Updated for April 2018
Ermita & Malate Girl Friendly Hotels
Las Palmas Hotel ★★★ $40 avg/night
1616 A. Mabini Str. Malate, Manila, Philippines
Stayed in the Las Palmas hotel a few times in the past. The cheaper rooms are a bit small though reasonably priced . Beds are very comfy and the place always kept clean. You get lots of channels on TV in English and A/C unit works well. The bathroom is spacious enough and the shower is hot and powerful. Only downside is the pricey internet. Located right in the heart of Malate it’s but a short walk from several hotshots for nigh time entertainment. Security in Las Palma is good and never had any problems letting valuables in the room. TIP: Be sure the guest you bring back has proper ID as they are strict about this policy.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Las Palmas Hotel: “We are pleased to inform you that our Standard room that can accommodate 2 persons already. Just make sure your guest has a valid ID.”
Riviera Mansion Hotel ★★★ $41 avg/night
1638 A. Mabini Street, Malate, Manila, Philippines
I initially selected this hotel based on other travelers reviews from Tripadvisor. I can tell you that the hotel pictures don’t lie. Rooms were recently renovated, clean and comfortable. Over 80 channels on the TV and good A/C while a bit noisy at times if left on high. The Riviera Mansion is only a couple of minutes from LA Cafe (now called Manila Bay Cafe). Will cost you but a couple of dollars for a taxi ride to Makati, Mall of Asia or Greenbelt.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Riviera Mansion: “For security reasons, below is the hotel’s joiners policy: Unregistered guest are allowed to stay overnight if accompanied by the registered guest. Only two persons are allowed to stay in the room without additional charge. Unregistered guest has to provide an ID upon entering the hotel premises and to be retrieved upon leaving. The registered guest should call the guard to allow the unregistered guest to leave the hotel.”
Rothman Hotel ★★★ $42 avg/night
1633 M. Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila, Philippines
I stayed here for 3 days and I had an great stay. It’s very close to all attractions of Malate and Ermita and has very good amenities & clean rooms with backup generators, soft comfortable beds, Cable TV and fridge. There is no free wifi in the rooms and you have to buy internet cards.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Rothman Hotel: Warmest greetings from ROTHMAN HOTEL! below is the hotel’s joiners policy: Unregistered guest are allowed to stay overnight if accompanied by the registered guest. Only two persons are allowed to stay in the room without additional charge. Unregistered guest has to provide an ID upon entering the hotel premises and to be retrieved upon leaving. Minors who are not related to the registered guest are prohibited to enter the guest’s room.”
Lotus Garden Hotel ★★★ $43 avg/night
1227 A. Mabini corner Padre Faura Sts. Ermita, Manila, Philippines
The Lotus Garden is a newly refurbished hotel in Ermita that has hard to beat rates and a prime downtown location. The best bars for freelance action are all very near: G-Point Smörgåsbord & Bar is straight ahead 50m away, Amazonia Bar a block away (250 m) and L.A. Café / Manila Bay Café, the main pickup joint of Manila one more block down (350 m total walk). I usually always try to review the most basic room they have but in this case it’s proven impossible, each of my last three trips here I’ve been upgraded for free so the pictures are taken from the Deluxe room which was: Clean and pretty spacious with wooden parquetry floor, comfy beds, comes with small kitchenette & dining table in the corner, a well stocked mini-bar, Flat-screen TV with almost 90 channels,bathroom with a nice shower and adequate toiletries, wardrobe with a desk next to it and free WiFi. Breakfast buffet is nice, staff is friendly and competent you can be sure the security will ring up your room you by phone when your visiting guests leaves the hotel. Simply the best value for your money these days if you’re looking for something in the ErmitaMalate district.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Lotus Garden Hotel Manila: I have stayed here three times and never have had any problems bringing a girl back to the room with me. Just make sure when you book that the room is for two in Agoda (price is the same).”
Swagman Hotel ★ $44 avg/night
411 A Flores Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
I have stayed here 3 or 4 times since my first trip in 2007, it is now under new management and sadly they have made significant staff cuts. The Swagman is not the Ritz but in the economy class hotel level. It still could be a good option for 1st time visitors to the country as they offer free pickup and transfer services to the airport & bush shuttles to other mongering parts of the country such as Angeles, Subic bay, Puerto Galera, etc.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Swagman Hotel: “The room is for 2 persons, so if you are only one, and you would bring a guest with you. The charge is still the same.”
Boulevard Mansion Hotel ★★★ $45 avg/night
1440 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
This is one of my favorite hotels in Ermita due to it’s very guest friendly policy and location, just a stone’s throw from L.A. Café (Now renamed Manila Bay Café) the biggest venue of the Philippines for freelancers opened 24/7. The other two main Ermita pickup joints are also very near with Amazonia 200 m away & G-Spot 500 m from the hotel entrance. The Studios they offer are budget apartments equipped with a kitchenette that has everything from cooking wares to dining wares, a small dining area, couch corner and beds. Rooms are old and tired so is the furniture but somehow I keep coming back. On the positive side the prices are generally on the lower end, staff is really great, The free Wi-Fi is surprisingly fast and the TV has plenty of English Speaking channels to recover from a hangover. What I love is also depending what room you got in the hotel you can sometimes see the girls from LA Café on the 2nd floor!
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Boulevard Mansion Hotel: “Since this is the hotel I spend most of my time when I pass by Manila, I assure you there is no need for a managers reply here, very girl friendly indeed.”
