Located in the central business district of Manila, the New World Makati Hotel offers a sleek city respite amid contemporary interiors
Manila is a Southeast Asian city on the riseâ€”its central planned corridors mimic the pristine boulevards of Singapore, and its budding dining scene has a growing share of design-driven restaurants, not to mention the odd speakeasy. When visiting the city you would do well to base yourself at the New World Makati Hotel. With easy access to the main thrills Manila has to offerâ€”shopping, dining, and nightlifeâ€”the recently renovated hotel is equally a favorite for city-dwellers looking for a weekend staycation and the troves of suits that flock to the capital during the business week. And who knows? You may find yourself staying a night or two longer, charmed by the blossoming scene of Manila, a city coming into its own.
The Look: Dressed in deep grays, purples, and dark wood, the sleek interiors of the New World soothe the wear of the city away. The double-height ceiling of the lobby lets in ample natural sunlightâ€”gather under the chandeliered meeting spaces of The Lounge or in the patio beside the hotelâ€™s lagoon to ease into your stay. Bedecked in polished gray marble, the lobby features contemporary art including large-scale sphere sculptures and shimmering glass installations. A dramatic wrap staircase leads to the first floor ballroom (a cavernous room that can accommodate up to 800 people), located beside dining and meeting spaces.
The Rooms: Newly renovated, the New World boasts more than 580 rooms and suites. We recommend the specialty suite with 100 square meters of entertaining and living space. The balcony includes a bar and barbeque for entertaining and a big day bed overlooking the skyline of Manila. Inside, check out a curated assortment of Filipino artifacts including vintage photos of Jeepneys, the national public transportation, wooden masks from the southern province of Mindanao, and the unofficial symbol of Manila: a bull. In glittering bathrooms find Elemis amenities and generously sized bathtubs. And for the best views in the hotel, ask for a room facing the Greenbelt park.
The Appeal: A meal at the authentic Hong Kong Chinese restaurant Jasmine is worth a trip to the New World alone. Headed by chef Wong Kam On, a Hong Kong native, the restaurant serves a daily dim sum service that draws a crowd for old favorites like xiao long bao and shumai along with new interpretations, like mango rolls stuffed with wagyu beef. For seafood lovers, dishes from steamed live garoupa to clay-pot crab are sure to please, best followed by an extra minute or two spent at the ornately designed tea counter, where live demos are dome with heirloom leaves of guestsâ€™ choice.Â
The Surrounds: Located in central Makati just 30 minutes from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (without traffic), the hotel offers a prime location from which to explore central Manila. Makati brims with upmarket restaurants and contemporary art galleriesâ€”Silverlens, Now Gallery, Nova, and Finale are worth a drop-in. For dinner, drinks, and perhaps a raucous night out, head to the nearby Fort (Bonifacio Global City) and Legaspi Village.
For those in the know:Â Guest privacy is paramount at the New World Hotel Makati. With visiting dignitaries and high-level business travelers, the hotel makes a point of protecting the privacy of guests. While other hotels brazenly announce their presence to the outside, the New World enjoys minimal exterior signage and a discreet entrance from a busy Makati road.
Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center; 63-2/811-6888; New World Makati Hotel; rooms from US$400.