Business travellers come to Pasay in the Philippines for the PICC and SMX convention centres; families come for fairground rides at Star City and SM by the Bay; and shopaholics descend upon the gargantuan SM Mall of Asia – with an Olympic-size ice rink, bay-view restaurants and weekend firework displays. Whatever draws you in, there are many excellent hotels in Pasay to use as a base for your adventure.
Lording over Manila Bay, this three-star hotel is within walking distance of the One Esplanade conference centre and the SM Mall of Asia. Start your day with an early workout at the gym, then a buffet breakfast. After a day of meetings – or shopping – sit down to a Filipino spread at Milagritos Restaurant before grabbing a poolside cocktail at the Encarmada Rooftop Bar as the city lights wink on.
The best hotels in Pasay are capable of making you feel like a celebrity. Get star treatment at this five-star resort near the Philippine International Convention Center and Folk Arts Theater. All the 609 rooms have balconies with views over the city and Manila Bay; luxury club rooms grant access to the exclusive Club Millésime with a wine bar, library and butler service. Head to Le Spa for a traditional Filipino hilot massage before selecting French cheeses, sashimi and peking duck from 21 international dining ateliers at Spiral. Finish with rooftop cocktails overlooking Manila Bay at Sunset Bar.
This relaxed aparthotel complex is just 15 minutes from the SM Mall of Asia. The smart, air-conditioned units range from the studio deluxe with two single beds and a microwave oven to the one-bedroom premier with a full kitchen and washer-dryer. This being the Philippines, rice cookers are available upon request. There’s also an all-day restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre on site.
Looking like a great white ship jutting out into Manila Bay, this member of the Hilton family is part of the S Maison retail complex, home to several international chains and a couple of quirky museums. Rooms have views of the bay and come with hydrotherapy rain showers, espresso machines and bluetooth speakers. Work out in the fitness centre or try Chinese cuisine at China Blue. The SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia are also next door.
This comfortable, contemporary three-star hotel is the perfect base for Mall of Asia adventures – riding the Eye Ferris wheel for dramatic views of Manila Bay; browsing Filipiniana dresses at The SM Store. The 150 guest rooms come with high-speed internet, chiropractor-approved beds and views over Manila Bay; upgrade to a suite for a microwave and bath tub. All-day dining is available at Millie’s restaurant, and there’s a rooftop pool overlooking the Eye.
This eight-room hotel is well-placed for family trips to Star City or for business travel – it’s just a 13-minute walk from the World Trade Center. Economy rooms have a shared bathroom with bidet; upgrade to a garden or design room for a private bathroom. Cooked-to-order Filipino breakfasts – think tocino and egg with a mountain of rice – are available for an additional fee.
Get the jump on the airport traffic at this four-star hotel just a few minutes’ walk from Terminal 3 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Plan your next stop in the Philippines using the complimentary wifi in your well-appointed room, which also comes with a flat-screen TV, minibar and safe. Work out in the gym, laze in the pool, or grab Filipino and international cuisine from the restaurant.
Certainly not one of your run-of-the-mill airport hotels in Pasay, the Savoy promises a great night’s rest before travel. Relieve stress in the gym, relax in the sauna, and get a professional massage therapist to work out tension. After dinner at the Savoy Café and cocktails at the Poolside, you’ll be ready to sink into bed. In the morning, fuel up with a made-to-order omelette in the restaurant. From the hotel, it’s just a 12-minute walk to NAIA Terminal 3.
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