Holiday Inn & Suites Makati
Lovely and Lively Lunches at Flavors
Holiday Inn. The name alone evokes the family fun that awaits in the hotel. It also elicits, for Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers, memories of their younger and more innocent days, when the first hotel that carried the brand name stood across the Cultural Center on Roxas Boulevard, and when the area where Holiday Inn & Suites now stands in Makati used to be called the QUAD. Present day Millennials will scratch their heads at the mention of QUAD (or come to think of it, the beloved club, okay… disco of yore nearby, Rumors!), because on that vast lot now stands Glorietta, and directly beside it, this generation’s Holiday Inn.
The new Holiday Inn doesn’t just evoke the fun, it delivers, and how. It is the perfect hotel for families, especially those with hyper young kids or sulky emo teenagers. Guaranteed, there will be no boredom for them: there are endless options, within and outside the hotel. First, the mall. One of the biggest sprawls in all of Metro Manila, is literally just outside Holiday Inn’s doors. The brand-new roof deck area of the Glorietta, the “Top of the Glo”, where the Makati branch of Cebu’s famous Rico’s Lechon is located, is directly adjacent to the hotel’s sky lobby. From Holiday Inn, families can take a stroll from Glorietta all the way to the Landmark and beyond, all the way to Greenbelt on Paseo de Roxas, without crossing a single street below, thanks to the pedestrian skyways that connect the Ayala Malls. Shopping galore, Mom! And don’t worry, Dad: ask about the hotel’s “Kids Stay & Eat Free” promos. You’re good!
For those who’d rather just soak in the staycation experience inside the hotel, there’s lightning quick Wi-Fi for those who prefer to laze around in bed and Netflix and chill, and humblebrag about their five-star weekend on social media. Oh, and this I particularly love: there are lots of HD channels on the hotel’s cable television
“HOLIDAY INN MAKATI INHERITED THE INTERCON’S BELOVED CREPES SAMURAI RECIPE, AND IT’S AVAILABLE AT FLAVORS DAILY. IT’S EXACTLY AS LUSCIOUS AND DELICIOUS AS YOU REMEMBER IT TO BE.”
system, which is a privilege that’s quite rare even in the most expensive hotels in the city. Premium channels, on High Definition? Discovery and History and more? I’ll take it. During my stay there, I enjoyed Tom Hanks’ classic “Cast Away” both on HBO and Fox Movies. Both times, on crystal clear HD on my room’s widescreen TV. I almost didn’t want to leave my cold, cozy, classy, and comfortable room. But I had to. The siren song of Holiday Inn’s “Flavors” restaurant” is irresistible.
Flavors is famous for brining in Filipino Chefs and promoting Sustainable Local Farmers. In 2017, Pampanga’s most in-demand private dining chef, Den Lim, brought his bestsellers, along with his province’s renowned dishes to Flavors for a fully-booked two-week fiesta. Earlier this year,02 Chef Portia Baluyut’s signature dishes from her Rustic Morning restaurant in Marikina starred in Flavors’ special summer buffet. And currently, for the whole month of October, Holiday Inn & Suites, together with the Philippine Coffee Board and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, is offering a unique coffee-infused menu, savories and sweets alike; all the coffee, of course, exclusively from
farms all over our archipelago. Flavors always makes an effort to bring in the most wonderful buffet spreads, and it is a most welcome endeavor. No need to traverse traffic or travel long distances to savor the Best of the Philippines.
Speaking of which, Flavors is deservedly renowned for their desserts. My vote for the #1 best Ube Cheesecake in the country, is available here daily, both in petite and party sizes. For many however, the mo0st3 compelling reason to visit the restaurant is the Crepes Samurai. Yes, Virginia. The legendary Intercon Hotel’s beloved mango crepe creation is available at Flavors every single day. Holiday Inn inherited the valuable recipe, and it’s looks and tastes exactly as luscious and decadent and delicious as you remember.
Holiday Inn. It’s a name that evokes a lot of happy childhood memories for me. And in Makati? Its new Hotel & Suites is now creating so many unforgettably fun memories for children and their parents too.
1 Fresh Fruit Tart2 Grilled Chicken with Coffee Cream Sauce 3 Wine and Beer Selection at Flavors
03 4 Ube Cheesecake5 Crepe Samurai6 Holiday Inn’s Mascot: Grinn the Bear7 Firm and Soft Pillows8 In-Room Workspace