City Guide Manila, Philippines

Visiting Manila

While most people don’t spend very long in Manila during their stay in the Philippines, it certainly shouldn’t be bypassed as it does have a great deal to offer its visitors. So, don’t leave without checking it out for at least a couple of days.

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Manila City Reviews

  • 100%


    Great value for price; amazing staff

    Staff is like a family to everyone, I'll miss them for sure! Very good location! Nice pool and hangout area! Want to come again, although Manila is not "my city"

    Insider Tip:Great price/value ratio! Good people

  • 80%


    Pick your location wisely

    Stayed in Malete, did not enjoy it. Felt very on edge even walking down the street in broad daylight. Makati was far better safety wise. Ayala Triangle Park has some great cafes in it, and the malls are insane in Makati.

    Insider Tip:It's really easy to stay at Newport City (right near the mall) before your flight if you need to check out early. There are plenty of things to do there to keep you occupied, and a free shuttle service to the terminals. We hung out at a cafe and read while we waited to head to the terminal.

  • 50%



    Culture shock, zero seperation between rich and poor in terms of city location. Very dirty. People are wonderful, so kind and welcoming.

  • 70%


    Manila, the stopover city on to the greater sights

    It is almost a need for most international travellers to Phillippines to stop by this place. And don't just transit, exit the airport to experience! There's Intramuros, Chinatown and Makati. There are megamalls like the Mall of Asia and Ayala Center. There's also the contant worry on security of the place, stories of of even locals are not safe. However, once in the safe havens of the shopping malls, service excellence exists, and the restaurants are wonderful, though still a tad salty

    Insider Tip:Prepare for higher salt intake by drinking more water and the average mango smoothie is heavenly!

  • 50%


    Pass through, don't stay

    We were warned by our Filipino friends not to spend time in Manila. We could see why. It was overcrowded, the traffic was awful and compared to the other parts of the country we visited, not very picturesque at all. You will need to go through Manila at some point on your travels but plan to move on ASAP. That said, we really didn't spend enough time here to give a balances review.

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