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Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, historic Manila is filled with things to see and places to visit, such as parks, restaurants and shopping malls. As the capital of the Philippines, it’s also a great place to delve into the nation’s history at various museums.

Manila’s street-food markets and eclectic choice of restaurants have made it a favourite destination for foodies. You can sample traditional dishes like isaw (grilled chicken and pork intestines), Pinoy-style cheese sticks and kwek-kwek (battered quail eggs). For a typical sweet treat, head to a stand serving sorbetes – a style of ice cream made from coconut or powdered milk and cassava flour.

The oldest part of Manila is called Intramuros, which is Spanish for ‘within the walls’. Here, you’ll get a snapshot of the city under Spanish rule as you wander through this former fortress. Remnants of what was once the capital of the Spanish East Indies include the statue of King Carlos IV on Plaza de Roma, the restored Ayuntamiento building and the Puerta de Isabel II gate. You can learn more about the area’s captivating past at Fort Santiago, a 16th-century citadel featuring tranquil gardens, fountains and a museum dedicated to Philippine Revolution hero, Dr José Rizal. The district of Binondo is home to the world’s oldest Chinatown, where you can find many Chinese herbal stores and noodle houses. Architectural highlights include the wonderful Catholic church and the Buddhist temples of Seng Guan and Kuang Kong.


From $11 per night

This weekend

From $22 per night

Next weekend

From $21 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency ₱ 100 = $1.76
Language Filipino
Average weekend price $59 per night
Average weekday price $57 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Airport needs a revamp from the facility itself to the staff...

September 26, 2023

Airport needs a revamp from the facility itself to the staff personnel performing their tasks.Grab rides (Uber version) are your best bet to get around the city. Malls security at the Entrance doors makes you wonder the need for them since they don't really do a proper job but just Creating a line up for the's the only Asian country I been that does this practice.Restaurant staff always tell you they don't serve straws with your drink because of some straw less environment excuse but really they could serve recyclable made straws instead of plastic ones.

Dennis Canada

Manila has 3 airports that is close to each other do not...

September 25, 2023

Manila has 3 airports that is close to each other do not take a cab they will overcharge you. A free shuttle bus is available just ask the Tourism Desk. Do not ask the Secuirty Guards they are in cahoots with the taxi drivers.

wansapanatym74 Vatican City

Many Taxis are scammers and will scam you.

September 24, 2023

Many Taxis are scammers and will scam you. I do not trust the taxis in Philippines. make sure you have google maps and make sure you know the distance before you enter a taxi and make sure you know the price. you are double charged by the meter for the distance you drive and for time. I make an agreement with the driver before I enter the taxi. I will pay 35 pesos per kilometer. If they don't accept it there are plenty of taxis who will. this guy try to charge me 3700 pesos and that is about 67 usd. from the airport to go 9 km to our hotel. I only gave him 250 pesos.

DeNoyer United States of America

Very nice and busy capital city of the country , the place...

September 14, 2023

Very nice and busy capital city of the country , the place where we stayed was very clean and friendly atmosphere . Many attractions , lovely shops for food and everything . Friendly , hospitable and polite people I met in the city .

Norma United Kingdom

Manila is busy metropol and business hub.

September 11, 2023

Manila is busy metropol and business hub. If you are holiday maker then one night in Manila is enough and please stay near by Airport at hotel. If you want to something different and do some shopping then take taxi to SM-mall.

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Miko FINternational Finland

The room has enough space, clean, good air-condition.

September 6, 2023

The room has enough space, clean, good air-condition. The shop and the restaurant was just around the corner. Special mention to Miss Jona for allowing me to stay to her parking area😍 Superb all in all 🫰


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