Best Philippines hotels to book in 2021

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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How did we pick these Philippines hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Philippines hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

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.

Which sites let me book Philippines accommodation with free cancellation?

These sites let you make a refundable booking for your trip to Philippines, so there's less risk of losing the cost of your stay or deposit. Some sites only offer free cancellation on select Philippines hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay.

Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether each Philippines hotel is non-refundable.

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Which sites let me use a coupon code to book Philippines accommodation?

Using one of our coupon codes at these sites will save you money on your Philippines stay. Some may ask you to pay for your stay upfront rather than on arrival in order to apply the code to your Philippines booking, but the same cancellation policy does apply so if you are able to cancel, you'll be able to get refunded.

Which sites let me book Philippines accommodation without a credit card?

If you don't have a credit card to make your Philippines booking, but would like to reap the rewards of one, compare credit cards that offer hotel rewards here.

Which Philippines hotel booking sites have rewards programs?

Get access to cheaper prices, collect points toward free stays and get extra perks like Wi-Fi or breakfast if you book your Philippines accommodation on sites like these:

  • Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
  • Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
  • Trip Coins is's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
  • Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
  • Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).

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