Expats Guide: The Best Hotels in Manila

Finding the right hotel to stay in can be a little tricky, especially if you’re very nitpicky when it comes to the amenities and services you’re gunning for. There is the perfect room size for you and your companions, the restaurants available and certain amenities such as wi-fi access, gym and swimming pool and the accessibility of the place to consider. For some, price point is quite important too. While it may not be because of cost cutting, some people want to be guaranteed that they get exactly what they are paying for.

Here in Metro Manila, there are hundreds of hotels to choose from. It all depends on your needs and wants. To help you choose, here is a list of hotels based on price range and vicinity, with top amenities you need to know.


The Peninsula Manila
Location: Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226, Makati, Metro Manila
Rooms start at Php 8,000.00

Considered as one of the most posh hotels not just in Metro Manila but also in the entire country, The Peninsula Manila is home to a lot of expats. The extravagant exterior of the place features a gorgeous staircase that is simply amazing when lit up at night. Once you step inside the hotel, the first thing you will notice is the beautiful Victorian-inspired lobby. Turn to your left and you’ll see the hotel’s café, aptly called The Lobby, peppered with men and women in suits or friends casually meeting up over a cup of coffee.

The Peninsula Manila is complete in amenities that will meet your recreational needs. They’ve got swimming pools with a pool bar to lounge around in. They also have a spa to cater to your relaxation needs. Into working out? The hotel also has a Fitness Center you can break a sweat in.

Lastly, The Peninsula Manila’s accommodations are simply top-notch. This 5-star hotel is a great place to do staycations with the family, especially when they are holding kid-friendly activities. If you are staying purely for business purposes, don’t be surprised to find pleasure in this place as well.


Seda Bonifacio Global City
Location: 30th Street, corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Rooms start at Php 6,000.00

Positioning itself as a business hotel, it can be a little hard to book a room at SedaBonifacio Global City. It’s become a favorite for expats, especially those who have business in one of the thousands of companies situated in the area. With sleek interior design, modern and spacious rooms and quality amenities, these definitely make it a great place to be billeted in.

An advantage when staying at SedaBonifacio Global City is the fact that the hotel is walking distance to a bunch of restaurants, convenience stores, retail shops, bars, clubs, grocery store and even a hospital. Its strategic location is also one of the prime reasons people want to stay in this hotel.


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Location: 1600 Meralco Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila
Rooms start at Php 5,000.00

Another one of Manila’s central business districts is in Ortigas, Pasig City. Strategically located at the heart of it, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is a go-to hotel for foreigners who have business in the area. It isn’t just because the hotel is close to nearby offices but the proximity of malls, restaurants and bars add to its charm as well. Modes of transportation are also quite easy to get, as the location is quite accessible.

As for rooms, Marco Polo boasts of elegant interior design and wide spaces that people seem to thoroughly enjoy. The bathrooms are very clean and spacious as well plus the facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and spa are ready to relax you after a long day.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is also known for their dining experience. For hearty breakfast and all-days meals, Cucina is the place to go to. If you’re spending time with some business colleagues over light meals, you can head to Connect. Lastly, if nightcap is your thing, go straight to the 45th floor to find Vu, a stunning bar to chill and unwind.


Manila Marriot Hotel
Location: 2 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay, Metro Manila
Rooms start at Php 9,000.00

Probably one of the most luxurious hotels in Manila, Manila Marriot Hotel is located nearby national airports, an equally posh mall, Resorts World Manila and the renowned 18-hole Villamor golf course. This hotel is a top choice for rich expats who want to experience the luxurious lifestyle only Filipinos can give.

The rooms at the Manila Marriot are quite costly compared to the other hotels listed here. With its elegance, spaciousness and comfort, it’s not easy to see why the hotel is worth spending your money on. To satisfy your hunger, the hotel also has 4 world-class restaurants. Just take your pick with the cuisine you’d like and Marriot will deliver.

The ballrooms of Manila Marriot are also world-class, so much so that many weddings and gatherings happen here. The hotel also offers help in coordinating your events and making sure that everything goes smoothly.

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