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  1. #2775

    Epic Westie, epic.

    I am almost done laughing. Not trying to top it but one time when Gramercy 71 (nightclub, high floors) was up and running I was so lucky to meet this girl at the mentioned nightclub. Me and most of her friend were digging in from my fingerfoods and booze. The girl I though I ended up with got so drunk so she puked all over the place. This was when we decided to call it a night.

    I didn't want to bring her to my room so I told her I would assist her back to her place. Of all the places she could've lived she lived in the Gramercy building. Lucky me. So I assisted her down to her apt (she puked once in the elevator as well). She opened her door to this apartment not so much bigger than my doghouse. The tiniest piece I ever saw with an actual real sized door. Well inside the apartment, with half of me still outside in the hallway (tiny remember), I saw a silhouette of what could have been a person. And it was. I happened to find one almost naked old Italian guy watching porn on his computer in the kitchen / Livingroom / office (tiny remember). I thought wtf just happened, threw the girl on the floor (well she fell) and wanted to leave in a hurry. Italiano reached his hand from his office, through the Livingroom and into the kitchen and switched on the lights. I was just studdering something like "oh I am sorry but here you have this girl, I think she lives here". Yes she did. It was his GF and Italiano pointed me towards a curtain and asked if I wanted to continue having fun with his GF behind the curtain (I guess it could have been a hammock or something outside the building behind the curtain). I never did check. At least the lightswitch worked. I guess you had a bigger apt? Did you see any half naked Italiano around? Its a strange world.

  2. #2774
    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilt  [View Original Post]
    Not sure how you managed to get ANY positives into your report WC.

    Sounds like a chapter from JP O'Rourke's "Holidays in Hell". And we still have to read the much-promised Cebu report yet?
    Some of it was so bad it was funny. You could turn your head in any direction in the studio unit and see something that would make you think: "Oh my this is on par with Amazonia". I forgot to mention the on again / off again odor coming from the kitchen sink. The only reason I discovered that there was no hot water in the kitchen sink was that I turned on the faucet and let water run about 2 minutes to try and wash down whatever was in the drain causing the odor (which didn't work, as several minutes later the odor would return -- then half an hour later it would go away, then return about 12 hours after that).

    A condo unit is someone's home, no different than a regular house. Hard to imagine any home, less than a year occupied (as the hostess said this one is) could have this many issues without a developer getting sued. More later.

  3. #2773
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    Gramercy, Makati. My first time staying there.
    Positives:

    <SNIP>

    Negatives:
    <SNIP>
    Not sure how you managed to get ANY positives into your report WC.

    Sounds like a chapter from JP O'Rourke's "Holidays in Hell". And we still have to read the much-promised Cebu report yet?

  4. #2772

    Airbnb review

    Gramercy, Makati. My first time staying there. Positives:

    * Great location. Close to Burgos and all A-Venue.

    * 50 mbps internet advertised. And delivered. Even better if you can plug in a network cable to the modem. But, not so fast. During every speed run I threw at it, night or day, the 40-50 mbps would run intermittently. Three seconds of uninterrupted 45-ish mbps, followed by a complete stop for 10 or so seconds. Lather / rinse / repeat until the test was finished. In reality, more like 6-8 mbps. Wildly good uploads of 50 mbps.

    * Nice small balcony and view.

    * Hostess was all about fixing things right away.

    * Concierge desk is wonderful.

    Negatives:

    * Checkin. In a mixup, my emailed copy of my PP did not make it. When I arrived around noon on a Saturday, the hostess seemed thrown off her game by my arrival (communicated the day prior as late morning / early afternoon as my flight arrived 11 am). I had to wait in the lobby almost an hour prior to her arrival. The concierge took a copy of my PP right away. When the hostess arrived she informed me that I did not yet have an elevator key (the concierge or some office makes those), so she worked on that for the better part of an hour. Finally my elevator pass was ready and she took me to the room. I wasn't aware of it at the time, but that previous PP mixup would cost me in using the elevator privileges in going to a higher floor later.

