While many travelers head to the Philippines to visit the likes of Boracay and Palawan, bustling Metro Manila is still the point of convergence for Philippine travel. So whether you plan to explore the Metro or you’re simply stopping en route to a sandy destination, you’ll need a place to stay – and that, Manila has plenty of. From compact studios to private rooms in warm Filipino homes, here are the coolest Airbnbs in the Metro.
The Poblacion District in Makati City is easily one of the coolest areas in the metro. Its streets, unpretentious and rough around the edges, are lined with unique food joints and cool hole-in-the-wall bars. Millennials, yuppies, and basically anyone looking to have a good time without the pageantry of Manila’s high-end nightlife head to Poblacion. So if this is what you want to experience on your visit, why place yourself anywhere else? This beautifully decorated penthouse sits right at the heart of Poblacion, and is perfect for one or two travelers. The absence of dividers makes it feel open and airy and its brown wooden features give it a native, homey feel. Its furniture and details are sleek and sophisticated, a characteristic that runs throughout the space, all the way to its terrace with a view of the city.
Price: from $62 / night
An instant charmer, this large American-colonial style house in Manila’s Paco District is adorned with beautiful antique furniture and vintage ornaments. Coco’s Garden Guest Room is one of two rooms being rented out by the owners, the other being a Master Bedroom. The entire home, from the rooms to the shared spaces, removes guests from the busy streets of Manila and takes them to a different era. Plants surrounding the property also supplement the home’s already relaxing atmosphere. Neighboring the guest room is a covered patio, giving visitors a peaceful place to work or have their morning coffee. This screened space further opens up to the garden’s west wing, which houses a seating area among the trees for some quality quiet time.
Price: from $41 / night
This gorgeous corner-unit studio within lively Makati City boasts a long stretch of floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the apartment not only plenty of natural light, but also a jaw-dropping panorama of the Metro. It’s comfortably and tastefully designed with a few indoor plants, light, wooden accents and a minimalist touch, keeping it very clean and polished. With a space like this, every hour of the day is a treat, from literally waking up with the sunrise, to having a beautifully-lit view of the Makati skyline at night.
Price: from $48 / night
Bijou and immaculate, this modern three-person apartment is located in the district of Malate, near Manila’s historic center. Within walking distance are Rizal Park and Manila Bay, while the famous walled city of Intramuros and the National Museum are only a short drive away. This listing is the perfect choice if you seek to explore Manila’s historic landmarks and to go on bike or walking tours around Intramuros. While historical sites surround, this listing will give you a clean, contemporary space to come home to with its creamy white walls and delicate accent pieces.
Price: from $38 / night
Travelling with the family or a bunch of friends? This tailored apartment will fit your big group perfectly with three bedrooms, two of which are fitted with en-suite facilities, and all three of which have access to the balcony. One king-sized bed and three queens guarantee sound slumbers for each guest, even at maximum capacity. Several tall windows allow a lot of natural light into the space, keeping it bright and airy, and sleek furniture choices keep it spacious and uncluttered. The unit is complete with living, dining, and kitchen areas, and guests are also free to use the building’s pool and gym facilities.
Price: from $162 / night
If there is one thing that’s especially attractive about this listing, it’s the price tag. For $10 a night, you can’t really find a place more worthy of your buck than this generous condominium unit in Pasig City. Able to accommodate two guests, this loft-type unit is complete and comfortable, with a bathroom and air-conditioned bedroom on the second level, and a living and dining area as well as a kitchen on the first. It’s the top-choice for anyone sticking to a tight budget.
Price: from $10 / night
If your Manila trip is more of a long layover than an actual travel destination, you’ll be looking to stay close to the airport, and to not paying too much for your pitstop. This guesthouse sleeps up to three people and sits within a private subdivision, just a 15-minute drive from the airport. The hosts also offer airport transfers for a small fee. Immediately outside the room is a nice green lawn, and because it is detached from the main house, guests can enjoy more privacy. Hosting this listing is a warm Filipino family, so guests can look forward to being treated with the classic Filipino hospitality, and ending their stay almost feeling like part of the family, too.
Price: from $20 / night