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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

Ermita featuring a hotel

Ermita

3.5/5Good!(107 area reviews)

Rizal Park and Manila Ocean Park are top sights in Ermita, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at United Nations LRT Station or Pedro Gil LRT Station to see more sights in the area.

Ermita
Alabang which includes a park

Alabang

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

Alabang is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Starmall Alabang and Alabang Town Center while you're in town.

Alabang
Ortigas Center featuring a garden and a city

Ortigas Center

4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)

Travellers to Ortigas Center praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Asian Development Bank Headquarters and Ayala Malls The 30th.

Ortigas Center
Malate showing heritage architecture, a church or cathedral and religious aspects

Malate

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

Travellers choose Malate for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Quirino Avenue LRT Station or Vito Cruz LRT Station and check out top sights like Manila Bay.

Malate

Top hotels in Manila

Dusit Thani Manila
Dusit Thani Manila
5 out of 5
Arnaiz Ave, Ayala Center, Makati, Manila
The price is NZ$168 per night from 15 Nov. to 16 Nov.

This family-friendly Makati hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of SM Makati and Glorietta Mall. Ayala Center and Ayala Museum are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,263 reviews)

"People are very nice and helpful. Hope to continue the generosity."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Dusit Thani Manila
Copacabana Apartment Hotel
Copacabana Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
264 EDSA Extension, Pasay City, Pasay, Manila
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$92 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Barangay 76, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Baclaran Church, SM Mall of Asia and City of Dreams Manila. Cuneta Astrodome and Mall of Asia Arena ...

3.8/5Good! (999 reviews)

"Its nice and clean perfect for all kind of travellers."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2020

Copacabana Apartment Hotel
Alicia Apartment
Alicia Apartment
2.5 out of 5
11 Begonia Street, Rivera Village, Brgy. 199 Zone, NAIA 1, Parañaque, NCR
The price is NZ$62 per night from 12 Nov. to 13 Nov.

Located in the heart of Parañaque, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Manila Bay, City of Dreams Manila and Resorts World Manila. Mall of Asia Arena ...

3.9/5Good! (136 reviews)

"Decent place near the airport. Located in a tight street"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2020

Alicia Apartment
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.

Holiday Rentals in Manila

Alicia Apartment
Alicia Apartment
2.5 out of 5
11 Begonia Street, Rivera Village, Brgy. 199 Zone, NAIA 1, Parañaque, NCR
The price is NZ$62 per night from 12 Nov. to 13 Nov.

Located in the heart of Parañaque, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Manila Bay, City of Dreams Manila and Resorts World Manila. Mall of Asia Arena ...

3.9/5Good! (136 reviews)

"Decent place near the airport. Located in a tight street"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2020

Alicia Apartment
Makati Diamond Residences
Makati Diamond Residences
5 out of 5
118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, Manila
The price is NZ$217 per night from 5 Nov. to 6 Nov.

Located in San Lorenzo, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greenbelt Shopping Mall and Legazpi Active Park. Ayala Center and Fort Bonifacio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,152 reviews)

"I love this property, mostly the staff. The team always make me feel welcome, I always stay here when I visit the Philippines and they remember me and make me feel so welcome. It's clean, room is spacious, breakfast option is great. The lounge is amazing. I can't say any bad things about this place. ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Makati Diamond Residences
Gotophi at The Gramercy Residences
Gotophi at The Gramercy Residences
3 out of 5
The Gramercy Residences, Makati Avenue, Makati
The price is NZ$201 per night from 5 Nov. to 6 Nov.

Located in Downtown, this condo is steps away from Century City and A. Venue Mall. RCBC Plaza and Ayala Center are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ayala Station is ...

3/5 (2 reviews)

"まずホテルにチェックインする方法を自分でホテルに問い合わせてとの事だったので問い合わせたところ フィリピンのローカルナンバーやwhatapp(lineのような会話アプリ)を取って連絡してこいだの言われ、パスポートのID写真がないと予約が取れた事にならないからと言われemailで送ったもののチェックイン方法を教えてくれず、 エクスペディアのお問い合わせに電話して対応してもらったにもかかわらず 当日ホテルについたらemailして、そしたら鍵を渡すと言われたので 空港に着いた後すぐとホテルに着いてからすぐ連絡をしたが応答がなく、ずっとホテルのロビーで待たされました。 英語が少しわかったために対応できたと思うが、英語が全く出来なかったらどうするんだと思いました。 ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

Gotophi at The Gramercy Residences
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.

Popular places to visit in Manila

Top activities in Manila

Reviews of Manila

3.5

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
11
5 - Excellent 16.666666666666668%
4 - Good
25
4 - Good 37.878787878787875%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 33.333333333333336%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 7.575757575757576%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 4.545454545454546%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

An eye opener for sure.. so much activity

4/5 - Good

Maria

28 Nov. 2019

Good for a short trip to visit the National Museum, Old Manila and even Jones Bridge as it6 Christmas lights were magnificent with Parisian undertones! Just need trusted car/ van or Grab taxi to go around for convenience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Nov. 2019

Manila is a hot tropical place, full of lots of traffic and people. Be prepared where every you go there, always smile and say hello to people.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Nov. 2019

Not the safest place to go, especially in Makati. Keep your wallet and phone safe.

1/5 - Terrible

Sonny

10 Nov. 2019

Really terrible traffic congestion. If you plan to visit, go outside of Metro Manila but do your shopping in the metro.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Nov. 2019

I am from Australia and my wife and I live in the Philippines. I love the Philippines.

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