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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

Affordable hotel in Makati: Franchise One Hotel

People think that staying in a hotel in Makati is expensive but there are a lot of affordable hotels around Makati. Makati is about 30-minutes away from Manila Airport (without traffic) and most of the luxury brands can be found here in this city. You may go to Greenbelt and Glorietta for your shopping needs and watch a movie or just enjoy the park at Greenbelt Mall. 

For 1,500 PHP to 2,500 PHP / 30 USD to 51 USD you can book ou hotel room here at Franchise One Hotel. 

Getting to the hotel from Manila Airport:

- Take ordinary cab/ UBER / Grab
- Cheaper commute - ride any jeepney going to Baclaran, drop off to Baclaran and ride another jeepney going to MRT Taft. Take MRT and drop off to Magallanes MRT station. Ride jeepney going to Chino Roces/Don Bosco/Makati Square.
- From Magallanes MRT Station, it's about 5mins away (no traffic).

Jeepney Fare: 7PHP / .14USDMRT Fare: 15PHP / .30 USD

The hotel has an in-house restaurant which offers good and affordable meals. Their Alfredo Pasta is less than 200 PHP / 4 USD only! Their Fish fillet with sauce and Chopseuy (Mixed Veggies) are all good! 

We stayed at Herald Suites Hotel last New Year's Eve and I can't afford to spend too much on hotel food there and luckily I found this hotel which is just beside our hotel and ended up buying our food here. For 600 PHP / 12 USD I was able to buy 3 meals that 4 people shared. 

Their breakfast meal are also affordable for less than 150 PHP / 3 USD you have a choice of beef, Tocino (sweetened pork) with rice and egg. 

Their standard room looks like a condo which is just right space for 2 pax. Also, the hotel doesn't have an elevator so you have to climb up the stairs all the way to your room and the hotel has 5 floors so this will be a good exercise for you, lol. 

The room has cold split type a/c, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold shower and bidet, queen size bed, couch and LED cable TV. It also has a window view but all rooms are non-smoking so if you are s smoking dude you have to go out of the hotel to smoke. 

Just right across the hotel is an affordable and old shopping mall - Makati Square. Most stalls are selling cellphone accessories and a lot of thrift shop is in this mall. I was able to buy 3 pairs of swimwear, 1 for me and 2 for my kid. Each pair is only 120 PHP / 2.44 USD. 

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Affordable hotel in Makati: Franchise One Hotel

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  1. I guess this type of hotel would be very good for emergencies when you are caught in Makati in a carmageddon situation. It would also be good for those who are attending a convention in Makati and is short on accommodation funds. By the way, do the rooms have free WiFi?

    1. Too bad the wifi is only available at the restaurant

  2. Nice review! My cousin used to check in at expensive hotels whenever he is in Manila for his seminars. This is a good recommendation when he comes back to Manila

  3. Hotel looks quite nice, clean and yet affordable. This is an awesome deal and will keep in mind when travelling there.

  4. I'm familiar with their location & I must say, it's a prime spot. I agree with Fred that this should be a good place to stay if you get stuck or stranded in Makati. The room seems comfy enough and it's nice that Franchise One has meal service at very affordable rates.

  5. It seems clean and very affordable. I'm not a big fan of that neighborhood but it's a good suggestion for those in a budget :)

  6. These is a really good deal for a hotel. It's also accessible and has good facilities.

  7. Wow! this a nice place to relax. never thought there were affordable hotels in makati. maybe I could invite some of friends for a short stay sometimes. thanks for this onfo Mommy lee :)

  8. Nice review! Gatting such a nice hotel in an affordable price is amzing.

  9. Seems like a decent hotel for its price. I would consider it if I get stuck in Makati and if Uber/Grab surge prices are unreasonable :D

  10. Yay! The hotel is indeed like a condo. I like it even it's not spacious but it's worth the penny!

  11. This hotel looks super comfy! Will consider stay if I go makati!

  12. The rooms definitely looks neat and clean for a budget friendly hotel. It would be perfect esp for business visitors.

  13. Hotel looks clean and I agree best part is it's super affordable. Would check this out if we ever need to find a place to stay in Makati

  14. With no lift, it makes it difficult for people with large suitcase to move around. I guess this is really more suitable for backpackers. I like how the food is really affordable thou!

  15. The room looks comfy and clean which is important for me and for most budget travelers, I surmise. This is a perfect place for those visiting Makati for some major shopping and would just like to rest somewhere nearby after.


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