Drink and try every concept bar you may have heard of in Poblacion, Makati City’s budding “it” place,” because at the end of a long night of partying, there’s a place in the hood you can have a restful sleep in: Element Boutique Hotel. Next day, the hotel’s intriguing artworks in every nook will sober you up.

The warm French bistro at the ground floor is made more interesting with art pieces here and there

In a neighborhood that is becoming a home for all things artsy, hipster, cool, and cosmopolitan, Element Boutique Hotel on Guerrego Street in Poblacion, Makati is like a calm haven that lets you breathe after a night of riotous fun.

The hotel is designed to rest weary heads and stimulate the senses of those with artistic streak.This Franco Filipino-run establishment is as artful as it is homey—a synergy that not many hotels can effortlessly achieve.

Writer Jona Fortuno whiling away at the bistro’s comfy seating nook

The ground floor houses a bistro that serves organic French dishes. It’s rustic-industrial with a white wall carryings paintings by artist Cesar Caballero, and a huge glass window that allows most of natural light to seep in. The specials are hand-scrawled on a wall mirror.

Nope, there’s no shortage of art at Element Hotel, from murals to painting. And they’re on each floor!

The rooms, which are a mix of deluxe, premium standard, and penthouse suites, are located on the upper floors. Black and white murals, more paintings, and photographs of Patrice Boiteau make up the corridors that lead to the rooms. Such art pieces are not for mere hotel decor for they’re for sale—the pieces fetching anywhere from Php5,000 (USD100) to Php200,000.Another curious touch are the scribblings on the wall on each floor—the fact that they’re in French, making it all the more intriguing.


The “In The Air with Balcony” room

I stayed in the hotel’s deluxe room called “In the Air with Balcony” and I see why. My king-size platform bed have lightings that create a floating-in-the-air effect. Functional pieces are around—a writing desk by the bedside, and next to it, a sliding glass door that leads to a private balcony where the morning sunlight streams in.

The bathroom features a frosted glass window with French scribblings similar to what you’ll find at the corridors. Other than this, the bathroom is basic but clean and features organic toiletries.


Don’t miss the Choucroute de le Mer, a delightful mix of homemade sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), maya maya (snapper fish) fillet, prawns and mussels served with boiled potato; and oyster gratinées Aklan-sourced oysters baked with marinated shallots, red wine vinegar, pepper, cream and cheese.


Air, a cucumber-infused concoction. It’s as refreshing as it can

Try the pastis, a refreshing anise-flavored French aperitif, or the light cucumber-flavored cocktail called Air infused with cucumber, mint, London gin, calamansi liqueur, lemon juice and a little bit of  syrup.

The basics
The “In the Air with Balcony” room starts at Php6,859 (USD137) per night
4950 Guerrero Street, Brgy Poblacion, Makati, tel: +63 2 805 1360, mobile: +63 917 505 7500, Elementboutiquehotelmakati.com

Get there
SkyJet flies daily to Manila from Coron, Palawan, Siargao and Batanes. It also resumes its flights from Caticlan in Aklan (Boracay) on December 2018. Book a SkyJet flight now.

Story by Jona Fortuno; photos by Daryl Ordas