the shower area of the bathroom assigned to us (Room 1805). It took a long while before the water went down the drain, which created a pool on the floor. But other than that, everything about our 2-night stay was nice and cozy. It’s another birthday to remember for our dearest darling Mommy, who is still pretty at 83.