Affordable Hotel in Malate: Gran Prix Hotel Manila


Malate Manila is famous for bars, clubs, in short nightlife in Manila. Back in college, we used to go to Malate after school to have a late snack or early dinner in one of our favorite "tambayan" restaurant - Country Style. I remember sharing food with my college friends just so we can save money that time, it was such a fun memory college days. We used to play billiards in Marlons along Adriatico street right after we had a late snack or early dinner. Such a fun memories! But Malate has changed a lot, there are still lots of hotels, establishments, bars, and clubs but not the kind of Malate vibe that we used to have 10-12 years ago. 

3 years ago, Grand Prix Hotel expanded and opened a new branch here in Mabini street Ermita Manila. Just beside the old Citystate Tower Hotel and just a few minutes walk from Robinsons Mall Malate. The hotel offers affordable hotel rooms for 2 persons to a family of 4. 

Getting there via commute:

- From Manila airport, just take a cab, UBER or GRAB.
- You may also commute via jeepney from Manila airport, just ride a jeepney going to Baclaran then drop off to Aristocrat restaurant in Roxas Blvd, ride a jeepney going to Taft/Pedro Gil/Divisoria and it will pass thru Ermita street. 



Room price starts from 1,100 PHP to 2,500 / 22.44 USD to 51 USD per night good for 2 pax per room. All rooms have cold a/c, clean rooms, comfy bed, white bed linen, some rooms has a bathtub as well.



Just beside the hotel you will see Tesoro Museum and I really had to stop and take a photo with this statue. FYI, my kid take this photo! Cool eh? 


One of the main attraction here in Manila is the National Museum of the Philippines. If you are an art and history lover like me, you will surely have a great time exploring the 4-floor museum for free. Did I just say FREE? Yup! There is no entrance fee at the museum and they are open from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday and holidays. 

Getting to National Museum:

- From Taft Manila just ride a jeepney going to Divisoria/Sta. Cruz/Quiapo. Drop off to Santa Isabel or Ayala Blvd and cross the street. Walkabout few meters and you will see this huge White American style building. 




Going around Manila is easy breezy, mind you that Manila is traffic every day except holidays so be mindful with your time schedules on going around the Metro Manila but the city has so much to offer and so much history. 

Affordable Hotel in Malate: Gran Prix Hotel Manila


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December Staycation in Armada Hotel Manila


The good thing about living and staying in Manila hotels is that you have an easy access and very neat to most Manila tourists spots. You also have various options to the most affordable hostel to lavish hotels in the metro. Another good and affordable hotel in Manila is Armada Hotel, located along Mabini and just before Quirino Ave, Manila. 

About 3mins away from Malate Church and Rajah Sulayman in Roxas Macapagal. 

Getting to the hotel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila Airport):


- Again I suggest riding an UBER if you have luggage with you but if you are a backpacker no fret you can commute via jeepney and UV Express.
- If you want to save a little money, you may ride a jeep from Manila airport going to Baclaran then ride a VAN going to Lawton and drop off to Aristocrat Macapagal Blvd. walk towards Malate Church and ride a jeepney going to Quirino/Mabini, from the church about 3 mins ride (without traffic) you will be at the hotel. 


Room price starts from 2,500 PHP to 6,500 PHP / 51 USD to 132 USD depending on the month/season and room type. 


My kid and I can't decide what room type and bed preference should we choose. Because it's only me and my kid who will stay at the hotel, I would choose 1 queen bed, but because staying in a hotel with a very hyperactive kid we need to have a bit larger room and 2 bed - why? So, she can jump over from one bed to another. Oh, kids! Lol.

Anything to make my kid happy, I will give it to her as long as I can provide. So, we ended up choosing the room with 2 single bed. 


All room type has a window view, very comfy bed, clean bathroom with complete toiletries, mini bar, and large LED tv. 



If you want to eat outside the hotel, though they have an in-house restaurant, you can go nearby fast food restaurants like Chowking and Aristocrat. 


Via Commute:


- Just ride a jeepney going to Pedro Gil/Taft and 3 mins ride you will Chowking and Aristocrat which is adjacent to each other. Beside Chowking is Malate Church - also one of the popular wedding venue for Filipino couples. 

