Hotel Recommendation in Manila?

Sorry I just asked a similiar question but my circumstances have changed due to flights from my origin. I am now only staying in Manila for two nights to begin my trip in the Philippines and it turns out I have two free nights on! I am looking for the best hotel for about $100USD each night (4500 pesos) or so in Manila, I imagine since I am a first timer Makati would be a good area. I would like a couple good suggestions (as all the hotels dont show up on and I would like to stay near good nightlife (I like hip hop, reggae, latin music) but also near Intramuros, Quiapo Church & Market, Green Belt Park, Greenhills, and Mall of Asia. Thanks in guys are awesome!


I should put my two cents in this conversation as I have done a little research (based on reviews on although there are only maybe 30 or less reviews for some hotels, that is why I wanted to ask the locals or people who know. I have found Pan Pacific , Bayview Park and Dusit Thani.

6 Answers

  • Yesley
    Lv 4
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Makati has many hotels surrounding Glorietta & Greenbelt malls but they are mostly expensive due to their prime locations. You'll find the following in this area: Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Dusit Hotel, The Peninsula Manila, New World Renaissance Hotel, Ascott Hotel. Dusit and Hotel Intercon might fit your budget. If you are staying in this area, you can check the strip of Glorietta 2 for live bands and bars. You may also take a cab to visit Embassy in Bonifacio Global City, a short drive from your hotel.

    Malate is less high end than Makati. Reputable hotels in the area include Pan Pacific Hotel, Diamond Hotel, Hyatt Hotel. Of these hotels, Hyatt is the newest. There is also a casino in Hyatt. Also nearby are Aloha Hotel and the newer G Hotel right beside it. The mall situated in this area is Robinson's Place Ermita. You might want to check its Midtown wing which is newer and more high end. Staying in Malate puts you between SM Mall of Asia in Pasay and Ayala Malls (Glorietta, Greenbelt) in Makati. It is also a shorter drive to Intramuros and Quaipo than staying in Makati. While in Malate, you might want to visit the lounge in Hyatt or Diamond Hotel as you unwind. For great singing and some good laughs, don't miss The Library comedy bar in Malate.

    I think Cafe Havana which has branches in Malate and in Greenbelt Makati plays latin music at night. It has become a favorite among expats. However, I think it has also become a spot where prostitutes hang out to hook up with foreign clients so be careful.

    Another option is to stay in Sofitel Philippine Plaza which is near SM Mall of Asia and Malate, gives you a wonderful sunset bay view, and is not too far from Makati and downtown Manila. I'm not sure if will give a good rate for this though to fit your budget. Great buffet at Spiral inside the Sofitel. Lovely lounge music too by the coffee shop at the lobby floor.

  • 10 years ago

    You might get a special deal from Dusit. Their room rates are normally higher, but check with Reservations if you can get a promo rate or something. Dusit is the least expensive of the premier hotels in Makati's central Business District. You will be near Greenbelt, Glorietta, and The Fort.

    Bayview Park is almost across from the US Embassy, and is closest to most of the places you mentioned. It is along the Boulevard.

    Never been to Pan Pacific myself, but I do know it is in the old tourist belt. Close to Malate's bohemian night life. Close enough to the Mall of Asia. It is also close to Bayview Park.

    Among the three, will pick Dusit if you can get it within your budget. Never mind that it is not as close to Mall of Asia or Intramuros as the other 2 hotels. But this is definitely a much better hotel, and its location is also more ideal - - right within the Makati shopping district, and the bars and restaurants that are far better than the retsurants and bars in old Manila.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    OK. I just got back June 4th from my third trip to Manila. I have two separate suggestions. Green Hills and Mall of Asia are very far from each other, but I think the G Hotel in Malate is a good middle point. This Hotel is on Roxas Boulevard, giving you excellent views of Manila Bay sunsets. It is about 35 pesos to get to Mall of Asia from there by taxi, and you can walk to Robinson's Mall from there also. The Malate Church is around the corner and Intramuros and Baclaran Churches are also very close. Green Hills will be a challenge, unless you go early in the day as traffic is very bad during the afternoon and evening- I mean it can take an hour and a half to get there from Malate- seriously. The night life in Malate is questionable, however. I didn't like the looks of the bars and never visited them in Malate. My other suggestion is cheaper than G Hotel, called BSA Suites in the Legaspi district of Makati (Carlos Palanca street). This is very inexpensive and is really a small apartment, with separate bedroom and a full kitchen. I had a balcony on the 26th floor with quite a view, but no sunsets over Manila Bay. There was no Wifi, but there is a cafe down the street with Wifi. There is also a 24-hour Mini Mart across the street, nearby pharmacy and a really nice little bar next door. There are many nice, safe-looking bars in Makati. BSA Suites is cheaper, without Wifi, but excellent breakfast, cable TV and AC- good bed etc. G Hotel is more polished and presentable if you are entertaining. There is no bar or dining room in BSA Suites, but you can cook yourself there. Green Hills is easy to get to from BSA Suites. Mall of Asia also, but Intramuros will take a while if you go during the day. Good Luck! Those two Hotels are excellent choices and I stick with them when I visit :o)

  • 4 years ago

    "Malate" is the closest you'll get to a real tourist area ie a Philippine flavor. It has interesting steets with trendy cafes and stores. Otherwise, you'll just be in Makati - an area of huge shopping malls and 5 star hotels that could be anywhere in the world. No character at all. But some people like that and they do have some great entertainment and nice restaurants with US prices . Near Makati is Ft Bonifacio , a newly developed area with great restaurants and nice bars. Suggest you go to the old city - Intramurous . Have a drink nearby at the Manila Hotel for its old world charm. Watch the sunset over Manila Bay (unforgettable) Take a boat for the afternoon to Corrigador of WW ll fame.

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  • Greg S
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    taxis are cheap even though they try to rip you off. no need to stay near intramuros or the nightlife, you can easily commute

    lots of bars/clubs in malate

    the hotels i stay in are much cheaper than your budget so i won't bother suggesting

  • 10 years ago

    Crowne Plaza in Galleria. I stayed there last summer :]

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