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Southern Cross Hotel
Ranked #75 of 110 Hotels in Manila
Reviewed 18 August 2013

I have stayed in Malate at least once a year for the last 10 years. After experiencing worsening conditions at the Swagman Hotel I was looking for another hotel in the area for accommodation. This hotel is just around the corner from the Swagman. The rooms are neat, tidy and clean with the basic amenities provided. The cost is around 2000 pesos a night which is reasonably for what you are getting. The food is tasty but the proportions provided are less than what one would expect if you come from the 'States' or Australia. This is an area they really need to improve on if they want people to eat in.

If you want to eat out try the "Cowboy Grill" nearby. This is one of the best Grills in Manila if you like good bands with a nice atmosphere.

Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful. A small bar is found on the ground floor with a pool table provided. The hotel will arrange transport to the airport for around 350 pesos. While this is reasonable you should be able to get to the airport for around 250 pesos or less in a ,metered taxi.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the upper floors and opposite the main street outside. The meals provided by the h...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

I "found" this hotel when travelling on shuttle bus Subic to Angeles run by Southern Cross transport and was looking for an alternative for overnighting in Manila. On arrival, check in was quick and efficiently completed. The lift creaked and groaned to the fifth floor - an experience in its self. The room, deluxe, was large with decent ensuite. Not sure if the bed was queens size but it was comfortable with good linen. Old noisy air con was a negative. Good hot water and pressure.
The bar/restaurant area is quite small but serves its purpose - I was here on a Saturday night and the place was packed - one man band for entertainment and live AFL, NRL and Bledistoe Cup match on big screen TV's. Cold draft beer and reasonable food on offer.
Back to the room - although a busy part of town, didn't experience too much noise, not saying it was quiet though.
Overall, a good find for short stays. Yes, would/will stay stay again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank AlanJH1945
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

They not only screwed up my reservation and offered a much worse room in a nearby (sister) hotel. I had no choice late evening after a long bus ride.

To add insult to injury they charged me for online booking as if I had made the reservation and did not show up.

Room Tip: Look online. If you are in Ermita, Manial area there are very nice hotels. Southern Cross is a tour...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank cambuff
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Had visited here several times for a meal but never used the hotel for accommodation. Stayed one night recently and was pleasantly surprised. The room I was in was quite large, very comfortable. Staff are very pleasant, very quick check-in and out. Free WiFi in the bar area. Close enough to other bars in the area and about a 15 to 20 minute walk to Robinson’s, department store and supermarket. Will probably make this hotel my preference for when I’m visiting Manila in the future. Food was very good, reasonably priced and of course being an Aussie owned establishment the beer was nice and cold.(Most Important).

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank robbiemac61
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

I really enjoy staying at the Southern Cross, the staff are friendly and helpful, they have an excellent airport pick up service and the food is very good. Although this is a budget hotel the hotel services and access to local services and activities are excellent; robinsons shopping mall is nearby as are many bars and restaurants including many with live music. The staff ensure that you get a metered taxi and there is coach service to a number of locations (from front door).
I have stayed in many hotels in Manila including 5 star hotels and i can honestly say that staying in the Southern Cross has consistently been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my visits to Manila.

Room Tip: Request a room with a window as some rooms have no natural light. For me this is not an issue as it...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Roy P
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

This place is a good budget Hotel which is central to many things you may wish to do in Manila. Close to major tourist attractions such as Intramurous and Rizal Park! Many amenities are also very close by such as laundry, Money Changers and plenty of ATMs! Friendly staff and the oversight by the owner/Manager Terry makes sure things run smoothly and without ant troubles! It has a safe deposit box in the room which works well and adds to the security of your possessions!
Rooms are acceptable and are made up each and every day even if you rise late after partying in the many bars close by!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the street are noisy! Some rooms have no windows!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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6  Thank ningbojoe
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

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Hotel in general- very friendly staff, safe and secure, restaurant and bar, good meals, cold beer, travel agency attached, elevator.
Good Value Rooms include- wifi, fridge, cable tv, ensuite, safe deposit box, aircon.
(best rooms are the back corner rooms)
Good Location- money changer and laundry opposite, restaurants nearby, Robinsons 10 minute walk, jeepneys at the door.

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Bar area is always dark, stale smoke odours, shower curtains mouldy.

Generally- if you can get over the older gent and the young lady scenarios (don't be too judgemental as it is a two way street) then you will find this a good place to stay.
I have stayed here many times with my Australian wife and we both agree it is very good value and can be a lot of fun interacting with the staff and meeting all types of interesting people.

Room Tip: All the corner rooms are good, and the back corner rooms are a little quieter.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank morant
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Address: 1125 Del Pilar | Metro Manila, Manila, Luzon 1013, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Metro Manila > Manila > Ermita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 110 Hotels in Manila
Price Range: £16 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Southern Cross Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 129
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