    * The elevator pass. On Sunday I tried to go upstairs to the pool (pics look great online). No-go, my elevator key would not let me go higher than my floor. Txt to the hostess brought this lovely response: "Yes of course you cannot use the pool". Huh? Airbnb advertises pool use. "Your key will not let you go there. I come tomorrow to get you a new key for pool sir". Um, I would like to use the pool today? "Sorry that sir". She came over to the unit to explain that they made my key on Saturday, and the concierge does not do higher floor keys on weekends. Huh? She came by again early Monday to have the concierge make my new key, and returned a few minutes later with this gem: "Sorry po. Today is holiday. Gramercy will not make you a new key today. They say tomorrow". Kidding, right? Three days, no pool access because Gram doesn't work 24 x7 on keys? "Correct sir". Great. Remind me not to purchase anything Gram.

    * The balcony. When I say small: Two tiny chairs, not big enough for a table, so they sit an ashtray on top of the low-seated aircon unit. Small!

    * The aircon unit is mounted at ground-level. And its pointed right at the bed (its a tiny studio, you have little choice). It also seemed to have just two temp settings (regardless of how you set the knobs): Minnesota-January and Sahara Parboil. I realized there would be a problem just 10 minutes in the room alone, as no matter how I set the aircon unit, the temp in the room had gone from hot to too cold and was continuing a spiral down. I shut it off completely, and within 2 minutes I was on fire again. No insulation. It did not help that the sun was baking the large windows (don't touch the glass with your hand unless you are into a trip to the Emergency Room). Aircon should be at the ceiling (heat should come from the low wall or floor); it seems odd that Gramercy got it this wrong in so many of its units.

    Solution: Run the aircon at its warmest setting (still way too cold), place my suitcase in front of the vent to misdirect the airflow towards the couch (still too cold in the room), and open the balcony door a few inches to let cold air out (noisy at night). At one point I left the hostess in the room with the maintenance guy they were fixing something and I went to the Century mall. I came back 20 minutes later and the hostess was just ready to leave. It was freezing in the room with the aircon on. I asked if she could live in a room this cold. "Oh my no its freezing this place. Too cold". Wait for it, wait for it: "Then you turn off and so hot here. This unit is not for living in". Ha! {Wait for my report on my Cebu condo, a similar thought from the owner and the host}.

    * Fixtures and switches. Where to start. Water fixture in bathroom were loose to the touch, it just needed to be screwed back into place. Turning the knob from hot to cold or cold to hot meant the fixture would sometime come loose completely. Light switches: 3 broken or not working, 1 of them was completely loose. Positive: Host got right on this with maintenance staff. How the BEEP did the last guest miss this and not report it?

    * Hot water. Worked fine in the CR sink, but was absent in the shower. A txt to the hostess and she was back on her way over to check it. It worked fine when she was there -- of course! Ten minutes after she left there was no hot water in the shower. In txt: "Sir you must run the hot water in shower very long before any hot water. Ten minutes maybe. " Oh, toots, you are so sweet, but you have so lost your marbles. You yourself had it running in just 1 minute. Also, the water heater is a single unit for the CR for both sink and shower, located below the sink. How can there be instant hot water in the sink, and not the shower (just 1 meter away)? "I will come back sir. " She came right back. She got hot water in the sink, and cold water in the shower. "Don't seem right. Same unit for both sink and shower. I call maintenance again. " Poor maintenance guy, his 3rd trip up in 2 hours for different things.

    Ten minutes later he showed and he got hot water in both shower and sink. Looked at us like we were nuts. Off he went. The hostess was fairly pissed. She asked if she could wait 10 minutes in the unit with me and try it again. Sure. 10 minutes later we got cold in the shower and hot in the sink. I told her to let it run and call maintenance guy again. When he showed up and saw the problem, he pointed to the heating unit under the sink and said (not making this up): "Yes of course the heating unit is bad it needs replace". W! T! F! Why didn't you just say that when you were here 10 minutes ago? {You'll be wanting to read my upcoming Cebu condo report soon}.

    * No hot water in the kitchen sink, but I never needed it.

