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JBR - 2 nights in Manila.

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Perth, Australia
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JBR - 2 nights in Manila.

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!

Manila, Philippines
Destination Expert
for Hong Kong
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How was the shopping? Where did you get most of your stuff from? Did you get any good bargains in Greenhills?

Melbourne, Australia
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for Philippines
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reviews: 780
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Thanks for sharing. It does pay to research on this forum.


Perth, Australia
posts: 400
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To be honest, I didnt have my shopping frame of mind on and didn't really shop until I dropped as such. I just got the kids some Vans shoes to last them out the year and some Havianas thongs for myself. I know nothing much hey! But the prices for these were good and the quality great. I can totally see people would go silly at Greenhills - and if it was my first stop I prob would of bought more, but after 2 weeks away nearly I was pooped (travelling with 2 kids is tiring !)

For all the items I tried the half price of what they said but no budging much on their prices - say for the Vans, they started with me at say 400 and the lowest was 300 - there was no way they would go any lower than 300 and I tried about 5 vendors at least.

Negros Island...
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for Bacolod, Negros Island
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4. Re: JBR - 2 nights in Manila.

Hi Elisa!

You are welcome and thank you for the JBR.

Yes Manila gets such as bad rap as do the Philippines as a whole. The picture is not as bad as it sounds. ;)

Shopping is actually good Nd getting the shoes for 300 seems like a good deal to me. More shopping to be done and come back soon.

Perth, Australia
posts: 400
reviews: 41
5. Re: JBR - 2 nights in Manila.

Yep agree, Philippines does get a bad rap and I was on the band wagon myself but so glad I got to actually visit and change my perspective.

Oh yes am happy with the prices I paid - but the half their price and work up didnt work, most vendors already told me their price and only budged just slightly, even letting me walk - definitely not like Bali !

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