Where to stay Philippines?
Hotels in the Philippines range from five star business hotels to backpacker hostels, with the widest choice available in Manila. In other towns and cities, the choice can be more limited, although a handful of classy boutique hotels are beginning to emerge in provincial towns. Coastal settlements and small islands have resorts ranging from basic beach huts to exclusive luxury retreats.
Room prices in some tourist areas double or triple during peak seasons (Easter and Christmas/New Year). It’s essential to book ahead at those times, and most places require a substantial deposit for a reservation at any time of year.
Most of the luxury hotels in Manila are in the Makati district close to the Ayala Centre. Other places with a concentration of luxury options include Boracay and Mactan (Cebu), both of which have a number of international chain hotels. Elsewhere in the country the choices at the top end are more limited, although there are some great boutique resorts tucked away on small islands or secluded beaches primarily attracting wealthy locals and Korean honeymooners.
Grading: Hotels are graded in the following categories based on standards set by the Office of Tourism Services, Department of Tourism, Manila: Economy, Standard, First Class and Deluxe.