There are some amazing places to see in the Philippines, like the islands of Palawan and Boracay or the beautiful rice terraces of Banaue and Batad in the north.

Whatever your destination, you will probably use the capital Manila as a hub to fly and and out. While the city of Manila is often avoided by travellers, it is worth exploring for a day or two.

The list of 5 star hotels in Manila is actually not short at all, so today I'll be uncovering all of the best luxury hotels in Manila.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

First on the list of – star hotels in Manila is the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. It’s located in Pasay City and offers a wide spread of services. The rooms have private balconies, air conditioning, and views of Manila Bay amongst the typical hotel rooms.

Sofitel also offers a gym, outdoor pool, spa, and a variety of restaurants and bars. The most notable of restaurants is their flagship restaurant, Spiral, which has 21 dining ateliers that serve amazing dishes that are cooked right in front of you.

What is also key to this hotel is its location. It’s situated less than 2 kilometers away from the Mall of Asia along the esplanade and about 7 km from the Manila International Airport. And if you have plans to go to Makati City, it’s a 20 minute drive away.

Sofitel Manila Plaza

Fairmont Makati

Another luxurious hotel is the Fairmont Makati at the heart of the business district. Like the other top hotels in Manila you can expect air-conditioned rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and a well-equipped gym.

What sets this hotel a bit apart is that is also offers an exclusive pillow menu and has free Wi-Fi throughout the entire hotel. You also have Spectrum, the in-house restaurant which offers a large selection of international cuisines as well as a café called Café Macaron which has great pastries.

The location is ideal for shoppers as the hotel is 3 minutes away by foot from Greenbelt and Glorietta Mall. There is also the Ayala Museum and SM Makati which is a 5-minute walk away.

Fairmont Makati

Raffles Makati

If you want another hotel with swimming pool in Manila, this is a good one as well. This five star hotel in Manila is almost a carbon copy of Fairmont Makati. It has free Wi-Fi across the entire hotel, a swimming pool, a gym, and views of the city.

What can set this hotel apart is that this hotel offers spa and massage services. You can also rent a car through the front desk. Other than that, it’s pretty close to Fairmont Makati which means it’s not far from Malls and other tourist attractions.

Raffles Hotel Makati

Pan Pacific Manila

If you are looking for stellar service and one of the most luxurious hotels in Manila, this one takes the cake. Pan Pacific Hotel boasts an outdoor pool, spa services, free Wi-Fi, gym services, and floor-ceiling windows of views of both Manila City and Bay.

And if that’s not enough, you also have access to 24-hour butler services. These butlers will prepare bubble baths, arrange city tours, or confirm your flights.

What also makes this one of the most luxury hotels in Manila is the 4-storey shopping arcade. There is also the Pacific Lounge which offers a lavish breakfast buffet and serves international dishes throughout the day.

Pan Pacific Manila

Conrad Manila

This hotel makes my list of best luxury hotels in Manila mainly because you get above and beyond what you pay for.

While this hotel sits on the edge of The Mall of Asia, where you'll find shops and restaurants. You'll be getting access to an outdoor or indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a bar, and air conditioned rooms. Some rooms also have seating areas. The hotel also offers shuttle services and the airport is only 4km away from your hotel doorstep.

Conrad Manila

The Manila Hotel

There are many beautiful 5 star hotels in Makati, but one to not overlook is Manila Hotel. It offers room with air-conditioning, a seating area, and a flat-screen TV like the other hotels. But what’s unique about this one is the design of the rooms. The rooms are elegantly decorated and the bathroom tiles are fitted with Italian marble. The mattresses are senso memory foam.

Ideal for the solo traveller, this luxe hotel is about 700m from the historic part of Manila, Intramuros and 800m from Manila Cathedral.

The Manila Hotel

Shangri-La at the Fort

Another hotel in the heart of Manila is Shangri-La at the Fort. This is another one of the big 5 star hotels in the Philippines, offering an outdoor swimming pool with views over the city, multiple dining options, free WiFi, and luxurious furnishings.

The High Street Cafe and High Street Lounge provides a large international selection of baked pastries. You’ve also got the Canton Road which serves authentic Chinese Cuisine. Or if you want something American, they have the Raging Bulk Burgers over at the Raging Bull Chophouse.

The hotel is also pretty close to many things, like Glorietta and Greenbelt Mall which are about 4 km away.

Shangri La At The Fort

The Peninsula Manila

Located in the business district of Makati, The Peninsula is a true oasis with a selection of 8 different dining experiences, an on-site spa, outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioned rooms of course.

What sets this hotel apart is the design which was inspired by Oriental, Ayurvedic, as well as European practices and is designed to help you relax in the otherwise chaotic Manila and I think it does a good job.

Gym, sauna, and a hair salon can be found on-site too. And once you’re in the mood to leave the hotel you’re about 1km away from Glorietta and Greenbelt Mall respectively.

The Peninsula Hotel Manila

Discovery Primea

If you're looking for a mixture of modern and luxurious accommodation in Manila, look no further than this hotel. You’ve got free Wi-Fi in public areas, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, restaurants, spa and massage services and free parking.

For the room specifically you’ve got luxury furnishing amongst your standard fare of hotel inclusions.

What’s also nice about the hotel is that you’re not far away from all the Manila attractions. You’ve got a quality in-house restaurant that offers local, Asian and Continental cuisine and you’re only 400 m from Glorietta Mall and 500 m away from Greenbelt Mall.

Discovery Primea Manila

City of Dreams – Nobu Hotel Manila

The final spot for the best luxury hotels in Manila takes the City of Dreams: the Nobu Hotel Manila. Find world class services, an in-house casino, a fitness centre, outdoor pool, spa and massage services along with free Wi-Fi and parking.

If that’s not enough, you’ve also got the rooms which are beautifully designed, air-conditioned, and offer views over the pool and the city.

City of Dreams Hotel Manila

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