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8 Cool Boutique Hotels In and Near Manila for a Stylish Staycation

by Marla Miniano-Umali
July 19, 2019

Boutique hotels have a very specific appeal. Contained, stylish, and bursting with personality, a stay in a boutique hotel is a different experience from a stay in a traditionally upscale hotel or a lush, sprawling resort. But what it lacks in generous landscapes and by-the-book glitz and glamour, it more than makes up for with a defined aesthetic, endearing character, and thoughtful, personalized service that makes you feel like their favorite—sometimes even their only—guest.

Staycation season is here, and we’re welcoming it with open arms. Below, we’ve handpicked the hippest boutique hotels in and near the city if you’re in the mood for impeccable design, the coziest rooms, and a stay that’ll stand out in the best way.

Element Boutique Hotel

Soaking up the pulsing energy of the thriving Poblacion district, Element Boutique Hotel is one of the most interesting stays you can book within city limits. Holding its own amidst the vibrant bars, restaurants, and speakeasies that populate the area, its industrial interiors, in-house art gallery, and French-Mediterranean-Asian cuisine make it both solace and shaper in the Poblacion party scene.

4950 Guerrero St.
Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
(02) 805 1360
(0917) 505 7500

Azumi Boutique Hotel

A good staycation makes you feel every bit as refreshed as a full-blown vacation would. The chic, eco-friendly Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang effortlessly fits the bill, with its sparkling clean, minimalist, natural light-flooded Garden Rooms accentuated by zesty pops of orange, your very own veranda, and a rooftop saltwater infinity pool.

2205 Market St.
Madrigal Business Park Phase III
Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 869 9888

Cabins by Eco Hotel

This quaint bed and breakfast in Tagaytay is so much more than an Instagrammable spot—although it does make for a great feed boost, with its rustic brick and wood interiors, vine-covered façade, ingenious repurposed furniture, and chandeliers made out of wine bottles. It champions sustainable tourism loud and proud, proving that style and substance can coexist.

Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Silang
Junction South, Tagaytay
(02) 881 5318
(0927) 368 0139
(0925) 478 3082

Containers by Eco Hotel

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this can’t be any truer than in an environmentally conscious accommodation fashioned out of repurposed shipping container vans. Tastefully decorated with scrap materials transformed into eye-catching contemporary artwork, and dotted with vibrant murals that celebrate local culture, Containers by Eco Hotel is a clever testament to Filipino resilience and imagination.

Seminarium Verbum Divinae Road
(02) 881 5318
(0927) 368 0139
(0925) 478 3082

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

Nestled in the heart of Makati, this visually pleasing stay fuels your creativity with eclectic décor and an inspiring ambience that truly lives up to its name. Schedule your stay on a weekend so you can wake up to excellent food finds from the Salcedo Saturday Market a few steps away, or load up on self-care by booking a treatment at Qiwellness Massage + Reflexology.

119 L.P. Leviste St.
Salcedo Village, Makati
(02) 828 4774

The Boutique Bed and Breakfast

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Tucked into the sloping Tagaytay Ridge and overlooking a majestic view of the Taal Volcano and Lake, this “boutique of emotions” will sweep you through the whirlwind process of falling in love with its romance-themed rooms, relaxing spa treatments, and a delightful Breakfast in Bed service that will spark your passion for love and life.

45 Aguinaldo Highway
Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay
(046) 413 1798
(0927) 363 2660
(0917) 598 4480

La Bella Boutique Hotel

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This Windy Ridge gem has probably popped up on your Explore page more than once, raking in easy popularity votes for its predominantly white, Santorini-inspired aesthetic and on-point artistic elements that seamlessly complement their natural surroundings. No need to venture out of its grounds, as the complex is also home to an organic gourmet bistro that serves fresh and tasty meals, a Spanish restaurant, and the quirky Bodhi Library and Café.

Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay
(0945) 791 2209
(0966) 677 2449

The Henry Hotel Manila

Vintage takes on a hip and fun twist in this enchanting Pasay oasis of restored colonial houses. Here, charming old-world touches like wrought iron windows, classic hexagon and intricately patterned tiles, and a unique clawfoot bathtub evoke warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia and fond memories of decades past, brought to new heights with modern amenities and exceptionally attentive service.

2680 FB Harrison St.
Pasay City
(02) 807 8888

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About Marla
Marla Miniano-Umali is the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan Philippines, Candy Magazine, and Summit Books. She has written four YA novels and two short story collections, and co-authored two poetry anthologies—including the travel-inspired The Maps that Contain Us. She likes long drives, snack pit stops, and adventures on and off the page.

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