Somerset Millennium Makati: A Home Away From Home

 

You’d hardly know you were in the heart of Makati’s Business District once you’re inside the Somerset Millennium’s Service Apartments. The moment i walked in to the reception area i was immediately greeted and given fast service in a very homey atmosphere!

The Somerset has a wide variety of room choices from spacious studios to 2-bedroom residences. I was billeted in a one-bedroom apartment and it was elegantly appointed with all the amenities you need, very classy, spacious and very clean with the bed being large and very comfortable – same view on the bathrooms – large and clean.

The woodsy-toned, spacious apartments are well equipped for self-catering, but hotel luxuries such as free wireless internet and TV/DVD players were also in place.

Somerset Makati’s facade

At the lobby

Located along Aguirre Street, Legazpi Village in Makati, Somerset is tucked in a maze of corporate and business institutions, but the place is wonderfully quiet during week-ends and once you stray outside, you’ll discover everything from small boutiques and exquisite restaurants to major shopping centers (Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, SM) that are within a short drive or walk from the residences. There’s even a convenience store beside the Apartments in case you want to buy those little amenities that you forgot at home.

The living room

A closer look (shot using a Meizu Note2 smartphone)

The bedroom

Dog-shaped towel on my bed

Each of the 147 serviced apartments is self-contained with a comprehensive kitchen for most residences, home entertainment system, and stylish modern decor. The room was clean and tidy and a decent size family room. The staff were exceptionally friendly, very welcoming. They provided all of us with refreshments when we first arrived.

I was given a special Wi-Fi password to use inside the room and the signal was excellent. Towering 30 storeys over the business and shopping districts, it offers a panoramic view of the vibrant metropolis below. To top all of this, there was a complimentary treat of almond crunch placed in a special tin can (top picture above) with a letter also informing me that a carton of milk was waiting inside the refrigerator. Sweet!

The apartment’s restaurant, the Opa and grooming saloon, the John Barbers are much praised. On the 10th floor of the building, there’s a swimming pool and fitness center. Guests won’t feel alone when checking in solo due to unusually friendly service with hotel staff always acknowledging your presence with a greeting and anticipating any request that you have with immediate dispatch. The staff at the desk, the door, and the bellmen were extremely welcoming and friendly every time we walked by. Friendliest hotel ever!

The view from my room

The view from the top room floors

Great meals here

The OPA Restaurant on the 2nd floor

Sinful delights from the restaurant (Pressed Pork Belly)

Grilled Chicken Tapenade

Getting groomed inside the John Barbers Saloon

Reception Area of Saloon

Indoor swimming pool

View of the pool from the other end

Recreational Area

The Gym

Part of their gym equipment

One of the nice things about the hotel location is the proximity to the Legazpi Sunday Market where you can find a bevy of great food stalls offering mouth-watering food and delicacies, some of the best Pilipino cuisine has to offer. However, the market is only open every Sunday but just in case you’re staying on a week-end, check the place out!

A side trip at the Legazpi Sunday Market

If you are looking for a fantastically placed location in Makati at a very reasonable price, this hotel ticks the boxes. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a comfortable, great value for money for business or pleasure while staying in Metro Manila.

And if there’s one thing that stands out at this hotel, it’s the warmth and sincerity of the staff. They really seem like they enjoy doing what they do, and take pride in that. When i travel to places, the rooms always feels like just another room…a big space to crash on. But at Somerset, it feels like you are home away from home… a place you can relax, and be ready for the adventures of your business or pleasure trip in the heart of Manila.

Somerset Millennium Makati is located at No. 104 Aguirre Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Tel. Nos. (63-2) 7507888 / 7511111 or you can check them out at www.somerset.com.

 

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