As my bus wound its way down Marcos Highway, I began to worry about how many errands I still had to do when I would arrive in Makati, including an embassy appointment that same afternoon. I was especially not looking forward to commuting since the weather didn’t look too cooperative, and because I just really hate having to commute around that place.
I was booked for the night in one of the units of Alcoves, which offers serviced apartments all over Makati. What I didn’t know was just how perfect the arrangement was, especially for this particular trip.
I could not have asked for a better location: the unit is at Greenbelt Radissons in Legaspi Village, which meant only one thing: I only needed to walk to all the places I needed to go to before my flight the following day. Ha! Suddenly I wasn’t feeling too resentful anymore at being here!
Alcoves is also right behind AIM and just a block away from Greenbelt 1, so it’s fairly easy to get to from anywhere. I was met by one of the three siblings running the place, Rafael, who has kindly waited for me to arrive even though I showed up a full hour later than he expected (I blame the rain and the ensuing traffic for this).
The Premiere Studio unit where I was booked is spacious at 36 square meters, tastefully decorated, and clean. The unit has a queen-sized bed, a living area, and a fully equipped kitchen (fridge, stove, water heater, microwave, and utensils) — everything anyone will ever need on a long stay, actually. It’s a pity I was there only a night. It was so comfortable it seemed I was staying at the place of a friend generous enough to vacate his entire apartment for a night. :P I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely take this one over a hotel room any day.
Before I forget — there’s also a balcony that opens up to a view of the city (and a rather good place for breakfast as well). There’s also WiFi and it is free and fast, just the way we all like it.
And because it’s centrally located, finding food and other establishments isn’t difficult at all. For the extremely lazy, there’s a MiniStop right across; Greenbelt 1 is a three-minute walk from here as well.
The airport was mercifully just 20 minutes away, and I didn’t have to wait for a cab at all because there was one right in front of the building when I stepped out.
Can’t tell you enough how staying in this place had saved me from a potential anxiety attack. It’s also great to have helpful hosts like Rafael around, who had helped me find a place in which to print documents at the last minute even after I have checked out. So if you ever find yourself in the city and would like to be near everything else (in a not-too-shabby neighborhood, if I may add!), please drop them a line. You won’t regret it!
Alcoves offers studio and two-bedroom units, as well as a four-bedroom penthouse suite. All rooms come with AC, flat-screen TV, fully equipped kitchen, and private toilet and bath. To know more about their rooms, rates, location, etc., you may reach them at: