Cheap hotels in Manila
If you’re traveling to Manila with kids, the Manila Hotel in the South Harbor area would be a good choice. It’s right by Rizal Park and in easy walking distance to the Manila Ocean Park, the Quirino Grandstand and the Manila Planetarium. The large hotel was built in 1908 and officially opened four years later. It’s been home to a number of famous dignitaries and military, and was very popular with Imelda Marcos (who was given a red carpet and the hotel sprayed with fragrance for her visit, according to the hotel!). There are 10 types of rooms to choose from, ranging from basic rooms to the MacArthur Suite, named after General Douglas MacArthur. Even the most basic ones are big enough for a travel cot or pull out bed though. There’s also a spa, pools, gym and business center. Given its location, it’s a great option.
Address: 1 Rizal Park Roxas Boulevard, Manila, 0913, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh364* per night
Located at the western tip of Rizal Park, also known as Luneta, is this 147-bed water themed H20 hotel. Guests can choose between a floor-to-ceiling view of Marina Bay or an aquarium wall! The Aqua Jellies room has jellyfish tanks by the bed and in the bathroom, while the Aqua Supreme room has a large tank teeming with all sorts of different sea life. The hotel doesn’t have as many facilities as some others in the city but it has a pretty big restaurant with a full menu, two cafes and the White Moon Bar, so you won’t be stuck for food/refreshment options. If you want to sleep with the fishes, this is the hotel for you!
Address: Luneta (Behind Quirino Grand Stand), Manila, 1000, Philippines
Cost: From around *Dh292 per night
Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
There’s nothing particularly special about the Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila but it has everything you need in a hotel: good location, large and clean rooms, decent dining options, and other extras such as luggage storage and free parking. It’s very close to the Mall of Asia arena and the SM Mall of Asia as well for those of you keen to do a little shopping.
Address: Oceanaire Bldg, Sunrise Drive, CBP D. Macapagal, Pasay, 1300, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh320* per night
Midrange and boutique hotels in Manila
This option is great value for money for a 5-star hotel in a good location. It’s a very short walk to Baywalk, a relaxed promenade by Manila Bay, which runs from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (which hosts lots of concerts and shows) to the US Embassy. It’s popular at night when the heat drops a little and there’s lots of open-air restaurants offering cheap food. There’s also the historical Plaza Rajah Sulayman nearby. The hotel is one of the biggest in this part of town with 482 rooms, each with WiFi (which you do have to pay for note!), a safe, air conditioning, refrigerators and 24-hour room service (though there’s also a rather quirky restaurant in the hotel as well). Some of the larger rooms on higher floors have wonderful views of the bay and there’s an outdoor tennis court if you fancy a game!
Address: Roxas Boulevard cor. Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila, 1000, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh432* per night
The Henry Hotel Manila
There aren’t actually many real boutique hotels in Manila but the new(ish) Henry Hotel Manila is a world away from the rest of the city’s towering skyscraper options. It has 34 rooms, split between five late-1940s two-storey houses that have been designed and decorated by Eric Paras, a popular Filipino designer. The result is a wonderful mix of old and new in a lovely private garden setting. The owner, Hanky Lee, knows everything about the local neighborhood and offers guests plenty of recommendations of nearby independent art galleries, restaurants and stores.
Address: Compound F.B. Harrison St 2680, 1300, Manila, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh316* per night
Luxury and 5 star hotels in Manila
Marriott Manila Hotel
The Manila Marriott Hotel is one of the largest and smartest hotels near Manila’s airport, but is only a few kilometers away from the city’s best sights. It’s in the somewhat mega Resorts World Manila complex which contains four huge hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants and movie theaters. The Marriott Manila is also on a rather grand scale with an 18-hole golf course, eight restaurants and cafes, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, spa and nine types of rooms. If you’re looking for a hotel with charm and character, this isn’t it, but if you need all the bells and whistles on your doorstop and want a hotel near Manila airport, it’s a very good option.
Address: 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, Pasay, 1309, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh831* per night
Attached to a retail complex at the south of Manila Bay, the Conrad Manila is set back from the craziness of the Makati streets. It has a few extras that make it worth the money: hydrotherapy rain showers, bluetooth-enabled tech in the bedrooms, an infinity swimming pool with separate kids pool, and a spa with couples rooms and sleeping pods! Sounds pretty blissful to us.
Address: Seaside Boulevard corner Coral WayM, Pasay, 1300, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh696* per night
The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila has a prime spot on the waterfront at Manila Bay, and some of the rooms have stunning views over the water. It’s 15 minutes from Manila airport so a little further into the city center. One of the biggest attractions nearby is the SM Mall of Asia which covers an incredible 52 hectares and welcomes around 200,000 people through its doors every day! You can buy everything and anything there so it’s a fun way to kill a few hours. It also has an Olympic-sized ice rink, one of the biggest IMAX movie theaters in the world and more than 600 stores. The hotel itself has a contemporary feel and even some of the most basic rooms have great views. Al rooms have WiFi, travel safes, cable television, a desk space and private balconies with city or bay views.
Address: CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard Pasay City, Manila, 1300, Philippines
Cost: From around Dh707* per night
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Published August 2017. Information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.