Budget Hostel in Makati Near Burgos Street
Entrance to San Agustin Residences
One of the worst parts about living in the Philippines is that the hotels and condos are too expensive for what you get. A $50/night Philippines hotel room that’d be worth $30 in Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia. A $500/month Manila condo that’d be $300 in Bangkok. And so on.
However every once in awhile you can find okay value. My old pick for best value hotel was Makati Apartelle which costs 1085 pesos ($22.50) a night.
Coffee shop by the entrance
It calls itself more of a ‘hostel’ or ‘guesthouse’ because it’s family run, aimed at locals as well as tourists, and you won’t find it on hotel booking sites like Agoda. There’s also no security deposit.
Considering you get a full private room to yourself with a refrigerator this was, and still is, very good value for a hostel.
Saw some locals playing pool with bottle caps (I think?) on the street outside
The only problem with it is that it isn’t in the nice, business area of Makati. It isn’t in the ghetto, but it is in the ‘locals’ area of Makati. Safety wise it is fine, it is just a bit far away from the action.
The reason it isn’t as good as our new value hotel is because it is kind of out of the way from everything. If you want to go to P. Burgos, Greenbelt, or anywhere really you gotta hop in a cab (or take a jeep.)
New Pick for Cheapest Hotel / Hostel in Makati – San Agustin Residences
Luckily they’ve opened a new sister branch called San Agustin Residences which is a couple mins walk to Burgos.
Far enough away that you don’t bump into the streetwalkers and ladyboys that hang around Burgos, so it’s safe to bring a FilipinoCupid date home without bumping into the bargirl you were with the night before.
Studio room at San Agustin
Same owners as Makati Apartelle, same laid-back local feel with no security deposit (1000 – 2000 pesos for the hotels on Burgos Street). Again you won’t find it on Agoda and you won’t see as many tourists there.
It’s a three storey building with not that many rooms on a quiet street.
Rooms have wifi, air con, hot shower
It’s 1185 pesos/night ($24.50) so only 100 pesos more than Makati Apartelle, and you will make up for that by saving on your taxi / jeepney fare.
You can also walk to to Power Plant Mall in under 10 minutes, and to Cafe Havana and Greenbelt in 10 to 15 minutes. No need to waste your time in Manila traffic when staying here.
Room balcony view, overlooking San Agustin Street
Of all the cities I have ever been in Manila is definitely one of the ones where you most need to be centrally located. When you can stay in a nice apartment style room for $25 a night that is walking distance from the best girly bars in the city you just have to do it.
One note, finding budget food in this area is not going to be easy. There is a Pizza Hut across from Burgos where you can get a personal pan, soup, and drink for 99 pesos.
There is also a Mang Inasal nearby with good roasted chicken. Outside of that if you are looking for budget food options you are going to be having local food or fast food.
Still, if you’ve been wondering what is the cheapest hotel in Manila but still liveable and close to the action, this has to be the answer.
Police station few metres away on San Agustin Street
Manila Hotels vs AirBnb
Note that AirBnb is still much, much better than using a hotel or hostel, you can stay at somewhere like Knightsbridge or Gramercy for $40 a night with a great gym, swimming pool, view of the city etc.
But if for some reason you don’t like AirBnb (e.g. having to send a photocopy of your ID to the room owner) or if you’re booking last minute (the best AirBnb rooms get booked way in advance) and need a hostel / guesthouse then San Agustin Residences is your best bet.