More and more Metro Manilans are discovering the benefits of a staycation as a cheaper and less stressful alternative to going inter-island or abroad.  A Metro Manila staycation is quite feasible because of numerous luxury hotels in the area that offer so many options for a wonderful R&R away but not too far from home.

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Hotels You can Consider for your Manila Staycation


Raffles Makati Hotel

1 Raffles Avenue, Makati City

This hotel is only a stone’s throw away from Greenbelt and Glorietta malls, two of the best shopping areas in Metro Manila.  Instead of fighting traffic and waiting endlessly for parking, you can just check in this hotel, walk to the malls, and shop till you drop!  A bit pricey, but this hotel compensates by having butlers on every floor to assist you with your needs, and cozy amenities.  Remember that its target clientele are business executives, so expect to be treated like one when you’re a guest at the hotel.

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Makati Shangri-la Hotel

Ayala Avenue Corner Makati Avenue, Makati City

This hotel will always be part of the list of the best staycation hotels in Manila.  Name it, they have all the amenities you can expect out of a premier five-star hotel, including a spa, steam room, smoking area, and even babysitting services.  From your room, you can get a breathtaking view of the Makati skyline.  Also savor the sumptuous buffets and specialty cuisine at the hotel’s own restaurants.  And of course, it’s a walk away from Greenbelt and Glorietta malls.

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Marriott Hotel Manila

10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City

This hotel provides free shuttle service to the airport. One of its notable features is its wheelchair access and facilities dedicated to the disabled. If you are a golfer, you will be happy to note that there’s a nearby course. Fitness aficionados will appreciate the hotel’s fitness center and swimming pool.  And you can easily go to the Resorts World Manila to play at the casino or watch a concert.  For shopaholics, there’s a nearby mall with all the best retail outlets and dining places.  A must-try is Cru, which serves fantastic Angus steak, as well as the highly-rated international buffet at Marriott Cafe. Definitely try Quan Spa, which has a wide array of pampering services including massage, waxing, scrubs, manicure, facials, and more.

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Discovery Primea Hotel

6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City

This is a relatively new place, but definitely deserves to be part of the list of staycation hotels.  Just across Glorietta, it will definitely be a hit among shoppers.  Kids and adults alike will love its infinity pool where you can also relax at the poolside bar while enjoying a really close-up view of the Makati skyline.  Suites are very reasonably priced as they have two bedrooms, a dining room, and a kitchen.  Ideal for families and barkadas!

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The Peninsula Manila

Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati

The Pen, as this hotel is locally referred to, is famous for its uniquely concocted halo-halo and burger.  It is part of a prestigious hotel chain that started in 1928 and operates in 10 major cities in the world.  The Pen has always been associated with comfort, luxury, and ultra-efficient service.  Conveniently located at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue, the hotel is only a short walk to the central shopping and business district of Makati.  From there you can also access the Ayala Triangle where you can go for a romantic stroll or brisk morning jog, or tease your appetite at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in town.  The hotel also provides a uniquely luxurious shuttle service to the mall area and airport with its fleet of Mercedes sedans and Jeepneys.   Through the Peninsula Academy, the hotel offers a collection of bespoke programmes to educate its guests in Philippine culture and history with classes and local tours. What a unique staycation!

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Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila

28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

Imagine yourself living in a luxury full-service apartment compxlete with rooms, dining and kitchen facilities but minus the hassle of cleaning up.  That’s exactly what Ascott BGC has to offer you for your staycation.  It is located within the heart of the Bonifacio Global City, where you can have fun shopping and dining at the Bonifacio High Street and Market Market, or explore science interactively at the Mind Museum. Or you might want to cross over to Makati which is only a short 15-minute drive away.  Ascott offers one, two or three-bedroom units featuring state-of-the-art amenities.   It can truly be called a home away from home!

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Fairmont Makati

1 Raffles Drive, Makati City

Here’s a 5-star accommodation worth spending your staycation at. Located right in the heart of Makati’s Central Business District and commercial center, the hotel is a great urban sanctuary for those who want to get away from their homes even for a night or two and yet be able to enjoy shopping, dining, and other leisure activities. Fairmont was recognized as Best New Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler, and was also awarded the Traveler’s Choice Awards in several categories.   Have gastronomic experiences at Spectrum where dishes are prepared before you, Cafe Macaron which features various signature cakes and pastries, Fairmont Lounge or the Writers Bar for afternoon tea and snacks, and the Long Bar for signature cocktails.   Indulge at the Willow Stream spa’s mineral pool or outdoor swimming pools and spa treatment rooms for a true R&R treat!  And for the convenience of guests, there’s an exclusive underground walkway to provide easy and safe access to the commercial center from the hotel’s basement parking area.

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Ascott Makati

6th floor, Glorietta 4 Ayala Center, Makati City

If you want to have access to full shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities, you can consider Ascott Makati as a staycation hotel.  This is a branch of Ascott BGC, and features the same luxurious serviced apartment amenities, but with the convenience of proximity to Makati Central Business District and the Ayala Malls.

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City of Dreams – Crown Towers Manila

Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque City

City of Dreams is the newest luxury hotel and entertainment complex to hit the metro area.  Of the three hotels in this complex, Crown Towers is considered the best one.  It provides different assortments of plush comfortable rooms with a poolside view.  The main attraction of this area is of course the casinos which are easy to access through the hotels in the complex.  But even if you’re not a high-roller, you can still enjoy your stay because of its convenient location, which is an easy drive to SM Mall of Asia. City of Dreams also provides shuttle service from SM Mega Mall to the hotel complex.

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EDSA Shangri-la Manila

1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

The last but certainly not the least of the best staycation hotels is located right in the heart of the metro area where guests can easily walk to the Shangri-la Plaza Mall for shopping, dining, and recreation.  But even within the hotel, you can enjoy one of the city’s best buffets at Heat, delectable Chinese cuisine at Summer Palace, delightful Japanese entrees at Senju, or sumptuous Italian pizzas and pastas at Paparazzi.  Even at the Lobby Lounge you can enjoy wine buffets and 24-hour gourmet snacks and cocktails.  For the health-conscious, there’s Chi which offers vegetarian and gluten-free menus.

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