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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
This five-star masterpiece, with its meandering pool area right on Manila Bay, is the closest you’ll get to a resort holiday in Manila. It’s the same magnificent hotel that has presided over the CCP for decades now...
Malate Pensionne Inc
This beautifully maintained and grandly atmospheric travellers’ centre with hardwood detail throughout is justifiably popular. It has a three-bed men’s dorm, a bigger women’s dorm and a variety of private rooms – although some are showing their wear...
Makati Shangri La Manila
With a jaw-dropping main entrance that faces the Glorietta mall, the beautifully done Shangri-La may very well win the award for Makati’s most aesthetically stunning interior...
As the Mandarin Oriental is to Bangkok and Raffles is to Singapore, so is the Manila Hotel to Manila. This is one of Asia’s grand and regal hotels, where everyone from General MacArthur to the Beatles to JFK has spent the night...
If you’re looking for a classic hotel with a little Old-Manila flavour that won’t break the bank, look no further than this 1930s Art Deco masterpiece. Rooms are smartly furnished and although fully modern still have some pre-war charm...
Crystal Paradise Resort Spa & Winery
The nicest place to base yourself is the Crystal Paradise Resort Spa & Winery, nestled in a cove around 7km from Narra. Besides the motel-style rooms with so-called native art, there’s a villa with its own infinity pool...
By far Tuguegarao’s best deal, especially if you bump up to the huge, rear-facing ‘matrimonial deluxe’ rooms. They are the best rooms in town and quiet to boot.
The Peninsula Manila
With rooms that highlight the best of Filipino design, the Peninsula is a Makati veteran that nevertheless appears brand new. The cafe in the soaring lobby has a fine Sunday brunch and is a 24-hour destination for the city’s business elite...
Taal Vista Hotel
Faded no more, this 1970s relic has been smartly renovated and now boasts king-sized beds, downy linens, fancy bath products and wi-fi to complement outstanding views. The amenities and generously sized rooms almost justify the high prices...
Orchid Garden Suites
An elegant choice that’s also convenient to Malate. Guests stay in a 1980s tower block in huge rooms that have been nicely maintained...
Mountain Lodge And Restaurant
You want the double with fireplace here; other rooms are less exciting but still rustic. Also has free wi-fi.
Cebu Century Hotel
The fluoro-illuminated corridors are a hospital blue (emphasising cleanliness) and hot water is on a regimented schedule of 5am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm. Downtown shoestringers won’t find better for the money.
Royal Bellagio Hotel
A festive atmosphere reigns at this relatively new P Burgos establishment. The theme rooms, with beds shaped like planes, Spanish galleons, bumper cars and Venice gondolas, allow you to live out any number of fantasies...
The Golden Pine Hotel
Has the standard high-class-hotel luxuries and amenities.
Hotel Elizabeth Baguio
This amenity-laden hotel, Baguio’s most service-oriented, gives 20% off-season discounts. The mustard and purple colour scheme in the rooms works surprisingly well.
Imperial Palace Suites
Well-kept if slightly dated rooms with kitchenettes and plenty of amenities, overlooking the Boy Scouts Monument. Scout the promo rates here.
Portofino Beach Resort
If you're after something midrange and can't get into the other resorts, Portofino has a small pool and depressingly dark stucco and stained-wood rooms.
Cebu Grand Hotel
Flowers cascade from the balconies of this out-of-the-way hotel that’s sensibly set a little back from the main street. Rooms are cosy with lavish bed covers and decent bathrooms...
Ralph Anthony Suites
It’s primarily long-term accommodation but it provides good value for short-term guests. One-bedroom suites have kitchenettes.
Diamond Hotel Philippines
Although it remains an awe-inspiring and luxurious choice, the interiors are nevertheless beginning to feel somewhat dated at this world-class hotel, where subtle Japanese influences add taste to the ambience. Wi-fi costs extra...
Marco Polo Davao
The Marco Polo Hotel, one of Davao’s top international-standard hotels, is in the city centre. This is luxurious, from the pool to the bathroom amenities.
Edsa Shangri La, Manila
Slightly less impressive than Shangri-La’s Makati location, yet still a five-star hotel by all rights. The gardens here are truly a sight to behold, and the MRT is just steps away.