I have stayed here a few times only when my other choices are full. this place has a nice cafe on the ground floor, but i find that the rooms are a bit claustraphobic, can't seem to get enough frsh air.
It's nice old building on a great location, rooms were functional. The staff though was borderline rude, arrogant and not helpful at all. Ok for one night stay when there is no room elsewhere but there are many better options in this area, just go across the road to rainbow suites and enjoy a rooftop pool instead.
Unique Quality: none
I stayed here on the first day in Manila and on the last day of my stay before flying back to Denmark.
In between I went to many other places and all the time I had my big suitcase in the hotel storage room.
Unique Quality: On the first night I stayed in a room without aircon it costed ~23$ - it was really too warm for me.
On the last day I stayed in a aircon room which costed 29$ - it was worth it!
The Malate pensionne is one of the oldest pensions in Manila, but is well kept and offers nice rooms ranging from dormitory accomodation to rooms equiliant of a 3 star hotel.
The place is located in Malate which is not the most interesting part of Manila, but it's central and a happening place.
The pension is a little tucked away from the street and you actually have to go through the local starbucks cafe to enter the reception.
The reception staff was very friendly and service minded when i was there and i shall return.
I'd recommend the Malate Pension. It's comfortable, economical, safe and seemingly patronized by foreign travellers (this from first-hand experience having stayed there in 2006 and from the hotel's own registry). It also happens to be centrally-located as far as within the nexus of old Manila where good local and crafts shopping is concerned, wonderful cheap eats, historic sights and the nearby Luneta Park and a very short walk to the Manila Bay seafront (and the U.S. Embassy conveniently located on Roxas Boulevard).
If you're looking for great value shopping of fantastic handmade handicrafts and woodcarvings from everywhere in the country, take a cab or the veritable jeepney to the dizzyingly chaotic but adventurously rewarding Quiapo district where under the old bridge you find stalls after stalls of inexpensive but truly amazing stuff from native artisans. Make sure to haggle. Talk to the hotel concierge about it and probably best for you to hire a guide for cheap to save time and also help you out in the art of bargaining process. But if you want to do it on your own, you'd be fine just the same.
Directions: Right in the heart of bohemian Malate district and within old Manila.
it was clean, even if very basic.
the bad sides were a karaoke disco open until 6am down the road which didn't allow me to sleep well and also the shared toilets and showers on the floor were quite dirty
Unique Quality: the good side is that it is central and close to the major sights like cathedral, intramuros etc
If you like to drink a lot in the night and not get cheated by cab driver, Malate is a great location since the rooms are quite cheap. There is also a liquer store around the corner where you can buy liquor at a very cheap price.
The rooms are pretty clean and I would say there is a security lock before you could walk up to your room.
Unique Quality: One of the better place to stay I would say around Malate as there is an internet shop right opposite, Starbucks Cafe right at your door step, Robinson within walking distance and if you can walk, its about 30mins to Intramuros.
Even this place is located on one of the most happening night street in Manila, you will still feel very quiet when you are back in the hotel.
Directions: I think most taxi drivers will know, but if you wanna take a metro here, the best stop will be Pedro Gil, the road leading to Adriatico is brightly litted up. Or you can 200Peso for a bicycle trishaw.
They have rooms that range in price from 275 -1500 peso's per night.
I stayed in the Family room with 1 double bed, aircon, cable tv, phone, ref, and private bath with hot and cold water Php 1,500.00
They also have
EXECUTIVE ROOM 2 single beds 1,300
SUPER DELUXE 1 king size bed 1200
DELUXE ROOM 1 double bed 1050
STANDARD ROOM 1 double or twin beds 850
No AC rooms
TRIPLE ECONOMY ROOM 1 double deck & 1 single bed 800
ECONOMY ROOM 550
DORM AIRCON W/BATH aircon, 8 beds, individual locker, with private bath with hot and cold water Php 300.00* DORM AIRCON NO BATH aircon, 6 beds, individual locker, shared bath with hot and cold water Php 275.00*
Unique Quality: Great price in a great location. You will have a hard time beating this pension house. Rooms are an example of rustic old-world charm mixed with the latest in modern features to provide you with the most comfortable rooms in town.
Interiors are wood and concrete, with cleaning facilities and air conditioners fully modern. The only drawback that I found out was that they frown on comming in late and strictly no guests.
Directions: 1771 Adriatico St., Malate is located in the middle of the bustling Manila nightlife, but the actual rooms are slightly off the main road and are therefore ideal for quiet rest.
The deluxe rooms with aircon are PP1,100/US$21.15 per day. They have less expensive ones and even dormitory-type spaces that come to about US$6.00 per night. The houseboys still polish the floors in the traditional manner, and the drivers get you to the airport the fastest way, regardless of ever-changing traffic jams! A light breakfast of brewed coffee, juice and toast (US$1.25) al fresco in the courtyard (photo 2) is a great beginning to the day. In 2006 they added a Starbuck's, which is open late and where you can pay as much for a latte as you would for a full meal at cheap eateries. There are two internet stations available in the hotel at a nominal charge (which they sometimes forget to collect). There is a hotel cat, which embodies the Filipina quality of "suplada" (photo 3).
Unique Quality: An intimate family-run pension with unbelievably low prices for Manila. Reservations are an absolute must; it is always full. The location is within walking distance of nightlife (see above), the shore of Manila Bay, Robinson's Place (modern shopping mall), and the LRT light rail line. It is within cab or jeepney distance of the Central Bank (National Gold Exhibition), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (concerts), and Harrison Plaza (older shopping mall with character, pronounced "hah-ri-sawn"). Malate Pensionne is for those who want a Filipino experience, not an international hotel one (which you'll find in the Makati district), with amenities and a genteel atmosphere. All the staff speak English, but a few Tagalog or Ilongo phrases will endear you to them!
Directions: 1771 M. Adriatico Street between Pedro Gil and Remedios Streets. Adriatico is one way, so tell the driver to turn right onto Adriatico from Pedro Gil (pronounced "hill"). The pension is on the right side of the street. Look for the green sign.
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Address: 1771 M. Adriatico St., Manila, Luzon, 1004, Philippines