    * The paint. And the contact paper. The owner put contact paper on one wall to dress up the place. Poorly done job, the paper (in spots) goes too far and is cut poorly and goes on to adjacent wall where it does not belong. Looks bad. The paint. I would guess the owner did this, not the developer. One wall is painted a different color (color is nice), but its a bad paint-job. You can see the original white paint underneath the new paint (new paint not applied heavily enough). Some of the new paint creeps into spots on the adjacent walls and ceiling. And in spots it does not reach the adjacent walls or ceiling. You can see where someone tried brush strokes to fix it. It just grabs the eye. If you just paid $100 K+ USD for this unit and you effed up your paintjob, you'd certainly hire a local painter for a few hundred bucks to fix that, right?

    * There were other things. Example, the toilet wouldn't flush very well (sometimes). One of my Makati regulars said to me: "You go Knightsbridge everything right there. Or Milano. Not here". Everywhere I turned in the unit, I kept saying to myself: This does NOT measure up to a reasonable standard for a high-end condo. Maybe its only this unit? {You'll want to read my Cebu condo report. }.

    Something else I took note of for the first time. After sundown every night I started looking at the condos in the area. At any given time only about 20% of the units have a light turned on. Is everyone asleep at 8 pm? Not sure why, but I'd guess that most are not lived in by the owners. The owners have purchased the unit as a vacation place maybe, or as rental property. Or possibly to live in, then realized they don't want to live there. Could be any number of things going on.

    High point / low point: On my floor at the elevator there is a window in the hall looking directly across to AVenue. Again, on any night, facing Gram, there were only a handful of units that had a light of any kind on. One of those units was directly across from my floor. Inside was always this FAT Filipina who went to bed wearing only a bra (no panty). She would fall asleep to the TV about 11 pm. You couldn't possibly miss her when you (or your kids) step out of the elevator. Perfect! One morning I was waiting for the elevator about 9 am and the phat philipina had just woken up and stood up and put her hands to her head (like a hangover), wearing just the bra. Ma'am, could you *please* close the drape! Consider it: Community Service!

  5. #2771

    Malayan Plaza Ortigas Center

    I spent 4 nights in this hotel last week and it is clean, friendly, secure and no hassles. Breakfast is a little bit weak but not a big deal for me. Location is great and have access to almost everything in a short walking distance.

  6. #2770
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    Another large condo system in the area is Jazz residences, located west down Jupiter, to the SM mall and cemetary. The units are smaller than Gram / Knights, but clean and new (and 5 pools), and even less money than Grammercy.
    I happened to stay at the Jazz residences about 6 months ago that I booked on AirBnB. It was a small unit but very clean and affordable. They had some decent places to eat at the bottom by the mall and was only a few blocks walk away from P. Burgos. Definitely girl friendly. As usual the guards just look you and her over as you walk past.

  7. #2769
    I lived in Paris for 12 years, and the Guide Rouge was my bible as well. Since moving here however, I've lowered my standards quite a bit. I suggest, before you give up on the Fairmont, you give the new Provençal restaurant on the 9th floor of Raffles a shot. It's well done, there's a French chef, and the food and wines, when I ate there, were excellent. There's also a new bar attached to the restaurant, which services a foie gras / confiture entrée that's excellent. Most of the bar is outside, on a partially covered open terrace that overlooks the Makati skyline, and it's the only place in the country I've seen that serves absinthe. I'm not much of a breakfast eater, so the limited array of cheese isn't worrisome to me but chacun à son goût. I also find the service ai receive at the Fairmont slightly better than at the Shang, but again that's a personal viewpoint.

    GE.

    Quote Originally Posted by EscortFan  [View Original Post]
    I also enjoy the Fairmont now that it joined Accor. Because as all frenchies I am a loyal plat. Customer, as most hotels in France are managed by them!

    They gave the whole package too, I booked the cheapest room available and was upgraded to a club room with lounge access.

    However, I was shocked by the breakfast buffet of the Fairmont. I found the selection to be limited and the food to be of mediocre quality. (that's from a guy who's bible is the red guide michelin).