Along Malate Church and Rajah Sulayman Fountain, there are lots of horse carriage that you may try to ride, 100 PHP / 2.00 USD for a 30-minute ride. From Malate Church, you can walk along Remedios, Nakpil and Adriatico if you want to try other International Restaurants, Pubs, Disco and local Filipino restaurants. 


You will not just enjoy your stay at the hotel but you can also do photo walk along Roxas Blvd and watch the famous Manila sunset. 

December Staycation in Armada Hotel Manila


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Hotel Review: White Knight Hotel in Intramuros Manila


If you are a traveler and on a quick layover to Manila or perhaps spending a few days in the busy city of Manila you might wanna check on White Knight Hotel. Located in Intramuros Manila beside San Agustin Church and just right after the famous Barbaras Restaurant and Casa Manila Patio. 

Intramuros is one of the oldest parts of Manila where it stands and witnessed the chaotic event during World War II. It is also one of the few places here in the Philippines that preserved the Spanish Colonial look of the structures and buildings. You don't have to go all the way to Vigan and Bataan just to see and have a photo of these old buildings and houses. 

Getting to the hotel from Manila Airport:


- I strongly suggest taking UBER from the airport going to the hotel, it's cheaper and efficient. 
- Cab/Uber fare will depend on the traffic situation in Manila. 
- From Ninoy Aquino International Aiport Terminal fare will cost around 200 PHP to 250 PHP / 4.00 USD to 5.10 USD. However, it can go much higher if traffic is really bad/raining/or less UBER driver are driving around Manila. 

You might be confused with the location because the first establishment that you will see when you enter the hotel vicinity is either Barbaras Restuarant or Casa Manila Museum. 


Upon entering the hotel, you will enter the hotel's in-house restaurant that serves Western and Filipino cuisine. A bit pricey but you have other options when you want to eat out. You may try dining at Barbaras Restaurant just right outside the hotel. 


Deluxe Queen Room is equipped with full queen bed, ensuite bathroom with bathtub and complete toiletries, small tv, table and chair, window seating area, and a/c. The hotel doesn't have any elevator/lift which is a downside for me especially if you are traveling with seniors this will be difficult for them to climb up the stairs. However, I talked to one of their staff and if they have a guest who is in a wheelchair or needs assistance, all staff are willing to help and carry what they need to. 


Room price starts from 2,000 PHP to 3,000 PHP / 40.81 USD to 61.22 USD. 



I love having breakfast or dinner outside the restaurant so having a hotel al fresco is a plus for me. It's also a good place for having a date night with your partner, right?


This rustic and old feel of Intramuros is what I love most. 

Outside the hotel is a perfect place your #ootd and IG photo, lol. I love taking door pictures. Beside the hotel is the San Agustin Church. One of the famous wedding church venue and one of the oldest church in the Philippines. 


If you head to Manila or just want to try an old Spanish feel hotel - book a night or two at the White Knight Hotel and enjoy the old feel vibe of the place. 

Hotel Review: White Knight Hotel in Intramuros Manila


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Manila Staycation X Cabin Zero


Recently, I had the worst days of my life. Being a mom and raising your kid by your own is not that easy and knowing that I have to raise my kid on my own from now on is really terrifying and it breaks my heart. Life is never easy, I know that but I could not imagine that I have to experience the worst from my kids dad. It was such an emotional draining weeks of my life but life goes on and I should be brave and be strong for my kid. 

I had to get out of my house and be somewhere else just so I can clear my mind and the best way to do it with my kid is to have a staycation. One of the newest and nearest hotels in Manila airport is Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, located in Pasay City - The Entertainment City of the Philippines because all of the BIG Casino and Hotels in Manila are all here. 



Golden Phoenix Hotel offers affordable hotel rooms from 3,000 PHP / 61 USD to 5,000 PHP / 102 USD. My kid and I stayed in their Deluxe Twin Room with 2 double bed, bedside lamp, coffee table, LED TV, coffee and tea maker, cabinet, en-suite bathroom with complete toiletries. 




The hotel has 100+ room from 2nd to 7th floor and from 7th to 15th floor are condominium occupants and owners. All share 1 adult pool and 1 kiddie pool which is not good! The pool is too small and they don't provide towels! Before going to the pool area, I called the front desk and asked if there will be towel provided at the pool area and she said yes so we went to the pool area and to my surprise there were no towels and the pool staff told me that I should get towel from my room because they do not provide any. Now, that is really misleading! I hate it and I get mad that moment but I had to forget it and let it pass so my kid could enjoy our staycation. 

