Brenda’s short travel guide to Manila.
For the accompanying travel story please visit Manila, The Peninsula and Ali – The Greatest
Getting to Manila:
Manila was our second stop in the Philippines. After spending a month in Boracay, we came back to Manila to spend a good number of weeks here. From NYC we took Cathay Pacific Airways which was a great ride. All three of us were quite happy with our seats, the entertainment and the meals they provided. Bailey especially liked to unlimited cup o’ noodles. We used up our miles to get an airfare from NYC to Manila but I’ve seen fares from NYC direct to Manila range between $900 to $1300. I would sign up for their newsletter for sales.
Where to Stay:
The Peninsula Hotel is our choice, hands-down. The Peninsula Group is at the top of the luxury hotels category however, in Manila, it is quite an affordable hotel to stay so take advantage of it. The rooms start at 8,000 PhP, which is $170.99 at the time I wrote this. Usually the rooms also come with breakfast, which I highly recommend you do. It is the best breakfast you can have around Makati and is a nice start to the day.
The hotel is located in Makati which is convenient to all of Manila. There were many restaurants, markets and malls within walking distance.
Transportation around Manila:
Andrew and I together are very blessed with many relatives and friends living in Manila so we were driven around most of the time. On the rare occasion that we needed a car, we used Uber cars. They are fast, convenient and very affordable.
Eats in Manila:
Is where we had our first meal in Manila and where we had our first Kare Kare. It was such a special dinner. The lobby is open 24 hours and ready to serve you anytime.
There are several locations but Andrew went to the one in Pasig City.
Address: 19 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, 1603 Metro Manila, Philippines
Is walking distance from the Peninsula. We ordered the Kare Kare, Bistek, Liempo, Pinakbhet and the fantastic crab with garlic rice.
2nd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
Phone: 728-8878 or 728-8858
Monday – Sunday / 11:00 am – 11:00 pm