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Great Eastern Hotel – Makati (Review)

July 15, 2009

I’ll start this blog by saying that I’ve known and heard about Aberdeen Court – slash – Great Eastern Hotel since my high school days pa, and notoriously so. Haay, memories…  those nights when i felt that i own the house and everytime my whole family had gone out to cover a wedding ’til the last hours of the evening.  Coverage nights, I would always watch TV with gusto till my eyes felt heavy but then the thought that I’m all alone would start to creep me out and lose sleep all the same.  When my folks finally come home, madalas kong naririnig… “haaii, aberdeen uli...”

great eastern hotel

great eastern hotel

For years, I’ve heard about their clients complaining about the staff and the food of the hotel, but I never really experienced this firsthand until I attended one of my classmates’ debut which was held there.  Actually the food was fine, and so was the venue, the atmosphere, but I would never forget the scene when I saw our host’s mother in a heated loud argument with the hotel staff amid the disco dancing frenzy.  Ohhkay… So why is it that a huge number of our weddings still get shot there? Because they’re the most affordable hotel venue that I know of (at least in the Makati area ha).   I never really paid attention to them until recently when I took the reins as wedding photographer and shot really posh and extravagant- looking receptions of real wais couples at Great Eastern Hotel.  When I found out their rates, I was dumbstruck!! Now I know why they’re so popular, and now I’m having thoughts whether I will disregard everything I thought about them and let go all of my previous plans and have my reception there.  Ok, enough blab and let’s go into detail!

amazingly affordable, but service-wise, take a risk

amazingly affordable, but service-wise, take a risk

Great Eastern Hotel has been around for quite a while.  It looks decent and looks fine actually :) It’s located along Makati Avenue and is easily accessible.  It’s somewhere between JP Rizal and Kalayaan Avenue and is right across  the new A. Venue Events Mall.  The 2nd floor (and its the abysmal darkness) creeps me out, but then again who cares? :P The glass elevator looking out Makati Avenue is pretty cool, and the rooms depending on which you prefer, is homely and well, downright affordable! If you have second thoughts holding your reception here, you shouldn’t have any if you plan to rent a room or two for preparation (95%  I’m aiming for this one.) Having your honeymoon here ain’t gonna hurt your credit card much either.

As of July 2009,  according to their website, their room rates are as follows:

Superior Room

Single PhP 1,500.00 net
Double PhP 1,500.00 net
Twin PhP 1,500.00 net

Deluxe Room

Double PhP 1,800.00 net
Twin PhP 1,900.00 net

Suite

Double PhP 2,600.00 net
Twin PhP 2,600.00 net

Presidential Suite

PhP 7,600.00 net

deluxe or suite rooms will do for prep

deluxe or suite rooms will do for prep

large windows and sheer draperies in the morning or early afternoon give u good ambient lighting for portraits (hello sir toto!)

large windows and sheer draperies give you good ambient lighting for portraits (hello sir toto!)

And now, let’s talk about reception proper.  Below are the details of the Great Eastern Hotel – Makati wedding packages:

(Rates as of July 2009)

SUPERIOR WEDDING PACKAGES – P25,140

  • Use of Function Room for 2 Hours
  • Karaoke with One(1) microphone
  • Wedding Cake (2 Layes)
  • One round of assorted softdrinks
  • 50 pieces of giveaway
  • Flower per table
  • Doves
  • Guestbook
  • Bridal Toast

DE LUXE WEDDING PACKAGES

Superior Wedding Packages
Plus

  • Bridal Car*

FESTIVAL WEDDING PACKAGES – P27,220

Superior Wedding Packages
Plus

  • Overnight stay at the Great Eastern Hotel

HONEYMOON WEDDING PACKAGES – P29,465

Superior Wedding Packages
Plus

  • Overnight stay at the Great Eastern Hotel
  • Bridal Car*

PREMIERE WEDDING PACKAGES – P32,775

Superior Baptismal Packages
Plus

  • Overnight stay at the Great Eastern Hotel
  • Bridal shower for ten persons
  • Bridal Car*

Other Amenities

  • Photo and Video Coverage
  • Venue Floral Decorator
  • Skirted Chair
  • 30 Seater Luxury Coach

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SAMPLE MENU (for Superior Package)

  • Assorted Cold Cuts
  • Birds Nest Soup
  • Chicken Imperial
  • Seafood Dumpling Deep Fried
  • Lapu-lapu Fillet in Pickle Sauce
  • Tender Sliced Beef in Vegetables
  • Mixed Meats Chow Mien
  • Aberdeen Fried Rice
  • Sesame Balls
  • Passion Fruits with Almond Jelly

Rates are good for 100pax, terms are 20% reservation, 80% 2 weeks before.  Drinks are one round only.  Use of function room is for 2 hours only, they charge you 600 for every extra hour.  Unless you have a very good coordinator and emcee, 2 hours won’t be enough for you, so expect to pay extra. On which function room they give you, that depends on how many guests you’ll be having.

If you bring 200 or more guests, they will offer you the Princess Ballroom which is quite grand with a winding staircase :)

If you bring 200 or more guests and spend more than 60k on food, they will offer you one of their Ballrooms which is quite grand with a winding staircase :)

If you compare it with other hotels, GEH’s rate is unbelievably low!! I actually couldn’t believe it myself, but you might be asking, what’s the catch?

Well, contrary to my assumptions built over a decade, it ain’t half so bad in looks and taste.  The rooms and function rooms are spacious and royal :P  hindi ka mapapahiya dito (at least sa food and venue), and it definitely doesn’t look cheap, no no, not at all!  What’s the catch then?

