Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
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...
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...
Makati Shangri La Hotel, 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...
Malate Pensionne Inc
This beautifully maintained and grandly atmospheric travellers’ centre with hardwood detail throughout is justifiably popular...
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...
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...
This is pure corporate territory and has been the first home in Manila for many expat professionals. The plush apartments in the twin towers come with 24-hour concierge, daily maid service, health club, tennis courts, business centre and more...
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.
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...
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.
Las Palmas Hotel
This recently renovated 1970s veteran still shows its age in spots, but you won’t get cheated on the well-appointed rooms, which are sizeable and dominated by king-sized beds. Wi-fi costs extra. ‘Deluxe’ rooms are well worth the modest extra splurge...
Pearl Garden Hotel
This is the most modern and stylish of Malate’s midrange hotels. Unfortunately, many rooms stink of smoke...
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila
It doesn’t get much more all-inclusive than at the Hyatt, where you can get a haircut, buy a dozen muffins, play a game of roulette, enjoy a foot massage, and take a yoga class without ever leaving the building...
Dusit Thani Manila
Recent renovations have brought this closer to the big boys.
Inter Continental Manila
The architecture here recalls a time when windows were best kept small lest political upheaval break them.
City Garden Suites Manila
This huge three-star hotel is an OK fit for business travellers on a budget. Wi-fi isn’t free. Standard rooms are motel basic but well equipped, while pricier rooms boast Italian-inspired accents.
Lotus Garden Hotel Manila
An impressive midranger with a glamorous curved staircase and the busy (and smoky) Cilantro Restaurant Bar commanding attention in the lobby. As you rise through the price range you gain light and amenities such as a kitchen. Extras include a gym.
Copacabana Apartment Hotel
Convenient for the airport, the old Copacabana looks horrifying on the outside, but inside are spiffy apartments with kitchens and walls adorned with art and attractive maroon paint...
City Garden Hotel Makati
This large place has 160 comfortable rooms spread out over 21 floors. It's got a rather slick style and its own health club. The pool is on the roof; views are great.
Bayview Park Hotel Manila
Some 12 floors up, the rooftop pool and gym overlook glorious Manila Bay. Rooms are of a 1980s international standard.
Century Park Hotel
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) hotel with well-maintained rooms, courteous service and a full range of amenities such as wi-fi. The Top of the Century piano bar on the 19th floor offers stunning views of Manila Bay...