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“OK for the price, and u will make new friends easily - if you want it or not”

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Southern Cross Hotel
Ranked #74 of 110 Hotels in Manila
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“OK for the price, and u will make new friends easily - if you want it or not”
Reviewed August 12, 2008

My fellow TA-members here already said most of what needs to be said about that property. it is an inexpensive place in an excellent location. while the rooms are nothing to rave about (but who would expect that at that price), they are clean and well-maintained. the bathroom was spotless. if you still didnt know that they want you to turn off the AC when leaving the room, they will remind you.... again and again - there were no less than FOUR different signs in the room where they clearly stated that in BIG BIG letters. childish ;-)

as has been mentioned before, try to avoid the rooms facing the noisy street (I wasn't lucky enough to do so, as I stayed there for only one night - they probably wanted to give the better rooms to long-staying guests). No breakfast included, but I had stayed in Ermita in more expensive hotels before, where only a very basic complimentary breakfast was on offer, so thats still acceptable.

the bar downstairs seems to be a popular hangout for middle-aged (and older) single-male travellers and Expats, but hassle-free and relaxed.

the only strange thing during my stay was, that after checking in as a single male, I immediately got an sms within 5 minutes by an unidentified female, asking me "whats ur name" and the such....
my HP-number, that I had to write down on the check-in-form (never will I do that again in the Phils!) must have been shared with other female staff there (or it was the girl-receptionist herself), as I had only bought this Philippine-SIM-card the day before, and only my friends in Manila (a middle-class family) already knew about it.

So I assume, the staff at the hotel was trying to find out if that single-male-foreigner was "available" for whatever, or was requiring "special services".... odd.....

  • Liked — location, value for money
  • Disliked — street noise, and staff obviously (miss-)used my phone number
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2008

Stayed in the Southern Cross in april of this year and basically only because it was so cheap. I pre booked through Hostel World and did not know what to expect on arrival.
Great atmosphere, clean and food also good. I had stayed in the La Corona before so i know the area. La Corona is twice the price and although the rooms might be better, the staff and atmosphere at the Southern Cross are far superior.
I will use this Hotel on all my visits to Manila.

  • Liked — Price and cleanliness and position in town
  • Disliked — Water went off a couple of times
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Kram18
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 14, 2008

PROs:
1. Place in ermita.
2. Near the US Embassy.
3. A lot of restaurant nearby.
4. Secured place.
5. HOT and COLD Shower. (Good water pressure)
6. Clean bathroom in the hotel.
7. Friendly frontdesk and manager(owner).

CONs:
1. I was given in a room facing the streets (Noisy). But the Aircondition system is much noisier!
2. Lack of style in the room.
3. Dark alleys.
4. Breakfast not included.

Conclusions:
I recommend it for guys who are willing just to have a place to stay in manila. For guys with GF/Lovers/wife just not suitable (not so romantic place).

Good for backpackers and guys who travel in packs. :)

To wrap up, no interesting or exciting can offer, but good for a short tripper only.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — noisy airconditioning system
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
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1 Thank SeniorPablo
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Gent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2007

Nothing special but you won't find a cheaper room with that location and cleanlyness. I stayed in hotels that were more expensive and more dirty in Manila, so for the Budget minded and people who don't want to find cockroches in their room go to this hotel.

Stayed July 2006
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2007

Value for Money ? This is the place to be. My husband and I stayed at this hostel for more than 3 weeks and we found this place close to home. The room is nice and comfy. Service is excellent from the chambermaids to the bar staff ,everyone seems to remember your name in an instant. If your holiday is on a budget we recommend this place.....we are definitely coming back. I even have a birthday cake on my birthday !

  • Liked — Friendly and excellent customer service
  • Disliked — nothing I can think about
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2007

This is a good hotel to stay at in M.H Dell Pillar street Ermita,they have new owners there , the food is good and the rooms are excellent value for the 1400 pesos i paid and got a top floor spacious room with renovated bathroom.
Another advantage is the lift, saves carrying all my bags upstairs.as i usually end up in Manila with a huge bag of luggage on the way over and return with nothing as i leave it all there.
As value for money i cant beat this for value, the bar is good and the beer is cold .

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3 Thank lovedog43
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Property: Southern Cross Hotel
Address: 1125 Del Pilar | Metro Manila, Manila, Luzon 1013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Metro Manila > Manila > Ermita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #74 of 110 Hotels in Manila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Southern Cross Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 129
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