Deciding Where to Stay in Manila?

Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines, offers an array of accommodation options to suit every traveller’s preferences and budget. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best areas to stay in Manila.


Makati is Manila’s central business district and a popular choice for both business and leisure travellers. This vibrant neighbourhood is home to upscale hotels, shopping centres, and dining establishments. With its bustling nightlife scene and proximity to major attractions like Ayala Triangle Gardens and Greenbelt Park, Makati provides a convenient and cosmopolitan base for exploring Manila.


Ermita is a historic district located near Manila Bay, known for its cultural attractions, lively entertainment venues, and budget-friendly accommodations. Travellers staying in Ermita can explore landmarks such as Rizal Park and the National Museum of Fine Arts, as well as enjoy a variety of dining and entertainment options along Roxas Boulevard.

Malate District

Adjacent to Ermita, the Malate District offers a mix of budget and mid-range hotels including The Suites at TLM, a vibrant nightlife scene and eclectic dining options. Visitors to Malate can stroll along Manila Baywalk, visit historical sites like the Malate Church, and experience the area’s vibrant arts and music scene.

Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Bonifacio Global City – Image via Flickr

Bonifacio Global City, also known as BGC or The Fort, is a modern and upscale neighbourhood in Manila known for its skyscrapers, shopping malls, and entertainment complexes. Home to luxury hotels, high-end boutiques, and trendy restaurants, BGC offers a contemporary and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Visitors can explore attractions such as Bonifacio High Street, The Mind Museum, and the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.