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Makati may be a served city but it's still easy to fall prey to substandard hotel services whenever you take a risk booking a room at some rickety venue like a bed and breakfast with an ominous name or a motel that's notorious for theft and other horror stories. To zero in on a district for a long or overnight stay is the wise thing to do because the immediate environment reflects the kind of treatment a guest will receive. The short stretch of Urban Avenue in Legaspi Village and its neighboring informal district of Ayala North is home to a little of bit of everything that the city has to offer. It has a university, hospital (Makati Medical Center), fine dining restaurants, fast food, convenience stores and other corporate institutions. For peace of mind, there is a fire station nearby. Look no further for a satisfying immersion because it's where Red Planet Hotels Amorsolo is located.
Red Planet Hotels Amorsolo is where a former condominium used to operate in the city so the location is truly reliable for local and foreign tourists alike. Interestingly, the old building that used to stand there is also the venue of my first corporate job in the metropolis and the building across it -- Burgundy Tower -- is where I lingered on a back office post for five years.
|My booked room|
|The guest lounge area|
Electric Hustle At Night
At night, the dance of commercial lights and garish skyscrapers begin the electric hustle. It was also the perfect, sentimental view from my booked room at the hotel for two nights, seven floors up. I was home once again, but coming from a different place this time. With the on-and-off drizzle from an ongoing typhoon, I curled up in my plush hotel bed for a relaxing staycation, an elaborate layover for a trip to an island paradise in the Visayas region.
Value For Money
For affordable rates that match reliable features, the hotel is definitely value for money. It's got the same power shower that I enjoyed in another hotel of the brand in Ortigas, Pasig City. The same custom-made beds and crisp linens are present along with basic add-ons like hair dryer, hangers for wardrobe, a folding table that can fit a laptop and a few more gadgets and flat screen TV. Unlike other budget hotels that drown out the reality of the world, Red Planet has a charming window for a view of the scene outside. In this Makati City branch, it's a distant fence-like lineup of high-rise buildings that light up at night.
The hotel's lobby and hallways are fully carpeted, another reason to consider it over random accom-modations for the same rate.
Security is also held in high regard with electronic key cards that are to be used starting at the elevator to ward off unpleasant personalities in hallway corners that seem to be prevalent in neighboring budget hotels.
Indoor spaces are well lit with a youthful vibe of layered tones of black and off-white, plus the hotel's signature color -- red. No wonder, it's the hotel of choice by young and upbeat travelers from all over the world who share in the value-for-stay sentiment.
|Loyalty program called RemembeRED|
|The view from my room|
|Friendly hotel staff at the front desk|
|The hotel's Mac-based computer station|
Get RED-y For The Next Milestone
Something nifty to look forward to is the hotel’s next milestone -- the guest-enabled chat via the Red Planet Hotels app – which will give guests the convenience of sending messages to the front desk for a more responsive approach to customer service. Apart from being an efficient booking portal, the app is touted to feed information about relevant local events and points of interest directly to guests’ hand-held devices. It is also anticipated to facilitate room-to-room calling along with many other innovative features. For now, guests can be part of the RemembeRED loyalty program that rewards them for frequent stays.
REDefined For The Better
The new Red Planet concept has been unveiled across its portfolio of 24 hotels, consisting of 3,783 rooms in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In addition to the existing portfolio, Red Planet will be opening the new brand’s flagship properties in Tokyo and Bangkok this year.
Since opening its first hotel in 2011, Red Planet Hotels has welcomed nearly four million guests.
Red Planet Hotels Amorsolo
Official website of Red Planet Hotels Amorsolo
Address: 99 Urban Avenue, Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati City, Philippines 1230
Phone: +63 2 838-0888
More Photos Below:
|The hotel hallway|
|Electronic key card and air conditioning control|