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Manila is the vibrant capital of the Philippines as well as its cultural and economic heart / Pixabay
Manila is the vibrant capital of the Philippines as well as its cultural and economic heart / Pixabay

The 10 Best Hotels In Manila, Philippines

Manila is the vibrant capital of the Philippines as well as its cultural and economic heart. The Malate and Ermita districts are famous for the electrifying nightlife, trendy shopping, and gratifying restaurants and with historic urban parks such as Rizal Park, it’s easy to see why Filipinos call Manila ‘The City of our Affections’.  Combining culture and luxury across the Filipino capital, explore the best 10 hotels in Manila.

The Bayleaf

Located in the delightful area of Intramuros, The Bayleaf resides in the historic core of the city. Enjoying a commanding position in the religious, cultural and sightseeing hub of Manila, the hotel also enjoys an exclusive view of the three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls that surround historic Intramuros. Launched in November 2011, The Bayleaf has received many accolades for its exceptional service: including Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award for 2013 and Agoda’s prestigious 2012 Gold Circle Award. This boutique hotel promises an unforgettable stay with a penthouse restaurant offering all day dining and panoramic views of the city.

 

Pan Pacific Manila

A stay at the Pan Pacific Manila guarantees a royal experience for their guests. Their impeccable ‘Butler Service’ is a unique concept of consolidated services with the utmost personalized care; ensuring that every desire is catered to 24 hours a day. Located in the cultural district of Malate, the Pan Pacific Manila reflects its area by showcasing modern interiors with Filipino cultural and art displays. An ideal base for shopping, the hotel is a mere five-minute walk from The Robinson’s Place Mall and a 15-minute drive from The Mall of Asia. An idyllic urban escape in the heart of Manila, this elegant hotel has been ranked among the region’s best by Condé Nast Traveler. The top-floor Pacific Lounge serves a wide array of exquisite international dishes and a daily buffet breakfast.

 

The Peninsula Manila

The grand and opulent Peninsula Manila features 497 rooms and suites in their two Ayala and Makati towers respectively, including the 372 square meter Peninsula Suite. Home to five restaurants, two bars and their iconic lobby area simply called ‘The Lobby’. The hotel features some of Manila’s top restaurants and offers a wide choice of fine dining options that includes Italian, modern European and a number of different Asian cuisines. Designed with the business traveler in mind, use of an Exclusive Club Lounge offers complimentary continental breakfasts, afternoon tea, cocktails as well as a boardroom and Business Centre. To let off some steam, the hotel’s strategically placed location on the corners of Ayala and Makati Avenues means that the premier shopping facilities of Manila are easily accessible.

 

 

Edsa Shangri-La Manila

A true oasis in the midst of chaotic Manila, the Edsa Shangri-La is surrounded with lush tropical gardens and tranquil greenery. Modeled after the mythical land of Shangri-La, this sleek and luxurious hotel is furnished to the highest standard, with all suites decorated in rich teak, mahogany and burgundy accents. The dining is world-class and you can take your choice from the extensive range of cuisines on offer. For dessert, the indulgence continues in the Bakeshop, famous for its exquisite hand-made chocolates infused with unique and unusual tropical flavors. The attention to relaxation is paramount at the Edsa Shangri-La Manila with a fantastic spa with a full range of treatments and a free-form swimming pool.

 

Mandarin Oriental Manila

A visit to the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Manila hotel means spoiling yourself. It is a six-time overall champion in the ‘Chefs on Parade’ culinary Olympics organized by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines. It is also the first, and thus far only hotel elevated by the Philippine Department of Tourism to the Hall of fame in its annual ‘Kalakbay Awards’ for having been named Hotel of the Year three times. Along with remarkable restaurants The Tivoli and Tin Hau, Kipling’s Cigar Bar also offers some of the finest tobacco in the city. Located in the central business district of Makati City, the abode features close distances with shopping centers such as Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, The Link, Park Square and Power Plant Mall.

 

 

Fairmont Makati

The Fairmont Makati opened in November 2012 and has impressed tourists and travelers alike since its debut. Towering over the epicenter of Makati, the Fairmont occupies the same plot as its sister hotel Raffles, meaning guests can sashay between the two hotels seamlessly. Raffles’ Long Bar offers the Manila take on the famous Singapore Sling, the Makati Luxury Sling coated in pure 24-carat gold flakes. Priding them on the fusion element of Filipino food with Malay, Asian and Spanish influences, Fairmont’s restaurant Spectrum offers food that blends the best of these flavors right in front of your eyes. Fairmont’s signature Willow Stream Spa is among the city’s most luxurious retreats, with 1,200 square meters of soothing surroundings featuring five fully equipped treatments rooms, a hair salon, full-service nail studio, a mineral pool and an outdoor swimming pool.

 

 

Diamond Hotel

The location of the Diamond Hotel in Manila is second to none for making the most out of your time in the city. Offering 485 luxury rooms with large bay windows, each view illustrates the scenic Manila Bay or sprawling Manila landscape. The hotel is situated just ten minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and within walking distance from the city’s major landmarks, shopping centres, business districts, museums and parks. The Diamond is located within easy reach of the U.S. Embassy as well as the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

 

Manila Hotel

Defined by its history and world-class service, the Manila Hotel underwent a series of dramatic renovations in 2008 for its centennial celebration in October 2012. New additions include a sun deck that beckons guests to relax on its comfortable Dedon Orbit lounge chairs and a newly-refurbished wet bar. Of particular note is the lobby lined with white Doric columns, Philippine marble, chandeliers made of brass, crystal and seashells, and furniture carved with Philippine mahogany. The hotel’s guest facilities are outstanding, offering transport services such as limousine and luxury car rental and a helipad on the roof deck. It is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, opening in 1912 to rival Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Many notable figures have enjoyed the Manila including U.S. President John F. Kennedy, The Beatles, Ernest Hemingway and between the years of 1935 to 1941, it was the official residence of General Douglas MacArthur.

 

 

Dusit Thani Manila

Situated in the heart of the Philippine’s financial district, Dusit Thani Manila hotel treasures 538 luxury hotel rooms and suites individually equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, especially designed to create an experience of timeless guest satisfaction in line with unique Thai traditions. Elegant decor is reflected throughout each room in this Manila hotel, including the 21 extra-spacious Landmark Suites, two Ambassador Suites, and one Presidential Suite, offering the utmost in comfort. Each tastefully furnished guest room or suite offers fabulous panoramic views of Makati’s premier business area skyline. The Dusit Thani Manila features a fine selection of restaurants, including Benkay, one of Manila’s best Japanese restaurants, Thai food at the Benjarong Royal Restaurant, Vietnamese delicacies at Thien Dong and Filipino specialties at The Cafe.

 

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

The most astounding aspect of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is the hotel’s flagship restaurant ‘Spiral’. The eatery boasts a staggering 21 dining ateliers that serve expert dishes prepared masterfully in the presence of the guests — an ideal opportunity to feast on a variety of cuisines during your stay in Manila. Le Bar is an innovative three-in-one concept of a bistro, library, and patisserie that offers an a la carte French menu. If you fancy a more casual setting, the 24-hour Snaps Sports Bar provides beer and pool tables. Located approximately 2 kilometers away from the Mall of Asia, this hotel is a little out of the way, but it provides a perfect environment in which to relax away from the business of the city.