    A few ex: the cheese platter had like 3 options. And they were dutch options, that's a "faute de gout", the smoked salmon was sh*t, it was more like chutes of smoked salmon, clearly not premium or even mid range quality.

    I think the food & beverage manager should visit his new colleague at Sofitel and check out the cheese room and the impeccable food selection.

    Fairmont is miles behind the top 4 hotels in my book for best buffet: Sofitel, Shangri La Makati, Hyatt CoD and Marriott (M has limited choices compared to others but offer a good quality). (I will try Conrad the next time I'm in town).

    Despite the room being super nice I'm hesitant to return to Fairmont due to such a poor F&B offer.

  8. #2768
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    (...) however my rate at the Fairmont does include breakfast and the Fairmont does have a buffet that rivals that of the Shang. In fact, I think it may be slightly better, but that's purely subjective.
    I also enjoy the Fairmont now that it joined Accor. Because as all frenchies I am a loyal plat. Customer, as most hotels in France are managed by them!

    They gave the whole package too, I booked the cheapest room available and was upgraded to a club room with lounge access.

    However, I was shocked by the breakfast buffet of the Fairmont. I found the selection to be limited and the food to be of mediocre quality. (that's from a guy who's bible is the red guide michelin).

    A few ex: the cheese platter had like 3 options. And they were dutch options, that's a "faute de gout", the smoked salmon was sh*t, it was more like chutes of smoked salmon, clearly not premium or even mid range quality.

    I think the food & beverage manager should visit his new colleague at Sofitel and check out the cheese room and the impeccable food selection.

    Fairmont is miles behind the top 4 hotels in my book for best buffet: Sofitel, Shangri La Makati, Hyatt CoD and Marriott (M has limited choices compared to others but offer a good quality). (I will try Conrad the next time I'm in town).

    Despite the room being super nice I'm hesitant to return to Fairmont due to such a poor F&B offer.

  9. #2767
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    Thanks very much. I've stayed three times at Raffles, only because I was upgraded as a Platinum member of Fairmont. It's lovely, but at a list price of about $400 a night, surely not worth the money.

    Prior to the opening of the Fairmont, my default hotel was the Shang, but to me it's gotten somewhat old and outdated and I prefer the size and creature comforts of the Fairmont rooms.

    I may give the Pen a shot one of these days.

    GE.
    Glad to have been of service, GE. Agreed, the Shang Makati arguably at one time was the preeminent hotel in the area, but now has become a bit old. However, it is possible that you might feel the same way about the Pen if you were to stay there. Sounds like you are happy at the Fairmont, which is an outstanding hotel, and which apparently offers the opportunity for upgrades to the Raffles?

    Once stayed at the old Raffles in Singapore, long before its renovation. Think it was back in the early 80's, when prices there were still eminently affordable. Living history, but definitely seedy. Seem to recall an old stuffed tiger's head near the lobby, but couldn't swear to it. Rickety old wooden floors, with endless long narrow corridors, and a room which seemed like it took hours to reach! Ceiling fan in the old room, with antique water closet (commode). Remember enjoying a single malt at the Raffles bar there.

    However, it sounds like Raffles Makati today is beyond even my "splurge" budget and no chance for upgrade here. Per your post, may have to settle for a dinner at the Meleio Restaurant there, with a pre-dinner Pernod.

    Cheers!

    OM.

  10. #2766
    Quote Originally Posted by Omega3  [View Original Post]
    GE,

    I have stayed at both the Pen and the Makati Fairmont and, on balance, personally prefer the Pen.

