10 popular Airbnb rentals in the Philippines for less than P3,000

Here's a selection of unique and affordable Airbnb rentals in top tourist destinations in the country, from a thatched native cottage overlooking farmlands in Palawan to an ocean-front bungalow in Bohol

By Celia Nachura. Photos courtesy of Airbnb

Taal-view French-country condominium at Tagaytay Prime Residences, Tagaytay, Cavite

Parisian-style condo in Tagaytay. Screengrabbed from Airbnb

Cozy and romantic, this brand new one-bedroom 25sqm Tagaytay rental is decorated in French country style, from the all-white color palette with a mix of grey and mint green to the floral cushions on the diner-style dining area. From its balcony on the 20th floor, you get a stunning view of Taal Volcano and lake. It's located in the heart of Tagaytay, near a supermarket, shops and restaurants, and the newly opened Ayala Serin Mall. 
Why book? Parisian décor in nearby Tagaytay, plus a good location in the heart of Tagaytay and pool access.
Airbnb rating: 4.5 stars
Book the French-style condo for P2,486 per night for four people. Wi-Fi included.
How to get there
It’s a one-hour drive from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), exiting through Sta. Rosa or Greenfield City where there are signs leading to Tagaytay. From the ridge, turn right to the direction of Tagaytay City, and head to the rotunda in the direction of Nasugbu, Batangas. Tagaytay Prime Residences is along the Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., just before the Tagaytay Rotunda. 

1-Bedroom flat, Baguio, Benguet

Flat in Baguio, Benguet. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
Located on top of a hill in a private compound, this one-bedroom 50sqm apartment offers space and a stylish, crisp design. Custom-made solid wood is used throughout the house including the coffee table, doors and windows, kitchen and bathroom counter, giving the place character and warmth. Its proximity to the Bencab Museum and Santa Lucia Golf Course and clubhouse means there is plenty to do nearby. Taxis and jeepneys are readily available.
Why book? Stylish design and spacious interiors. Free breakfast and friendly host are also bonuses.
Airbnb rating: 5 stars
Reserve the flat for P1,783 per night for two guests, plus P502 for additional guest, breakfast included. 
How to get there
From Cubao, ride a Genesis JoyBus Deluxe bus to Baguio, Benguet. Travel time is 6-8 hours.

Bamboo Beach Front Cottage #1, San Juan, La Union

Bamboo cottages in San Juan, La Union. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
Just a few steps from the beach, this native thatched cottage is a rustic home away from home for surfers and beach lovers. The design is laidback and simple, but you get the beach on your doorstep and a great sunset view from the porch at the end of the day. It’s less than ten minutes by jeepney from the busier Urbiztondo beach where there are restaurants, cafés and surf shops to check out. Also ten minutes away is San Fernando, where there are supermarkets and grocery stores to stock up on supplies.
Why book? Quieter than other resorts in San Juan, La Union. The beachfront location is also a plus.
Airbnb rating: 4.5 stars
Book your own cottage for P1,876 per night for two people. Wi-Fi available.
How to get there
From Cubao, ride a Partas Transport bus to San Juan, La Union, where you can easily find tricycles to take you directly to your cottage.

Kiteboarder's room in Hobbit house, Boracay, Aklan

Hobbit house in Boracay Island. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
One can almost imagine Bilbo Baggins in Boracay with this Hobbit-inspired home. The colorful, bohemian-styled residence houses four private room rentals and the kiteboarder’s room is perfect for backpacker’s on a budget. Wooden stairs lead to a private bunk bed area with a work station underneath. The house is only a few minutes away from the famous White Beach and bars, restaurants and shops along the strip. Just several steps from the house's gate are a 24-hour convenience store and tricycles for hire.
Why book? For its laid-back vibe, affordable rates, and quirky design. Host Chie is generous in sharing insider tips on places to visit and things to do on the island.
Airbnb rating: 4 stars
Reserve the kiteboarder’s room in Hobbit house for P657 per night for one person. Wi-Fi available.
How to get there
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights from Manila to Caticlan. From Caticlan, take a 15-minute boat ride to Boracay Island. Tricycles can drop you off at Hobbit house directly. 

Vacation cottage in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Cottage in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
This native thatched cottage, located within a fishing and farming community, offers guests a taste of simple countryside living. It overlooks a rice field and is just a few steps away from a mini-forest. Birds, monitor lizards, and freshwater turtles are frequently sighted in the area. You can try your hand at fishing for your own dinner at any of the four ponds in front of the house.  While the cottage is in a relatively secluded location, it’s less than an hour from the Puerto Princesa Underground River and the Puerto Princesa City town center.
Why book? Unique experience of going back to rural basics. Animal lovers will also enjoy seeing a variety of creatures in their natural habitat.
Airbnb rating: 5 stars
The Puerto Princesa Vacation cottage rents for  P2,017 per night for two guests, plus P251 for each additional guest.
How to get there
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia fly daily from Manila to Puerto Princesa. From the airport, take a tricycle to the Cherry Bus terminal and ride a northbound bus to El Nido or Taytay. Get off at the cottage.

