May 07, 2017

Top 7 Best Staycation Destinations in Metro Manila 2017

Our readers vote on the best hotels for your next staycation in the city.
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With the sun blazing in its full glory, every one of us want to escape the heat and have a nice vacation. But the complexity of planning, looking for a nice location, and the horrendous traffic stop us from achieving our dream escapade.

However, the staycation trend has been growing in popularity over the years, and looks like it is here to stay. Staycation means having a great vacation while staying close to home. And with the real estate business in full swing in our country and the abundance of luxurious hotels, looking for a quick getaway is now easier than ever.

This week, the ShoppersGuide team has rounded up the best staycation spots in the city according to your votes. Read on below and see where you might be heading next.


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7. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila



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Relax in style at Sofitel Manila.


First on the list is Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, located in Pasay City. This historic hotel opened in 1976 and was designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin. Then called the Philippine Plaza, the hotel was originally owned by the government to serve the accommodation needs of foreign delegates. Years later, it was sold to French hotel group AccorHotels which made it into a premier luxury hotel now known as Sofitel Manila.

The hotel has 609 rooms and 46 suites which provide guests with a luxurious space and a great view of Manila Bay. The rooms emanate simple elegance with a mix of French and Filipino influences in design. Aside from the fabulous rooms, Sofitel Manila is also famous for their oasis-like pool and their buffet restaurant, Spiral. Spiral is a popular buffet restaurant with its 21 food ateliers boasting of different cuisines and specialties representing various parts of the world.




6. Red Planet Hotel



best staycation destinations Manila

Retreat on a budget at Red Planet Hotels.


Number six on our list is Red Planet Hotels. Started only in 2010, this chain of affordable hotels gained popularity because of their value-for-money rooms and for their easy-access locations which are close to malls, transportation hubs, and airports. Red Planet specifically targets the booming travel market in Asia, and is now operating not just in the Philippines but also in Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Red Planet Hotels focuses on the value hotel sector, thus, customers can expect to enjoy all their amenities and services already included when they book a room. The hotel prides itself with giving customers friendly rates without any hidden charges. Another unique feature of Red Planet Hotel is their mobile application. After booking a room through the app, in-stay mode allows you to use your phone to directly chat and call the front desk of the hotel giving you a hassle-free stay. They also have their Remembered Loyalty Program which allows customers to enjoy unique discounts when staying at any Red Planet Hotel.


5. Jin Jiang Inn



best staycation destinations Manila

Although business-centered, staycation at Jin Jiang Inn is still possible.


On number five in our list is Jin Jiang Inn. Originally from China, Jin Jiang Hotels is known for their luxury accommodations in their home country. In 2014, they entered the Philippine market and focused on serving business travellers, hence, they put up their first two properties in Ortigas and Makati. Hotel of Asia Inc. brought the brand in the country and plans to open 15 more hotels in the coming years.

Although the hotels of Jin Jiang Inn are meant for businessmen, you can still enjoy a staycation in the city with their properties if you prefer to relax in a nearby area. They have a business room good for a solo vacationer, a triple room, and business twin room perfect for a family or group of friends. They also have a business suite for couples who are looking for an escape. Plus, all their rooms and public areas are Wi-Fi-enabled so you’ll still be connected to social media while enjoying your quick retreat.


4. The Bayleaf Hotel



best staycation destinations Manila

This Bayleaf Hotel room is as beautiful as its view.


Entering at number four is The Bayleaf Hotel. Inaugurated in 2011, The Bayleaf Hotel is actually an extension of Lyceum of the Philippines University to serve as a training ground for their students who are taking up a degree in the various hospitality courses the school offers. Today, the boutique hotel has two branches, one in Intramuros, Manila and one in Cavite.

Because The Bayleaf Hotel is a boutique hotel, expect themed rooms that are totally Instagram-worthy. Aside from being a great place for an escape, the rooms in their hotels each has its own personality and a beautiful view of the city. The Bayleaf Hotel in Manila is also well-known for Sky Deck View Bar. Their roof deck bar serves as a perfect spot for relaxing and drinking with your friends while enjoying a beautiful view of Intramuros. The famous Walled City and its landmarks are also a stone’s throw away from the hotel, which you can visit and explore in the morning after your stay.


3. BSA Twin Towers


Voters' comment:
“Convenient location at a reasonable price ^_^” – Feby
“Affordable but doesn't fall short on amenities. It is also near shopping malls and transport terminals, very accessible.” – Kaye


best staycation destinations Manila

The condotel rooms of BSA Twin Towers will make you feel at home.


On our top three is BSA Twin Towers. One of the tallest buildings in the city, BSA Twin Towers is under the Saint Francis Square Group of Companies and was built in 2000. The twin towers serve as a condotel (condo and hotel) that aims to serve long-term vacationers with the facilities of a home and the services of a hotel. The twin towers also light up at night, giving the Ortigas skyline an iconic view.