Sadly, based from years of personal experiences and loads of feedback from couples, it’s the service.  They have improved over time and I still could be wrong about them at baka natsatsambahan lang everytime we shoot there, and you can call it trivial, but haii, it cud drive the guests and the couples nuts.  the last time we shot there, guests are complaining that they’re almost done with their meals pero the drinks haven’t arrived yet.  During cake-cutting, wine toasting, and dove release,  it should be routine that an attendant would assist them with all these. but despite our constant nagging, no knife, no spoon, and no one cared to come forward to even help drag the doves out!!

Then again, this won’t stop me from considering them (although by reading this they might reject me someday hehe).  They might have some faults, but if you’re into a tight budget and you still prefer a decent hotel reception then by no means don’t let this affect you!  I guess you will just have to make sure they attend to you properly during reception :)

Likewise, if you want to have a presentable civil wedding, GEH-Makati is a great deal.

Bridal car included in some of their packages

Bridal car included in some of their packages

Click here to see a sample of  a Great Eastern Hotel Wedding.

Contact details:
Great Eastern Hotel
7842 Makati Avenue
Makati City Philippines
Phone: +63(02)898-2888
Fax: +63(02)899-3196

http://www.greateasternhotelmanila.com

Budget Factor:  Five stars! Definitely a great deal!

Shutter Factor:  No problem with this, lots of shooting opportunities.

Atmosphere:  Class, decent to grand function rooms, but service might lag sometimes

Possible Church Venues:
Saints Peter and Paul Parish (a block away, along Burgos)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Nuestra Señora de Gracia (Guad)
Saint Andrew Church (Reposo St.)

Note: I only included proximal venues here

–For bride & grooms on a budget looking for  very affordable photo-vid packages, visit www.litzv.comPackages starting at 17k, photo-vid service only at 10k. :) thanks for visiting my shutterbride blog! –

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. jmanuel permalink
    June 24, 2010 4:48 pm

    Just send me details for affordable wedding package in great eastern hotel in quezon city which includes function rooms, catering services, video coverages, bridal cars, hotel accommodation for the couple,and other amenities….worry free.
    I am an OFW here in saudi, and i am planning to renew our vows either Ot 2010 0r april 2011.
    Please send me reply asap.
    Thanks..

    • carladi permalink*
      June 25, 2010 2:12 am

      hello jmanuel, you can contact great eastern qc at 3718282 for inquiries. haven’t checked their rates yet but i think it’s pretty close to makati branch’s.

  2. November 6, 2010 2:03 am

    I’m looking for a venue for our event-Company Christmas Party to be held on December 14 or 21. Maybe you can help me find out. We are approximately 140 in the company and the plan for the party will start at 6pm onwards. you can reach me at my email at hradmin@tatersgroup.com.

    • carladi permalink*
      February 1, 2011 5:03 am

      sorry camela checkd this a bit late na. hope u had a happy xmas party :P

  3. joanna permalink
    March 4, 2011 4:08 pm

    Hi! I’m interested sa wedding package ng Great Eastern Hotel, until now ito pa din ba package nila? and yan bang nasa picture ang bridal car nila??????

    • carladi permalink*
      March 11, 2011 2:39 am

      hello joanna, luma na ung pinakita sa king pckge kya malamang un pa rin :P yup eto ung bridal car na kasama sa package nila

  4. katrina permalink
    June 14, 2011 6:59 pm

    i booked GEH for our wedding! :) kaso nag iba na sila ng Car. Nissan na daw :(

    • carladi permalink*
      September 5, 2011 2:19 am

      aww tlaga? last time i shot was weeks ago, di ko na rin napansin. thanks for the update!

  5. mel permalink
    July 4, 2011 1:34 am

    Gud day!
    Kindly send me the rate & details for wedding package 150 guest in great eastern hotel in makati city which includes function rooms, catering services, video coverages, bridal cars, hotel accommodation for the couple,and other amenities….worry free. this will be held Dec. 8, 2011

    • carladi permalink*
      September 5, 2011 2:18 am

      hello! you can call great eastern at the number i mentioned in the blog. thnx!

  6. December 9, 2011 4:07 pm

    5 more months and wedding na namin. reception would be celebrated at GEH Makati. I’ll share if makakakuha kami di magandang experience. :)nevertheless, all the transactions ive had with them were really okay, and i just hope we dont experience major boo boos on our wedding reception. :Dthis article really helped me a lot! ♥

    • carladi permalink*
      December 13, 2011 7:56 am

      so glad to hear it kat! keep us posted ;) bsta try ur best to enjoy d day hehe, minsan lng yan! best wishes to u n ur hubby! :)

      • June 1, 2012 6:31 am

        hi Carladi! :) wedding’s finally over and i’m super happy how GEH handled everything. 5 stars ang rating ko sakanila, and i’m happy to say na never kami nagkaroon ng problems dealing with them. share ko nadin yung pictures na kinuhanan ng emcee namin :) http://bloggingb2b.blogspot.com/2012/05/glimpse-of-our-wedding-reception.html

      • litzv permalink*
        June 1, 2012 12:46 pm

        that’s great news katrina! thanks for sharing! lots of bride-to-be’s will be glad to hear that im sure :) here’s to a beautiful and happy life with your new hubby :) cheers!

      • litzv permalink*
        July 29, 2013 10:02 am

        glad to see u chose norly dizon na din as your emcee. still owe him a good feedback in my blog :P congrats and best wishes!

  7. rhoda permalink
    July 3, 2012 10:33 am

    Hi katrina ask ko lang sana kung anong package yung kunuha mo.and maganada yung venue ng kasal mo.ilan ang capacity nung venue at open ba yan or pwede yung closed.

  8. July 27, 2013 2:46 am

    Very good post. I am facing many of these issues as well.
    .

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