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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

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

The use of this 360° virtual tour of Gran Prix Manila is authorized by Traveloka.


  1. I feel like this is a really cool guide for those visiting Manila! This is so well-written :D

  2. It's reasonably priced and it has everything you'll need. Grand Prix can really be a great budget hotel.

  3. I really like visiting the National Museum once in a while. The art treasures there are so calming to see. Will keep this hotel in mind in case we will take a short staycation in the heart of Ermita.

  4. Wow, nice place. Good to see that it is reasonable. Must keep in mind if I visit Manila.

  5. Affordable and it looks comfy too! Should b a great stay for u!

  6. looks a great, comfy place. And very affordable. Do they have a swimming pool? That's one of the things we look for in hotels bec of the kids.

  7. Bathtub included in a room, at such a pricing? That's awesome! The room looks very chic and neat!

  8. Thanks for sharing. Amazing value for the location and amenities. -Dexter

  9. Ooo. there's bathtub! Did you get to use the bathtub? I had bad experience before when the bathtub is dirty or not working! I hope it's working in your hotel~


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