People are enjoying BSA Twin Towers as a staycation destination because of its proximity to big malls like SM Megamall and The Podium. The interiors of each room will also make any guest feel at home with its own kitchenette and dining area, not to mention the luxurious beddings and the amazing view. Their facilities also include a lap pool, a lagoon-type pool, and a Jacuzzi which will give you and your friends plenty of options to cool down.




2. Conrad Manila Luxury Hotel


Voter’s comment:
“Superb facilities and great breakfast buffet...” – Cris


best staycation destinations Manila

Enjoy a picturesque view of Manila Bay at Conrad Manila.


The hotel that made it to our top two is Conrad Manila. Located in Pasay City and situated atop S Maison Mall, the eye-catching hotel is inspired by the cruise ships that pass by Manila Bay. Conrad Manila is owned by SM Hotels and Convention Corp. and managed by Hilton Worldwide brand, which is known for their deluxe line of hotels all around the world.

If you have money to spare and want to be treated in luxury even for a short while, Conrad Manila is a great choice for a chic staycation. The interiors alone will already make your quick weekend getaway perfect with their picturesque view plus the mesmerizing chandeliers in every corner. The hotel has a total of 347 rooms that you can choose from which varies from guest rooms, to suites and executive rooms. Conrad Manila also has an infinity pool with a pool-side bar plus their buffet restaurant, Brasserie on 3.


1. Diamond Hotel


Voter’s comment:
“Perfect view of the Manila Bay (If you get the bay view rooms) seeing the sunset and sunrise ... friendly staff and great breakfast buffet” – Doncg Gonzales


best staycation destinations Manila

Our readers named Diamond Hotel as their top staycation destination.


Finally, the number one staycation destination in Metro Manila is Diamond Hotel Philippines. The five-star hotel bagged the number one spot with its exceptional service and grandiose design that will wow any visitor. The 27-storey building has 500 rooms which can accommodate every type of traveler and vacationer, from a simple family to a high-profile businessman with meticulous needs. Aside from the amazing interiors, guests will also be treated to a magnificent view of the Manila Bay.

Despite the hefty price tag, it will all be worth it once you experience Diamond Hotel. Aside from the comfortable and top-of-the-line rooms, the remarkable facilities and services also make your quick getaway all the more meaningful. Some of the amenities you can enjoy at Diamond Hotel include a swimming pool and an outdoor whirlpool, a tennis court, and a health club and spa.




Results are based on the Top 10 Best Staycations in Metro Manila Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from April 24 to April 30, 2017.

Click the store links to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.

Photos/Images are from the official websites and/or Facebook pages of featured establishments and/or organizers

Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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May 07, 2017

Top 7 Best Staycation Destinations in Metro Manila 2017

Our readers vote on the best hotels for your next staycation in the city.

With the sun blazing in its full glory, every one of us want to escape the heat and have a nice vacation. But the complexity of planning, looking for a nice location, and the horrendous traffic stop us from achieving our dream escapade.

However, the staycation trend has been growing in popularity over the years, and looks like it is here to stay. Staycation means having a great vacation while staying close to home. And with the real estate business in full swing in our country and the abundance of luxurious hotels, looking for a quick getaway is now easier than ever.

This week, the ShoppersGuide team has rounded up the best staycation spots in the city according to your votes. Read on below and see where you might be heading next.


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7. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila



best staycation destinations Manila

Relax in style at Sofitel Manila.


First on the list is Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, located in Pasay City. This historic hotel opened in 1976 and was designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin. Then called the Philippine Plaza, the hotel was originally owned by the government to serve the accommodation needs of foreign delegates. Years later, it was sold to French hotel group AccorHotels which made it into a premier luxury hotel now known as Sofitel Manila.

The hotel has 609 rooms and 46 suites which provide guests with a luxurious space and a great view of Manila Bay. The rooms emanate simple elegance with a mix of French and Filipino influences in design. Aside from the fabulous rooms, Sofitel Manila is also famous for their oasis-like pool and their buffet restaurant, Spiral. Spiral is a popular buffet restaurant with its 21 food ateliers boasting of different cuisines and specialties representing various parts of the world.




6. Red Planet Hotel



best staycation destinations Manila

Retreat on a budget at Red Planet Hotels.


Number six on our list is Red Planet Hotels. Started only in 2010, this chain of affordable hotels gained popularity because of their value-for-money rooms and for their easy-access locations which are close to malls, transportation hubs, and airports. Red Planet specifically targets the booming travel market in Asia, and is now operating not just in the Philippines but also in Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Red Planet Hotels focuses on the value hotel sector, thus, customers can expect to enjoy all their amenities and services already included when they book a room. The hotel prides itself with giving customers friendly rates without any hidden charges. Another unique feature of Red Planet Hotel is their mobile application. After booking a room through the app, in-stay mode allows you to use your phone to directly chat and call the front desk of the hotel giving you a hassle-free stay. They also have their Remembered Loyalty Program which allows customers to enjoy unique discounts when staying at any Red Planet Hotel.


5. Jin Jiang Inn



best staycation destinations Manila

Although business-centered, staycation at Jin Jiang Inn is still possible.


