From street food stalls to skyscrapers and shanty towns to shopping malls, Manila is a cosmopolitan, chaotic city that can overwhelm first-time visitors. But look a little closer and you’ll be charmed by the capital’s ancient walled city, magnificent churches, thriving music scene and the world’s oldest Chinatown. No need to blow the budget either as these affordable hotels will put you right at the heart of the action.
These modern apartments, a five-minute walk from Robinsons Place shopping mall, are an ideal option for business travellers. Rooms range from a studio for two to a two-bedroom apartment with a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen. Those staying for work will appreciate the business centre, gym and salt water swimming pool. The airport is just a 20-minute drive away and the hotel can arrange transfers for a hassle-free departure.
Skyline views to take your breath away are an added bonus at this hotel, only a mile from Manila Ocean Park, in the 49-storey Birch condominium tower. Rooms all have their own balcony and air conditioning while guests share the use of a gym, sauna and indoor swimming pool with sweeping city views. Meanwhile, the on-site Tambayan Gastrobar serves reasonably priced Filipino dishes, craft cocktails and an all-day breakfast for those who fancy a lie-in.
Within walking distance of the United States Embassy, Luneta Park and Roxas Boulevard, these suites are great for those looking to stay a while. Rooms sleep between two and six people and some have a kitchenette or outdoor patio area, while communal spaces include a gym and exercise room, plus a small spa with in-house massage. There is also a business centre, lobby bar and restaurant which offers room service.
Families can make themselves at home in this hotel in the Malate district of Manila. Large family rooms mean there’s plenty of space for a group travelling together, while some rooms come with their own kitchenettes for cheap meals on the go. Children under 11 sleep free while those under six eat free at the breakfast buffet, although the Café K menu offers plenty of well-priced international dishes for reluctant eaters of all ages.
Sightseers don’t need to blow the budget on a bed for the night at this hotel in the historic district of Ermita. The clean, comfortable property offers a variety of rooms including ones with their own kitchenette although all include a buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Air conditioning, wifi and tea and coffee-making facilities are also all included as standard.
You’ll never go hungry when staying at one of the 167 rooms in this modern, fuss-free hotel in the heart of Malate. The good value Suzhou Dimsum restaurant is right on site while cheap eats including a Korean restaurant, pizza bar and kebab shop are all on the doorstep and offer hotel guests 10 percent off their total bill. If more recommendations are needed, the front desk can be messaged over an app for advice at any time.
Stay somewhere a little different at the White Knight Hotel Intramuros, located within the Plaza San Luis Complex of the old walled city of Intramuros. This is one of the few remaining sites built by the Spanish in the 16th century and it’s near the historic Manila Cathedral and the dungeons of Fort Santiago. The hotel has 29 rooms and its own Filipino restaurant which hosts live music performances every night.
Casa Bocobo, a no-nonsense hotel in the heart of Manila, is just a five-minute walk from Rizal Park and a 15-minute drive from the historical Intramuros district, while the international airport is only eight miles (13km) away. Every room comes with air conditioning and wifi, plus some have a kitchenette and basic kitchenware to keep costs down while in the city. There’s also a 24/7 front desk, currency exchange and luggage storage.