- Reviews: 132
Best Western's LaCorona Hotel: Boutique hotel in old Manila
Manila has a dizzying array of places to stay at for the visitor from B&Bs or Pensionne as they are called in the Philippines, to motels, standard hotels that run up the scale from the basic to the very luxurious rated 5 stars. And like elsewhere, standard can vary widely of course even within each class. But one thing I can say and this from my own experience is that service especially personal touches extended by management overall is of high quality among most Philippine hotels. To give an example, breakfasts provided by hotels of all kinds are simply astonishingly enormous. And they're given free buffet style included in one's room stay. Nowhere else in the world would a visitor ever see/experience morning dining as festive and generous as this! Tho this assessment may sound patronizing and biased because of my background having been born and spent early years of my life in that country, but I'm at the same time a fairly well travelled person to many different countries which sort of equipped me with a certain knowledge and discernment about comparative situations.
The city of Manila has boomed and expanded sadly not in economic progress nor leap in standard of living but in latitude into such unimaginable limitless boundaries. Progress in terms of modernity is well exhibited in the posh and gleaming Miami-like metropolis of Makati which clearly has now become the "in" spot equated to modern living, finance center, entertainment, shopping and the place to hang around and stay. And as well the resulting high prices of everything here is understood to be part of the status. So, as far as accommodation goes, Makati, tho conveniently close to both the international NAIA (Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport) and the domestic airports, tend to be on the expensive side.
As far as real charm, native interest and that certain adventurousness real travellers go out of the way looking for, Old Manila to me is still a better draw. But be warned this area tho hemmed-in by all the historic sights of this much-devastated, much-maligned and impoverished city which very much reminds one of Calcutta in all her poverty, neglect and raggedness, can seem very overwhelming certainly after awhile. But if the visitor's true interest as befits his/her ideal travels always looking for the gritty soulful down to earth authenticity, then Old Manila is a giver of raw haunting sad but rich-in-fighting-spirit offerings.
In Old Manila therefore I chose to stay around at in September 2010 when I went home to visit ancestral family after a long absence. I found the boutique hotel La Corona, of the Best Western hotel chain right in the Ermita district where so many little hotels can be found, an area rather of convenient proximity to the main sights of Luneta Park, the bay walk of Roxas Boulevard, the presidential palace of Malacanan, city hall, selective traditional museums and also a short jeepney ride away the veritable Chinatown and the bustling folk-art bargain shopping district of Quiapo.
La Corona is a medium-size recently renovated hotel of about two dozen rooms of varying sizes and comfort. I stayed in a single suite with a huge circular bed. All rooms are well maintained and very clean with all the modern amenities to them: small refrigerator well stacked with essentials, air-conditioning and hot water definitely, free tea and coffee maker, bathrobe, tv and piped-in music, high-speed internet service, daily complimentary bottled water, airport shuttle (w/ surcharge) among many others and a free breakfast fit for a wedding banquet! It was a well worth find and most comfortable stay.
- Reviews: 1971
Hotel Celeste.: Very cosy hotel in a perfect locaton.
Hotel Celeste is located in Makati and is a perfect choice for those looking for a good hotel without breaking the bank with one of the very expensive 5 star hotels. It´s a really nice hotel kept in old fashioned style with big furniture and rooms that has a bit of a colonial touch to it. They have both regular rooms and suites and both types of rooms are realy fine in my opinion. Hotel Celeste is located right across the road from Greenbelt and that gives it the perfect location in Manla in my opinion. When i was there the staff was very helpful and polite and i can only recomend this hotel.
Veryt nice and perfectly located.
- Reviews: 6
Riverside Marina/Bed and Breakfast: Butuan's best small bed and breakfast
free wi-fi internet, breakfast included in the cost of the room, very good sized rooms, clean and well maintained. Nice property with outside space to have a picnic on outside benches and you can rent a motor boat to go up and down the Agusan River as well as take a cruise on the ocean if you are adventurous.
Low key management, very friendly, Nice property with a breeze from the river.
- Reviews: 1
Jupiter Suites: A best choice quality budget rate hotel in Makati
A delightful quality budget hotel situated right smack in the center of things in Makati City the country’s premier financial district, Jupiter Suites is highly recommended and will be a best choice hotel for businessmen and transients as it is surrounded by many kinds of Entertainment and food establishments, from fast-food joints to the more high-end restaurants and bars. A convenience store, a bookstore, a pharmacy, and more! Glorietta and Greenbelt are a jump and hop away, and so are parks and churches...
Their Staff are also efficient and hospitable....thus, staying in this hotel, buget rate as it is but not the service and the convenience you'll get, really a best choice for every traveler in Makati City.
This budget hotel offers a spacious and well fitted rooms. They offer free Breakfast and Free unlimited Internet use in the room at the lobby and Cafe.
- Reviews: 212
City Inn: Budget Ermita accomodation
This Inn would suit the single male traveller on a budget.Basic double rooms are between 900ph and 1100 ph for an older style room on a busy street with a very small older local tv and aircon with self contained shower and toilet.Single rooms are between700ph and 900ph.This Inn has a cafe downstairs with very basic menu.Robinsons Mall is across the street.You get what you pay for.
