Review: Makati Shangri-La Hotel

Makati Shangri-La Hotel review

This 2018 is such a beautiful year for me as I’ve got many opportunities to spend more relaxation time to many places in the Metro. And believe me, every stay is such good memories.

One of the highlights this is my overnight stay at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

This isn’t the first time I stayed at this hotel, and if I remember correctly this is my third time. Still his hotel is one of the good ones here in the Metro, but my recent stay made me feel quite different than before. And I’m telling you why. BOOK NOW HERE

Makati Shangri-La Hotel review

Makati Shangri-La Salon, seems nothings have changed since my first visit in 2013.

It is undeniable that Makati Shangri-La is one of the best in the Metro, their services are top-notched and they have a very welcoming ambiance, the moment you stepped out your car to the lobby. I still have that same feeling since 2013 – the people might have changed but the same smile I saw and it was wonderful.



So last month out of my whim, I booked an overnight stay at Makati Shangri-La. I chose their humble room (I think it was a standard deluxe room) enough to cleared-out my thoughts from the recent craziness at work.

Makati Shangri-La Hotel review

It is still a nice room, but seems nothings have changed back then which I find it not so satisfying. Maybe my feelings have changed because I’ve been to many hotels in the Metro and outside the country which have more wonderful than this, however back then Makati Shangri-La made me jaw-dropped.

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My intimate space for the night.


I still like their bed and duvet. It was very comfortable and he enough for my size, and always smells fresh as I expected. Their thick and clean duvet gives me that comforting feeling, and how I wish my Amore would have joined me underneath (*wink).

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They still have this humble sofa set inside their room, which is very nice to have a little relaxation because heading to my bed.

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They still have that sweet touch – giving their guests welcome fruits for their stay (and it is replenished every morning, when you request for a room make-up).

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Makati Shangri-La Hotel review

Makati Shangri-La Hotel review

My room is very spacious but already old. Compared to many hotels nowadays, my room will be considered at rooms from new 3-star hotels. However, I still like the humble ambiance, that quiet and relaxing sounds it gives to me (means I can’t hear my neighbors banging the wall, etc.).

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Inside my closet they provided me two robes lots of hangers for tops, pants, and dresses (different type of hangers for different clothes), an iron set. On top of the closet are extra pillows for my satisfaction.

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I also have this security vault for my valuable belongings, some laundry bags, bedroom sleepers (btw those are really nice, I ended up bringing them home with me).

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Here’s my bar with complimentary water and welcome cookies!

Also have this water heater, my fully-stocked fridge, complimentary coffee and tea, and the best part – a complimentary bottle of red wine! I felt so pampered already!

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Makati Shangri-La staffs are so sweet to leave fresh cookies for their guests.





The Bathroom


Since I’m the type of hotel resident who doesn’t roam around the hotel amenities, the most important part of my room (aside from my bed) is this bathroom.

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My bathroom at Makati Shangri-La is very spacious!

They have this welcoming since with complete toiletries! The toilet seat is separate from the shower room (hot and cold), and they have a separate tub for me!

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Back in 2013, their toiletries are from L’Occitane which I truly love! I was expecting the same but felt disappointment to see their unknown brand customized for Shangri-la Hotels. It smells like grass and bamboo which is not my kind of scent, I ended up buying L’Occitane at the mall just to satisfy my stay.

Makati Shangri-La Hotel review

Oh my favorite space in the bathroom! But now I find it quite smaller compared to other hotels I’ve visited, but still a good place to unwind and enjoying the glass of Bordeaux they gave me.
Though they don’t have TV inside the bathroom, they have installed good sound system which is also nice.

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This space next to the closet is a small sitting area in front of this decent whole body mirror.

I decided to spend my dinner outside the hotel, and experience the other restaurants nearby.
The next morning, of course I didn’t let myself missed their hearty breakfast at The Circle which is included in my room reservation.





The Foods at The Circles


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Ahh isn’t it so hearty! This time I forgot that I’m watching my diet and just enjoy every bites because I’m on my vacation. The hotel’s restaurant called The Circle have lots of variety of foods that you can enjoy. This photo was my first set (hahaha I forget to take a photo of the other sets). Nothings have changed to their way of services and foods – still the same when I first visited back in 2013.

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Oh these muffins are so delightful! Good to pair with brewed coffee.

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The Swimming Pool


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And I also didn’t miss that chance to enjoy their swimming pool! It was a good sunny day, almost a perfect day for my stay and to get back my tan complexion. My Amore told me that I looked so pale, and I needed some sunlight, so here I am! 

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Before I checked out the following day, they gave me this small parting gift! Isn’t they are so sweet?!

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Oh my I’m a certified tai tai!

