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Green Mango Inn is understandably popular

Green Mango Inn is understandably popular

Manila is home to many glitzy hotels, but it’s also easy to find low-cost hostels, inns, and guesthouses in Manila at reasonable prices. Many guesthouses are small family-run affairs which offer a true insight into traditional Filipino life. Ermita and Malate are the most popular areas for tourists to stay in Manila, as they are within easy reach of the historic Intramuros district. However, more recently visitors – especially business travellers – have started to move towards the fashionable suburbs such as Makati instead.

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Recommended Manila guesthouses

Green Mango Inn
Green Mango Inn combines a classic Spanish ambience with the contemporary amenities. The inn is made of solid stone and is surrounded by a small fruit and vegetable plantation, offering a relaxing haven near the airport. Room rates start at around US$6 – amazingly cheap! 365 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Sucat, Paranaque... more details and booking

Windsor Inn
Live in a classic mansion while you stay in Manila. Don’t worry – it’s not pricey. Rooms from US$7; quite cheap taking into account that the property is fairly grand for a Manila guesthouse and was actually a former ancestral mansion. 1748 A. Maceda Street, tel: +63 2 415 1692, +63 2 411 2311, mobile: +63 978 807 7777.

Makati Apartelle
Security lockers, free car park and internet access are just some of the extra amenities on offer. Room rates start at US$27. 4411 Montojo Street. near cor. Chino Roces Avenue... more details and booking

Happy Coconuts
Another inn near the airport, Happy Coconuts specialised in serving all manner of coconut drinks. Room rates start at US$10-$15, which is quite low for a fun, clean and safe place to stay. 434 El Grande Avenue, BF Homes, Sucat, Paranaque... more details and booking

Baywatch 2302
Do not miss the sun slipping down the scenic horizon when you check-in at this hotel, which is the perfect spot to see the legendary Manila sunset. It’s an ideal place for couples since the rate (US$58) is standard for two (not per person). The hotel is right smack in the middle of old Manila. 2057 M. H. Del Pilar Street, Malate, Manila... more details and booking 

Red Carabao has a party atmosphere every night

Red Carabao has a party atmosphere every night

Red Carabao
This backpacker inn recently opened to serve mainly foreign visitors. Expect spotless rooms with all the basic amenities to help exhausted tourists relax after a day of visiting attractions around the city. Transportation is easy as many taxis pass by the hotel. Room rates from US$10. 2819 Felix Huertas Street corner Aurora Blvd, Santa Cruz, Manila, tel: +63 2 740 3211, email: redcarabao@gmail.com, website: www.redcarabao.wordpress.com.

Stone House Bed and Breakfast
Classy yet affordable best describes the Stone House. It has all the basic facilities and amenities plus competitive room rates which start at US$26. 1315 E. Rodriguez Ave., Barangay Kristong Hari, Quezon City... more details and booking 

Manila International Youth Hostel
Treat yourself to a clean and comfy place to stay while helping the youth of the Philippines. The hostel is a ride away to prominent institutions and entertainment places in Manila. Room rates are at US$6-$49. 4227-4229 Tomas Claudio Street, Baclaran, Paranaque, tel: +63 2 851 6934, fax: +63 2 852 2112, mobile: +63 921 952 9003, email: manilaintlyouthhostel@gmail.com, website: www.manilayouthhostel.com.

Friendly’s Guesthouse
Enjoy lower rates while you enjoy the perks of a central location in Manila’s old quarters. This backpacker-friendly guesthouse has a common room where you an talk to fellow guests a chance to swap traveling ideas. Room rate is US$15. 1750 Adriatico Street, Corner of Nakpil Street, Malate, Manila, tel: +63 2 489 8897, mobile: +63 927 772 8242, email: friendlysguesthouse@yahoo.com, website: www.friendlysguesthouse.com.

Manila Bay Hostel
The fantastic location of this hostel puts you within easy access of public transportation and also within walking distance of entertainment spots in Manila. Room rate is US$8-$10. Unit 402, Bel-Air Apartment, 1020 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita... more details and booking

Sir William's Hotel
Being one of the few hostels with a swimming pool, Sir William is popular among tourists who prefer the resort feel while still being at the centre of everything in the city. Room rates start at US$40. 39 Timog Avenue, Quezon City... more details and booking

Ancestral Inn
Idyllic because of its private and homey atmosphere, this fantastic Manila guesthouse is only a short drive away from shopping and entertainment centers. Room rates are US$37. 47 Dumandan Street, Santolan, Pasig... more details and booking

Four Season’s Hometel
This newish inn gives its guests plenty of new things to try as it rests along Tomas Morato, the restaurant and entertainment hub of Quezon City. Guests looking for a quiet place to stay within a short cab ride to the business district will find this inn quite convenient. 111-B Scout Lozano Street, Quezon City, tel: +63 2 413 8235.

Townhouse Hotel
This small inn near the airport has all the amenities of a bigger hotel, from currency change, private bathrooms, a restaurant, and free WiFi. Room rates are as low as US$5-$11. Villa 201 Roxas Blvd # 31 Bayv, Tambo, Paranaque, tel: +63 2 854 1435.

Chill Out Guest House
This guesthouse will wow backpackers with its clean, large, air-conditioned rooms. Many reviewers say that the nicest people run this establishment. However, the place can be quite noisy due to its location, which is at the center of the entertainment hub of old Manila. Room rates start at US$14. 1288 Marcelo H. Del Pilar Street, Ermita 612 Remedios Street, Malate, Manila... more details and booking

The Southern Cross
This is a convenient base from which to access the top shopping centers, entertainment bars, and sports bars. Inside is a themed restaurant operated by friendly employees. Room rates start at US$42. 1125 M.H. Del Pilar Street, Ermita, Manila... more details and booking 

Islas 8817 Guesthouse
Expect large beds and clean rooms and with air conditioners and private bathrooms with hot showers. Rooms are fairly cheap when the quality of facilities are considered. Room are US$14 per night.  8817 San Juan Street, San Antonio, Valley 2, Manila.

Casa Nicarosa
Guests who need peace and quiet will appreciate the beautiful green surrounds are all over. The casa is a walk away from popular destinations. Rooms are as low as US$41. 2116 Madre Ignacia St., Malate, Manila... more details and booking

1 Melting Pot Hostel 
This great-value hostel is located in the center of the Makati business hub and entertainment pivot of Manila. It offers basic services 24 hours a day. Room rates range from US$11-$15 – an excellent deal when you take into account available amenities like free WiFi, cable TV, and security. 4th Floor Mavenue Building, 7844 Makati Avenue cor Guerrero Street, Makati, Manila... more details and booking 

Fersal Inn
Avail yourself of hotel-like accommodation with relatively budget room rate. This inn offers personalised services. Rooms start at US$29. 1455 A. Mendoza Street corner Alvarez Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila, tel: +63 2 912 2691, email: reservations@fersalinn.com.ph.

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