Makati is a prime location in Metro Manila. If you’re travelling and looking for a place to stay within this city, initial impression would be that it would be expensive. A bed alone at one of the hostels can cost Php 500–700 alone. But if you have a little more budget and yearning for more space than the four corners of a bed, it is worth checking out Jupiter Suites in Bel-air Makati. More than a decade of experience is its charm and ridiculously huge rooms as one of its key appeal.
Jupiter Suites Hotel
The facade may look outdated standing opposite the Petron gas station along Jupiter Street in Makati. Flanked by a number of fast food eateries including the Papa Johns Pizza on its street level, it may be even easy to miss. But finding and entering its unpretentious lobby, it is easy feel the warmth from the greetings of the staff at the reception. Jupiter Suites has been in the business for 15 years as I’ve learned. The core of its staff have even served since 10–11 years. Talk about dedication. But I guess this is a testimony of how the owners have taken their staff as well. And it does translate to how these people treat us customers – naturally friendly and accommodating.
I was given room 203 and boy was it spacious. It is a 42sqm Deluxe Suite. So much space that I can place 3 additional mattresses and it would still have space to move around. The design is old school, a little on the vintage side but charming still. Not much view from my room since I was facing the opposite side of the building though. Much of the 25 rooms at Jupiter Suites is like this, roomy starting at 33sqm up to 42sqm. I like that I have a working table and desk, LCD TV with Cable TV, personal ref and decent WiFi access. Bathroom even has its own tub though toiletry isn’t complete. Bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste.
Jupiter Suites doesn’t have a full-service restaurant but has an informal dining cafe on the second floor to serve the complimentary breakfast. Though there are already a lot of dining options nearby, having breakfast offered in-house is quite convenient especially if one is still in PJs and is not in the mood to go out. They offer bacon and corned beef as options. And I’m o so glad they gave me brewed coffee, not that instant 3-in–1 that often upsets my tummy. If you are really lazy, breakfast can be served in-room too.
Value for Money
For a tried-and-tested hotel with years of experience, Jupiter Suites deliver on the bare essentials – great service, homey rooms with extra generous space and location that’s hard to beat. Checking their prices at Agoda, they are quite affordable too with rates around Php 1,500 to 2,500. Considering the location and size of the room, that offers great value. It’s ideal for business travelers and people in transit.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.