    The Fairmont is newer and in a more strategic location to Greenbelt, the Landmark, Glorietta, and their many retail shops and restaurants, plus Ayala Museum. However, to me, the Fairmont lacked real character. Also, the swimming pool is located directly below two whole wings of rooms, with resulting lack of privacy. Remember once looking down from my hotel room window at a young couple making out at the otherwise deserted swimming pool area below, and wondering if they realized they were actually "on display" to the many rooms above. Also, the "L" shaped hotel wing configuration results in a direct line of sight to rooms in the wing perpendicular and, at night, with lights on in such neighboring rooms and their curtains open, you can actually see inside the rooms (and vice versa), with consequent lack of privacy. Of course, you can close your own curtains, but I like to keep them open to enjoy the view (but not of the other rooms). Also, once had a problem with front desk staff, but the supervisor was very courteous and helpful. Have never tried the breakfast at the Fairmont, but do know that there is no buffet there.

    The Pen is more "old school" elegance, especially evident in the lobby and in the deluxe rooms, also with lush green vegetation in and nearby the hotel grounds. Location a bit farther away from Greenbelt, Landmark, etc. , but just across Makati Ave from the Blackbird restaurant and the Ayala Triangle. The rooms are not all the same though. Once booked a room at the Pen at what appeared to be a great price (around US $80++) only to find that it was a much smaller and less luxurious room in the "new tower". That was disappointing. The buffet breakfast is sumptuous (although not quite as good as at the nearby Shangrila) and to be enjoyed in a leisurely manner if possible. This is the only breakfast buffet I have ever seen outside of Japan which serves "natto" (a Japanese fermented soy dish which many Westerners can't stand; it's an acquired taste).

    Have never stayed at the Makati Raffles, which I have heard is a step up. And, regrettably, never stopped by for a drink at the Writers Bar there. One of these years.

    Of course, it goes without saying that YMMV.

    Hope this helps!

    OM.
    Thanks very much. I've stayed three times at Raffles, only because I was upgraded as a Platinum member of Fairmont. It's lovely, but at a list price of about $400 a night, surely not worth the money. The new restaurant, Meleio at at Raffles is superb and surprisingly reasonable, and its terrace bar, which also serves light snacks from the restaurant menu is worth it for the outdoor terrace's view alone. It's also got Pernod and Absinthe, which I don't often see on bar menus here.

    I asked about the Manila Pen because the price you cited was so reasonable compared to the Fairmont, however my rate at the Fairmont does include breakfast and the Fairmont does have a buffet that rivals that of the Shang. In fact, I think it may be slightly better, but that's purely subjective. I'm surprised you thought it didn't have one. I've been staying at the Fairmont almost since it opened, and I get wonderful service there, though I agree that there's no old world elegance about it. However, I do enjoy the Writer's Bar and the Long Bar, both at Raffles but accessible to Fairmont guests. Prior to the opening of the Fairmont, my default hotel was the Shang, but to me it's gotten somewhat old and outdated and I prefer the size and creature comforts of the Fairmont rooms.

    Thanks again for responding to my post. I may give the Pen a shot one of these days.

    GE.

  11. #2765
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    I've eaten at the Penn but never stayed there. I don't know if you've stayed at the Makati Fairmont, but if so, can you compare it favorably to that hotel?

    GE.
    GE,

    I have stayed at both the Pen and the Makati Fairmont and, on balance, personally prefer the Pen.

    The Fairmont is newer and in a more strategic location to Greenbelt, the Landmark, Glorietta, and their many retail shops and restaurants, plus Ayala Museum. However, to me, the Fairmont lacked real character. Also, the swimming pool is located directly below two whole wings of rooms, with resulting lack of privacy. Remember once looking down from my hotel room window at a young couple making out at the otherwise deserted swimming pool area below, and wondering if they realized they were actually "on display" to the many rooms above. Also, the "L" shaped hotel wing configuration results in a direct line of sight to rooms in the wing perpendicular and, at night, with lights on in such neighboring rooms and their curtains open, you can actually see inside the rooms (and vice versa), with consequent lack of privacy. Of course, you can close your own curtains, but I like to keep them open to enjoy the view (but not of the other rooms). Also, once had a problem with front desk staff, but the supervisor was very courteous and helpful. Have never tried the breakfast at the Fairmont, but do know that there is no buffet there.

