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Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

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Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

I'll be arriving in Manila on a Monday night (March 31) around 9pm. I'll be flying to Cebu the next morning.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I should stay and eat? I'll be getting off a long flight from the USA so I'll probably be hungry and somewhat rested.

I'm not too concerned with a 20ish minute taxi ride if it's a better area to get a hotel and grab some food (I don't want McDonalds or that kind of fast food). I'm fine with local, street food. I've traveled extensively around SE Asia and always enjoy getting to know a place with some street food.

Regarding my budget....not too concerned with price. Somewhere around $100 is fine (give or take). I prefer a nice boutique hotel over a fancy chain hotel.

Thanks for your help!

Also, if you have any suggestions for Cebu City....my last night in the Philippines will be there and I'm looking for the same type of hotel/food. I'll have more time in Cebu than in Manila (perhaps 3pm-10am on a Thursday night, April 10th).

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1. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

Try www.asiatravel.com for a reasonable mid market hotel such as City Garden Hotel, Makati (not its Ermita - Manila - sister property), or for cheaper at about US$45 try Guijo Suites in makati's backblocks (take a map of the latter as taxi drivers do not know it).

Alternatively the asia travel website has a few 'Crazy Rates' such as this for Midas Hotel, quite close to the airport (hotel is in Roxas - 'Row-hass') Boulevard, Pasay City). The hotel has an excellent breakfast. Read my review:

book.asiatravel.com/hotel.aspx…

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2. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

Midas Hotel is a great boutique hotel and around your budget.

You could try Bayleaf Hotel Intramuros rooftop dining. Gets great reviews!

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3. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

Thank you for your response. You didn't address the location in regards to food. Is there much within walking distance to Midas Hotel? Much street food in the area?

Thanks!

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4. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

I personally would be on the next flight to Cebu if I could. This is certainly possible if your international flight lands at Terminal 3, as Cebu Pacific has a flight departing from Terminal 3 at 11pm.

https://www.cebupacificair.com/Flight%20Schedule/Domestic%20Flight%20Schedule%20(020514).pdf

My suggestion for dining in Cebu City is the Terraces at Ayala Mall. It is several levels of indoor and out door dining choices. My personal favourite is Mooons. It is mexican. Not that I eat Mexican, I go there for the beer towers. Ayala Mall has a wide range of dining choices from food court and Mcdonalds at the lower cost level to higher class restaurants with dress codes.

Opposite Ayala Mall, on Arch Bishop Reyes, in a more or less continuous row of hotels there is Island Stay then Tune then Regal then Quest then Mandarin Plaza then Parklane. Further along Arch Bishop Reyes, is the Waterfront Hotel. Waterfront would be the number 2 hotel in Cebu city behind Marco Polo Plaza. The main entrance to the Waterfront hotel is on Salinas Drive. But it has an entrance on to Arch Bishop Reyes. It is 10 minutes walk from the front door of the Waterfront Hotel to the closest entrance to the Terraces at Ayala mall.

In Cebu City, USD $100 per night is possible for the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. It is not boutique though. It looks like a castle, has a lobby you could land a plane in. It has a casino and a duty free store on site and is also the location of the US consulate.

You could also check out Quest, directly opposite Ayala Mall. It may not be boutique class but it is a lot smaller than the Waterfront. Many foreigners have good things to say about it and you can get rooms there for less than usd $100 per night.

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5. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

Who runs an 11pm flight from Manila - Cebu?

The latest I see is 10pm. My flight arrives from Narita at 8:55pm so the 10pm flight won't work....but an 11pm flight would...

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6. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

I provided the link to the Cebu Pacific schedule in my previous reply

Here it is again.

https://www.cebupacificair.com/Flight%20Schedule/Domestic%20Flight%20Schedule%20(020514).pdf

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7. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

OK, now I see the 11pm flight on Cebu Pacific.

How long does it normally take to get through immigration in Manila for foreigners? What about getting through security for the flight to Cebu?

I'll have bags to collect & then check again on Cebu Pacific and want to make sure there's enough time since I'll be arriving in Manila around 8:55pm.

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8. Re: Advice for hotel & dinner in Manila for short 10hr stay

Is your flight landing at Terminal 3. When you say a flight from Narita, do you mean with ANA?

If it is with ANA, and the flight arrives on time, there should be no problem.

If your international flight is a different terminal, forget about it.

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