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My view outside my room – shopping malls, restaurants are waiting for every guests!




Verdict:

Makati Shangri-La still that humble hotel in the Makati, and for the past two years they have maintained it’s standing to Forbes Travel (2017 and 2018) as one of those recommended hotels in the Philippines. Although for my own opinion, this hotel needs improvement in order to keep its standard. The staffs’ uniforms must be changed – honestly they look so old-fashioned and ugly, not suitable for the modern day hotel.

However, their services are still good, staffs are courteous and very much helpful, and their foods are worth every bite.

Overall, it is a hotel I recommend you to stay when you are here in Makati. My hotel rating would be 4.2 stars.

Makati Shangri-La Hotel review



Makati Shangri-La Hotel
Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City


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153 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. This is a wonderful looking hotel. Looks like first class everything. Enjoyed seeing it through your photos

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    1. Thank you! This is one of the firsts 5-star hotel here in Manila :D

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  2. This hotel sounds amazing! And oh the food yum!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I haven't took photos of the buffet per se, coz its crowded and busy during that day.

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  3. Wow, everytime you stay somewhere I am shocked at all the amenities and how fabulous these places are!! So jealous:)

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    1. Hahaha thank you Andrea! It's just by-chance :D

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  4. I love the photos, looks like a beautiful hotel and city to visit. Your suggested changes would make the hotel even better for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks dear! Though they need improvements, I like their services, and hospitality and the FOODS!

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  5. I love how you took pictures of the place. I feel like I am with you in the hotel :)

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    1. Oh thank you Nathalie! It means a lot :D

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  6. Wow the perfect hotel for the perfect traveller the hotel has got all the plus points for a good 5 star hotel. Love the views and the size of the room. Looks like you were pampered to the most. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Even though the hotel did not meet your standards it still looks like it would be good for a first time visitor like myself. Makati Shangri-La looks like a good base, it doesn't worry about the lack of a TV. The pool looks inviting and I'd enjoy listening to music on the sound system.

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    1. Yeah the pool is also nice! Their services also good, and haven't change since my first visit.

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  8. Wow! It's really an amazing hotel. Thanks for giving the unbiased review of this hotel. It can help a lot of peoples out!

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    1. You are welcome! Maybe soon they will change their uniforms :) The pretty faces personnel looks old wearing those old uniforms.

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  9. I love your honest review of this hotel. I would love to go on a local vacation at a hotel by me it really makes you feel like you were away and refreshed.

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    1. Thank you Melissa. When you visit Makati Shangri-La, don't miss The Circles! Ahh the buffet is the best :D

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  10. I have always loved Shangri La Hotels and this one in Makati does not dissapoint at all, the venue and food looks great.

    www.yeahlifestyle.com

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    1. I know right?! And it isn't overly crowded which I also love.

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  11. Love the idea of welcome fruits. When I lived in Tokyo & worked throughout Asia, I always found where to buy fruit as I found each new hotel. It's important & challenging to eat healthy when traveling.

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    1. Exactly! And they serve good quality of fruits, always fresh!

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  12. Love the welcome fruit as it's so hard to eat healthy when you travel a lot ... but so important

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  13. It looks beautiful, I can't believe that view from your window! I know the toiletry disappointment as well, one time I stayed at a place and all the toiletries smelled like orange cream and the next time it was just generic soap scent that didn't even smell like much of anything. But at least you had a chance to find what you liked?

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    1. I agree. I hope they bring back the L'Occitane toiletries!

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  14. Wow the makati shangri la looks like heaven. The perfect place to escape the madness of the city. I like that the rooms are so spacious

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    1. Thank you Paulina - ohh the bed is amazing!

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  15. This place looks so cozy and relaxing! Any hotel that gives fruit and cookies is a win in my book!

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    1. I know! Ohh there is free red wine too!
      Not many hotels in Manila are generous like Makati Shangri-La.

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  16. Oh wow, what a fabulous place to stay. If I'm ever in the area, I would so stay in the hotel.

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    1. That's awesome! You and your family will enjoy this place.

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  17. Even though I haven't been to philippians, this is such good recommendations for foreigners.thank you

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    1. Actually, this place seems the go-to of many foreign visitors. Maybe because is very accessible to anything!

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  18. This looks like such a lovely place to stay. The place looks modern and comfortable and the pool area inviting!

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  19. I think that their service was impeccable and I love that they even gave you a parting gift to remember your stay which is adorable. I also like that they had a swimming pool as well because who doesn't love a hotel that has its own swimming pool?

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    1. I agree. And their pool is quite deeper, which I love! I can swim deeply!

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  20. I could lay by that pool all day! The hotel room looked pretty spacious and it sounds like the service was good.

