Manila's burgeoning proliferation of international-branded, high-end hotels reflects growing business travel demand rather than concessions to tourists – namely boutique charm or character offerings. However, this competition ensures abundant bargains are available at 5-star offerings particularly for those booking in advance on the internet. Budget offerings are mainly found around the Manila Bay area.
The Manila hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$175)
Moderate (US$75 to US$175)
Cheap (up to US$75)
These Manila hotel prices are the starting prices for a standard double room and include taxes (VAT 12%) and breakfast unless otherwise specified.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the Mall of Asia and close to the airport, this boutique hotel is a tranquil escape from the city and features landscaped gardens and a swimming pool. The hotel itself is comprised of a number of buildings and includes a small museum and art gallery. Rooms are chic and spacious. Breakfast is included, and there's also a cafe.Address: Pasay City, 2680 FB Harrison Street, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 807 8888.
Pan Pacific Manila
This luxurious skyscraper hotel in Manila is justifiably popular because of its top-drawer location in Malate's tourist quarter. It's worth the extra splurge to access the top-floor, glass-surrounded Pacific Lounge – lovely in the evening for sipping cocktails and listening to the pianist. The Manila hotel also offers 24-hour butler service and Japanese, Chinese and international restaurants. Early-bird bookings on Pan Pacific's website push prices down into the moderate bracket.Address: Malate, M Adriatico corner of Gen M Malvar Street, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 318 0788.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza
This 609-room behemoth is the go-to option for opulence. Its luxurious Bay of Manila-facing rooms command just about the finest views in the city. But it's the facilities that set Sofitel apart. The palm-fringed swimming pool is a veritable tropical oasis while Le Spa wellness centre provides plush pampering. Best of all is the flagship Spiral Restaurant's multi-Asian cuisine cooked fresh at open stations.Address: Pasay City, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 551 5555.
Pearl Garden Hotel
Set in the centre of Malate, Pearl Garden Hotel is a solid mid-range choice, along with sister hotel Pearl Lane. Rooms have hardwood floors, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs, and some have views of Manila Bay. There's a restaurant serving Western fare.Address: Malate, 1700 M. Adriatico Street, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 525 1000.
This divine slice of tranquillity is located two hours' drive from downtown Manila's hullabaloo. County vogue furnished cottages replete with lace curtains, iron bedsteads and polished wooden floors, all surrounded by herb gardens and sumptuous countryside. Sonya's organic farm ensures guests enjoy tasty and healthy food. The bread is baked on site while the garden spa offers a full range of holistic treatments.Address: , Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite City,
Telephone: +63 917 533 5140.
The A.Venue Hotel Suites
Swish and trendy, this is affordable chic amid Makati's skyscrapers. Set in three towers, the suites have Asian-styled contemporary interiors and minimalist décor and feature kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a gym, a spa, a swimming pool, a Mediterranean restaurant and a cafe.Address: Makati City, Antel Lifestyle City, 7829 Makati Avenue, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 773 3000.
City Garden Hotel Makati
This excellent value hotel, located in the busy Makati district of Manila has Italian-design-inspired rooms and even a small spa and swimming pool. Dine around the rooftop swimming pool to enjoy sparkling evening views over the surrounding urban jungle. The staff are particularly commended for offering attentive service.Address: Makati City, 7870 Makati Avenue corner of Kalayaan Avenue, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 899 1111.
Penny pinchers and night owls will find succour in this budget hostel. Its 106 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms are boxy and cramped and almost have a capsule feel. But Hostel 1632's position on M Adriatico Street is plum in the heart of Malate. There's a café in the lobby serving local and international food for those craving pasta or pizzas.Address: Malate, 1632 M Adriatico Street, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 526 1000.
ZEN Rooms Peñafrancia
Set in a quiet residential area, this small hotel offers light, simply furnished rooms in Japanese style at a good price. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities.Address: Santiago Village, 1631 Penafrancia St, Manila,
Telephone: +63 2 231 3338.