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Travel Guide

Makati showing modern architecture and street scenes

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.

Dusit Thani Manila
Dusit Thani Manila
5 out of 5
Arnaiz Ave, Ayala Center, Makati, Manila
The price is RM362 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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! (1,157 reviews)
"I have always been wanting to check in at Dusit Thani, and when I finally did, it was well worth it! Staff are very accommodating and friendly! The hotel in itself is in great condition."

Reviewed on 15 May 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 RM289 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
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! (995 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 15 Mar 2021

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
Red Planet Manila Amorsolo
Red Planet Manila Amorsolo
3 out of 5
99 Urban Avenue, Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati
The price is RM144 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in San Lorenzo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Makati Medical Center and RCBC Plaza. Greenbelt Shopping Mall and Ayala Center are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (375 reviews)
"I like how there are many place to eat nearby and all essential stores are nearby."

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Red Planet Manila Amorsolo
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.
Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
4 out of 5
Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati, Manila
The price is RM403 per night from 27 May to 27 May
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! (436 reviews)
"Ease of booking Quite centrally located Connected to the Power Plant mall"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Aruga Apartments by Rockwell Makati
Valero Grand Suites by Swiss-Belhotel Makati
Valero Grand Suites by Swiss-Belhotel Makati
4 out of 5
152 Valero Street, Salcedo Villlage, Makati
Located in Salcedo Village, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of RCBC Plaza and Greenbelt Shopping Mall. Glorietta Mall and Makati Medical Center are ...
3.6/5Good! (68 reviews)
"This is a great hotel,customer friendly and even gave a discount when i needed to extend the stay"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Valero Grand Suites by Swiss-Belhotel Makati
The A. Venue Hotel
The A. Venue Hotel
4 out of 5
7829 Makati Avenue, Makati
Located in Makati Downtown, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Century City, A. Venue Mall and Greenbelt Shopping Mall. RCBC Plaza and Ayala Center ...
3.5/5Good! (238 reviews)
"Water heater is bad! No medium"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

The A. Venue Hotel
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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29 Feb 2020

Market market and is a better location in terms of restaurants and better accessibility. Clean and easy pavement to walk on. Directly around hotel and a few street easy to walk after that it can be harder to walk safely around and catch transport etc

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Feb 2020

Enjoyable stay in Makati.

5/5 - Excellent


13 Feb 2020

Makati is a great area for shopping and there are a lot of restaurants in the greenbelt area. Compred to other parts of old Manila, Makati is probably a bit more expensive.

4/5 - Good

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22 Jan 2020

The greenbelt shopping district is first class, Makati has a great night life, as well as pleasant things to do in the day time.

4/5 - Good

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19 Jan 2020

Good clean and different to another city in the Philippines.The only thing bad is the hotel . Dushit thani

3/5 - Okay

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16 Jan 2020

Parts of Makati are extremely good and others extremely bad.