Executive Plaza Hotel ★★★ $45 avg/night
1630 A. Mabini Street, Malate, Manila, Philippines
The Executive Plaza Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from all of the best freelance pickup joints of Manila’s Ermita district: LA Cafe (the biggest of the Philippines open 24/7) is only 350m away, the others being amazonia (550m) & G-Spot (750m). On the opposite side towards Malate a variety of KTV and hostess bars align the street endlessly. Robinson mall is also located right around the corner. Rooms are spacious and well-looked after though most don’t have much in the way of a window view. The Superior Double I booked came equipped with a big comfortable king size bed, flat-screen TV with a great cable package, A/C wall unit with easy control of room temperature, the mini bar loaded with various drinks sold at these prices, there was also a desk in one corner with a few extra chairs laying around, bathroom was equipped with a shower that provided very decent hot/cold water. The staff is really good, same with the security when bringing bargirls back to your room always made sure to ring you up before the girls leave.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Executive Plaza Hotel: “As per hotel policy, you can bring 1 visitor with you since the room was based on double occupancy. Extra person in excess of 2 pax was chargeable of Php750.00nett/night. Guest also need to provide ID for security purpose. Thank you. Regards, Francis.”
Best Western Hotel La Corona ★★★ $53 avg/night
1166 MH Del Pilar Cor. Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila, Philippines
The Best Western Hotel La Corona is centrally located in Ermita within walking distance from all the action. The main three freelancer pickup joints: LA Cafe/Manila Bay cafe (400 m), Amazonia (300 m) & G-Spot (280 m) are all in direct vicinity 2-3 blocks away. Cowboy grill (100 m), who has some of the best live gigs of the Philippines is located just on the Mabini corner. I love to drop by there for a few beers with a girl before some good times at the hotel. The rooms are clean and well appointed but a bit on the small side. Bed is comfortable, TV(while not a flat-screen) has a lot of English speaking channels, small fridge keeps the drinks cold, shower has plenty of hot water, in room safe worked great, hot water pot with free instant coffee is available on the table. Only negative point I had this time around is that the AC was a bit noisy at times. Winner of the “Certificate of Excellence 2013” by TripAdvisor, the Best Western Hotel La Corona is still one of the best options out there in Ermita for the price. Very guest friendly joint so had no problem bringing this L.A. Café girl into my room. Hotel security is great as well, the front desk never fails calling you up to make sure your visitor can leaving.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Best Western Hotel La Corona: “Like most Best Western Hotels they make it almost possible to get in contact with them through e-mail and this one is no exception but this one is know to be guest friendly and I have tested their Policy this Novermber 2013 (check the freelancer in the room).”
Orchid Garden Suites ★★★ $56 avg/night
620 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street, Malate, Manila, Philippines
This hotel wasn’t built yesterday and the age shows. However, this was of no great consequence to us as the comfort level was good. The room are a little tight but clean and well furnished. The suites on the other hand are very spacious with bedroom, living room and kitchen area. The staff, as often in the Philippines, was kind and helpful.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Orchid Garden Suites: “We are please to inform you that we have rooms inclusive for two persons already, Inclusive of buffet breakfast. In regards to your concern, if a guest who’s with you that time is not registered in our system, she may need an identification card and she needs to log to our security guards log book, by the time she will go out she will tell to our security guard on what room she came from and then the security will call to your room to confirm that person who’s been to your room is freely to go out.”
Pan Pacific Manila ★★★★★ $107 avg/night
M. Adriatico corner General Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila, Philippines
The Pan Pacific is a pretty good value compared to other genuine five star hotels in Manila, which will easily go for twice the price & up. Check in fast and friendly with welcome drinks. The standard room was roomy and well appointed with a beautiful view of the Manila Bay. The bathroom was also roomy and has a sliding window which divides the bath tub (which has it’s own TV) from the bedroom. The room’s king size bed was wonderfully relaxing and came with crisp white sheets and down feathered pillows. Comes with complimentary internet access and a big LCD TV. The Pool area was always quiet during my stay with plenty of chairs for sunbathing.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Pan Pacific: “Greetings from Pan Pacific Manila! You may allow to bring back unregistered guest overnight without any joiner fee. And yes sir, guest will have to provide ID upon their check in at the reception.”
Sofitel Plaza Manila Hotel ★★★★★ $119 avg/night
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay, Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines
The room are squeaky clean, spacious and elegant. The bed and pillow really comfy, plus the balcony and the view is really a plus factor, a magnificent view of the pool and the Manila Bay area. The only downside was that the WiFi wasn’t included in the price. The price was much lower than I paid at the Makati Shangri-La’ for similar amenities.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel: “Please be informed that the room can accomodate two (2) Adults and two (2) children below 12 years old. If you will be staying alone in the room and the joiner will just come when you arrive, there will no additional charge. However, please be informed that its the hotel’s policy to register the name of the joiner and ID will be checked as well.”
New World Manila Bay Hotel ★★★★★ $120 avg/night
1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar, Malate, Manila, Philippines
The Hyatt is one of the more recent hotels in its category, which shows in the amenities and building. Room are big, spotless and the bed extra comfortable. Rooms were actually made twice a day both in the morning and at night as I noticed after going out at night. Right in the middle of the action in Malate/Ermita.
Girl Friendly policy reply by the Manila Hyatt Hotel & Casino: “Greetings from Hyatt Hotel & Casino Manila! We do not have additional charges for any additional guests you may want to bring to your room. In case of additional breakfast or use of the hotel facilities, additional charges may apply.”
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