I went for an overnight staycation at KL Tower Serviced Residences and had a relaxing moment despite being busy. Nope, I’m not referring to a hotel in Malaysia, I’m referring to the hotel owned by the Kalaws and Ledesmas along Gamboa Street in Legaspi Village, Makati City. With meetings set on a weekend in Makati, I decided to check in so I don’t have to travel back and forth in the area of Makati on Saturday and Sunday. I was out of my room half the time but those moments when I’m inside my spacious hotel room, I am able to chill and set the stressful things away. Who wouldn’t? I had such a nice accommodation at KL Tower.
I was fortunate to have been allowed to check in early at 12 noon instead of the usual check-in time of 2pm. The front desk staff handed me my key card, breakfast voucher and WiFi password. After a while, I went up to the 19th floor where my room is. I love that the hotel has high-speed elevator. It didn’t take while to wait, and there’s a personnel who’d press the buttons for guests.
I stayed in one of KL Tower Serviced Residences’ Studio Premier Suite, a spacious room with a master bedroom, living and dining area, kitchen, a study room, a restroom and one toilet and bath. I’ve stayed in five-star hotels before and it doesn’t come across as homey.
I love that I don’t just get to lay down and rest and/or sleep on my bed. The moment I got settled down, I stayed at the living area furnished with comfy seating and started working on my laptop and watching television on the side. Then I unknowingly stroked the carpet with my feet. Before I know it, I was sitting on the floor and I’m enjoying it, hahaha!
I left early evening for a meeting at Greenbelt which was just a few minutes away from KL Tower Serviced Residences. I leisurely walked towards the venue where my meeting is at. At the back of my mind, I’m so glad I made the decision to check-in. I’m very much relaxed which I would have felt otherwise had I came all the way from home in Quezon City.
Before going back to my hotel, I bought some food to bring back to my room. It’s a good thing that KL Tower Serviced Residences allow guests to bring food. I was even told that I can order delivery. That’s comforting. Food at hotel restaurants can be pricey and it’s just practical to bring food, or even cook. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, induction cooker, microwave oven, electric kettle, coffee maker and knives. It’s very convenient for families staying at the hotel.
In my room, I unpacked my food and served it on plates and bowls. Yep, there’s dinnerware that guests can use. In fact, the table setting is beautifully arranged. After eating, I washed everything I used in the kitchen sink. It’s good that there’s also a dishwashing liquid, letting me to take care of soiled dishes. Although I was told that I can have it taken care of by Room Service.
It’s dark outside but I wanted to have a view of the city in the dark. Unfortunately, the balconies on the living area and the room are closed. I called the front desk to have it opened, and soon enough someone came to my room with the keys and a waiver for me to sign. Signing the waiver means that the hotel is not liable for any untoward incident that may happen by opening the balconies.
There’s a lot of things that can happen with an open balcony in a hotel – burglary, suicide, murder – all bad things that may involve the hotel on legal matters. I was confident nothing like that is going to happen to me, and so I signed it and enjoyed the view of the city in evening.
I then settled in at the study room to focus on the things I need to work on. The room is quite spacious, with a long desk with drawers. It could actually double as another bedroom. The sliding door is perfect for some privacy.
I went to bed past midnight realizing that I have another appointment in the morning. I would have stayed up til the wee hours of the morning. I was quite concerned that I might oversleep because of the comfy bed, pillows and comforter, I made sure that I set my alarms.
It was still dark when I got up in the morning, giving me enough time to take a bath. The bathroom is inside the master bedroom equipped with hot and cold shower. I took a shirt I hang from the huge closet and ironed out the wrinkles. Nope, I didn’t bring an iron with me. KL Tower thoughtfully placed an iron and ironing board inside one of the closets. I was so glad about this because I didn’t go out with wrinkled clothes to a meeting.
Before heading out for my appointment, I dropped by Kitchen 1B. It’s a restaurant beside the hotel where I enjoyed my complimentary breakfast. I’ve been to this restaurant once during an event and I already liked the ambiance. Although it’s not owned and operated by KL Tower, they had a partnership where guests can have their complimentary breakfast. I ordered Sardines in Olive Oil with rice and egg. I was surprised that my meal also came with bread and butter, salad, fruits and coffee.
I really enjoyed my food that I didn’t bother eating during my meeting. Again, I was grateful that I got to my appointment in time. I had some time to spare and chit chat with friends before the meeting began. I was so excited to go back to my hotel that I skipped the rest of the discussions. I was already thinking about going for a swim and having a sauna afterwards.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to use the hotel’s amenities located at the 7th floor of KL Tower Serviced Residences. I got to my room at 11am and asked front desk if I can have a late check out at 3pm. I’m supposed to check out at 12noon, and was allowed to stay until 1pm instead. Too bad, but I understand that housekeeping must clean up my room for other bookings, so I hurriedly packed my stuff.
I made a quick glance of the city below me, then left the room. I checked out, paid for the drinks that I consumed at the bar and headed home. The front desk was kind enough to offer a taxi but I declined because I already booked one in advance. When I got home, I suddenly missed the place.
My stay at KL Tower is such an enjoyable one. It’s situated at the center of the central business district and walking distance to one of the country’s top shopping complexes. It’s perfect when you’re on a business trip or on vacation, whether for short or long stay. But more than the location, the hotel also provides accommodation that I really enjoyed.
The hotel is relatively new, having opened in 2014 and is managed by Hospitality International, Inc. My experience makes me wonder how it would be staying at the other hotels managed by the company such as The Picasso Serviced Residences in Makati, Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alaban and Henry Hotel in Cebu.
My staycation at KL Tower Serviced Residences is one of the most enjoyable one. If you have plans of having an overnight stay at a hotel or will be coming in to Manila from the province or overseas, I highly recommend this hotel. You’ll have a great time without putting a hole in your pocket. Special rates are also available for the Holy Week. BOOK NOW!
117 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines
Phone Number: +632 84 500 84
Email: [email protected]