- Reviews: 212
Duck Inn: Inexpensive Ermita accomodation
This Inn would suit the single male traveller on a budget.Nothing fancy or special about this Inn.Double rooms are 1400 ph with aircon and tv.This Inn has an Australian themed bar with a couple of pool tables.This Inn is central to the nightlife area.You get what you pay for.
- Reviews: 5
Mabuhay Manor: Cheap accommodation close to NAIA
Reservation didn't require my credit card information. It was a quick 2-minute reservation process. Getting the right number to call for the reservation was quite a challenge. If you call the number that was written on their main website, the receptionist will tell you to call a number, which will never get you to the reservation clerk because the auto-pickup service will keep you on hold FOREVER.
Should the front desk assign you to Room 231, ask if the AC has been fixed and doesn't leak.
This manor house is close to the airport (2Km) 20-30 mins travel time (considering the traffic). A kilometer away from asia's biggest mall (Mall of Asia).
Offers free coconut juice from 9AM to 2pm. Offers a cheap Php20 (5 cents) shuttle ride from the manor to Mall of Asia. This manor is not advisable if you decide to go on foot and check the surrounding area at night.
Try to get online booking. It's way cheaper. Otherwise, the reservation officer will jack-up the price by 1/3, but will make you feel you had a good offer because it will include a free airport transfer (arrival/departure).
Stick with the online price listing and arrange for your own cab, you are able to save big time!
- Reviews: 1
Carlston Hotel: Really Basic and no thrills
This is where the taxi driver brought me when I asked for his recommendation on cheap accomodation in Manila. I guess he got a kickback from bringing me here. I think it cost around 2000 pesos a night maybe a little more.
It was windowless and very basic. Really nothing to write home about. It was in a sordid neighbourhood as well. The bell boy asked if I wanted a "massage" when I checked in. I told him no.
The location is good being next to Roxas Boulavard and close to the airport.
This place I guess is suitable only for those on a budget.
Someone left this youtube video of it (not me) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekvdd10V_9k
Decent restaurant and there is a money changer in the hotel.
- Reviews: 16
Renaissance Hotel Makati: Culture Shock Equalizer
I always stay (8 times) at this hotel when I arrive and before I depart Philippines. The service and the atmosphere is real worthy of being part of the Marriott Hotel Family.
I always enjoy the restaurant where I would have my "welcome and despedida" with immediate family. The staff is very responsive. My family and friends meets me here before I trek to Ilocos Sur (another 8 hour or so travel by land). This is also where I am dropped off.
I simply love this hotel.
My best plus is that it is walking distance to Greenbelt, Hallmark and SM for my last minute shopping for Pasalubong. 30 mins from NAIA and 25 min from Duty Free Philippines (major place to buy pasalubong when arriving Philippines) from electronic stuff to groceries.
- Reviews: 212
Slouch Hat Inn: Ermita Accomodation
This is a small inn located close to the Swagman,bars, etc in Ermita.This has an Australian theme throughout the Inn.The Slouch Hat Inn was very clean,compact and resonable for the budget traveler.The rooms away from the main street seem the best value.
- Reviews: 212
Amazonia Bar: Ermita Accomodation
The Amazonia Bar has rooms starting at 1200 pesos per night ,single fan rooms are 850 peso's per night.They also provide airport transfers.They also have internet cafe.Check their website as this is inexpensive for Manila.
- Reviews: 1
Green Mango Inn: Convenient Manila Accomodations
Described as convenient to the airports and it is. Also very pretty location with a garden setting. We stayed for three nights,and enjoyed our stay.
Staff were terrific in every way. Free internet. Maps. Advise on how to get to downtown etc.
- Reviews: 973
Excellent woodwork in hotel, good food
This is a convenient location between Quezon City and Makati, and so is perfect for "balikbayans"/Filipino overseas workers who have relatives at both sides of the long Edsa Avenue. But the most enduring thing you will remember with this hotel is the woodwork, specially at the dining area which offers excellent Filipino dishes (including lunch and dinner buffets). The effort in bringing such aesthetic woodwork together is great. We got a unit which had 2 floors, the only problem being that the stairs are somewaht small and too steep inside. Not really good for the disabled. But the hotel has very good security and you can park your car inside the complex. The price is also very reasonable compared to the other high rise luxury hotels.
Close to shopping complexes.
3 minutes away:
Robinson's Pioneer Mall
10 minutes away:
EDSA Shangri La Plaza, SM Megamall, The Podium
Asian Development Bank, Robinson's Galleria
- Reviews: 190
Durban Inn: Decent bargain in a clean facility
The Durban Inn has become my "home" in Manila, and I'm not alone. The place is almost always full and that's because it's got a low price point and a very clean environment. The daily sheet and towel and disinfecting routine guarantees there's nothing in the way of bugs or pests that are so prevalent.
It's at the edge of the business area of Makati, so very convenient for my needs and it's only a short 50 peso cab ride to the shopping centers of Greenbelt/Glorietta and about 120 peso half hour trip to the airport.
Overall, a very solid choice, but book in advance!
Super clean and the nice price.
- Reviews: 1
Citadel Inn Makati: A few roaches
Actually the hotel for 750 p is in Makati, and though it is not new, I think is in a safe enough area, if not a little seedy. close to MRT, and other transportation....when I went into the slums at Ortizes? i think spelled wrong, I was thinking I would not want to stay there. Well. thanks for your input, I will stay the same place again, it is only a short visit, on my way to other citys in Phils.
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