A Quintessential Stay at Ritz Astor Hotel

9 September 2017 Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Manila is packed with chaos, commuting around is a constant headache, a nightmare in fact, and it isn't exactly a place where it is as beautiful as the other thousands islands that dots the whole country. The diversity and vibrant action of Manila can be overwhelming, so it makes sense to stay in a base where ultimate relaxation is at its finest. Let me introduce to you, Ritz Astor Hotel.

I was lucky enough to a enjoy a night at Ritz Astor in the middle of my Philippines coverage that went trough, Davao, Manila, and Camarines Norte. Here's my experience of the Ritz Astor Hotel in Makati.

First Impressions

After checking out from Royal Bellagio, we transferred to Ritz Astor, which was just a few steps away from Royal Bellagio. The Royal Bellagio's hotel attendant helped us with our luggage to Ritz Astor, and as we are about to enter the building, the attentive doorman of Ritz Astor were ready to greet us and offered to take our luggage. They swung open the super-size doors, and that's when I knew we're ofg to a good start. Despite the dreary August weather, the whole lobby looked inviting and sumptuously posh.

Deluxe Dreams

My spacious deluxe room was located on the top floor of the hotel, which meant it came with incredible views overlooking the Makati skyline. The deluxe room had an extensive mini-bar, toilet and shower room, and a heavenly cloud-like bed. However, I was surprised to find there were no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Only later did I found out that tea and coffee making facilities were only available upon request. The bathroom was immaculately clean and the fresh fluffy white towels were as if it was made up of cotton-candy.

The Ultimate Breakfast

On the final morning of our stay in Ritz Astor, I got to enjoy a late leisurely breakfast with my friend and fellow travel writer, Rona. We strolled down to Ritz Cafe lobby at about 10am and found our perfect spot. Ritz Cafe had an extensive breakfast set menu from Eggs Benedict, Mushroom and Cheese Fritatta, American Breakfast, Tartines, to Pancake and Waffles, but there was only one clear winner: the American Breafkast. The dish was perfectly cooked, the eggs were done to perfection, but the best part was the impeccable crispy bacon, and butter and jam. The added fruit slices made it a truly hearty meal.

The Jose Cuervo Tequileria

If you want to experience Mexico in an instant then you should head to this great bar in Poblacion, Makati - the Jose Cuervo Tequileria. It is just one of the many bars of Ritz Astor and Royal Bellagio and it is located just down the corner of P. Burgos Street and Durban Street. One lazy afternoon, I decided to give this place a try. I ordered a Quesadilla filled with my choice of filling, and Pico de Gallo, and with three kinds of mouth-watering cheese. I also ordered a San Mig Apple at half the price. Oh, this is why I love happy hours.

A Wonderful Team

One final thing to mention about Ritz Astor was the welcoming and incredibly friendly staff. As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed by the helpful door staff, and the reception team explained how the concierge were on hand to offer directions and help me plan my time when I was in Manila. Ritz Astor's wonderful staffs made my stay in Manila unparalleled - a truly unforgettable one.

The Verdict

In my eyes, Ritz Astor ticks every box. The location is just perfect, the interiors were contemporary on point and the food is wonderful. Ritz Astor redefines the notion of luxury and modern elegance in its simplest form - a quintessential haven. It surpassed my expectations and when I return to Manila, I would definitely make it my base again.

PERFECT FOR: A central, modish, and luxurious base in the business district of Manila, romantic city breaks, and a fun base for a girly weekend away within the bustling Manila city life.

4888 Durban, Poblacion, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines

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My stay at Ritz Astor Hotel was provided complimentary in exchange for coverage on my blog. All photos and views are my own.

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