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Best Philippines hotels to book in 2020

From the beaches to the city, find the perfect hotel stay in this country of 7,000 islands.

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The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands – and even more accommodation options. We’re here to help you find the perfect stay for your trip, and narrow down where you should visit for beaches, diving and more.

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Where are the best places to stay in the Philippines?

Hotels in Manila, Philippines

Manila is the Philippines’ busy metropolitan city with some of Asia’s biggest malls. It mixes colonial-style buildings with skyscrapers and serves as a mega city boasting art and creative bars.

Much of the sprawling city’s accommodation caters toward business travellers, especially in Makati City, but if you’re after resort-style digs with lush swimming pools, you won’t have to miss out.

Our top picks for hotels in Manila, Philippines: Pan Pacific Manila, Dusit Thani Manila

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Hotels in Cebu, Philippines

Experience Philippine history, swim under waterfalls, find spectacular diving spots and walk white-sand beaches in Cebu.

If you’re after Philippine culture, food and shopping, consider staying in Cebu City in the island’s north. On nearby Mactan Island, you’ll find some of the area’s most luxurious resorts.

About half-way south along the island beaches, dive sites and waterfalls are all accessible from Moalboal. In Cebu’s south sit some small offshore islands featuring private resorts, including Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.

Our top picks for hotels in Cebu, Philippines: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort

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Hotels in Palawan, Philippines

Topping many best-island-in-the-world lists, Palawan is paradise. The long, narrow island is lined with palm-fringed beaches, from the resorts down in Puerto Princesa to El NIdo in the north. Along its coasts you’ll find a host of different accommodation, from small seaside villas to sprawling luxury resorts.

The province is quite large and includes more than just the island of Palawan. The main resort areas are Puerto Princesa, where most classic beach resorts are, El Nido, the backpacker-friendly town that is home to island-hopping tours, and Coron, an island just to the north that’s home to hot springs, lagoons and diving.

Our top picks for hotels in Palawan, Philippines: Cadlao Resort, The Funny Lion

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Hotels in Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is a classic beach holiday destination for Filipinos and foreigners alike, and the small island that makes a big impression. It’s home to white-sand beaches and plenty of resorts.

Boracay is a classic beach holiday destination for Filipinos and foreigners alike, with most of its accommodation located along White Beach on the island’s west coast where you can catch some seriously stunning sunsets.

Our top picks for hotels in Boracay, Philippines: Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay, Coast Boracay

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Alternate Philippines accommodation options

If you’re in the Philippines for work, a stay in an apartment may be the right fit as prices are often equal, or less than, hotel stays and offer facilities like kitchens and, in many cases, swimming pools. We found hundreds of apartment options available on Airbnb starting as low as $15 per night.

With more than 7,000 islands to discover, taking to the water in the Philippines is one of the best ways to explore the country. For something a little different, you can even book boat accommodation, also on Airbnb.

Frequently asked questions about Philippines hotels

Are there overwater bungalows in the Philippines?

Yes. Most of the country’s overwater bungalows are in Palawan, near El Nido. This includes El Nido Resorts – Minloc Island, and El Nido Resorts – Lagen Island.

Which hotels are near the airport in Manila?

Resorts World, which is connected to Ninoy Aquino International Airport by an elevated footpath at Terminal 3, is home to a Holiday Inn Express, Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and more hotels.

Manila Airport Hotel is located closer to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

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