Cheap Makati Condo Near Greenbelt Mall | The Beacon Roces Tower
Previously I did condo reviews of Knightsbridge and Gramercy which are perfectly located if you’re on a mongering trip and want to be right next to the red light district – the bikini bars on P. Burgos.
On this trip I found The Beacon Roces Tower, also on AirBnB ($35 off your first trip link).
Checking in at Roces Tower
On previous posts readers commented that for long term living, the Philippines is better for normal girls / online dating, which I’d agree with. They suggested living further West (about 7km) near the Mall of Asia and the normal style nightlife on the Pasay seafront if I got bored of Burgos. E.g. at Sea Residences condo.
Maybe I’ll try that area next time but this trip I decided to go halfway and stay somewhere in the middle. The Beacon Roces Tower is a short walk to the Greenbelt malls (700m), Glorietta mall (1.2km), SM Makati (1.4km), so a good place to live for meeting girls out and about and for Filipino Cupid dates.
Route from The Beacon (bottom left) to P. Burgos (Gramercy top right)
And if you like walking as I do you can still get to P. Burgos in 30 mins (2.3km) instead of getting a taxi in rush hour. It’s a nice walk because you cut through the air conditioned malls Greenbelt 3 and 5, then use a walkway, an underpass, and pass the Ayala Triangle park. Not many roads to cross.
The Beacon is a bit less fancy looking than Knightsbridge and Gramercy but still nice and modern, and the gym / pool are debatably better, both being a lot bigger. It’s also cheaper to lease long term, online I saw studio rentals for 13 – 22k pesos / month depending if it’s empty or fully furnished ($270 – $450).
Manila style filing cabinet rooms
The AirBnB room I stayed in was $40/night. It was a bit small and claustrophic (25 sqm) but that was the same at Knightsbridge too. I got used to it after a while (and then flew back to Thailand where you get way better value for money accommodation and more square metres).
There are two towers, Roces Tower has about 40 floors with the fitness centre on the 6th floor – with sauna, spa / massage, garden, kid’s playground, common area, pool and gym. The gym costs 100 pesos/day or 500 pesos/month. I didn’t mind that as it made the gym pretty empty. Also there’s a free water machine.
Overlooking the Pasay Rd Skyway
The Beacon Gym
The dumbbells only go up to 50lb and but there’s plenty of weight plates to use with the barbells – way more weights than Gramercy or Knightsbridge. And three Olympic barbells, one on the flat bench, one on the incline bench, and one free for deadlifts.
Distracted about to deadlift
Also lots of smaller curl bars and kettlebells. You can do curls while checking out the hot Pinays jogging down below.
Running / cycling machines on the lower floor
The cardio machines and water cooler are on the lower floor and the weights up top, overlooking the pool and garden. Not as picturesque a view as Gramercy but there’s a lot more floor space.
One thing it doesn’t have is a pull up bar, I saw some people improvising by doing pull ups on the stairs linking the two floors. There are three lat pulldown machines though.
There’s one Zumba ball and a small area for that around the corner, Gramercy is better if you’re into that (tons of Zumba balls and a dedicated Pilates room).
The whole gym is air conditioned and SMART mobile 3G worked well in that area. Just as well because unlike Knightsbridge gym there’s no wifi.
Wherever you go something in the Philippines something is broken / under maintenance
The pool is bigger than Knightsbridge’s. Gramercy’s is deeper and has the nice view overlooking the city, but also annoying staff ready to jump on you if you’re not wearing appropriate clothing. The Beacon Roces Tower is a lot more relaxed and chilled, with hardly anyone around.
Early October when there’s a bit more rain and less Sun
The pool is free unlike the gym. Both are open from 6 to 10. Gramercy is better if you wake up at random hours and want a 24/7 gym and pool.
Pool is too long to fit in one camera frame
Over the few days I lived there I never saw more than three people in the pool or five in the gym.
If the Nordette morning after pill recipe fails there’s a playground area for kids, and shallow pools.
Common Area / Garden
I don’t quite understand what this area is for as there was no wifi connection that I could find, but you could have meetings or work offline down here I guess (no air con though). Knightsbridge is way better for common areas (with internet, A/C, computer terminals, pool table, football table).
The garden is nice, bigger than anything Knightsbridge or Gramercy has. You can jog around a bit if you don’t like running on a treadmill in the gym.
Sauna / Massage
The Beacon has both a sauna (like Knightsbridge) and massage shop (like Gramercy). Again they didn’t seem very busy. And a locker room to store your valuables.
Steps up to the Beacon massage parlor
If they notice you walking in with a new girl they might quickly ask her to sign her name in the guest book, sometimes they don’t notice though. The Beacon security are pretty relaxed compared to Gramercy. There’s no mall connected to the building for sneaking girls in like Gramercy has though.
One advantage over both Knightsbridge and Gramercy is people don’t need to use keycards in the elevators. So if a girl comes to visit you and you don’t meet her in the lobby, she can probably blend in and walk past security without being stopped, then make her own way up to your room without you needing to go down.
MILFs in the lobby
Halfway Between Burgos & Pasay
The Beacon Roces Tower kinda gives you the best of both worlds, you can just about walk to P. Burgos (2.3km) to start the evening off with a bit of cardio and then get a taxi back when the traffic has died down. Perfect if you’re not going whoring very often and would rather live in the nicer Greenbelt area of Makati.
Then you’re also a bit closer to the Mall of Asia and Pasay sea front promenade (4.5km) than Knightsbridge and Gramercy condominiums. Another good spot for those Pinalove dates. The Beacon is also a bit closer to the EDSA bars which have cheaper barfines than Burgos.
Route from The Beacon to MOA
This was the daily rental I stayed in for $40 with nice furnishings, PLDT wifi, comfy bed. I didn’t have to meet the owner, just turn up and put in a 4 digit code to open the room door. Or Google site:airbnb.com the beacon roces tower to find some cheaper listings, e.g. this one is $23 per day.
If you’re new to AirBnb sign up here first for $35 off.
Click here for the Google maps location of The Beacon Roces Tower condo. It’s right across the street from Waltermart Makati, which has a supermarket, department store, cinema, restaurants & Starbucks.