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Makati
Travel Guide

Makati which includes street scenes and modern architecture

This lively district in Manila is the place to come for upscale shopping, eclectic dining and entertainment complexes. 

Enjoy some serious retail therapy in the upscale malls of Makati City or visit some of Manila’s finest museums. Although the area is one of the most densely populated in the world, it still offers stunning green spaces to escape to as well as an 18-hole golf course. You’ll find food from across the world in the many food courts and restaurant quarters and in the evenings, join the cosmopolitan mix of expatriates and locals in the lively bars.

Shoppers flock here from across the Philippines and beyond to indulge in the luxury boutiques found in Ayala Center. Even if you don’t plan to splurge, it is worth going for a look at the sheer decadence on display in the shop windows. The displays by some of the most well known brands in the world are works of art in their own right. Explore three of the most popular malls, Glorietta, Greenbelt and Power Plant.

Find out about the rich history of the Philippines when you visit the Ayala Museum. This traces the country’s roots from pre-colonial times to the present day and also contains a vast range of Filipino art. Head to the Yuchengco Museum, which showcases the diverse art collection of Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco.

If the hustle and bustle of the metropolis leaves you in need of some space, head to Greenbelt Park. It also contains a peaceful chapel, popular with local worshippers. To enjoy more of the outdoors, head to the Circuit Makati and San Lazaro racecourses for a day at the races or watch a match at the Manila Polo Center.

Most of the malls and other sights in Makati city are easily reached on foot or by bus. The metro is the quickest way to get from here to other areas in Manila. When night comes, head to the entertainment districts to enjoy international cuisine with the locals and expatriates who call this unique city home.

Where to stay in Makati

Dusit Thani Manila
Dusit Thani Manila
5 out of 5
Arnaiz Ave, Ayala Center, Makati, Manila
The price is ¥9,526 per night from May 9 to May 9
This family-friendly Makati hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of SM Makati and Glorietta Mall. Ayala Center and Ayala Museum are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,164 reviews)
"I like everything about the property especially the employees- very warm and welcoming and excellent service. Had an awesome stay 😊. Thank you DUSIT THANI 🙏"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dusit Thani Manila
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
4 out of 5
119 L P Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, Manila
The price is ¥7,608 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Salcedo Village, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greenbelt Shopping Mall and Makati Medical Center. Fort Bonifacio and Rizal Park are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)
"If you are subjected to the current mandatory 7 day hotel "quarantine," then this hotel is a good choice because rooms have a balcony. Thus, you can get outside, and are not stuck inside a sealed hotel room for 7 days. The 7 days locked away is not easy, and awaiting testing and results becomes stressful ..."

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
City Garden Hotel Makati
City Garden Hotel Makati
4 out of 5
7870 Makati Avenue corner Durban St., Makati, Manila
The price is ¥6,435 per night from May 26 to May 26
Located in Makati Downtown, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Power Plant Mall, Ayala Museum, and Ayala Center. Bonifacio High Street is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (994 reviews)
"stayed for our quarantine period and the staff made our stay more bearable. very helpful in getting our COVID test appointment and following up."

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

City Garden Hotel Makati
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ascott Makati
Ascott Makati
5 out of 5
Glorietta 4, Ayala Centre, Makati, Manila
The price is ¥14,878 per night from May 14 to May 14
This family-friendly Makati aparthotel is located in the business district, just steps from Glorietta Mall and SM Makati. Ayala Center and Greenbelt Shopping ...
4.3/5Excellent! (711 reviews)
"I stumbled upon this hotel as I needed a last minute booking for my trip in the Philippines. I hoped for a clean, spacious hotel with easy access to get around places. I really didn’t have a lot of expectations BUT they had amenities I did not even think I would need! I loved our 3 night stay in ..."

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Ascott Makati
Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
4 out of 5
Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati, Manila
The price is ¥10,602 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Makati Downtown, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Power Plant Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Makati Medical Center and SM Megamall. Fort Bonifacio ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (435 reviews)
"Ease of booking Quite centrally located Connected to the Power Plant mall"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
Citadines Salcedo Makati
Citadines Salcedo Makati
4 out of 5
148 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, Manila
The price is ¥10,705 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Salcedo Village, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canadian Embassy Philippines, RCBC Plaza, and Greenbelt Shopping Mall. Glorietta Mall ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (220 reviews)
"I stayed for 16 days in this hotel for my stringent quarantine, the place is clean & staff are nice. However, I have lots of false information that was provided during my stay. It did not met my expectation as a guest instead I was treated like a prisoner locked down with no fresh air & sunlight. ..."

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Citadines Salcedo Makati
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Makati

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.49343339587242%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.287054409005629%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2020

I’m a foodie, so selection of food was great.

5/5 - Excellent

Abby

Mar 17, 2020

You can never go wrong with all the malls in Makati. They have everything and anything you need in there. It’s clean, spacious, and not overly crowded during our visit in early March. It’s very easy to get to by Grabcars and by foot.

3/5 - Okay

Antonio

Mar 15, 2020

Terrible TRAFFIC

3/5 - Okay

Albany

Mar 9, 2020

Great shopping area...close to the airport

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

I love Makati it was my first time and I well come back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

The traffic is formidable, and avoid it whenever possible!

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