Airport Lounge in Manila
Replies: 17 - Last Post: May 18, 2011 10:46 PM Last Post By: zakchristopher27
Mar 23, 2011 10:20 PM
Airport Lounge in ManilaHi.. Me again...
so...I'm still trying to sort out my 14 hour overnight layover in Manila. Many people have advised me not to bother dealing with the city, cabs etc to get a hotel which my past experience in PI makes me agree with. A friend of mine just mentioned at lunch today that there is a 24 hour lounge in the airport with cozy chairs, wifi, showers and food. You can apparently pay for a day pass and use it for a time.
Anyone know which lounge this is (or which airline it's associated with) or (even better) have a link to the website?
Also, does anyone know if you have to pay departure tax if only there for a layover?
Thanks again for your help!
Mar 24, 2011 1:41 AM
1Philippine Airlines' Domestic Mabuhay Lounge at NAIA Centennial Terminal 2 have been redesigned and refurbished to cater to the tastes of the modern, global business travellers.
Our Mabuhay (Business) Class, Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members may enjoy the additional comfort and amenities at the "Mabuhay Lounge" where they can relax, and, as what we mean by "Mabuhay", "live well" before boarding the flight.
The Mabuhay Lounge comes equipped with some of the most useful amenities for business travellers. It has a business center with telephones, fax machine and personal computers with free, unlimited Internet access. Also, 8 new computers have been added to the list of the existing units.
It boasts unlimited use of Wi-Fi (wireless broadband connectivity) Internet access for patrons bringing their own laptop computers. This connectivity is available from the first flight up to the last flight.
There is a buffet of light meals and refreshments to enjoy. Passengers can also perk themselves up with a quick massage service.
For those who prefer to sit back and relax, they can watch movies and T.V. programs on the 42-inch plasma-screen T.V.
Lounge facilities and amenities may vary at different stations.
Mar 24, 2011 3:23 AM
Mar 24, 2011 4:38 AM
3She doesn't say if you can pay to use the lounge if you are not travelling business or first class. I am confident that you can't as I have enquired previously about doing this at terminal 2.
If you want to use a pay lounge, as far as I am aware, the only pay lounges you can pay to use are at terminal 1.
Only those traveller's with flights from terminal 1 can use them.
Mar 24, 2011 6:46 AM
Mar 24, 2011 7:02 AM
5As for predeparture tax, that's only for Filipinos
No it's not - all passengers have to pay 750 pesos departure tax at Manila airport. There is a separate (higher!) departure tax for Filipinos to pay.
The only exception (which I'm not clear from the OP either) is if you don't go through Immigration and are just in transit - i.e. changing planes in Manila - then you wouldn't need to pay the departure tax.
Mar 24, 2011 7:45 AM
Mar 24, 2011 8:44 AM
7departure tax is 750php. as far as i know payable after min. 24hours in the country.
550php from clark
14hours? for me no way to stay in the airport. go through immigration grab a cab and off you go for a hotel. one of the closest is heritage. not cheap approx. 100us.
or go to ermita. tons of hotels in the range of 1500 to 2200php. cab fare would be approx. 200 and less than 300
Edited by: swisstrav
Mar 24, 2011 8:53 AM
8gotcha...I just flew out of Mactan where its p550 as well. To get my two bits in I would not bother hanging around there either. Not difficult to get out of the airport since its basically right in the middle of town. And you could even do better than those hotel rates by renting for12 hours which many of them will do for you
Mar 24, 2011 1:56 PM
9For me it would depend on time of day and how jet lagged you feel.
There is a lounge at NAIA (upstairs after you go through Immigration etc). I believe you can pay on the door. The only time I used it was when I had a couple of hours wait for my flight out of the country. I was approached by a very nice Filipina in a nice uniform who informed me of the lounge with free snacks and drinks for the sum of $20 for 3 hours. She even escorted me there....alas, she did not offer me a massage.
Mar 24, 2011 2:11 PM
10I just flew out of the PI on Korean and had a 12 hour layover in Inchon. They gave me a voucher for a hotel room which I thought was pretty swell until I discovered hooking up to the wifi in it would cost me $20! geez take me back to the airport where the wifi is free! lol
Mar 24, 2011 4:34 PM
11Swisstrav - good to know about the departure tax. I've had a transfer through NAIA before and not had to pay it, but then a friend of mine transferred through and did. I wonder if its just a matter of knowing the rules and speaking up if you are not eligible to pay it. Do you know anywhere I could find this information published?
To Everyone else: I was totally planning on getting a cheap hotel room (looking at the Kabayan Pasay), but then a friend told me about this 'magical lounge' with comfy couches, free wifi, and food and drink... and then started thinking that wouldn't be so bad... he said he's spent the night transiting through to Bangkok which is what I'm doing as well. It's a short flight to Manila from Palau (where I live) so jet lag isn't an issue.
Thanks all for the input!
Mar 25, 2011 6:46 AM
1214 hours is a LONG time to spend in NAIA... we're talking dump major airport of SE Asia here... The Manila Lounge in T1 is around PHP 750 but it's airside and I doubt you can get to it without a flight departing from T1. Even then watching a fish tank (don't think there's even a TV there) for 12 hours is a bit much...
The OP mentioned 'overnight layover' so I assume arrival late evening and departure early afternoon? Subtract an hour to get out of the airport and 2 hours to check-in etc on departure - that leaves you 11 hours to kill minus travel time? I'd go into town... Get a sleep in a proper bed, have a decent shower and breakfast, chill for a few hours and head back to the airport late morning. Coupla thousand pesos (50 bucks) to feel like a human being? Seems like pretty good value to me...
Mar 25, 2011 3:36 PM
13I don't know where people get this terminal fee problem from....for NAIA it has been 750P for a few years. It may well be cheaper from other airports (Clark, Cebu), I do not know...
re Sogo....excellent value. I have stayed for several hours in one or two (can recommend the Pasay branch). Actually cleaner than a lot of hotels, towels etc come in prepacked bags so you know they are clean. Food is available (book early as it can take time for the delivery), ceiling mirror is ok, you get used to it...
Apr 10, 2011 2:46 AM
14Just an FYI - My travel through Manila has passed and I did end out staying in the airport. It turns out they have a 'Day Room' right next to the Transit desk in the international terminal. For $20 you get your own (small) room with a bed for the night. There are shared washrooms and showers down the hall... and free wifi. All in all I was very impressed by the service at the airport. When I got to the transit desk the guy helping me got me past immigration to get my bag for the night then showed me to the day room. I was allowed to go upstairs whenever I wanted for food or to wander the (somewhat pathetic) shops. I had a great sleep and In the morning a rep from the airline showed up to pick up my bag for checking and to get me my boarding pass. No lining up once so ever! I was able to stay in the day room until boarding time for my flight as well.
Also - I was told by the transit desk that if I left the airport I would have to pay the departure tax. There does not appear to be a 24 hour rule - or if there is - you would have to fight to get them to uphold it.
So now my question is - why do other airports not have these fantastic little rooms?
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