    The Pen is more "old school" elegance, especially evident in the lobby and in the deluxe rooms, also with lush green vegetation in and nearby the hotel grounds. Location a bit farther away from Greenbelt, Landmark, etc. , but just across Makati Ave from the Blackbird restaurant and the Ayala Triangle. The rooms are not all the same though. Once booked a room at the Pen at what appeared to be a great price (around US $80++) only to find that it was a much smaller and less luxurious room in the "new tower". That was disappointing. The buffet breakfast is sumptuous (although not quite as good as at the nearby Shangrila) and to be enjoyed in a leisurely manner if possible. This is the only breakfast buffet I have ever seen outside of Japan which serves "natto" (a Japanese fermented soy dish which many Westerners can't stand; it's an acquired taste).

    Have never stayed at the Makati Raffles, which I have heard is a step up. And, regrettably, never stopped by for a drink at the Writers Bar there. One of these years.

    Of course, it goes without saying that YMMV.

    Hope this helps!

    OM.

  12. #2764

    The Peninsula Makati

    I was trying to book the Peninsula for my upcoming visit to Makati end of June but the rate for Deluxe King Room is $154 + tax, which comes to around $ 190.00. How early do you book?

    Quote Originally Posted by NattyBumpo  [View Original Post]
    I enjoyed my stay at the Peninsula. This is a true 5 star hotel that I was able to book on two separate occasions with Expedia for $113 (deluxe King room) with buffet breakfasts included. I would absolutely stay here again. NB

  13. #2763
    Quote Originally Posted by NattyBumpo  [View Original Post]
    Stykler, Yes I enjoyed my stay at the Peninsula. This is a true 5 star hotel that I was able to book on two separate occasions with Expedia for $113 (deluxe King room) with buffet breakfasts included. The room was large and well appointed. The buffet breakfast was great. The hotel is VERY girl friendly and tolerant. Read my last Makati postcard. And what I liked best was the large swimming pool / garden area. This recreational space was large enough to have PRIVATE pool party get togethers with my sexy Filipinas and not be bothered by other hotel guests. Location is good too. I would absolutely stay here again.

    NB
    I also have stayed at the Makati Peninsula numerous times over the years, and agree with Natty. A couple of additional "insider tips".

    There is a "side" entrance which actually leads from the Pen buffet area to Makati Avenue. If you cross over Makati Ave from this side entrance you will be at the Blackbird, which is a delightful western restaurant located in the control tower of the old Manila airport which used to be at the Ayala Triangle (where the very straight areas of Paseo de Roxas, Ayala Avenue, and Makati Avenue reportedly used to be runway areas). Blackbird is part of Chef Colin Mackay's culinary "mini-empire" in Makati, which also includes Sala Restaurant, Sala Bistro, and the (somewhat over-rated) People's Place Thai restaurant in Greenbelt.

    Also, across the Pen lobby from the front desk, there is a small staircase going down, which leads to a tiny subterranean retail area. In this area, there is a decent barber, and, at the end of the underground corridor, there is a cozy "mini-deli" serving sandwiches plus a deli showcase or two with tasty baked goods (breads and pastries).

    OM.

    Cheers!

    OM.

  14. #2762
    Quote Originally Posted by NattyBumpo  [View Original Post]
    Stykler, Yes I enjoyed my stay at the Peninsula. This is a true 5 star hotel that I was able to book on two separate occasions with Expedia for $113 (deluxe King room) with buffet breakfasts included. The room was large and well appointed. The buffet breakfast was great. The hotel is VERY girl friendly and tolerant. Read my last Makati postcard. And what I liked best was the large swimming pool / garden area. This recreational space was large enough to have PRIVATE pool party get togethers with my sexy Filipinas and not be bothered by other hotel guests. Location is good too. I would absolutely stay here again.

    NB
    I've eaten at the Penn but never stayed there. I don't know if you've stayed at the Makati Fairmont, but if so, can you compare it favorably to that hotel?

    GE.

  15. #2761
    Quote Originally Posted by NattyBumpo  [View Original Post]
    Stykler, Yes I enjoyed my stay at the Peninsula.

    {Massive Snip}
    Thanks Natty for your very useful (as usual) information.

    Styk.

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