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Where to Stay in Manila

When you’re too modest to accept your Filipino friend’s hospitality to stay in their home, there are a lot of lodging options in Manila.  From the ultra-modern to the monumental, hotels and inns can vary according to the traveler’s taste, expenditure or easy accessibility to the bustling city. Here are some suggestions.

Manila Peninsula Hotel


Manila Peninsula Hotel is located in the heart of Makati City. The 5-star hotel is simply a grand place in the midst of a cosmopolitan society. The rooms have a panoramic view of Makati, the center of economic power in Manila. The rooms and suites offer an aesthetic particular to the Filipino style. The spacious rooms integrate local design materials with modern features. Guests can choose from local and international cuisines, the pool’s snack bar, or the 24-hour drinks and snacks in The Lobby.  The Penn has wellness facilities offering a relaxing time at the spa or a calorie-burning time at the fitness center. Just a stone’s throw away from Greenbelt Mall, the hotel’s location is undeniably one of its main attractions.

MNL Boutique Hostel


A full-pledged backpacker, are you? Makati has a few places that are right up your alley. MNL Boutique Hostel is located in a 24-7 area of Makati Avenue, accessible by jeepney or a few blocks walk from Ayala, the central business district of Makati City.  The rooms are clean and welcoming but very affordable at $15 to $20 a night for one person. There are common bathrooms that are clean and well-supplied. Continental breakfast is provided every morning. Guests will also appreciate the strong WiFi connection in the common room where there are computers and a large TV available for guests.  Right outside the backpacker’s inn, an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs await the travelers for a night they won’t soon forget.

Manila Hotel


Manila Hotel is another 5-star hotel which is one of the oldest and richest in history.  Finished in 1912, the Manila Hotel was General Douglas MacArthur’s residence from 1935 to 1941. Among the famous people who has graced Manila Hotel are John Wayne, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Earnest Hemmingway, and President John F. Kennedy. All 500 guest rooms are adorned with classic Filipino themes integrated with modern conveniences. Guests can delight at an array of fresh seafood dishes that the country is known for. When the weather permits, the seaside garden becomes grand and festive with a live band while diners enjoy their scrumptious dinner with the cool ocean breeze under the open night sky.