On my last trip from my hometown to Manila, I stayed in Alejandra Hotel which is situated in Zobel Roxas, Makati City.
Zobel Roxas street is in the outskirts of Makati City, the Philippines’ business hub. It is still a short distance from major shopping malls (with boutiques and restaurants), museum, parks and offices. From the airport to the hotel, the fare is between £4.50 (300 pesos) to £7.50 (500 pesos). You pay the airport taxi at the airport and the amount is fixed. The driver shouldn’t request additional payment from you. From the hotel to the airport, metered taxi fare should be around £2.25 (150 pesos).
The hotel & services
Alejandra Hotel is quite new and cosy. The interiors are modern, airy and clean. It is fully air-conditioned and there’s a lift to take you whichever floor you want. The Coffee shop is open 24hours which is actually very good when you’ve got a jet lag. Also, there is free & secured WIFI service in there. The Leonore Piano bar & restaurant is just beside the coffee shop. I only ate breakfasts there so I can’t really say much about the other meals. However the breakfast selection is mostly local – rice, longganisa and eggs plus hot/cold drink. I am sure you can order something different. From their website, they posted several other services like salon & spa, conference & meeting rooms, etc.
My room is a family room since I shared it with my brother and my sister for a day. It is nice and tidy, the bed is firm although you can’t prop yourself up on the bed. You are more likely going to slide back down again as the mattress is encased in faux-leather cover. There is a wardrobe and hidden fridge with cold drinks. There is also a kettle and things to make several cups of tea but the kettle can only be plugged to the socket between the beds (see the picture – well, in my room anyway). The dresser holds the flat screen TV with a lot of channels to choose from (cable service). The shower & WC are separated and are spacious and clean. Warm shower is very welcome after weeks of cold bath in my hometown.
A standard room is only £27 per night breakfast included. That is affordable compared to the others in the area. Their rates are posted in their website.
During my stay, the staff were great and very helpful. The reception girls are always smiling and I like that the housekeeping staff are efficient. I travel with a vacuum storage bag so I can pack a lot in a small suitcase. I requested for a vacuum cleaner to be brought to my room so I can pack & they did so quickly. They might just be curious but I am still very happy they did it.
I am very glad that my auntie Grace Ecaranum recommended the hotel to me. It is closer than the previous one I stayed in and cheaper than the bigger hotels. It is clean, quiet and fully air-conditioned. With a restaurant and cafe in the building, you’re okay if you are too tired to go out. So, yes, I highly recommend this hotel and on my next trip to the Philippines, Alejandra hotel will be my first choice.
- There are hundreds of taxis in Manila in various running condition. Old gas fuelled taxi are often leaky, you’ll end up with a really big headache after the trip so ask first if you have lung condition and choose well.
- It is much better if you get the hotel security to call a cab. You can specify what type and they keep note of the plate number. You can wait inside for it as well.
- Do not forget to ALWAYS ask for a receipt. Be it printed with their meter or handwritten. It is important that you have the plate number of the cab, the name & phone number of the operator, date and the amount you paid. If you forget a belonging, it is quicker to get it back when you have the contact details.
- Don’t travel during rush hour. Although prohibited, taxis sometimes refuse to take passengers after you tell them where you want to go.
- When you hail a cab, the meter fare should start with 40 pesos or 60p