Where to Stay

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For budget travelers, many hostels have popped up to cater to those who have started to discover Manila’s many hidden gems, culinary and otherwise. In pre- and postwar Metro Manila, the seaside districts between Pasay, Malate, and Ermita were the abodes of the genteel and well-heeled. Hidden behind high gates are period houses, some of which have been mercifully rescued and converted into lodging places and hotels. Try the clean, cheap, and cheerful Tambayan Capsule Hostel (1607 Bocobo St., Malate, map), located in a restored 1940s mansion, which has Japanese-inspired capsule bunk beds (from about Php 600) plus a cocktail bar and restaurant on the roof.

A nice upscale gem is The Henry Hotel Manila (F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City, map). The Henry exudes postwar nostalgia and vintage charm in rooms that go for Php 6,000 and up per night, for two. It is as unconventional as it is contemporary, a highly attractive option for travelers who are tired of cookie-cutter hotel rooms.

Further north is The Manila Hotel (One Rizal Park, Bonifacio Drive, Manila, map). Here is the grand dame of all hotels in the sprawling metro, with vantage points over Luneta Park and Manila Bay’s famed sunsets. Rooms start at Php 9,000 and up, with elegant, old-world interiors featuring Philippine heritage-style furniture. The hotel itself has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities, and countless VIPs since it first opened its doors in 1912.

Don’t be misled by all this history and old charm, however—contemporary hotels and well-known chains definitely abound here as well. Five-star star luxury awaits you at Raffles Hotel Makati (1 Raffles Dr., Makati Ave. at Arnaiz Ave., map), right in the CBD (Central Business District) in Makati City. Sprawling suites start at Php 13,000 per night; highlights include the Raffles group’s legendary butler service and an exclusive underground passageway that takes you to more of Manila’s edible delights in the nearby shopping malls.

More wallet-friendly is the new City Garden Grand Hotel (Makati Ave. at Kalayaan Ave., map), with rooms starting at Php 4,200 per night. Standard rooms feature two double beds and, if you’re lucky, a commanding view of the Makati skyline.


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