Sommer Eco Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Sommer Eco Cottages. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
A 15-minute drive from El Nido town center, Sommer Eco Cottages at this mountainside property offers simple, provincial living. All of the seven rental cottages are solar-powered with no airconditioning and TV, a great chance for you to go on digital detox. Flowers and carefully trimmed shrubs brighten the outside of the cottages, each big enough  to fit two people comfortably. Hammocks in the private deck of each cottage are the perfect spot to lounge and catch a nap in between visiting the famous sights of El Nido. Restaurants and groceries are 10-15 minutes away and there are stores just outside the property. Motorbikes may be rented for P600 per day. Host Joy also arranges El Nido tours for guests.
Why book? Quiet and picturesque provincial surroundings. Joy and her staff are more than happy to help with booking accommodation and tours. 
Airbnb rating: 5 stars
Book a cottage at Sommer Eco Cottages for P1,407 per night. Each can accommodate two people. Breakfast and Wi-Fi included.
How to get there?
Airswift has daily direct flights from Manila to El Nido for about P10,900 round-trip. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia also offer flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Take a five-hour El Nido bound shuttle van (P700 per person). Lexxus Shuttle Services’ vans can pick you up at Puerto Princesa Airport, or you can ride a tricycle from the airport and go to San Jose Bus Terminal to take the Cherry Bus to El Nido. Standard tricycle fare is P500 from the airport and P150 from the bus terminal. 

Flat with Garden Deck, Consolacion, Cebu

Flat in Consolacion, Cebu. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
This single-bedroom flat occupies the third floor of a family home in Consolacion, Cebu, with its own private garden deck with a view of the city. Glass doors and large windows allow ample light inside the flat. Owner Lyn Deutsch is an artist and has decorated the flat with life-sized paintings, solid wood furniture, wooden light fixtures, simple white curtains and cushions, and lots of indoor plants. The rental property is walking distance to public transportation and only about five minutes from SM Consolacion, a local shopping mall.
Why book? Well-furnished flat and helpful hosts. The location is also convenient for public transportation.
Airbnb rating: 4.5 stars
The flat costs P1,830 per night for two people, plus P301 for each additional guest. Wi-Fi available.
How to get there?
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia fly daily from Manila to Mactan International Airport in Cebu. From there, Deutsch’s rental is a 20-minute taxi ride away.

Kims-Garden ocean view room, Anda, Bohol

Kims-Garden in Anda, Bohol. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
Kims-Garden is a one-bedroom ocean view bungalow just a few steps away from a turquoise beach in Anda, Bohol. The airconditioned property is quite secluded and tucked away in the midst of a lush garden. Enjoy privacy while snorkeling, kayaking and relaxing. Although it feels secluded from the rest of Bohol, Kims-garden is only five kilometers from Anda market. Guests can walk to the main road and hop on a tricycle, or rent a motorbike or car for a day to explore Anda’s attractions such as the famous Quinale Beach and the many cave pools.
Why book? For the beach and marine sanctuary right outside the doorstep and its secluded location, away from the crowds. 
Airbnb rating: 4.5 stars
Book the ocean view bungalow at Kims-Garden for P2,861 per night. The room can comfortably fit two people. Wi-Fi is available.
How to get there?
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia fly daily from Manila to Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran, ride a tricycle to Dao terminal and get on a bus bound for Anda. Travel time is about three hours. From Anda market, Kims-Garden's ocean front bungalow is a tricycle ride away. 

Terrace apartment #A2 at Marpas Apartments, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

Marcela Apartments in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
Nestled in a gated community with views of Mt. Talinis in the distance, this fully-furnished modern apartment is a homey and nicely decorated place to stay in Dumaguete. Modern décor with bright accents and a well-equipped living, kitchen and dining area create an appealing space. Sliding doors open to a spacious terrace overlooking the communal swimming pool, shared by apartment tenants in the compound. The apartment is part of Marpas Apartments which offer rental accommodation. Public transport is accessible, but cars and motorbikes may also be rented. Host Maria can also arrange scuba diving and tours.
Why book? Nicely furnished apartment with modern amenities. The host is helpful with advice on tour itineraries and schedules.
Airbnb rating: Not enough ratings yet.
Book an entire apartment for P2,017 per night for two people. Wi-Fi available.
How to get there
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly daily from Manila to Dumaguete. From the airport transfers to the apartments cost P500.

Studio in Camella Davao City, Davao

Studio in Camella Davao City. Screengrabbed from Airbnb
Only 15 minutes away from Davao International Airport, this youthful studio at Camella Northpoint Condominium is compact, but has all the basic home essentials. Bright colors cheer up the place. It's housed in a building complex with swimming pool, gym and club house. 
Why book? Premiere location, well-equipped apartment and great building facilities.
Airbnb rating: 4 stars
Book this studio for P1,407 per night for two people. Wi-Fi is available.
How to get there
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia fly daily from Manila to Davao. From the airport, take a taxi to Camella Northpoint Condominium.

Published July 2016