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Discussion in 'Hotel and Travel reviews' started by Dav3&Ai5a, May 17, 2017.
Came across this on FB, read through the comments as well...
Always go for named 5 star hotels if you want to avoid this kind of thing, that would be my advice to anyone visiting Makati Manila.
The wife says this is a rough area now with lots of whore houses, apparently it used to be a decent area.
Good that you shared the story with us
Seems rather dumb to leave the room containing their "stuff & money" unlocked overnight.
why have yourselfs in one room and your belongings in another! We stayed at Rothams Hotel in Manila a few streets from Manila Bay for a few nights it was ok. Area appeared safe to walk around in,view wasnt the best but room was good.
Guys I think we are missing the point. I agree it does seem odd to have their bags in another unlocked room but the story here is that this guy was committing a criminal offence, spying into rooms as well as stealing stuff. Should be locked up.
One also needs to bear in mind that this is a one-sided unverified story on facebook which at the time hasnt been reported to the local police.
Another valid point
Creepy. But she shouldn't be "no idea what to do". Ask for the staff to call the police instead of ranting on facebook alone.
Not all the Brits would bite that 5star.
There are other reliable hotels and condotels in Makati that aren't painful in the pocket like CITADINES. We stayed there before and we loved it.
Yes you're right, 5 start hotels are not for everyone, I've been forced to stop in so may - 5 star hotels over the years that I now enjoy the security and convenience of stopping in a decent hotel if I'm paying for it. The last time I was in Makati which is many years back I stopped at the Shangri-La, no peep holes or stolen luggage there.
Citadines can be quite good, I have stayed at one of the Citadines apartments in Bangkok on a few occasions and enjoyed my stay.
The people were not staying in a hotel, they were not staying in the Citadel Inn, they had rented a scummy room through Airbnb.
The room was possibly in the same building as the Citadel Inn but that might well be the only connection.
The Citadel is a Condotel i.e. the rooms are privately owned but it is operated like a hotel and has a reception area and so on, I've not actually read the thread or the linked story but do I know where this place is because the companies I dealt with in Makati some 13 years ago were based in Salcedo village in Makati and most visitors were told to stay in the hotels around P Burgos because you could get a good room in a proper hotel at a decent price, it used to be 2200 peso a night, at that time that was 20 pounds, most of the hotels around there are over 70 pounds a night now.
The Citadel is currently cheap (according to booking .com) and it is at the centre of the red light district of Makati, that area is not the best of places to spend time.
It has been there for a long time.
The white building on the right of the intersection at Jupiter Street was the old location of the British Embassy and also the Korean Embassy they moved out a few years later and oddly built their new embassies next to each other at the bottom end of McKinley.
It was a hell of a view at night over Metro Manila.
And this is another view in Metro Manila (I took this shot from the roof of our condo) that looks up towards Makati during the daytime.