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Situated at the Central Business District of Makati City, an art-deco hotel stood.  I honestly don’t know how to describe an art-deco architecture, more so distinguish the same from other types of architecture.  But this hotel claims and is tagged by many to be an art-deco inspired hotel. 

An exquisite craftsmanship put into modern details is how I describe the architectural façade and interiors of Herald Suites in Makati.  Maybe that is how we define an art-deco hotel I said to myself.

We are frequents of the Poblacion District of Makati and the restaurants that surround.  Herald Suites Polaris takes as an advantage its prime location.  Centrally situated at the Makati Business District and tagged to be a heritage district as well, being the location where first settlement in Makati was, the Herald Suites Polaris stands as a mansion on a quiet neighborhood.


Checking in was swift and I was assigned to a Standard Single Room.  The room comes with a card lock system, refrigerator with mini-bar, cable TV, NDD/IDD Telephones, WIFI internet access, coffee/tea making facilities, room service and safety deposit boxes.

The standard room is spacious, with an assigned work space that I was able to finish some reports for work even on a weekend.  It was raining for two days.  And we were fortunate that the hotel has provided all the basic needs without having to go out at the neighborhood.  It was a total comfort and relaxation, despite the fact that the vicinity is surrounded by bars and night clubs.  The silence that we need was attained.


The distinct geometric multi-colored patterns of cement tiles adorn the floorings of the hotel and easily noticeable as soon as we entered.  These are the machuca tiles, known to be the oldest tile manufacturing business in the Philippines and usually used on colonial houses that dates back centuries ago.

The hotel could actually pass as a museum hotel (in my opinion).  It has the resemblance of the Hotel Luna of Vigan City but in a more intricate and modern design without any wall decors. Paintings and wall decors though are not that needed as the ambiance and styling are more than sufficient to convey its elegance and luxury to guests.

After being mesmerized by the interior design and the atrium of the hotel, like any other guests, our main concern is location of the dining area.  We were lead to the Aurora Lobby Café, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, situated at the ground floor of the hotel.

Complimentary breakfast and our welcome dinner and cocktails were served at the café.  The Aurora Lobby Café is open from 6AM to 12 midnight featuring continental and Filipino dishes.  We were glad to have sampled a few and all are indeed delectable.

The happy hour drinking session became an instant part of our itinerary as well due to heavy downpour in an attempt to visit the bars and night clubs that surround the hotel.  It was a good decision though to stay at the Aurora Lobby Café for a more relaxed and enjoyable drinking spree.

Herald Suites Polaris is indeed about comfort and a relaxing ambiance.  I truly recommend a stay at the said hotel even for a just a weekend to spend quality time with friends and family and even for business meetings at their lounges and café.

45 Polaris Street Bel-Air, Makati City
Telephone No.: (02) 816-7994

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