All you need to know about Manila

City Facts - Manila

Manila serviced accommodation is dotted around the Philippines’ capital city. A city famed for its colonial architecture and striking sunsets; Manila is quickly becoming a major business capital in the Pacific region. The political, financial, and commercial capital of the Philippines, the city has seen drastic and rapid economic development since the destruction suffered during the Second World War. Now a bustling and vibrant modern city, Manila is located in a sheltered harbour in the Pacific region, around 700 miles from Southeast Hong Kong. With its close proximity to big economic players, Manila serves as a chief seaport for the country shipping out the manufacturing goods produced in the region. From textile production to publishing and printing, the city produces a range of desirable goods. A business-centric city, business travellers can expect a wide variety of serviced apartments in Manila. Whether a smaller studio apartment for short stays, or a larger three-bedroom apartment for a longer stint, Manila serviced accommodation has something for all visitors.

What do I need to know about staying Manila? 

There is plenty to do and see while staying in serviced apartments in Manila. With large numbers of tourists visiting the city each year, Manila plays host to a plethora of attractions. For travellers interested in history and architecture, the walled city of Intramuros should be on the top of your itinerary. A snapshot of a bygone era, it was originally designed to be the Spaniard’s political and military base in Asia. Much like the majority of Manila, the walled city of Intramuros was reduced to rubble by the end of the Second World War. Although some of the exterior walls were rebuilt, the interior has been converted into a park.

Manila apartments are situated in a city of remarkable historic significance. To best understand the culture and history in Manila, a trip to Rizal Park is essential. Spread over sixty hectares of open lawns, ornamental gardens, and wooded areas, the park is a peaceful place to wind down. The site of José Rizal’s execution, monuments to Filipino heroes are dotted throughout the park. For business travellers interested in Asia’s diverse and fascinating wildlife, Manila Zoo hosts a range of exotic animals from Monitor Lizards to Bengal Tigers. Head towards the Metropolitan Museum of Manila or National Museum of the Philippines to further delve into Filipino arts, culture, and history.

When staying in Manila serviced accommodation it is worth noting that the climate varies throughout the seasons. However, the temperature rarely falls below 20 degrees Celsius, meaning the city is warm all year round. With an average of 92 days of rain fall, Manila’s wet season lasts from May to December. The cities hot season typically lasts from early April to Mid-May where the daily average temperature settles at about 33 degrees. The cooler season ranges from November to February, and the coldest month of the year is January with an average low of 23 degrees.

SilverDoor recommends travelling in the months between January and March when the average high is around 30 degrees, and an average low is 24 degrees.

Transport in Manila

Manila has a exceptionally dense population which can make travelling while staying in Manila apartments especially difficult. For those who do need to traverse the city, Manila has a wide selection of both public and private transport options. The main transport options include taxis, ‘jeepneys’, buses, car rentals, and the metro rail. Jeepneys are a staple mode of transport in the Philippines and their affordability makes them ideal for getting around the city. Manila is a small city so commuting by foot is a prime mode of transport in the region.

Shopping in Manila

While staying in our Manila serviced accommodation you must explore the wide range of shopping opportunities the city has to offer. There are a number of shopping centres in the city, including SM Mall of Asia which is one of the largest shopping malls in the Philippines. There is also Shangri-La Plaza and Robinsons Place Mall which both offer Highstreet chain brands and restaurants. For travellers looking for a more authentic Filipino shopping experience, the Divisoria Market offers a wide range of shops hosting everything from bags and textiles to fruits and vegetables.

Facts about Manila

Staying in Manila apartments provides an opportunity to learn about the city. Manila earnt its name from the Nilad plant that once grew along the banks of the river that splits the city. A city of two halves, Manila is connected by a multitude of bridges. Manila is the most densely populated city in the world. With 14 million people crammed into a small area, the city is constantly buzzing. The city is rich in interesting facts. Established in the 1590s, Manila is home to the oldest Chinatown in the world. Built by Filipino Chinese families, it was the centre for Chinese commerce and various establishments and is located in the Binondo neighbourhood. The city was severely bombed during the second world war and more than 100,000 civilians lost their lives during the Battle of Manila. The city is also home to the oldest university in Asia, The University of Santo Tomas which was founded in 1611.

Why choose a serviced apartment in Manila with SilverDoor?

SilverDoor has 20 years of experience in the industry, over 320,000 apartments worldwide, and presence in 110 countries. With an extensive portfolio and a 5-star Trustpilot rating, SilverDoor has finessed the art of matching serviced accommodation to their clients. With impeccable customer service and offices based all over the world, our team is always available to answer any queries one may have while staying in our apartments in Manila, or anywhere else in the world.

What is a serviced apartment?

SilverDoor Manila serviced accommodation provides the comfort of a private rental and the services traditionally associated with hotels. Our extensive portfolio offers a variety of spaces that are tailored to your business travel needs. Manila serviced apartments provide all the necessary facilities needed for a business trip to the region. With sleeping, cooking, eating, relaxing, and working areas designated in each property, our serviced apartments in Manila provide home comforts, and depending on the property type and location, additional facilities can include on-site fitness centres, conference rooms, on-site bars, and parking.