Hotel Review: City Garden Hotel Makati

I’m very picky when it comes to booking hotel accommodations particularly during vacation. I even have my own standard of my ideal hotel. Location, cleanliness, comfort, good breakfast and affordability are always on top of my list. Unfortunately it’s not all the time you can find property that meets all your desired criteria. It’s either you have to sacrifice other amenities or perhaps pay even more to get what you want.

But what if you find a property that provide luxury amenities at an affordable price? Unbelievable, right? That’s  what I thought too the first time I’ve read about City Garden Hotel Makati #affordableluxury  advertisement. I was only convinced when I have read the reviews in TripAdvisor and Booking.Com. Upon learning all the positive reviews and high ratings from both platforms, my husband and I decided to book an 8-nights stay at this hotel through Booking.Com.

Few weeks back we finally experienced that so called #affordableluxury the hotel promised. Did it meet our preferred hotel standards? Were they able to deliver the comfort and luxury we expect at an affordable price? Read on to learn more about our stay.

Lobby and Reception

City Garden Hotel Makati Reception

We arrived at the hotel with a warm welcome from the staff. They immediately assisted us by providing short briefing for our stay and  handed our room keys right away without letting us wait. I appreciated it a lot since husband and I were both exhausted after a long flight.

The lobby wasn’t that big but it has an open layout with several sofas for guests to lounge comfortably. It has a modern design with fun and warm vibes accentuated with playful decors that provide a relax ambiance.

Deluxe Queen Room

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Our assigned room was in the 18th floor. It has a decent size which was enough for us to move around. The queen-size bed has a very comfortable mattress with fresh and clean sheets. There were plenty of drawers and a good size wardrobe cabinet that give extra storage space.DSCF0855City Garden Hotel Makati-3

It’s heartwarming to arrive at your hotel room with complimentary welcome goodies alongside towel decors and a welcome note. These small gestures were highly appreciated.

edfOur room has an amazing sunset view.

Room Amenities & Cleanliness

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The room was well kept. All necessary amenities that you can find in any luxury hotels were provided. Everything I need were all available inside our room and it saves me from calling and/or asking for what was missing. If there’s one thing that was missing that would be a bathroom scale. But for me, it’s not necessary. I don’t weigh myself anyway when I’m on vacation.


Speaking of cleanliness, I measure how clean a room is by checking the bathroom first. I’m very particular with molds in between the tiles, under the toilet rim and sink… I’m glad I did not see any. They changed the towels everyday and replenished toiletries regularly. Basically the cleanliness passed my standards.


Bistro Restaurant

The hotel has 2 restaurants, Bistro and Encima Roofdeck Restaurant. Bistro is their all-day dining restaurant. Both restaurants serve delicious food at your own convenience.


nfdBuffet breakfast is served in Bistro daily. Without a doubt their breakfast spread was excellent. Why? We had 8 breakfasts during our entire stay and everyday they changed their food. What I loved the most was you have the option of ordering bacon, danggit, tuyo and poached eggs aside from the breakfast selection you can find on the spread.

In Bistro you can order food anytime of the day or call them for room service. They have a good selection of menu at a very reasonable price. We tried some of their offerings and it was decent enough to satisfy a hungry stomach. The serving was big and the taste wasn’t bad at all.

Encima Roofdeck RestaurantEncima Roofdeck Restaurant

Located at the hotel rooftop, Encima is a perfect place to unwind after a long day. Where you can grab some drinks and enjoy amazing views. They also offer delicious Tex-Mex dishes and other specialties. Don’t forget to try out their Nachos and Churros.

edfUninterrupted view from Encima Roofdeck Restaurant

Swimming Pool, Gym & Spa

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During our stay we were able to enjoy the swimming pool and the spa. The spa services and prices can be found at your room. You may call the reception to book your massage appointment.

The massage and other spa services are very affordable. However the only thing I don’t like was they don’t have form for clients to fill-up. It would be nice if they will ask first what the clients prefer and if they have any health restrictions. Frankly I did not like the whole body massage I experienced. The therapist did not ask how much pressure I would like, she directly pressed on my back so hard that I let out a scream because it was painful. The following day I noticed some bruises on my arms.

Location & Service

The location is excellent. It is right at the center of everything and walking distance to the malls, shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and a lot more. I have nothing negative to say when it comes to service. All their staff were very friendly and ready to assist you all the time.

Value for Money

Price does matter especially for longer stays. That is why we were happy to find this hotel. I can definitely say that we got our money’s worth while enjoying comfort and exceptional service at the same time.

Overall, my husband  and I had amazing time at City Garden Hotel Makati. We commend all the staff who took care of us during our stay. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to stay here again in the future.

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. Although some complimentary perks were given. Thoughts and opinions are completely mine and  were based on our recent stay at the hotel.

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