Where is the best area in Manila to stay for tourists?
I agree with Vanilla Bean. Stay in Makati. Its more convenient and pleasant to stay in Makati. Staying in Manila/Ermita area could be a bit chaotic...Its kind of dated also, and have seen better days.. I don't mean to be negative about the Manila area, its just that I've met a couple of tourists who did not enjoy the city at all becuase their entire experience was concentrated on that area...
Second everything said about Makati.
You might also want to take a look at Ortigas Area.
Most tourists stay either in Makati or Ortigas area. Makati is the foremost financial and business district of the Philippines so most business establishments have their office there. Ortigas is next in line for being the financial district and is also quite busy. An additional factor though is that the Ortigas area is where most shopping areas in the city are concentrated. All the big malls are located side by side and a short distance from each other - Megamall, Robinson's Galleria, Podium, Shangrila and the Greenhills Shopping Center is just a few minutes away. Plus factor for Makati is that it's nearer the airport. Distance from Makati to Ortigas is about 8 kilometers and about 15-30 minutes at normal traffic
can anyone recommend any guest houses, or inexpensive places to stay in the makati area?
there are a lot of hotels in makati. there's shangrila, oakwood, intercon...but those are the expensive ones. there are some inexpensive hotels like citadel inn. just try to search their website on the web.
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If it is a bunch of guys then stay in the Ermita area. In that area you will find bars, restaurants and hotels in different price ranges.
There is a big Robinson Mall available. Short walk to MRTl, casinos and travel agencies for tours.
So, if you need a recommendation for hotels how much do you wan to spend per night?