If you are thinking of traveling 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. Manila, the Philippines’ 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 of some of the best places to stay in Manila. To suit every travel budget, we are giving you various options to help you find the perfect place to stay.
Best Budget Stays in Manila
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: 800m away from Rockwell Power Plant Mall
Price Range: From $11 a night
Z Hostel is hip, modern, and is a great place to meet people during your stay in Manila. Located in Makati, the hostel has a great atmosphere and has a fun, 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. Aside from the rooftop bar, you can chill out in the shared lounge or try local food at the on-site cafe.
Here’s an insider tip: if you miss the breakfast, you can get a free cocktail at the rooftop bar in exchange!
This place is my top pick when it comes to hostels in Manila. If you do stay here, don’t forget to eat at Senor Pollo, you can thank me later. Read our full review here!
Urban Hostel Makati
Room Type: Dorms | Double | Triple | Family Rooms
Near: 550m away from Century City Mall
Price Range: From $10 a night
This budget hostel wins not only because of its affordable price but also because of its central location. If you want to be located in the heart of all the action in Makati, Urban Hostel Makati is a great option.
The rooms are fairly basic but has everything that you need. If you prefer to have your own space, you can choose one of their private rooms. Century City Mall has loads of awesome food places to try so it’s worth staying somewhere near.
The Fort Budget Hotel
Room Type: Dorms | Twin | Family
Near: 7-minute walk to Makati, Bonifacio Global City and The Fort Shopping Strip
Price Range: From $12 a night
The Fort Budget Hotel 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. It’s a solid option for families or groups traveling together that are trying to keep accommodation costs low. One of the highlights of the hotel is the rooftop area which is an awesome spot to relax with a drink after a day of sightseeing.
With Makari, Bonifacio, and the Fort all within walking distance, you’ll never run out of things to do when you’re staying here.
Best Mid-Range Hotels in Manila
Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern
Room Type: Classic and Suite Rooms
Near: 1 minute walk from Greenhills Shopping Center
Price Range: From $46+ a night
If you want to get some serious shopping done in one of the best places in Manila, we recommend staying in Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern.
Complete with a beautiful view of the city, a pool, and gym access, this place is pretty unbeatable. Located literally a stone throw away from Greenhills Shopping Center, this hotel is great choice for those who want to bargain shop while in Manila.
They have rooms that can accommodate large families or groups of people, making it an ideal place to stay due to the convenience of its location.
Makati Palace Hotel
Room Type: Classic | Apartment Rooms
Near: 6-minutes away from the Makati Central Business district, Rockwell, and Ayala Shopping Center
Price Range: From $55+ a night
If you want to stay in the heart of Makati (Manila’s biggest business district), Makati Palace Hotel is a great choice. Not only do they have regular hotel rooms, but they also have comfortable apartment type rooms for those who want the amenities of a home.
They also have newly renovated rooms which are tastefully designed so definitely look into that.
The hotel itself has an on-site coffee shop, pool, spa, and gym, making it a great place to base yourself while in Manila. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and have everything you need for a great stay.
Parks, malls and the central makati district are pretty much walking distance which makes Makati Palace Hotel an ideal base to avoid the dreaded Manila traffic.
Red Planet Manila Amorsolo
Room Type: Double | Twin
Near: 2km from Greenbelt and Glorietta Malls
Price Range: From $42 a night
Red Planet Manila Amorsolo is a solid mid-range option for those who want modern accommodations and being in a great location.
Decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel offers comfortable twin and double rooms. While the rooms are small, they are very clean, bright, and 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. You’ll find it easy to shop, find places to eat, and get around.
For those who are driving or renting a car, you’ll be glad to know there’s free parking on site!
BRBlock Boutique & Residences
Room Type: Double | Family
Near: 1.6 km from Power Plant Mall
Price Range: From $27 a night
Here’s another aweesome mid-priced option that’s located in Makati.
