I have never believed in Santa Claus until now. Well not the big guy with reindeers and gives gifts based on a kid’s naughty or nice meter, but the real-life santas. I realized that Santa is but a symbol of those people who can make your Christmas wish come true. In my case, my Santa Claus is my dear friend, Cai (Travelosyo). You see, one of my wishes in my imaginary Christmas stocking is to stay in a 5-star hotel. Not that I can’t afford it, but let’s just say that it’s not something I can do out of a whim. So when Cai told me we’d be staying in this new hotel, I couldn’t contain my excitement. My Christmas gift has come a tad early! Last month, I was one of the first two bloggers (the other being Cai) who had the opportunity to stay in the first 5-star hotel in Poblacion, Makati; I’M Hotel.
But first, you don’t speak the word I’M as aym; it’s pronounced as two different letters, ay-em. According to the very lovely and accommodating marketing manager, Melissa Lim, the name means, “I am all about you,” which implies the hotel’s objective to give premier hotel experience to its guests. The hotel is currently on soft opening and is targeted to have its official opening in the first quarter of 2017.
I’M Hotel offers many things that you cannot find in other 5-star hotels and this includes but not limited to the following:
I am not sure if there is any onsen spa in Japan where inked people can enter, but I guess I don’t have to worry about such a thing now with the opening of I’M Onsen Spa. The spa covers about 3800 sqm and 6 storeys inside the hotel making it the largest state-of-the-art spa in the Philippines. It has a carbonated bath technology that was imported from Japan. It has 69 beds, jacuzzis, steam rooms, communal beds, even VIP rooms that can be used for small events. The spa offers numerous spa treatments such as onsen bath (tea, herbal, flower, and milk baths), body and foot massage, facial, body scrub among others. During our stay we were treated to a relaxing body massage treatment. It’s a one and half hour of shiatsu and swedish massage.
After the massage we were offered this tea made from red dates and lychee. I am not a tea person but I finished the entire cup in no time, that’s how delicious this special tea is. It is sweet and doesn’t have that awful grassy flavor that I’ve always hated when it comes to regular tea.
We were not able to try the onsen as it was not yet in operation during our visit, but I am definitely coming back for it.
The rooms are designed by the Singapore-based interior designer Suying Metropolitan Studio. Each room is spacious, elegant, and modern looking. Out of 434 guestrooms, 91 suites are equipped with Bosch-fitted kitchenette, living room, and dining area.
Cai and I were billeted in one of the Executive Prestige King rooms, while his video team, Andrei and Mel stayed in the Executive Prestige Twin.
The Executive Prestige King is a 40-sqm room equipped with a king size bed, Smart TV, a couch, safe, workplace, coffee and tea making facility, and telephone. The toilet takes a small space in the corner separated from the shower room. The bathroom, on the other hand, has a Grohe rainshower and a built-in bathtub. They use Crabtree & Evelyn products for the toiletries.
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It was the first time that Cai and I used a Smart TV so we had a moment of being amazed when we turned it on and found that the remote control functions the same way as the mouse does to a computer. You could see a cursor on the screen and in the beginning, we struggled a little bit. It takes some getting used to but when you finally get the hang of it, it makes viewing such a pleasurable experience. Now I know why some people are dreaming about getting a Smart TV. On top of that each room has high-speed Internet connection.
Glass-bottomed Swimming Pool
Come night time I was already suffering from fever so I wasn’t able to swim in the infinity pool. I feel so bummed that I wasn’t able to do so because as written in the header, it is a glass-bottom (or acrylic-bottomed) swimming pool. You can see the bottom of this pool in the lobby, just look up. My companions were able to take night swimming though and based on their experience, it was both weird and interesting. Weird because as I mentioned, the bottom of the pool is made of glass, so you can see the people watching you from below during your swim.
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I would have loved to experience it myself, darn! Anyway, there is definitely going to be a next time! Just amazing swimming in this pool is? Watch this video of Mel (Follow him on Youtube in his channel, Super Jeepeney)
Another unique feature of the swimming pool area are the bird cages lounges sitting on an elevated platform on top of the pool.
You don’t have to leave the hotel’s premises for a satisfying meal. During our stay, we had a very sumptuous dinner at Empress Jade and a hearty breakfast at Bloom buffet restaurant. Bloom has a flower theme going on (hence the name), each table is embellished with real plants and flowers. They serve international cuisine. As the rest of the hotel, Bloom is still on soft opening so most sections are still not operational when we were there.
Empress Jade delighted us with its delicious selection of Chinese cuisine. Note that I was already nursing a fever during our dinner but not even that dulled my appetite. The food was so delicious.
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During your stay you don’t have to miss a day in the gym because I’M Hotel has its own gym. For party and events, they have ballrooms and VIP rooms. Pretty soon there will also be a bar called, Antidote on the hotel’s rooftop. I am looking forward to the opening of Antidote bar because it will have a luminescent jellyfish tank. Now that is way too awesome to miss.
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With great luxury comes a hefty price tag; that’s the rule, you want to experience anything of quality you have to ready your pocket. Hence, for many of us, staying in upscale accommodation is nothing but a dream. But that’s now in the past because the game-changer in the pool of luxurious hotels has finally arrived. I’M Hotel offers all the comforts of a 5-star hotel for a price that is absolutely more affordable than its contemporaries. Room rates start at around PHP 5,000 (USD 100+), cheap right?! Who says luxury should be expensive?
Booking online directly on I’M Hotel’s website is the most savvy way because
- I’M Hotel guarantees the best rate (if you find a better rate elsewhere, they will match it)
- I’M Hotel offers enticing packages that are only available on I’M Hotel’s website
- I’M Hotel has special perks for people who book online, such as a free cocktail to be redeemed at the Mermaid bar
Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue
Telephone no. +63 2 755 7888