Finding Monthly Stay Apartments on AirBnB
By default AirBnB displays daily rental rates, however if you input check in dates a month apart it updates the listings to show monthly rates, which usually comes with a ~50% discount.
An example search of private rooms for $300 – $600 for Jan 1 – 31, 2017 with keyword ‘Makati’ (the nice part of central Manila) spits out 134 rentals.
Example Monthly Rental
Below is a room at Knightsbridge Residences condo in Makati for 24799 PHP / month (~$520), cost of wifi and utilities is included (good deal as air con is a ripoff here).
That’s a 56% discount from the daily price (1678 pesos) by staying for one month. Weekly discounts are rarer, or sometimes 0%.
You can get an extra $35 off by using the AirBnB links on this site.
(Not sure what Asians’ obsession with the UK flag is).
In a previous post about condos in Manila I mentioned Gramercy is a popular option as it’s in the thick of the action, close to nightlife (e.g. Burgos Street) and casinos etc. 71 floors with gyms, pools and hot girls hanging about. Quite a few Gramercy units on AirBnB too.
Knightsbridge Residences is built by the same people as Gramercy and they’re 1 min walk apart. The facilities are a little worse but the decor in the rooms much nicer.
At least that’s what I hear from forums, obv I’m too cheap to stay at a place like this. To me the amenities look great (pool pictured above).
Cheaper than Hotels
Any 4* or better hotel in Makati is going to run at least 3000-4000 pesos a night. So using AirBnB you can have a full apartment at one of the nicest buildings in the cities for half that.
It’s the same in Cebu City. You can get rooms at Calyx Residences for a lot cheaper than any decent hotel in that area. For example the studio below was 30k for one month. A cheap way to test out the building and see if its worth signing a longer lease.
Living in the Philippines there’s always music blaring from somewhere and you need to know if that will be going into your accommodation while you sleep.
Book well in advance to find the best rooms that are available all month (no one night bookings from other people in the middle of your trip). And use the $20 saved to pipeline girls on FilipinoCupid or Pinalove while you’re waiting 🙂