BRBlock Boutique & Residences is clean, modern, and has new furnishings, making it one of the best places to stay in Manila for budget-conscious travelers. While there are no extra frills, guests are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable and spacious the rooms are. Plus, it is located a stone’s 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.
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The Picasso Boutique Residences
Room Type: Studio Rooms | Junior Suite | Suite | Loft
Near: 10-minute walk from Salcedo Market
Price Range: From $89 a night
Want somewhere super pretty to stay for those Instagram shots? Check outResidences.
This boutique residence offers unique themed studios and suites with kitchens, making it your home away from home. With aesthetically pleasing touches in the design and decor, you’ll be pleased with how lovely the rooms here are.
This hotel is perfect for travelers who want to stay in the heart of Makati, Manila’s financial district. What I like about this place aside from its central location are the large spacious rooms and the well-thought of interior decoration.
Best Luxury Hotels in Manila
Room Type: Studio Suites | Executive Rooms | 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites
Near: 1-minute walk to Century City Mall
Price Range: From $101 a night
Located in the heart of the trendy district of Poblacion, I’M Hotel is a gem of a place that’s designed with urban luxury in mind.
This stylish hotel will impress any traveler. Their rooms are spacious and comfortable, with a classy design that will make for a relaxing stay. Plus, the hotel facilities are top notch! Featuring an infinity pool overlooking the city, a fantastic restaurant, and a cool rooftop bar, you may find it hard to even leave to explore the rest of the city.
As it is also home to the first Japanese Onsen Spa in Manila, expect to get pampered during your stay in this hotel.
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!
Room Type: Suites
Price Range: From $95 a night
This highly popular hotel is a great place to enjoy Manila due to its location.
Discovery Suites offers (as you might have guessed from its name) lush suites that were designed with ultra comfort in mind. Each suites comes with a seating area, and the larger suites also include a kitchen and dining area. The bed linens here are too die for — take my word for it, waking up is hard when you’re so comfortable!
But you will want to get up early: the breakfast buffet gets high marks from guests so make you don’t miss it! Other key facilities include a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, and dining options on site.
Room Type: Suites
Near: 3-minute walk to the Greenbelt Mall
Price Range: From $247 a night
Located in Makati, Raffles Makati is a luxurious hotel with 32 large suites you can choose from.
The suites offer city views of Manila’s financial center, but most importantly they’re tastefully designed with quality furniture. Everything in the suite is intended to make your stay as comfortable as possible, be it the fluffy beds, luxurious bathrooms, and amenities like a coffee machine.
Its central location means that you can do some shopping and exploring. But if you prefer to stay in, you can spend the day chilling the outdoor pool, get a workout in their gym, or even get some work done at their business center.
Plus, the staff here are all truly exceptional and their attentive service will make your stay unforgettable!
Room Type: Suites | Deluxe | Club Rooms
Near: 100m away from Shangri-La Plaza
Price Range: From $138 a night
Shangri-La is a trusted name in luxury accommodations and the Edsa Shangri-la doesn’t disappoint! This is a fantastic luxury option for those who like to travel in style or those traveling on a business trip.
Known for its exceptional level of beauty and elegance, the Edsa Shangri-La offers breathtaking views of Manila city from the majority of the 632 rooms and suites that are available. While the property isn’t new, it’s well-maintained and still exudes a classy, upscale vibe. The rooms here are filled with high quality furnishings that offer top comfort.
The hotel premises are lovely as well with lush greenery as well as an awesome pool area. The personal service is also unmatched. As like most Shangri-La hotels in the world, the restaurants here are not to be missed!
Hopefully, the places listed above will help you plan your trip around the Philippines. The hotels and hostels listed above as the best places to stay in Manila are based on our personal recommendations and reviews of people who have stayed there.
For more on the Philippines, read our Complete Guide to Traveling Around the Philippines! Looking for things to do in Manila? Check out The Next Escapes for interesting festivals to go on and other articles.