A few months back, one of my students from South Korea visited the Philippines for the first time. Knowing that I am a travel blogger, she asked me for a recommendation on where to stay in Makati. Her main destination was El Nido so she didn't want to overspend for accommodation in Manila. Surely, $100 would go a long way in El Nido so the trick is to find a hotel below $100.
Y2 Residences Hotel instantly came to mind. I highly suggested it to her not because I have already experienced staying there but because I have been dying to try the place.
For one, the hotel is managed by Hii. A hospitality group managing other chic hotels in the Philippines like that of Azumi Boutique Hostel in Alabang which I really like.
And my student from South Korea was nothing but praises for the hotel. She really enjoyed her stay. A few months on, I finally got to experience Y2 Residences Hotel by myself. I have tried countless hotels before so it was a tall order. Plus I couldn't mute my expectations of the place. Good thing it didn't disappoint. It was well above what I wish it would be.
About Y2 Residence Hotel
• Studio Deluxe (33-38 sqm)
• Studio Premier (42 sqm)
• One Bedroom Deluxe (46-52 sqm)
• One Bedroom Premier (60 sqm)
• Two Bedroom Deluxe (70-80 sqm)
• Two Bedroom Premier (87-98 sqm)
• Three Bedroom Suite (130-150 sqm)
First, our room. Other than the unique Asian-inspired design, our room was surprisingly spacious. I booked a deluxe room and it was more than I wished for. Complete with dining table, a kitchen equipped with induction stove where you can cook if you want to, a mini-bar, a queen-size bed, the room is a complete complete living space. A residence hotel that lives to its name. I got to view other rooms and they have lots of different sizes and interior orientation to choose from. Our room even has a small balcony with a lovely view of Century City and an upcoming lifestyle district -- The Circuit Makati -- not far away. All these I paid for only 3,400 pesos. Even if that rate is without breakfast, I still find this a good deal.
• Outdoor Swimming Pool
• Function Rooms
The pool was a major draw for me. I was mesmerized the moment I saw the photos on their website. Located at the rooftop, it is the perfect spot to relax. Here, you feel feel like being in the quieter side of town despite the towering buildings and constructions around. I love skyscrapers and it is this kind of view I have been dying to witness. You see, I think our hotels and even condominiums in Metro Manila lack the grand views afforded by pools in other Southeast Asian cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Good thing there are no taller building immediate the vicinity of the hotel, Century City's lovely high rises adorn the sky view.
At The Heart of all the Action
Poblacion Makati where the hotel is situated is booming as any part of Makati is. There is A-Venue Mall next to the hotel if you are into shopping. The presence of the mall.also ads to the many dining options in the area of Poblacion. A walk in nearby street is a food tour in itself with so many options to choose from. Our favorite whenever we go to this part of Makati is the food market by the South parking of A-Venue Mall because it is cheap and there are a diverse mix of food to choose from. And they come cheap too.
The ongoing development of Century City just adjacent to The Y2 Residence Hotel promises to significantly enhance the attractiveness and property values in the area. So if it is about strategic location, Y2 Residence is spot on!
G/F Y2 Hotel, Santiago Street Cor. Valdez and Singian Streets Makati, Philippines
Call (02) 801 5383
But a hotel is only a physical space without the food component. Whilst there are so many tempting food choices around the hotel, we decided to sample what Y2 Residence can offer in terms of the gastronomic experience. That afternoon, we sampled some of the comfort food they have at Art Circle Cafe locate at the ground floor.
Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner
G/F Y2 Residence Hotel, 4687 Santiago Street cor B Valdez and Singian Streets
Call 0917 839 0714
Pink Panda is the all-day dining restaurant at Y2 Residence Hotel Makati. It is a concept diner serving South East Asian cuisine with a modern twist. Since it is the main restaurant in the hotel, in-house guests have the option of having their meal in their rooms. It was here where we had breakfast buffet during our stay. I was actually expecting Southeast Asian selections in the buffet but it was more of local and international dishes so I was disappointed at myself not ordering the like pf pad thai or tom yum the day before.
The breakfast buffet was rather simple. A few selections but fair enough for the price inclusive in the hotel rate. The savior, other than the chic interior and attentive staff, was the Filipino food selection. The simple combination of danggit, tocino, buttered eggplant and chicken adobo was an awesome combo that I enjoyed a lot. At times when there are so many choices in the buffet table, you tend to forget 90% of the dishes you try. This Filipino breakfast really got me crave for more. I would love to go back to try their Southeast Asian dishes.
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Been doing freelance esl work for 8 years now and believe it or not Lucia (Eunseon Yang) was the 1st ever student I met personally. That was almost 2 weeks ago. I have seen many students come and go and many have already visited the Philippines but either they go straight to Cebu or Boracay or other location while I am in Manila or outnof town as well. It was a brief meeting over breakfast and then over coffee. And was a bit quieter than usual because I was a little shy. Lucia is gorgeous, I was almost starstruck. Hehe ^^
4687 Santiago Street corner Valdez and Singian Streets