I’M Hotel Makati: Your 5-Star Hotel Destination In Hip Poblacion
The charm of Makati City lies in the fact that it is so diverse. Head over to the business district to experience the luxurious upscale life. Want something a little quirky and down-home? That’s when you head over to the outskirts of the city. Occasionally, there are places that aim to be the best of both worlds. One of these places that is worth checking out is I’M Hotel.
It may be strange to note that I’M Hotel is the only five-star hotel in the low-key Poblacion area so far. However, this is one hotel that’s packed with personality, and fits in perfectly with the vibe of Poblacion, which is considered one of the hippest districts in Manila!
I’M Hotel keeps the guest in mind. The name is an invitation to make the experience of their stay their own. We found that in this regard, I’M Hotel is truly versatile, and they can adapt to the needs and personality of each guest.
I’M Hotel aims to make you feel at home, and this is evident in the way they designed their elegant rooms. Their suites are made to look and feel like your own apartment but with added hotel luxuries and impeccable city views. We were facing Rockwell skyline, and it was amazing! It was so lovely to just take in the bright skyline of Makati with a bottle of wine or some ice-cold beer. We highly recommend that you request this side of the hotel and order some room service to complete the experience!
The room itself is gorgeously appointed, with commissioned artworks from three resident artists—Ms. Bai Tian Yuan, Mr. Raphael Gallegos, and Mr. Dee Jae Pa’este.
Any hotel guest will fall in love with the king-size bed provided in the suite! We also appreciated the fact that the suite had more than the usual share of hotel comforts.
We had a fully equipped kitchenette and even a dining table. Their minibar/fridge had a few snacks and bottled water. We also had a 49-inch SMART LED television, pillow menu, and a private laundry facility.
One of our favorite things in the hotel is the designer bathroom! As far as bathrooms go, this one was quite memorable. It was so spacious and elegant, with thoughtful toiletries from Crabtree and Evelyn that turn any bath into a relaxing experience. Some rooms have a bathtub. If you fancy a bubble bath to cap off the day, this is something you can ask for.
Biggest spa in the Philippines
I’M Hotel has a number of claims to fame, and one of them is without a doubt their I’M Onsen Spa. It is the largest state-of-the-art spa in the Philippines, spanning six floors of space! Their various spa experience packages come with complimentary herbal teas, and a buffet meal.
I’M Onsen Spa is a dream for anyone looking to relax. They have 69 beds that include couple rooms, en suite jacuzzis, steam rooms, and even VIP rooms for small gatherings. It houses the first authentic Japanese thermal bath in the Philippines, which mimics the mineral composition of Japanese hot springs. We had a couples’ massage that left us feeling completely boneless afterward!
Chill drinks and hearty eats
After relaxing at the spa, you can choose to while your time away at I’M Hotel’s pool and pool bar. Called the Mermaid Pool Bar, it is perfect for lounging and having a few drinks with friends. Its artsy cool decor completely fits in with the hip vibe of Poblacion.
You must take a dip in their acrylic-bottomed infinity pool, where you can see the cars rushing past you below!
Of course, not to be missed are the great eats! Empress Jade is a Chinese restaurant serving quintessential Chinese food. Diners will love their assortment of dim sum and roasting platters that are perfect for sharing.
Bloom Restaurant, on the other hand, serves Western and European fare. This is also where hotel guests get to indulge in their daily breakfast buffet! If you’re ordering off the menu, we suggest trying any of their pasta and pizzas with a good glass of wine. Both Bloom and Empress Jade are perfect for gatherings or meetings and has an elegant feel.
The next time we find ourselves in Poblacion and want to relax, we won’t hesitate to check into I’M Hotel. This vibrant but luxurious place doesn’t feel intimidating, despite its five-star status. As the hotel promises, we truly made our experience our own. Keep coming back for the thoughtful touches, the incredible spa, and the chance to be very near other places of interest in quirky Poblacion!