Where to stay in Manila
There are many places to stay in Manila – it all depends on your budget. Posh hotels line Roxas Boulevard (the Manila Hotel, Manila Pavilion, Sofitel, and the Bayview Park hotel), and a night’s stay can cost an average of 75 USD – a good bargain for most. Since these hotels face the harbor, you’ll have a view of the sunset and the surrounding Rizal Park complex, depending on where you’re checked in. Take note that Roxas Boulevard is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, and rush hour traffic doesn’t die down until very late at night. The hum of vehicles can bleed into the walls of your room, so try to check into one of the inner rooms. The area is perfect for short stopovers on the city since it’s within thirty minutes of the airport. There are also three-star hotels in the areas of Ermita and Malate, and nightly rates go for about 40 dollars. In Makati, the rates can be as high as 150 dollars a night; Mandarin Hotel, Shangri-La Plaza and Peninsula Manila are the most recommended hotels.
If you’d like to rent out condo suites for longer periods, rooms usually cost for 350 dollars a week. There are plenty of such accommodations in the city, but those in the Malate area offer the most reasonable rates by far; studio-type rooms are rented out at 18,000 Pesos per month, one-bedroom suites at 20,000 Pesos. It is unlikely that the condo units at the upscale areas are rented out on a monthly basis, and if they are, they can cost you as much as three million pesos a month, so you may have to settle for the next best thing – apartelles. These are usually studio-type units, furnished, and come with regular room cleaning services. A typical room costs 15,000 a month on average, and there are plenty of them along Ermita. Ortigas and Makati have the same types of condotels, the former being cheaper than the later as it is farther from the metropolis.
Pension houses, similar to hostels, are also great accommodations on a budget. You stay at a communal dorm which was originally a residential estate, but refurbished and rented out. Many of these houses are run by the residents themselves or by caretakers, and board and lodging costs around 500 pesos a day; there is an extra charge for meals. You can also rent out residential houses built for the purpose, either for those who intend to move in to them or for transients. These are usually cheap in comparison to apartelles, depending on the size (a single bedroom house can cost six thousand pesos), and the place is all yours until you sign out. These are usually offered as an informal type of accommodations on residential areas, so get a good feel of the neighborhood before you settle on a deal.
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