Next time, please do not give wrong info to your hotel guest!

What I like about the hotel:

- Comfy bed
- Spacious room
- Has a pool
- Close to Mall of Asia (walking distance)
- Close to the church (walking distance)

What I don't like about the hotel:

- No Hairdryer
- Shampoo and Bath Liquid Soap is on a dispenser (same as the gym provides)
- No towel provided at the pool area
- Not enough couch at the lobby area
- Going to your room will be like a maze! 
- Too many lifts that you get confused because some of it is for tenants of the hotel




One of my dilemma when going on s staycation with my kid is bringing multiple bags, one for me and one for my kid but good thing that I have a Cabin Zero 44-L Military Backpack and all my stuff during my quick staycation together with my lovely kid all fit it. Also, my gorilla pod and SLR are inside my backpack so no more bringing another camera bag for it which is very convenient and handy. 

To order your own Cabin Zero Bag visit www.cabinzero.com



Will I go back to this hotel? I'm not sure!
Will I recommend this to friends and family? Maybe
Value for Money? Fairly ok!

For more info and booking, reservation visit www.goldenphoenixhotelmanila.com

Manila Staycation X Cabin Zero


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Hotel Condo Review - Hotel 101


This Condo Hotel in Pasay City is one of the newest hotel near Mall of Asia and Manila Airport - Hotel 101 just opened February 2016 and has 400+ rooms. One of the best choice when you are on a lay over in Mania or perhaps having a short stay in Manila then this hotel is for you. Hotel rooms cost 3,500 PHP to 5,000 PHP depending on the season. All room are the same in size and design. 


Room has 1 queen size bed and 1 single bed with 48 inch LED TV, en-suite bathroom, kitchen sink, and microwave oven. I like the pop of color in this room which makes it more inviting to stay inside your hotel room. The hotel also has a pool area, an adult pool and a kiddie pool so for any family who wants to have a quick staycation with your kids, this hotel will provide what every kid wants - swimming! 

There are lots of restaurant located outside the hotel that you can choose from. Beside the hotel is Burger King, 711 24/7 Convenient Store and 5-minute walk to the Mall of Asia. 



At the lobby area, there is an affordable restaurant - Amico. 


What I like about the hotel:

- Close to the mall
- Near Manila Airport
- Close to restaurants and other establishments
- Clean room
- With a pool and jacuzzi
- Free Wifi
- Spacious lobby area

This hotel is best choice for business and leisure travelers and to know more about the hotel promos and rates visit www.hotel101.com.ph

Hotel Condo Review - Hotel 101


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Affordable Stay in Pasay Manila


Aside from lavish hotels around Pasay there is also a much more affordable hotel that you can stay which is still near the airport and close to the shopping malls and casino. One of the best and most affordable choices is Icon Hotel Macapagal. Located in Pasay - near Coastal Road Hiway, about 3mins away from City of Dreams and 5 to 7 mins away from Mall of Asia. 

Suite 1 can accommodate 2 persons with a free buffet breakfast for only 3,250 PHP / 66 USD for an overnight stay or 24 hours stay. This room type has a view with en-suite bathroom and cabinet for your belongings. 

What I like about the room:

- Clean
- With window view
- Cold ac



Suite 2 has 1 queen bed and 1 single bed that can accommodate 3 persons max with free buffet breakfast for 3,500 PHP / 71 USD for 24 hours stay. This room type has an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and cabinet and tv as well. The only downside is this room has no view, a motel feels actually. 

What I like about the room:

- Clean
- Spacious
- Can accommodate more than 3 person
- Has a bathtub

Cons:

- No window view
- Motel feels





If you opt to eat outside the hotel, take a cab going to the Mall of Asia and there you can find tons of great restaurants. From affordable ones, buffets restaurants, seaside restaurant for more relaxed and perfect place to chill and have a beer or have dinner to some expensive restaurant located at the mall. 


Getting there from Manila Airport:

- Take an airport bus and drop off at Mall of Asia and take a cab going to the Icon Hotel Macapagal
- Or take a cab from Manila Airport and drop off at the hotel 

For more info on the hotel rooms and amenities visit http://site.iconhotelph.com/

Affordable Stay in Pasay Manila - ICON HOTEL MACAPAGAL



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