If you are thinking of travelling to Southeast Asia, one of the places you MUST visit is definitely the Philippines. This guide was written to help you find the best places to stay in Manila as you discover this highly underrated destination. Home to the most beautiful beaches and some of the nicest people, tourism in the Philippines is slowly growing. With that being said, Manila, the Philippine’s capital city is a gateway to reach the dreamy 7,107 islands spread all over this archipelago.
While I don’t really recommend staying in Manila (two days to get situated is more than enough time!), listed below are a few of my personal recommendations on some of the best places to stay in Manila for both hotels and hostels. To suite every travel budget, we are giving you various options to help you find the perfect place to stay.
- Best Budget Places to Stay in Manila
- Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Manila
- Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Manila
Best Budget Places to Stay in Manila
Near: 800m away from Rockwell Power Plant Mall
Price Range: $17 a night
This hostel is hip, modern, and is a great place to meet people during your stay in Manila. The hostel has a great atmosphere and has a fun and lively rooftop bar which opens at night. They offer dorm rooms as well as private rooms which are clean, modern, and has everything you need from a hostel and more. This place is my first pick when it comes to hostels in Manila! If you do stay here, don’t forget to eat at Senior Pollo, you can thank me later! (Prices start at $17 a night for dorm beds and $52 for privates) Read our full review here
Near: 550m away from Century City Mall
Price Range: $10 a night
This budget hostel wins not only because of it’s affordable price but also because of its central location. If you want to be located in the heart of all the action in Makati, this is a great option. The rooms are fairly basic but has everything that you need. Century City Mall has loads of awesome food places to try so it’s worth staying somewhere near. (Dorm rooms start at $10 a night)
The Fort Budget Hotel
Near: 7-minute walk to Makati, Bonifacio Global City and The Fort Shopping Strip
Price Range: $7-26 a night
This hotel/hostel is located very near Bonifacio Global City which is one of the best areas in Manila. Its central location makes this a good pick for budget travelers. They have both dorm rooms and privates which are pretty basic but are always kept clean. (Dorm beds start at $7 while privates run for $26 for two people)
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Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Manila
Red Planet Amorsolo
Near: 2km from Greenbelt and Glorietta Malls
Price Range: $35 a night
This modern hotel is quite basic but is a great option for travelers looking for places to stay in Manila. The rooms are small but is very clean and is newly furnished. The location of this hotel is also quite ideal as it is only a few kilometers away from all the large malls in the area. (Prices start at $35 a night for a private double room)
BRBlock Boutique & Residence
Near: 1.6 km from Power Plant Mall
Price Range: $37 a night
Again, similar to the ones featured on top, this place is clean, modern, and has new furnishings making it one of the best places to stay in Manila for budget conscious travelers. It is located a stone throw away from Bonifacio Global City which is one of the premier areas in Manila. Between the immaculately clean rooms and the central location, this place comes highly recommended. (Prices start at $37 a night for two)
The Picasso Boutique Residences
Near: 10-minute walk from Salcedo Market
Price Range: $98 a night
This boutique residence is perfect for travelers who want to stay in the heart of Makati, Manila’s financial district. The hotel itself offers unique themed studios and suites with kitchens, making it your home away from home. What I like about this place aside from its central location is the large spacious rooms and the well thought of interior decoration. (Prices start at $98 a night for two people)
Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Manila
Near: 1-minute walk to Century City Mall
Price Range: $99-260+ a night
Located in the heart of the trendy district of Poblacion, I’M Hotel is a gem of a place featuring Urban luxury. As it is also home to the first Japanese Onsen Spa in Manila, expect to get pampered during your stay in this hotel. Featuring a cool infinity pool overlooking the city, a fantastic restaurant, and a cool rooftop bar, I highly recommend staying here, especially if you want to explore the area of Makati.
For more info, read our detailed I’M Hotel Review here
Price Range: $101 a night
This highly popular hotel is a great place to enjoy Manila due to its location. It has a luxurious pool, and soft linens with beds to die for! Take my word for it, waking up is hard when you’re so comfortable! The hotel boasts of a fitness center, along with a great restaurant and other amenities. (Prices start at $101 with breakfast for two people)
Near: 3-minute walk to the Greenbelt Mall
Price Range: $366 a night
This hotel is located in Makati Manila, it is a luxurious hotel with 32 large suites you can choose from. It is centered in the financial district of Manila so that you can do some shopping and exploring. This luxurious hotel is located 12 Km. to the north-west of the airport. An airport taxi ride will take you 20- 30 minutes depending on the traffic. They offer suites as well as one bedroom residences. The staff here are all truly exceptional! (Prices start at $366 a night for a suite and breakfast)
Near: 100m away from Shangri-La Plaza
Price Range: $173 a night
Another luxury option for those who like to travel in style or even if you are on a business trip. This hotel is known for its exceptional level of beauty and elegance. The personal service is also unmatched. You get breathe taking views of Manila city from the majority of the 632 rooms and suites available. As like most Shangri-la’s in the world, the restaurant here is not to be missed! (Prices start at $173 a night for two people)
Hopefully, the places listed above will help you plan your trip around the Philippines. The hotels & hostels listed above as the best places to stay in Manila are based on personal recommendations and reviews of people who have stayed there.
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