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A Sleepover at Raffles (Part 1)
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As someone obsessed with great hotels, I’ve got a hotel bucket list that includes the legendary Raffles in Singapore.
I have been there but I have not stayed in.

Raffles Hotel Singapore, facade

Don’t know when that’s going to happen, so a free stay at Raffles Makati sounded good enough for me.
I’ve stayed at some of Manila’s “finest” hotels, but tell you the truth, I don’t find them world class.
A lot of the better hotels here in the Philippines have unrenovated rooms and bathrooms, which is enough to make me want to go home.
The Raffles Makati is a different story.
I have been there for many events—usually at the Long Bar, and the hotel seems small when you enter the lobby. But you’ll be surprised when you hit the guest room floors.
When my friends and I checked in for a sleepover, I was surprised when they told us they were giving us the Presidential Suite. I swear my mouth was hanging open.
They brought us to the 10th floor, where a fine clean scent hit us immediately.
The carpeted hallway looked and smelled ridiculously clean, like fresh laundry.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Here’s something you won’t find at a deluxe room—elegant French doors

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

We had the Presidential Suite and a connecting Junior Suite. That’s 150 + 60 square meters of space for three girls!! Here’s the Master Bedroom with the king-size bed

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Writing desk and flat-screen TV (note: I couldn’t find an outlet to plug my laptop)

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

The sitting area is where I found an outlet, so that’s where I parked my computer

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

The sitting room leads to a nostalgic dressing room with dark wood floors

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Obviously I don’t travel light. That’s my luggage for an overnight stay

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

So much closet space!

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and dressing table

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

This room leads to probably the best hotel bathroom in the country

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

with modern bathtub

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

separate shower and toilet stalls

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

and so many amenities I forgot to photograph

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Outside the bedroom is the living room, where we listened to akashic readings

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There’s a bar that’s not mini

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

A dining room

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Kitchen

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

and a nice note from the Managing Director—thank you Mr. Meyer!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Next: I’ll show you the Junior Suite

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