Airbnb features more than 100,000 rooms and apartments worldwide to rent in private properties and has a growing list in Metro Manila. Here's our selection of stylish and brilliantly located apartments in the city that won't break the bank.
Edades Tower, Rockwell, Makati
Located in one of Makati's desirable neighbourhoods, this one-bedroom apartment looks like it came straight out of the pages of an interior design magazine. It was on the cover of the local Condo Living magazine in 2015. This apartment which can accommodate up to three, is compact at 65 sqm, but light streaming in through the windows and the way it's been furnished makes it look bigger. Guests can enjoy pool and gym access, as well as the option to sign up for a guest pass at the Rockwell Club next door, which has courts for tennis, basketball, and other sports, as well as a spa. It's also just a few minutes walk away from the Power Plant mall, which houses a lot of high end shops and restaurants.
Why book? A fancy address, stylish apartment, and if you don't care to use the car or taxi to navigate Makati's traffic, you don't have to. Within walking distance is Rockwell's Powerplant Mall, housing restaurants, Rustan's Supermarket, cafes, cinemas, and designer shops. The owner's sales pitch on the website says the apartment is in the same building as the luxury residence Aruga Hotel, but costs half as much.
P4003 (US$85) per night for two people. Ideal for a couple, but can accommodate up to three. Edades Tower, Rockwell, Amorsolo drive, Poblacion, Makati. View the listing here.
Penthouse at Knightsbridge Residences, Century City, Makati
This one-bedroom penthouse apartment on the 63rd floor of the 64-storey Knightsbridge Residences, which opened in 2014, offers a great view of Makati City. Its penthouse location also makes the place airy and light. It's also walking distance from the Kalayaan area and its bustling nightlife, bars and restaurants. Free cable, high speed internet, and a phone are available for guests, as well as access to the condo's amenities, such as the swimming pool, gym, library, and movie room.
Why book? Being a penthouse apartment has its advantages. It's also a well appointed apartment, with new facilities, and near the night life.
Airbnb rating 5 stars
P3071 per night for up to three people. Knightsbridge Residences, Century City, Salamanca corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati. View the listing here.
Asia Tower, Greenbelt, Makati
While not very spacious, the studio unit's quirky design makes the space look bright and breezy. With a queen-sized bed and an additional sofa, the unit can accommodate up to three people comfortably, and comes with a fully-equipped kitchen that you may not end up using a lot with all the good restaurants close by. Located right across the Greenbelt area, the apartment is a two minute walk to restaurants, bars, and cafes, and just a five minute walk to the Makati central business district (CBD).
Why go? It's compact, cozy, and near the CBD offices, restaurants and shopping areas.
Airbnb rating 5 stars
P2829 per night for two people. Asia Tower, Benavidez corner Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati. View the listing here.
El Jardin del Presidente, Timog, Quezon City
For those who prefer being in northern Manila, this artsy and cozy studio unit in Timog, Quezon City ticks the box. The price is not bad either, showing that if you don't mind being a few hours out of Makati, you could get a lot more space for less money. With a queen-sized double bed and a sofa that also converts into a bed good for two, there is space enough for up to four people. Brightly-colored walls, a fully-stocked bookshelf, a string of fairy lights and an assortment of interesting wall tapestries make the space feel more like home. A plant-filled balcony with a great view of the sunset overlooking the city is an added bonus.
Why go? The homey feel, and a good, quiet location in the north of the Metro for those who need to be in that area
Airbnb rating 4.5 stars
Price is P1558 per night for two people. El Jardin del Presidente, 38 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. View the listing here.
8 Adriatico Tower, Malate, Manila
Just a 15-minute walk away from popular Manila tourist attractions such as Rizal Park and Manila Bay, and a 15-minute drive from the National Museum, the Manila Ocean Park, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, this apartment makes a great homebase for those who are intent on doing some sightseeing while they are in the city. Decorated in tasteful neutrals and whites, the serene space is a breath of fresh air.
Why go? Close proximity to Manila's historical and cultural centers, crisp and clean interiors
Airbnb rating 5 stars
P2109 per night for two people. 8 Adriatico Tower, Padre Faura Street corner Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila. View the listing here.