Manila

Travel Guide
Baywalk showing boating, a bay or harbour and a city
Manila is a chaotically colourful city, ripe with history and culture, from ancient ruins to lively nightlife.

Manila has a distinct vibrancy and energy that is the product of ongoing economic expansion and a continuously growing population. It is one of the biggest urban areas in the world – a fusion of 16 different towns – and a place where hustle and bustle energy are the order of the day.

Manila's history is one of instability, from being invaded by the British, Japanese and Spanish, to being partially destroyed by fires, earthquakes and wartime bombing. As a result, it has a unique character with residents full of charming survival instinct and fascinating local stories – as well as a mishmash of architectural styles.

Some of the most ancient sites can be seen in the city’s oldest quarter – Intramuros – where the defences built by the Spanish in the 16th century felt the force of the bombs of World War Two, and have now been rebuilt. Here you will find the Baluarte de San Diego, one of the oldest stone fortifications in the city, as well as the Baluarte de San Andres – built to protect the old Puerta Real.

Learn more about the history of Manila’s walled city at Spanish-built Fort Santiago, and admire the resilience of the Filipino people and their enduring faith in the rebuilt Manila Cathedral.

There are numerous attractions in the vicinity of Intramuros, including the ornamental gardens of Rizal Park and the National Museum of the Filipino People where visitors can learn more about this compelling country and its culture, including ancient discoveries, trading history and traditional burial rites. Casa Manila Museum is a reproduction of a Spanish colonial house full of period furniture and overflowing with history.

Manila is a city that has survived and thrived by its vicinity to the Pacific Ocean, s there are plenty of water-focused activities to enjoy – from taking a ferry ride along the Pasig River to exploring the buzzing bars and nightlife of Baywalk.

Manila is a busy city, and the light rail and metro are usually the best transport options. Travel by road tends to take a little longer but there are plenty of inexpensive, air-conditioned taxis, so if you do get stuck in a jam then take lesson from the locals and just sit back and relax.

Where to stay in Manila

The Heritage Hotel Manila
The Heritage Hotel Manila
4 out of 5
Roxas Boulevard, Corner Of Edsa, Pasay, Manila, 1300
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The price is NZ$99 per night from 25 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Pasay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,008 reviews)
"Only issues i had were some confusion at check in and hot water was very inconsistent while showering."

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2022

The Heritage Hotel Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is NZ$187 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Pasay. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Best view in town !!!!"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2022

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Dusit Thani Manila
Dusit Thani Manila
5 out of 5
Arnaiz Ave, Ayala Center, Makati, Manila, 1223
The price is NZ$178 per night from 3 Sep. to 4 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Makati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Nice clean well presented hotel. Only dislike booked a double room for two guests and only set out one person had to ask for extra towels"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2022

Dusit Thani Manila
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Seda Residences Makati
Seda Residences Makati
4 out of 5
Ayala Ave corner Amorsolo and Salcedo St, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229
The price is NZ$185 per night from 29 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Makati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (55 reviews)
"I love everything here. Superb! They have well-mannered staffs. Room is very spacious and very comfortable. The breakfast buffet is also excellent. Will definitely stay here again when visiting Manila and will really recommend to friends and relatives. Staying here is one of the best experience I ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2022

Seda Residences Makati
Ascott Makati
Ascott Makati
5 out of 5
Glorietta 4, Ayala Centre, Makati, Manila, 1224
The price is NZ$276 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Makati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (742 reviews)
"My overall experience is great. Staff were hospitable & professional. The room was spacious & as described. Easy access to mall. Restaurant was also excellent. The only negative experience is that before we left, the carpet in the living room was soaked with water, probable leak from the closed glass ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2022

Ascott Makati
Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila
Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila
4 out of 5
28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Manila, 1634
The price is NZ$312 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Taguig. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (232 reviews)
"Nice location, very good quality hptel"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2022

Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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