After having reviewed The Mini Hotel, an affordable boutique hotel by Eton Properties on Hong Kong Island, I was thrilled to hear that the Mini hotel brand was opening in Makati City, Philippines! Housed in the 40-storey Eton Tower Makati, The Mini Suites is the only hotel conveniently linked to the Dela Rosa Pedestrian Overpass, providing easy, direct access – rain or shine – to neighboring office towers like The Enterprise Center and the Greenbelt shopping malls. Greenbelt 5, for example, is only a 15-minute walk away from the hotel. The friendly and professional receptionists at the concierge are always there to assist you and point the right way.
Moreover, there are also a number of retail outlets housed on ground floor and second level of Eton Tower itself, including restaurants, coffeeshops, a PNB bank, a salon, an optical shop, and a fitness center. In terms of interior design, it is modern and minimalist like many other contemporary hotels. I wish they applied the quirky art-pop interiors of the Hong Kong hotel to make them stand out and have a unique brand personality. At The Mini Suites, your Makati stay isn’t only cozy and compact, but also complete!
The Mini Suites has 368-rooms occupying seven floors of Eton Tower Makati. In-room facilities include free wi-fi access, LED TV with cable channels, in-room safe, complimentary bottled water, and, of course, air conditioning. Other amenities like hair dryer, water kettle, iron and ironing board are available upon request.
My Mini Double Room, an entry-level room type, was surprisingly roomy for a Mini branded hotel. Compare this to the compact dorm-style cabin we stayed at The Mini Hotel in Hong Kong. I particularly liked the modern glass-walled separate toilet and shower in the middle of the room. The only problems I had with my room were that there were no electrical outlets right next to the bed, and that there was a connecting door to an adjacent room that wasn’t sound-proof, so I can hear the TV and conversations of the guests next door. Fortunately, my neighbors weren’t too noisy for the most part of my stay.
Other facilities a boardroom (which may be rented for a fee), a fully-equipped gym, designated smoking areas, in-house clinic for minor medical emergencies and luggage area. An outdoor swimming pool, formerly only available to condominium residents, is also now open to guests of The Mini Suites!
While the hotel itself has no in-house food and beverage service, optional breakfast is available for dine-in and room service outsourced from restaurants in the same tower. I really enjoyed my inclusive breakfast meals at Bo’s Coffee and The Morning After restaurants on the second-floor retail level in the same building, especially Bo’s Coffee’s simple but scrumptious Three-Cheese Omelette made with Laguna kesong puti (native carabao cheese), cheddar and mozzarella .
Since you’re staying at the beating heart of the city, there other food outlets to choose from within the building such as Dean & Deluca, Picnic, Motorino NY Slice, The Pigpen, Big Chill, Coldstone Creamery, Fry & Bake, and Moshi Koshi. There are also countless more along Dela Rosa St itself and the Greenbelt and Glorietta Malls of The Ayala Center, accessed by the pedestrian overpass.
If you’re staying on a Sunday morning, don’t miss the nearby Legazpi Sunday Market – a foodie’s heaven with home-style cuisine from all over the world!
Accommodation at The Mini Suites starts at PHP 3,560 for a Mini Double for two persons, inclusive of taxes and fees with no breakfast. (It’s PHP 3,928 with breakfast for two.) Find discounted room rates here!
How to Get There
The Mini Suites – Eton Tower Makati is located 8 kilometers away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 – a 20 minute taxi or GrabCar ride away on light traffic (but could easily reach more than an hour during rush hour!).
Alternatively, there’s are premium point-to-point (P2P) Ube Express airport buses (PHP 200) running between NAIA Terminals 1, 2 & 3 and Park Square, Ayala Center (Operating Hours: 8:00 to 10:00 PM for T1 & 2, and 24 hours for T3). If you’re coming from elsewhere in the metro, take a bus or the MRT to Ayala Station.
From Ayala Center, there’s an e-jeepney (PHP 8) plying between Landmark and Legazpi Village, passing by Dela Rosa St. right in front of the hotel.