8 Reasons to Love Citadines Salcedo Makati


If you check into a serviced apartment and see yourself living there, then the property has accomplished what it was designed to do. Citadines Salcedo Makati is such a property —an apart’hotel encouraging guests to feel right at home. If your ideal home—or home away from home, for that matter—is an elegant space equipped with all the necessities and situated at the center of everything that matters to your lifestyle, then it’s time to pack your bags and hop over to Salcedo.

Serviced apartments, while catering to staycationers as well, are built with the business traveler in mind—especially those visiting foreign cities for extended periods of time. I have been sent to the US for such kinds of long-ish trips and believe me, I’d choose a serviced apartment, or an apart’hotel, over a regular hotel any day. At Citadines Salcedo, one can experience the luxuries of a hotel while enjoying the conveniences of home!

I stayed at Citadines Salcedo a couple of weeks back and I absolutely loved it! Below, I have listed down the top 8 reasons why. Have you stayed in a serviced apartment/apart’hotel? How different was it compared to a regular business hotel? Leave some comments below!


1 | A fully-equipped kitchen is ALWAYS a good idea.

Whether you’re someone who prefers making his own meals or someone who has special dietary restrictions, Citadines Salcedo’s fully-equipped kitchen is your best friend. If you’re a gym-goer who follows a strict meal plan, or perhaps a person who eats only vegan or halal for instance, you would definitely want to choose a hotel that can cater to these lifestyle choices.

I realized this when I was in Texas. That time, I was obsessed with healthy food but I couldn’t make my own dinner because my room only had … a kettle. LOL. The restaurant choices I found were either too far or close super early!

Citadines Salcedo’s rooms have full kitchens complete with a cooker with hob and hood, microwave, glassware, cutlery, utensils, plates—everything! You can prep up for a whole week, or just whip up a meal any night when you wish to.


2 | There are separate living/dining and bedroom spaces.

If you’re staying in a new city for a long time (and by this, I mean months), you would at some point experience hosting guests at your place. On such occasions, a separate area for the dining and living spaces is idea—after all, your colleagues don’t have to see your bed (and all your mess around it).

Citadines Salcedo’s 1-Bedroom Apartment (check rates), where I stayed, has dining space for 4 persons adjacent to the kitchen. It’s right across the living area, which can serve as an extension of the dining space for such gatherings. The room is also equipped with dinnerware and utensils—even wine glasses, perfect for those cozy evenings. La Petite Parisienne is close by—buy some nice wine and cheese!


3 | The bedroom is super cozy.

If you’re staying for a couple of weeks, you don’t want a dark, gloomy, uncomfortable bed to retreat to after a long day at work, right? I loved Citadines’ soft, comfy queen-size bed—in fact, I was tempted to just stay in all day and order from the restaurant downstairs during my staycation (which is a bad idea as this neighborhood is kicking, but let’s get to that later)!

The bedroom is fitted with a work desk, of course, as well as flat screen cable TV, an in-room safe, and plenty of storage and walking space. I loved the large windows that fill the room with plenty of light in the mornings. There's fast WiFi and also a LAN cable.

There’s a bathroom accessible from the bedroom and from the kitchen—just the right size with a wash basin with countertop, a toilet with bidet, and a walk-in shower. Citadines uses Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries. 



4 | Jacuzzi with a gorgeous city view? Yes.

Feeling like kicking back and being lazy all afternoon? Drop by the 9th floor and soak up in the Jacuzzi, which even offers a view of the Makati skyline. If you’re lucky, you will have it all to yourself—just like I did during my stay.

The Jacuzzi is right by the 21-meter lap pool which affords you the same gorgeous view. For those who love family staycations, there’s a kiddie pool as well perfect for leaving the small tots in while you do some laps.


5 | A chance to sweat in the gym.

In today’s world where more and more people are being conscious about their health, the presence of a decent gym is a must for any hotel. Any hotel with just one machine and a stability ball and some yoga mats just for the sake of having some is a no-no for me! Citadines Salcedo’s gym, although not as big and topnotch as its cousin hotel, Ascott BGC (check it out here), is very good, with enough free weights, adjustable benches, a few resistance machines, cardio machines, and treadmills. It even has an outdoor yoga area!


6 | Delicious Asian food at The Flying Pan.

Citadines Salcedo’s main restaurant, The Flying Pan, serves a wide array of cuisines—from Filipino and other Asian food to European and American—but what I sampled were Asian dishes (and one “fusion”). Try their version of the Nasi Ayam Goreng (PhP255)—Indonesian-style fried rice with delicious, crispy fried chicken. It comes served with a fried egg, sliced cucumber, sambal, and crackers. For breakfast, they don’t have a buffet as a typical hotel would but they would let you choose from a variety of set plates instead. As tempting as everything was, I tried the Masala French Toast—fluffy, sweetish French toast studded with chili and perhaps a dash of other spices. I loved it! Order extra bacon for good measure!



7 | The neighborhood has AMAZING dining and drinking options.

Whatever type of food you’re craving for, Salcedo seems to have the answer. Great ramen? The 20-seater Mendokoro Ramenba sits just a few minutes away by foot—the hotel can even help you secure a spot! Thai food? Songkran is just right across. Filipino? There’s XO 46 Heritage Bistro. Something comforting? Wildflour CafĂ© is close by, as well as its baby sister, Little Flour.

What about for tipple? Just walk around and stumble to one of the nice bars in this area: Bugsy’s (beers and yummy bar chow); Rue Bourbon (cocktails and flavored beers); Hooch (live music); La Petite Parisienne (wine, cheese, cold cuts); Bar Pintxos (tapas and wine); and if you’re willing to go a bit father, The Penthouse 8747. The neighborhood also has tons of coffee places!


8 | You can fit right in and really be all settled.

Whether you’re a fitness junkie, a shopaholic, a foodie, a drinker, or a do-what-the-locals-do kind of person, the bustling Salcedo is the perfect place for you. This area has a yoga studio, lots of healthy restaurants, spas and barber shops, art centers like the Goethe Institut (check them out if you want to learn more about German culture), and local food carts catering to the working class within the vicinity. Not to mention the Salcedo Weekend Market, where you can find everything from food and fresh produce to household stuff and collectibles.

Whether you’re a business traveler staying for days, weeks, or months or a staycation lover, Citadines Salcedo’s amazing location and great amenities are sure to meet your needs. Click here to book your stay or here to find out about their stay offers.


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Citadines Salcedo Makati
148 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
+632.863.9888
enquiry.manila@the-ascott.com

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