Metro Manila · Accommodation
There are many different possibilities regarding where to stay and how to live in Manila, depending on the purpose and length of your stay, your budget, and if you stay here alone, with your partner or family.
Tourists will find cheap hostels in Manilas night life hotspots as well as fancy hotels along the main boulevards, avenues and shopping miles. If you come here for work, a condominium unit near your office will save you a lot of time and nerves. Metro Manila is big and the streets are crowded, most Manileños easily spent two, three or four hours a day in bus, cab or car to get from home to work and back home again. If you plan to stay for a couple of years and you come here with kids, or if you just need some peace and quiet after work, a little house in one of the secluded subdivisions might be the the best choice.
If you are looking for a place to stay or for a roommate, you can check the posts in our Megacitizens Forum or start your own thread there!
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You can find any type of hotel in Manila, from cheap and simple hotels that nevertheless offer good service and clean rooms to international five-star hotel chains. The latter you will find primarily along Manila Bay (e.g. Sofitel, Sheraton) and in Makati City, along Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue (e.g. Mandarin, Intercontinental).
If you are planning to move to Manila for a longer time, alone or with your partner, condominiums are the first choice to stay. Usually the units are rented out by private owners for a minimum of one year, shorter stays are negotiable.
You are looking for peaceful suburban life in the middle of a bustling Megacity of nearly 20 million people? No problem, welcome to the 'village'! That is how the gated communities in Metro Manila are usually called, and for good reasons.
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You should definitely not drink tap water. Even though there are claims that the tap water is okay - at least during the dry season - it is definitely not worth the risk of getting infected with bacteria and other harmful organisms. The same goes for using tap water for boiling it e.g. for pasta or tea. Clean, drinkable water is inexpensive. We strongly suggest that tap water be used solely for washing and bathing purposes.
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Hundreds of small companies take care of the laundry of Megacitizens in Metro Manila. Most of them also pick up the clothes from residences and deliver them once done.