Casa Manila
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This replica of a mid-19th century house showcases the opulence of the former Filipino aristocracy.
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  • Ryan
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A taste of the past
    I really like the place, it has so much to offer. Once you enter inside the casa, you can really feel the way of life of the people who used to live here. It's unfortunate that videos are not allowed inside, but taking pictures is permissible.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines9,564 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice house in Old Spanish style
    This museum located just a stone throw away from the San Agustin Church in Intramuros represents the typical house of rich Filipinos in Manila during the Spanish era. It's got a lovely porch with a small fountain, some elegant rooms made of wood, a nice kitchen, stone staircases, etc. Undiscounted entrance fee is Php 75 for adults. You can take photos inside but with no flash, and you are to walk only on carpeted paths. No video recording allowed. Annexed to it is Barbara's Heritage Restaurant, the Insituto Cervantes, and Casa Blanca. Visiting these places is like traveling back in time. 😀
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,838 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Residence with many stairs.
    Our guide explained that the Casa was residence to an affluent Filipino family during the period of Spanish colonialism. Wonderful historic building complex with architecture displaying the Spanish influence. The house showcases the former lifestyle of the residents with elaborate decor including gilded furniture, chandeliers, carved traceries, ceramics, a carved bed, Kama ni Ah-Tay, named after the artisan that carved it, and so many more treasures. We could easily have spent a half day here rather than the rushed and perfunctory visit with a tour.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Bontaks Travels
    Sydney, Australia637 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time well spent and a blast from the past
    Casa Manila is a recreation of a home of an affluent Filipino family during the late Spanish colonial period. The decor is late 19th century when the furnishings were sourced from Europe and China, as was the fashion at the time. So shiny with all the polished wood! And it cost a whole $2 AUD for entry – bargain! I am a big fan of seeing the ‘upstairs/downstairs’ comparison, and this casa also showed the kitchen and lavatory, which is always interesting! We visited on our own rather than with a tour, which meant we could take our time, taking pictures as we went. A visit to Casa Manila is time well spent. BONTAKS TRAVELS
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore1,270 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Visited on a Friday in March - the whole place is virtually deserted on a Friday afternoon . Restaurant , cafe was closed . Museum was closed , gift shops and craft shops people were not keen to welcome visitors . Only facility functioning was the toilet . Appears as though the staff ware not ready to receive tourists or business . Hope they get started up soon .
Written March 27, 2022
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Bontaks Travels
Sydney, Australia637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Casa Manila is a recreation of a home of an affluent Filipino family during the late Spanish colonial period. The decor is late 19th century when the furnishings were sourced from Europe and China, as was the fashion at the time. So shiny with all the polished wood! And it cost a whole $2 AUD for entry – bargain! I am a big fan of seeing the ‘upstairs/downstairs’ comparison, and this casa also showed the kitchen and lavatory, which is always interesting! We visited on our own rather than with a tour, which meant we could take our time, taking pictures as we went. A visit to Casa Manila is time well spent.

BONTAKS TRAVELS
Written April 22, 2024
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Ryan
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I really like the place, it has so much to offer. Once you enter inside the casa, you can really feel the way of life of the people who used to live here. It's unfortunate that videos are not allowed inside, but taking pictures is permissible.
Written June 23, 2023
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bklynbubba
Brooklyn, NY411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is an excellent reconstruction of an aristocratic Spanish colonial home. It's filled with details and furniture. I particularly enjoyed the kitchen, and the capiz shell covered windows. It's also interesting to see the similarities between this house and colonial homes in the Americas.
Written January 11, 2020
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Chikito
Manila, Philippines214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A nice place to visit if you prefer something nostalgic. The place was wonderfully preserved with nice touch of history and a bit of modern twist. You can try Filipino food and drinks and even rent bamboo bikes as you go down memory lane. Defintely worth visiting!
Written March 26, 2023
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J.R. Rosa
Tampa, FL718 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
No photos are allowed inside which is ridiculous. There are no artifacts that would be damaged by flashbulbs. The place itself is reminiscent of Spanish wealth and how they lived. Now wonder this was a project of Ms. Marcos! The house is set-up rather well with time period pieces and is basically a nice tour. No air conditioning, which should be installed. The courtyard is nice and photos are allowed there.
Written July 15, 2016
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Atiyadlc
Makati, Philippines282 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
The place is full of thieves and kotong cops. be careful ,especially if your using bag pack. hide your belongings
Written February 25, 2016
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firstclasstaste_economybudget
Midwest124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a reconstruction of a Spanish colonial home of the 19th century.

I enjoyed my walk through Intramuros and Casa Manila was an interesting stop. The house/museum layout was easy to navigate. I enjoyed the courtyard and fountain. The capris windows in the second floor reminded me of my wife's grandfather's home.

Some of the collections were hard to see because of the low lighting. And pictures are not allowed inside. They could offer better postcards or a CD of pictures of the house and landscape.
Written October 26, 2008
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Nicolina_91
London, UK186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Cheap entry fee, tour guides available but not needed. Walk through the different rooms and see the different historical artifacts which was nice to see the different things they used in the olden times, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
Note: you are not allowed to walk on the wooden floor where they have red carpet laid out, so at points it will be one way traffic :). Also no large photography equipment such as go pro's on sticks.
Written March 6, 2019
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Greshmeister
Crawley188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
After the noise, traffic and pollution of Manila, Intramuros is bliss. This place is well worth an hour of your time (two hours if you look around the nearby shops and have a coffee in the cafe next door).

Its full of colonial furniture and shows how a well heeled Manila family would have lived a couple of hundred years ago.

Unfortunately photos aren't allowed and each room has an eagle-eyed guard to make sure you aren't tempted. Also don't step off the carpet - the eagle-eyed guard will tell you off (1st hand experience!). We didn't take a tour, just wandered around in our own time.

There is a cafe, for a coffee and cake or a restaurant for a buffet lunch or dinner - both next door. In the courtyard there is a company who arrange bike tours of Intramuros - might be interesting.
Written September 25, 2015
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