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    1. Yeah it is amazing, and it was windy during that day :)

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  21. Girlfriend I want to go here. Please. It looks great. I love the pool.

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    1. Hello Valerie,

      Yeah please visit us here in Manila!

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  22. wow, i am totally speechless. what an amazing and thorough review of the Makati Shangri La Hotel

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    1. Thank you Nisha :D Hope you can visit the Philippines, soon :)

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  23. What a great hotel that you had the opportunity to stay in even for a short time period. It is so impressive and one that I would not mind staying when I visit the Philippines.

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    1. Many non-local guests prefers Makati Shangri-La because it is accessible to everything and it is in the center of the CBD of Makati.

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  24. Your room looks lovely to me. It seems they provided everything including wine, fruit, snacks and iron set, desk, mini bar. I believe I would thoroughly enjoy a stay at the Makati Shangri-La!

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    1. Yeah, they make it very comfortable and accessible! Since they provided me a bottle of wine, I didn't bother visiting the next at outside, lol

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  25. Great and honest review on Makati Shangri-la hotel. The hotel room looks big and spacious. Did you discussed regarding the dull uniform of staff to hotel authorities?

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    1. Hello Yukti,

      Nope I didn't because I was too busy to enjoy myself, lol. Oh maybe when they find this review, they can consider.

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  26. I love modern spaces. I agree they should update the interiors of the hotel. It'll take time for them to do so, but they have too because I've read are one of the top hotels in the country.

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    1. That is true. Little improvements also works.

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  27. This Makati Shangri-La Hotel looks like great place to visit! I always love to visit Shangri-La Hotels

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    1. There are two Shangri-La hotels here in Manila that I want to visit - Shangri-La in EDSA and the Shangri-La The Fort. Maybe soon! Or if they will invite me then I might say yes, lol

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  28. I love the design of this hotel. Its very different, spacious and a little luxe to it thanks for sharing this Philippine hotel!

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    1. You are welcome Kiwi, and thank you for visiting!

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  29. Oh wow the Shangri la hotel looks stunning! I love that modern architecture that feels cozy. You can tell the hospitality is fantastic.

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  30. Everything looks so beautiful! I am sure you had a great time!

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    1. I did Christina! And I know I will come back :)

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  31. What a beautiful room! It would be tough to leave that place! I like how spacious it is and the bed looks really comfy! Perfect for a weekend of rest and relaxation!

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  32. What a gorgeous hotel! It looks like you had a really nice stay & that food looks absolutely delicious!

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    1. I know right?! How I wish I have bigger tummy to eat or taste all of the served foods!

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  33. Oh my what a lovely place to be and have some down time

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  34. The hotel looks fabulous. I love the huge windows and the brightness of the room. I also like the pool area and the full-length mirror.

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    1. Oh I forgot to mention that they also have tennis court :D

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  35. Good review, Do you recommend this hotel for families?

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    1. Yes! This is one of the family-friendly hotel. But no pets allowed.

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  36. This looks like such a beautiful place to stay! I love L’Occitane so that is sad they changed the products they use at the hotel to an unknown brand!

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  37. It's a really well written review. The images are so great and the hotel appears to be a great choice. I think this post will be very helpful for people in deciding whether they should opt for a stay at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

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    1. Thank you Ishita :)
      I tried my best to always share a balanced review :)

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  38. Great review! It looks like you're having a great time. This hotel looks like a great place to stay. I've tried the food at our local shangri-la hotel, and they are really yummy!

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    1. Wow! That is lovely :) Hope to try the Shangri-La at your place.

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  39. This looks like a nice hotel room, I like that the leave the little extras like the coffee and fruit out for their guests. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes! Ohh did I mentioned that they also gave me wine?!

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  40. Thank you for sharing your honest review of the hotel highlighting the good and not-so-goods to help make a sound decision!

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  41. This looks like an awesome place to rest and relax! I would love to visit one of these days.

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    1. Oh please do! You will enjoy their hospitality.

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  42. I know this place butI didn't visit yet! I like the photos it looks convincing to visit! thanks for sharing!

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  43. Ooooo now this loooks like my kinda vacation!!! Such a fabulous place to stay!

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    1. High five on that! Thanks for visiting :D

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  44. wahhh seronoknya dapat menginap di sini....bilik yang luas dan pemandangan yang cantik membuatkan hati tenang sahaja..tinggalkan seketika urusan kerja dan datang kesini untuk bercuti adalah pilihan yang tepat.

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  45. Nice review! Nice hotel! When I take my vacation I'll make sure to stop by ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Well I hope you will have a more fabulous experience

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  46. I think it's important that every organization grows to meet the ever rising standards of it's business. After 5 years the hotel should definitely have made some kind of upgrade instead of leaving everything the same. But it still looks like a really nice place to spend some time.

