A Sparkling White Christmas welcomed us at Makati Shangri-La Hotel, and my 8 years old was wide-eyed as he saw Santa Clause gamely pose with children and their parents for souvenir photos.
With a huge grin on his face, our "bunsoy" personally approached the big man and requested for a picture.
I think, he whispered something to Santa, but I didn't quite hear what it was...
Although there was an obvious volume of guests, check-in was a breeze.
Bryant the receptionist who attended to us was fast, efficient and cordial. He informed us that there was an anticipated evening mass and invited us to join. It was pretty convenient as we don't need to rush out Christmas day to look for a church to celebrate mass.
We stayed in a deluxe room in a high floor.
Our room has a King size bed and a couch.
I requested for an extra bed, unfortunately due to the volume of guests there were no extra beds left (my bad, I should have placed my request earlier before check-in)...
The bed was huge and comfortable. It was big enough for 2 adults and a child.
My eldest was fine sleeping on the couch.
The room comes complete with basic amenities...
The towels were clean and new (really soft too).
However, the bathrobes were a bit rough and needing replacement.
Complete toiletries of good quality, but I am not sure if these are branded.
Bathroom is spic and span.
With marbled floors and bathroom tops.
Deep bath tubs for a relaxing hot bath (after a day of shopping, lol)!
I was bit sad as there was no bidet (Yup, bathroom needs updating!)
A safe to keep your valuables...
A full stocked mini bar (Quite expensive. If you want to save a few bucks, the Landmark Mall grocery is an easy 5-10 minutes stroll away).
Coffee and Tea is complimentary.
Not a common feature of hotels we have stayed in is an office supplies' cabinet.
Just look at this charm... this is perfect for business travelers!
The next day buffet breakfast was at the Rizal Ballroom.
Now this one was a huge let down...
Set up was a bit cafeteria, guests were asked to share tables with complete strangers (yes I know, it is Christmas and all, and it would have been fine too - but this is Shangri-La and buffet breakfast is not cheap)!
Service given this set up was mediocre and nothing close to a Shangri-La brand and experience we were hoping (I was just shaking my head side to side... stupefied).
I can't say much about the food, as I was all too absorbed with the chaos (yes it was close to chaotic) around me.
Smiling for the camera :P (not due to breakfast).
Despite our ordinary breakfast experience at Shangri-La,
we still had a wonderful stay.
Little things truly made a difference:
> Our wonderful receptionist (Bryant).
> Santa Claus posing for our "bunsoy".
>These sweet cup cakes given to my boys as Christmas treats.
> The anticipated Christmas mass.
>The huge Christmas trees and Sparkling Christmas decors.
MamaSpeaks gives Makati Shangri-La an "A-".
Never mind Christmas breakfast and just eat elsewhere.
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