Hole Up in These Gorgeous Airbnbs in Manila for Holy Week
There are three kinds of Metro Manila residents during Holy Week: the observant, who use the time to reflect and pray; the out-of-towner, who flees the city for the long weekend; and the staycationer, whose numbers have grown in the past few years. Perhaps recognizing that Holy Week—when airfare and accommodations are at peak-season premium rates, and tollways are clogged—more and more people are opting to stay in the metro. It's not a bad choice.
We’ve compiled beautiful Airbnb listings within Metro Manila for a quick, quiet getaway that doesn't need much driving away.
Colorful Studio with a View
Feel right at home in this quirky, vibrant studio that screams pops of color, with hues reminiscent of Monica’s and Rachel’s iconic apartment in the show Friends. Located along tree-lined streets near the trendy hubs of Tomas Morato and Timog Avenues, the place has a chic suburban feel while being in close proximity to some of the area’s most happening establishments.
At 41sq.m., the space can accommodate four guests, perfect for a week-long Netflix marathon.
Hip Industrial Pad
Meanwhile, this industrial, Brooklyn-inspired pad that was once featured in RealLiving can fit six guests, and comes with a full dining set, as well as a cool entertainment system that consists of a 40-inch TV, HD cable, and a BluRay player complete with its own diverse movie selection. Bring the beers and have a viewing party if you’re planning a boys’ night in. Oh, and don’t miss the Eraserheads-themed bedroom.
Even if you’re not hitting the beach, soak up some sea vibes in this surf-inspired flat that can comfortably fit a gnarly group of five. Striking blue walls, a giant surf map, and a view of Manila Bay should beat the tropical blues. No worries, you can do some surfing on your own—on the World Wide Web, that is—with its own private WiFi connection.
Chic and pristine apartment in Malate
In the historic area of Manila, seek comfort in this plush, elegant apartment, tastefully decorated in an all-white motif located at the swanky 8 Adriatico Tower. As the condo is within walking distance to many of Malate’s businesses, it’s the perfect place to retire after a long day of exploring. The place also comes with complimentary snacks in the fridge upon arrival, so it’s a pretty sweet deal to welcome you to the city.
Old Spanish-Styled Bedroom in Paco
You’ve seen those old photos of Manila going viral on social media. And while the capital is no longer what it once used to be, glimpses of its former glory and elegance still live on in old houses like this one in Paco, one of the last of its kind. The house is owned and maintained by Greg Dorris, an American tour guide who’s lived in Manila since 1988 and knows more about the city than the average Pinoy. So if you’re hankering to inhale Manila’s rich history and culture in a week, start with this old Spanish-styled bedroom to really get you in the mood. Also remember to ask Greg for recommendations on where to go and what to eat.
Eclectic bungalow in Paco
In the same neighborhood exists this eclectic bungalow, which seems to be a time capsule of sorts for its neighbor, Malate, and the old bohemian culture that once thrived in the area. This eccentric house is nestled in a community of prewar houses, and its peculiar collection of art and antiques has landed the house a feature in Elle. The house has a dedicated housekeeper who can assist you with your needs for a stress-free escape from the haunts of city life.
Old Manila heritage apartment in Malate
Its listing name “old Manila heritage apartment” sums it up perfectly: the apartment belongs to a historic pre-war building constructed in 1936, where vestiges of the predominant art deco aesthetic still live on. The apartment itself is effortlessly beautiful and spacious, with 10-foot its a housekeeper at your service. The real magic, however, lies within its neighbors, where a motley crew of filmmakers, expats, artists, restaurateurs, designers, and other creatives, giving the area its own sense of character and a unique slice of Manila.
Airy Bohemian Space at Greenbelt
Playfully designed with lots of natural light coming in all day, this bright and airy space located in the posh neighborhood of Ayala Triangle is away from the noise of the traffic down below, offering your mind some clarity without being too far from the comforts of the city. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Makati skyline from the bedroom and the living room.
Gorgeous Loft at Greenbelt
This stylish loft across Greenbelt allows you to experience true cosmopolitan living, with beautiful and sleek modern interiors, softened by the space’s collection of throw pillows and a comfortable bed to sink into after a long day. The loft also has its own beautiful workspace, ideal for freelancers or work-from-home types to squeeze in some work.
Among the bustling hostels and seedy motels that populate Poblacion, this charming home is a triumph amidst the urban chaos. All 12 bedrooms and the house’s common areas feature warm, cozy interiors with modern accents here and there. Book a room to meet businessmen, couples, and like-minded travelers who prefer a more mellow and intimate stay within the area.
Posh Two-Bedroom Flat
Meanwhile, nothing beats this posh, sprawling, two-bedroom unit at 120 square meters that’s sort of a local legend on Airbnb. Leny is a long-time Airbnb superhost, meaning she’s a consistently high-rated host committed to giving the extra mile for her guests. Perfect for families, the apartment even has its own nanny room, and you can have groceries delivered to the apartment.