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    1. Yeah, well hope they change the uniforms but not the good service.

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  47. Shangrila Hotels truly live up to their name. You always get what you paid for. I have never stayed at the one in Makati, but I stayed at Shangrila Hotel in Edsa. And they are awesome!

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    1. Oh really?! I should try that hotel soon!

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  48. Wah I've stayed at many different hotels of various classes but have yet to receive a complimentary bottle of red wine. Although I don't drink alcohol, it is such a luxurious gesture.

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  49. Although it was old but yet the maintenance is still really good! The bar area is so cool though, they have really spacious bathroom too.

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  50. It looks like such a beautiful place to be! And what fun that they gave you cookies to welcome you. I love cookies! :)

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    1. Yeah and they are chocolate chip cookies!

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  51. Looks like such a great place to stay. My OCD self is really loving the closet organizers.

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    1. Hahaha yeah It will be a complete disaster when I store all my clothes.

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  52. Looks like you had one hell of a time! Who would not... It's absolutely amazing

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    1. I did and I want to repeat the experience :D

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  53. The hotel is amazing and so are the pictures. I am loving this hotel totally!

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  54. This hotel is such a beautiful place. I love all of the decor!

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  55. This would be such an awesome place to stay! All of the beauty here makes it so inviting.

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  56. Looks a wonderful hotel. Your pics are amazing.

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  57. What a beautiful hotel! I would definitely stay there if we are ever in the area!

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  58. OOOh..looks good. Thanks for sharing your review and helping other travelers out.

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    1. I'm glad to help! You visit this hotel and enjoy their foods at The Circles.

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  59. That is a great hotel to stay for vacation. The bed looks so comfy.

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  60. Very nice room and review. Thanks for sharing this information with any travelers to the area.

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  61. I love such luxurious experiences. Shangrila makati city is full of getting pampered and spoilt for choice. The views from your room to cookies, salon, swim everything looks fabulous. You surely had a great time there and it will definitely be my go to spot when i visit makati city

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  62. Despite you calling it a 3 star room, I found everything so soothing and relaxing. The parting gift pouch look cute. We have this hotel here in our town too. You looking nice :)

    Shilpa Bindlish

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  63. This hotel likes a perfect place for a mini staycation. Hope you had a good time.

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  64. This place looks so comfy and lovely. I love the feel of those pillows. And the warm interiors that add to that feeling of peace. Perfect to lounge around and have a nice lazy morning with that amazing breakfast. Well reviewed.

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  65. I absolutely love staying In hotels. Even if it’s just going on vacation and relaxing at the hotel. This seems like such a beautiful one to stay at!

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    1. Yeah, and I like that they have all that I need for my staycation. I want to comeback :D

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  66. Ooooolala!! This is a gorgeous destination and definitely the spot to stay when I'm in the area!! Thanks for the info!

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  67. This hotel looks so comfy! Their food looks great, too!

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    1. Exactly! And I haven't tasted the rest, because its plenty!

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  68. Such a perfect staycation you had for sure! Makati hotel is so cozy and I just love the warm atmosphere of the place... you'll just feel comfortable right away!

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    1. Thank you Dalene! Makati Shangri-La is awesome :)

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  69. awesome review, it all looks super appealing and somewhere I would love to go visit

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  70. muffins are delightful..now I have to eat some😁 It must be a great place to stay, as you revisited this hotel. Your photos makes me to think for a vaction over there😀

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  71. Great post! Makati Shang is one of my family's favorite hotels as well <3 I'm glad you had a great stay! :)

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    1. Yeah I did. Now am eyeing for Shangri-La EDSA or the one in The Fort.

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  72. You have rightly said that its a humble hotel. Though I liked the interior of the room and bathroom. Its looks very comfortable. The food looks good too. Overall, its a decent and comfortable hotel

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    1. Definitely one of those hotels that are worth visiting again :D

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  73. Very thorough review! I love it! This seems like a lovely hotel. I like that they leave fresh fruit in room - and how awesome is that bathtub? That's too bad about the toiletries. But that's good you were able to find some at the mall.

    Great post!

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! This time I enjoyed much the pool than the bathtub :D

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  74. Thanks for giving us such a thorough tour of this hotel.
    Looks amazing! It makes me want to go soon !!!!
    Xx Florencia

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  75. It's a shame you felt disappointed because the hotel hadn't changed since your previous visit. I'd be really happy with the hotel room as it's so spacious and airy.

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    1. Well overall, I'm only disappointed to their staff uniform, hahaha,.. but I would definitely visit again. It's hard to resist their foods and good services.

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  76. Ive been here before really such a good place to relax and to unwind and yeah the food is really delicious.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed Makati Shangri-La :D

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