On number five in our list is Jin Jiang Inn. Originally from China, Jin Jiang Hotels is known for their luxury accommodations in their home country. In 2014, they entered the Philippine market and focused on serving business travellers, hence, they put up their first two properties in Ortigas and Makati. Hotel of Asia Inc. brought the brand in the country and plans to open 15 more hotels in the coming years.

Although the hotels of Jin Jiang Inn are meant for businessmen, you can still enjoy a staycation in the city with their properties if you prefer to relax in a nearby area. They have a business room good for a solo vacationer, a triple room, and business twin room perfect for a family or group of friends. They also have a business suite for couples who are looking for an escape. Plus, all their rooms and public areas are Wi-Fi-enabled so you’ll still be connected to social media while enjoying your quick retreat.


4. The Bayleaf Hotel



best staycation destinations Manila

This Bayleaf Hotel room is as beautiful as its view.


Entering at number four is The Bayleaf Hotel. Inaugurated in 2011, The Bayleaf Hotel is actually an extension of Lyceum of the Philippines University to serve as a training ground for their students who are taking up a degree in the various hospitality courses the school offers. Today, the boutique hotel has two branches, one in Intramuros, Manila and one in Cavite.

Because The Bayleaf Hotel is a boutique hotel, expect themed rooms that are totally Instagram-worthy. Aside from being a great place for an escape, the rooms in their hotels each has its own personality and a beautiful view of the city. The Bayleaf Hotel in Manila is also well-known for Sky Deck View Bar. Their roof deck bar serves as a perfect spot for relaxing and drinking with your friends while enjoying a beautiful view of Intramuros. The famous Walled City and its landmarks are also a stone’s throw away from the hotel, which you can visit and explore in the morning after your stay.


3. BSA Twin Towers


Voters' comment:
“Convenient location at a reasonable price ^_^” – Feby
“Affordable but doesn't fall short on amenities. It is also near shopping malls and transport terminals, very accessible.” – Kaye


best staycation destinations Manila

The condotel rooms of BSA Twin Towers will make you feel at home.


On our top three is BSA Twin Towers. One of the tallest buildings in the city, BSA Twin Towers is under the Saint Francis Square Group of Companies and was built in 2000. The twin towers serve as a condotel (condo and hotel) that aims to serve long-term vacationers with the facilities of a home and the services of a hotel. The twin towers also light up at night, giving the Ortigas skyline an iconic view.

People are enjoying BSA Twin Towers as a staycation destination because of its proximity to big malls like SM Megamall and The Podium. The interiors of each room will also make any guest feel at home with its own kitchenette and dining area, not to mention the luxurious beddings and the amazing view. Their facilities also include a lap pool, a lagoon-type pool, and a Jacuzzi which will give you and your friends plenty of options to cool down.




2. Conrad Manila Luxury Hotel


Voter’s comment:
“Superb facilities and great breakfast buffet...” – Cris


best staycation destinations Manila

Enjoy a picturesque view of Manila Bay at Conrad Manila.


The hotel that made it to our top two is Conrad Manila. Located in Pasay City and situated atop S Maison Mall, the eye-catching hotel is inspired by the cruise ships that pass by Manila Bay. Conrad Manila is owned by SM Hotels and Convention Corp. and managed by Hilton Worldwide brand, which is known for their deluxe line of hotels all around the world.

If you have money to spare and want to be treated in luxury even for a short while, Conrad Manila is a great choice for a chic staycation. The interiors alone will already make your quick weekend getaway perfect with their picturesque view plus the mesmerizing chandeliers in every corner. The hotel has a total of 347 rooms that you can choose from which varies from guest rooms, to suites and executive rooms. Conrad Manila also has an infinity pool with a pool-side bar plus their buffet restaurant, Brasserie on 3.


1. Diamond Hotel


Voter’s comment:
“Perfect view of the Manila Bay (If you get the bay view rooms) seeing the sunset and sunrise ... friendly staff and great breakfast buffet” – Doncg Gonzales


best staycation destinations Manila

Our readers named Diamond Hotel as their top staycation destination.


Finally, the number one staycation destination in Metro Manila is Diamond Hotel Philippines. The five-star hotel bagged the number one spot with its exceptional service and grandiose design that will wow any visitor. The 27-storey building has 500 rooms which can accommodate every type of traveler and vacationer, from a simple family to a high-profile businessman with meticulous needs. Aside from the amazing interiors, guests will also be treated to a magnificent view of the Manila Bay.

Despite the hefty price tag, it will all be worth it once you experience Diamond Hotel. Aside from the comfortable and top-of-the-line rooms, the remarkable facilities and services also make your quick getaway all the more meaningful. Some of the amenities you can enjoy at Diamond Hotel include a swimming pool and an outdoor whirlpool, a tennis court, and a health club and spa.




Results are based on the Top 10 Best Staycations in Metro Manila Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from April 24 to April 30, 2017.

Click the store links to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.

Photos/Images are from the official websites and/or Facebook pages of featured establishments and/or organizers

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Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

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