When it comes to choosing hotel accommodations within Manila, our top three considerations always include: location, service, and comfort. Being based in Singapore for almost a decade now, hotel staycations provide us short pleasurable retreats — to recharge, to rejuvenate, and to spend time with our families — whenever we take holidays back in the Philippines.
Earlier this month, we stayed at the newly opened Jinjiang Inn Makati (920-922 Antonio Arnaiz Ave., Makati City) where we met a couple of pleasant surprises. For one, its close proximity to malls (Greenbelt & Glorietta), restaurants, and night out spots makes it easy for my mom and I to just take leisure walks from the hotel to all these hangout places.
What seemed to be just your regular box-typed hotel from the outside, Jinjiang was actually surprising inside — with the property’s modern interiors combined with a touch of traditional Chinese (and to some extent Japanese-inspired) design.
We got a Business Room with twin beds, which was more than ideal for a no-fuss, straightforward overnight stay. The bathroom was impressive as well for such a boutique property — well lit and pretty spacious!
For such a short stay, Jinjiang did tick all the basic necessities we are looking for a hotel.
Where to eat nearby: Top Recommendations
- Mesa (Greenbelt 5) – for a taste of Filipino cuisines presented with a modern twist
- Torch (Greenbelt 5) – for a fusion of Italian, Spanish and American cuisines at affordable prices
- Head down to Little Tokyo (along Chino Roces Avenue) for authentic Japanese dishes. Top choice: mix sashimis at Seryna restaurant
What to do nearby: Top Recommendations
- Ayala Museum (adjacent to Greenbelt mall) – indulge in modern day Filipino art
- Salcedo Market – if you are in Makati on a Saturday, bring your family/friends to the Salcedo weekend market to find unique bites and artsy shopping discoveries
Photos from the hotel:
Photo of their Deluxe Suite:
Photos and story contributed by Jaypee Quitco