I won an overnight stay in St. Giles Makati from its photo contest on facebook (there were only 7 entries and 5 winners, go figure) and I used the free accommodation right away. I was with my husband, Caloy and our daughter, Bea and we wondered who Saint Giles was and how come a hotel chain was named after him. I searched his name on Google and read about his life but couldn’t find the connection. Anyway, among other things, Saint Giles is the “patron saint of Edinburgh, Scotland, where the St. Giles Cathedral is a prominent landmark.” (Wikipedia)
Now back to our wonderful, albeit short stay at St. Giles Makati last December…
Towering at 35 stories high, St. Giles Makati is situated right smack in the center of one of Makati’s busiest districts, along Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue. My husband was attending a Christmas party at the A. Venue Mall the day we checked in at the hotel, and it was so convenient because the place was just nearby. We were warmly welcomed by the hotel’s Ms. Armina Mangune and were billeted on the 28th floor, specifically in Room 2820, which offered a nice view of the bustling Makati Avenue.
The hotel has a total of 512 rooms that evoke subtle elegance and feature simple, no-frills interiors that are ideal for business travelers. Our room was very clean and there was a lot of space to move around, plus it looked brand-new — after all, the hotel’s only been around for a couple of years. It’s equipped with all the amenities that make for a pleasant and relaxing stay. A fresh fruit platter greeted us upon entering the room, as well as a personalized card from the hotel’s general manager and a handwritten note from our room attendant. Such a friendly gesture!
There’s a small swimming pool on the roof top — the 35th floor — which also houses the Presidential Suite. A gym facility can also be found there, and the view of the city can be quite arresting. Bea and I took a dip in the chilly water on a cool December morning.
When you step outside the hotel, there is no shortage of restaurant choices since Makati Avenue is lined with hundreds of dining establishments and then some. In fact, Bea and I walked from the hotel all the way to the Ayala Triangle Gardens at night time, but eventually had dinner at North Park right across St. Giles Makati. For those who prefer to confine themselves in the hotel, however, there’s the in-house BayLeaf Restaurant on the second floor, where breakfast is also served to hotel guests.
The breakfast fare was typically what we always have at home, but it’s alright since I didn’t want to eat too much, anyway.
Surely our experience at St. Giles Makati has been delightful and hassle-free. Special thanks to the Assistant Communications and Marketing Manager, Ms. Armina Mangune, for making all the arrangements and for the warm hospitality.