Manila

Travel Guide
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From the hectic pace of its high-rise business district to the tranquillity of its flower-filled parks, Manila is a city of strong contrasts.

Vast and sprawling, Manila at first sight can be daunting. One of the largest cities in the world and still growing, this metropolis of sixteen towns seems impossible to navigate. With no obvious centre, the new visitor can find themselves bewildered by the crowded streets, dense traffic and frantic pace. But spend a little time among its friendly people, learn a little of its fascinating but volatile history, and its charms will soon get under your skin.

Manila has been under occupation by the Spanish, British, Japanese and Americans, and has been destroyed many times by natural disasters including fires and earthquakes. More recently, the tragic devastation wrought by bombing raids during the Second World War brought the city to its knees. Now, thanks to an ambitious programme of reconstruction, many of the city’s historic buildings have been preserved for posterity.

Intramuros is the oldest area and one of the main focuses for tourism. This ancient walled city is surrounded by sturdy fortifications built by the Spanish in the 16th century to repel hostile invaders. Most of the walls were left in ruins by wartime bombing, but the remaining parts have been sympathetically restored. Follow the walkways to the Baluarte de San Andres and the Baluarte de San Diego to appreciate their strategic position overlooking Manila Bay and the Pasig river. Nearby Fort Santiago houses the Rizal Shrine, dedicated to national hero Dr José Rizal, who lost his life in the struggle for independence. See the place of his execution in Rizal Park, one of the largest recreational spaces in Asia.

Learn about the fascinating archaeology and anthropology of the region in the National Museum of the Filipino People, or visit Casa Manila Museum for a close-up view of the domestic life of an affluent Filipino family during the colonial era. Believers and non-believers alike can’t fail to be moved by the sight of faithful pilgrims flocking to Quiapo Church to pray to the Black Nazarene, one of the most important icons in the country. Take time to visit Manila Cathedral, still proudly serving the Catholic community despite being destroyed many times.

Getting around on foot is hard in this huge metropolis, but taxis are cheap and plentiful and the light rail links most of the main sites. For the authentic Manila experience, hop on a colourful jeepney and hold on tight!

Where to stay in Manila

The Heritage Hotel Manila
The Heritage Hotel Manila
4 out of 5
Roxas Boulevard, Corner Of Edsa, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is ₹4,369 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Pasay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
"Service and the staff are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2022

Belmont Hotel Manila
Belmont Hotel Manila
4 out of 5
Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay, 1309
The price is ₹7,391 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Pasay. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,005 reviews)
"Great food and fun vibe. Friendly satff ❤️"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is ₹7,590 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Pasay. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Stayed for 10 days and housekeeping was everyday. Replenished toiletries, and most importantly the abdundance of complimentary bottled water. Check in was smooth, there were always staff and security available if you needed to ask questions or assistance. Wenr to the spa and Had facial and the process ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022

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Seda Residences Makati
Seda Residences Makati
4 out of 5
Ayala Ave corner Amorsolo and Salcedo St, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Makati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"Great place, nice and easy to get around."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila
Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila
4 out of 5
28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Manila, 1634
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Taguig. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (235 reviews)
"Nice location, very good quality hptel"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Ascott Makati
Ascott Makati
5 out of 5
Glorietta 4, Ayala Centre, Makati, Manila, 1224
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Makati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (750 reviews)
"Excellent service and proximity to shopping and transportation"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2022

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