Thank you so much for the posters that suggested the Holiday Inn Makati - what a sensational hotel in a top spot. You couldnt ask for a better located hotel for shopping !! The hotel itself was great, we had a corner room for our family of 4 and it was a massive room. Buffet breakfast was great too - top quality.
Hotel is attached to Glorietta and SM Mall - what more could you ask for. 30 min ride to Greenhills which is also a must for a "different" sort of shop.
As a side note, I was really really hesitant to travel to Manila - Mainly because I had read a lot of security, safety and cleanliness things about the city but you know what I thought Manila (what I saw) was no different to other major Asian capitals, Bangkok as a close example. I thought Bangkok was actually not as well kept (if that is a nice way to put it) than Manila. I always felt secure and safe and didnt have any concerns. My only problem was I should of booked here for longer and gone out and saw a few sights.
Another thing was we arrived at 5.30pm on Friday night and it took an hour and a half in peak hour traffic to arrive at the hotel - what crazy crazy traffic at that time of night so beware!
Also be reminded you need to pay a terminal fee when departing. Manila International airport - wow, that airport is just awful - for such a big, busy terminal it surely needs some upgrading!!!
But Manila you certainly have caught my attention now and cant wait to come back!