A friend of mine recently threw a birthday party at one of the 2 bedroom suites at Aruga by Rockwell luxury serviced apartments/hotel in Rockwell Center, Makati City, and I was one of the few who arrived early to help with the preparations. Since we arrived in our suite early with our room in its untouched and pristine state, I decided to take some photos and write another unbiased hotel review.
Aruga (a Filipino word which means loving care) by Rockwell prides itself in providing utmost care and a relaxed and pleasant environment to its guests without missing out on luxury which is true to the Rockwell brand, its parent company.
You can feel the warmth of their courteous hotel staff who knows your name immediately upon entering the nest, and if in case you are not satisfied with any of their services or accommodation, or anything at all, just let them know (you just have to) and you’ll be surprised at the lengths they’ll go through to make it up to you.
You’ll equally be surprised at how they pay particular attention to the small details – from the Hermes wallpapers in their lobby bathroom (this I just heard at the elevator lobby) to the seriously soft beddings customized and tailored exclusively for Aruga by Rockwell for the enjoyment of its guests (it seems this serviced apartment is really serious about giving its guests a great night’s sleep). This may be the one of the reasons why Aruga by Rockwell is the choice of expats on a short stay here in Metro Manila. The only concern I might have is their narrow hallways from the elevator lobby to the suites (other hotels have noticeably wider hallways), but what the heck, it doesn’t matter since I’m not living in the hallways, anyway.
The two-bedroom “smoking" suite (around 107sq.m./1150sq.ft.) my colleague had rented for the party was spacious and functional. Everything you will need for a convenient stay was there – toiletries, your own laundry and drier machines, a fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, reliable high speed Wi-Fi connection – and if there’s something amiss, the courteous front desk was just a phone call away. The soft lighting and luxurious decor added to the charm of the roomy suite.
Courteous and professional front desk attendants were at our service 24/7.
Our two-bedroom suite
We were immediately ushered in our own foyer as we entered the suite.
Spacious dining and living areas were perfect for our party that night.
Fresh and complimentary coffee and tea were available at our disposal.
A fully functional kitchen was just what we conveniently needed for our party.
Laundry and drier machines! Just in case.
Bedroom # 1 with the softest bed ever that’s exclusive only to Aruga by Rockwell.
Bedroom # 2! Ahh I miss that bed.
One of the two bathrooms in our suite.
For those on business trips, this serviced apartment also provides in-suite workstations as well as other business services like printing and fax services, etc.
Our view from the suite: Powerplant mall just across the street.
Amenities and Common Areas
The narrow but good enough hallways I’m talking about. I just noticed that other hotels/serviced apartments have wider hallways. Not complaining here! Everything else is perfect at Aruga by Rockwell.
The function room Aruga by Rockwell.
This luxurious serviced apartment has two pool areas – one for adults and another for kids.
The elevator lobby area by the pools.
Gym reception area.
Fitness gym at Aruga by Rockwell.
Nearby Go-to Spots:
Aruga Café – housed at the ground floor lobby of Aruga by Rockwell, this intimate coffee shop that’s perfect for gatherings or meetings serves guests from breakfast ’til dinner.
Powerplant Mall – an upscale shopping mall just across the street from Aruga by Rockwell. Inside are artisan shops as well as mainstream shops and quaint coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.
Dean and Deluca – just beside the entrance of this splendid serviced apartment is this upscale gourmet restaurant which was originally established in New York.
Click here to reserve or find out about availability/prices, or you may contact Aruga by Rockwell below:
Address: Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati, 1200, Philippines
Telephone: (632) 818-0000 Fax: (632) 230-6732
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