Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The KL Tower Serviced Residences in Makati City, Philippines: A Great Place to Unwind with Family

For many of us, parents, having the opportunities to take our family along with us to work-related activities is a great bonus. After all, our loved ones are the reasons why we strive to become better professionals and colleagues in our fields.

Room 17K's bed and easy chair
This past weekend, I had a couple of events I needed to go to and which I knew would take up a lot of time away from my family. Given Metro Manila's infamous horrible traffic that steals hours from anyone who lives far from the city center, I opted to find a hotel in Makati City where we could stay for a night so it would be easier to come "home" especially since it was my special child's birthday last Friday.

Room 17L's living and dining areas
I am so happy to have found a great venue in KL Tower Serviced Residences through agoda.com. We were able to book two rooms with a connecting door so it felt like we stayed in a two bedroom suite instead of one! :) What's more, the hotel staff thoughtfully prepared a cake and balloons for our James, making our stay extra special. 

Room 17K's dining and kitchen area
The rooms are stylishly designed with lovely furniture, a really nice color scheme, and wonderful amenities. I love how the kitchen area is fully equipped (pots, pans, stove, a microwave, refrigerator, etc.) with everything guests needed to make a good meal in case we would like to cook something. The huge mirrors on the walls also made the spaces feel more airy and bigger that they are.

KL Tower makes it convenient to prepare your own food
Both rooms also have dining utensils neatly laid out on the table. There were also electric pots where we could heat some water to have coffee or tea. Hubby and I got full use of ours at 3AM the next morning before we headed out to join the SyncRUNize race in Arca South

there's provision for free coffee and tea
From the 17th floor, we had great day and night views of the Makati skyline. The rooms were equipped with balconies but one has to request for the glass doors to be unlocked by management before you can go out. That's actually a good safety feature especially if you have young kids with you.    

a night view of Makati's Legaspi Village
Room 17K has its own bathroom, kitchen and dining area, a comfortable easy chair, TV, closet, and bed while Room 17L has its own living room (with a plush sofa to watch TV in), two bathrooms, and a separate bedroom that also has its own TV. 

one of three bathrooms we got to use
There's a spacious area between 17L's bedroom and second bathroom where the closet is. It has a dresser and mirror and an ironing board, making it very convenient for those who are there on business to groom themselves well before an important meeting. The free Wi-Fi is fast enough although there were times we couldn't connect to the network. It was a good thing I have a mobile postpaid line so getting data service was not much of a problem. 

Room 17L's dressing room (closet and ironing board not included in the photo)
Indulge me a bit as I gush that one of the best features of 17L is the beautiful lighting on top of the breakfast bar-like table. On our way back from the Manila International Book Fair where the book I edited was launched, hubby and I dropped by Papa John's in Greenbelt to buy a couple of pizzas and pastas for our midnight snack. My son, Gab, took a photo of me while we were having a midnight snack and below is the no filter result. Nice light, right? :)

disclaimer: that's Coca-Cola in the glass :) 
Gab had a chance to take a dip in the swimming pool (open until 10PM) located on the 7th floor that night. It's too bad hubby and I had a lot of things to attend to outside so we weren't able to bring James for a swim. We also didn't get to use the gym but, hey, there may be a next time so let's see.

KL Tower's indoor swimming pool
On Saturday morning, hubby and I went back to KL Tower after our race to take a shower and remove all the muddy remnants from our fun, fitness adventure. Later, we ate in Kitchen 1B located at the ground floor of the hotel. We were so glad we made it before they made the last call for breakfast. We enjoyed a hearty meal before heading back to our room to rest a bit before we checked out and headed home.

a hearty breakfast at Kitchen 1B
By the way, one other thing to appreciate at KL Tower is their ample parking spaces. We were given a specific slot on the 4th floor and it has access to a wheelchair ramp going to the elevators. That made it very easy for us to bring our son with special needs in and out of the hotel. Too, KL Tower's staff members are friendly and helpful, making our stay an even more pleasant one.  

a view of the park from the 17th floor
KL Tower is located along Gamboa Street in Legaspi Village. It's just a few minutes' walk from the Greenbelt group of malls so looking for somewhere to eat or buy take out food from is not a problem. Across the street from the hotel is a park where you can bring the family for a stroll. Basically, you don't need to go very far to find other places to unwind. For me, though, if I could simply stay the whole time at KL Tower, I would because it already has everything I need for a fantastic staycation in the city.   

Room 17L's bedroom
Please check discounted room rates of KL Tower Serviced Residences in agoda.com. It's a great site to find good deals on hotel stays, useful information on facilities, and feedback from previous guests' reviews.

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