Most times, the directive to “just add water” makes things better, like quick-make oatmeal or instant ramen—but not Metro Manila. Once a little bit of rain falls, the metropolis bursts into chaos, where traffic standstills and standed people turn every covered sidewalk and public transport into a can of sardines. It’s enough to make anyone want to escape to a vacation, so why not do exactly that?
We've collated seven hotels in Makati City that are the perfect refuges for weeknights when you’re stuck in the Central Business District, or when you want to extend the R&R to the weekend. With this mix of big, familiar names and quaint, newer ones, you'll definitely find one that's fits you and your needs best:
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
Address: 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 828-4774
Inspired by the art and life of Pablo Picasso, this boutique hotel has a tasteful aesthetic that will take you away from the chaos of the city. It’s perfect for “me-time” or a girls’ night in.
Book: The Malaga Studio (P4,955/night) or Andalusia Junior Suite (P5,740/night)
Do: Go for a spa session at QiWellness (which often has discounts on Klook), or pamper yourself with a new haircut at Studio 119. Enjoy great coffee from Cartel Deli next door, then head to Pablo Bitstro for their salmon carpaccio. It’s also walking distance from the Salcedo Weekend Market.
FN Tip: Always check out their website first before you book as they usually have discounts and packages (like a rainy day promo) going.
Aruga by Rockwell
Address: Rockwell Center, Waterfront Drive, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 818-0000
Designed with Asian contemporary interiors, Aruga by Rockwell is a professional serviced apartment with warmth. A quick stroll from Powerplant, the location takes the cake for this hotel. All the rooms also have a laundry and dryer, which makes it easier if you decide to hit the gym or find yourself walking in with wet clothes from a downpour!
Book: The Studio Deluxe (P7,300/night) or One Bedroom Premier (8,030/night)
Do: Work out at the fitness center or lounge at the swimming pool. Have a coffee break or light snack at the Aruga Café by Mesclun, or treat yourself to an in-room massage.
Address: 7862 Makati Avenue, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 755-7877
If you’re all about the spa experience, I’M Hotel is for you. A stay includes access to the first and biggest Onsen spa in the country—a 6-storey carbonated bath technology from Japan that benefits blood circulation and speeds up metabolism—and its in-house masseuses knowledgeable in both Eastern and Western styles.
Book: The Classic Studio (P5,500/night) or Executive Prestige King (P6,700/night)
Do: Book a session at their spa, relax at the tea lounge, or indulge in the 9-station buffet at The Common Good.
Address: 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 795-0777
Immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Raffles. The Singapore brand made its way to the Philippines and localized its feel, while still retaining signature details, which you can find in the artworks of Charlie Chaplin (who lived in The Raffles Singapore for a portion of his life), the Singapore Sling, and having a butler for the duration of your stay. (Yes, you read that right.)
Book: The Raffles Junior King Suite (P 10,200/night)
Do: Partake of Afternoon Tea at the Writer’s Bar and evening cocktails at Long Bar—the room rate is inclusive of these, plus breakfast at Spectrum. Don’t be afraid to litter peanut shells at Long Bar, too; it’s a tradition to throw it on the floor after eating.
Makati Diamond Residences
Address: 118 Legazpi St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 317-0999
Fitness buffs will be thrilled to learn that the Makati Diamond Residences has a TRX Studio, an indoor lap pool, and a 24-hour gym within its property. There’s also a Whisky & Cigar Bar that you can invite your friends to meet you for a night cap.
Book: The Studio Twin or King (P 7,820/night) or One Bedroom Suite (P 8,540/night)
Do: Wake up early for the breakfast buffet at Alfred that comes with your stay. Located right across Greenbelt 5, walk over to the mall and give in to some retail therapy.
FN Tip: Head over to their website for Special Promos, which includes a discount on rainy days.
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati
Address: Glorietta Mall, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 909-0888
This family-friendly destination is also a budget-friendly hotel that offers premier services and amenities. Connected to the Glorietta complex, its surrounded by retail shops and restaurants to keep you busy, and dry.
Book: The Deluxe Room (P 6,370/night) or Executive Club Room (P 8,565/night)
Do: While the roof deck pool might not be a good idea during the worst rains, it would be a great place to catch the sunset when the clouds clear.
FN Tip: You can still visit their rooftop bar Oz even during rainy evenings: you may not be able to chill al fresco, but you can still have a comforting drink in your hand while watching the downpour from indoors.
Dusit Thani Manila
Address: Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue cor. Pasay Road, Makati City
Contact details: (02) 238-8888
Dusit Thani Manila has stood the test of time, and continues to provide its signature experience of Thai hospitality. If you have an appreciative eye for Thai architecture and design, there’s plenty to find in this hotel. If you also love the cuisine, Benjarong Royal Thai is the best place to indulge in that!
Book: The Premier Room (P 6,700/night) or Deluxe Suite (P 8,090/night)
Do: Walk over to the shops at the nearby Glorietta Center or SM Makati.
FN Tip: Indulge in a total relaxation package at the Devarana Spa! Try "The Harmony of Tad Si-the Traditional Thai Medicine" which goes for two hours. Based on Buddhist teachings, the point is to balance all the elements within your body—earth, wind, water, and fire—by applying herbal compress dipped in aromatic oils on certain points, followed by a Thai massage that incorporates focusing on pressure points as well as stretching.