Quezon City, the most populous city in the Philippines, was the capital for 28 years and has been the site of the most seismic political events in the country. Today, it’s known for huge shopping malls, buzzing bars and the monument-strewn Camp Aguinaldo. Join the throng, with a stay in one of these hotels.
This 401-room hotel near the Araneta Coliseum and the New Frontier Theater is perfectly placed for catching sporting or cultural events. Facilities include a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a spa offering massages. A staggering seven drinking and dining options range from afternoon tea at the high-end Premier Lounge to homemade gelato and pastries at the cheery Indulge cafe.
With speedy wifi, slick iMacs in the lobby and a bold white-and-scarlet colour scheme, this funky budget bolthole keeps the modern traveller front of mind. Air-conditioned rooms come with custom-made beds and crisp linens. There’s no breakfast, but you’re just steps from several Filipino, Japanese and Korean restaurants. MRT Kamuning Station is 400m (1,310ft) away. Trinoma shopping mall and Quezon Memorial Circle are both within a 20-minute drive.
This member of the Privato chain has 60 sleek bedrooms designed by architecture firm Budji+Royal, featuring furniture by sought-after Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue. Head to the restaurant for Filipino-American comfort food – think stacks of pancakes, prime rib tapa and Southern fried chicken. Spend afternoons gazing at the skyline from the rooftop pool or having an in-room massage therapist work away tension. The surrounding Laging Handa neighbourhood is known for its chilled cafes and dessert bars.
With complimentary wifi, cable TV and a snack-stuffed minibar, these suites and rooms in the Project 4 district have a home-from-home feel. If you want to cook your own food, the penthouse suite has a kitchenette with a two-ring hob, although there are endless barbecue restaurants and steakhouses in the surrounding streets. Kick off mornings with a workout in the fitness room, followed by a pancake stack and coffee in the restaurant.
This 167-room hotel sits at the centre of the affluent South Triangle district, known for modern Filipino restaurants, boutique shops and a buzzing LGBTQ scene. Light, bright rooms feature air conditioning, hot showers and a hairdryer; opt for a room on a higher floor to avoid traffic noise. The Quezon Memorial Circle is just a 12-minute drive away.
Towering over the office buildings of Vertis North, this 438-room hotel is the largest in the area. Jump on a stationary bike in the huge fitness centre, have a rejuvenating massage, or settle into a poolside lounger with a cocktail, and enjoy the view of the skyline. After savouring fluffy dim sum at Pin Wei restaurant, settle into your air-conditioned room to enjoy the free wifi or raid the minibar. Quezon Memorial Circle and the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center are only a 15-minute drive away.
Overlooking the casual Filipino and Korean restaurants of Timog Avenue, the Luxent makes an excellent base for both business and leisure travel. Benefits include outdoor pools with skyline views. There’s also a fitness centre packed with machines and free weights. Rooms sport an unfussy low-key design – that is, until you come to the opulent Luxent Suite, with silk-brocade furnishings and a foliage-filled bathroom with a Jacuzzi.
As the name suggests, the green-and-orange forest-themed rooms of this four-star boutique cocoon travellers from the outside world. Memory-foam beds are swathed in goose-down duvets and 600-thread-count egyptian cotton sheets; bathrooms come with deep tubs and rainfall showers. Breakfast is both a buffet and à la carte, with a soup of the day, french toast and mountains of watermelon. The bars and restaurants of Timog Avenue are just outside your door.
A handbag’s throw from SM City North EDSA and the TriNoma shopping centres, Axiaa is perfectly placed for shopaholics. Plush, wood-panelled rooms come with free wifi and a 42-inch (107cm) television. The breakfast bar serves tasty Filipino-style seafood dishes and a continental breakfast in the morning, but it’s the loaded chocolate cakes and cheesecake that visitors remember. The hotel’s highway setting means it’s an easy 35-minute ride to the lush La Mesa Ecopark.
This outpost of the Radisson brand delights with a funky, primary-coloured lobby and rooms sporting rainfall showers, complimentary bottled water and a mini-fridge. Order an ice-cold mango shake to drink by the pool, or work up a sweat in the fitness room. You’re right next to SM City North EDSA here, and the modern-art gallery Vetro is just a 10-minute ride away.