People stay in Metro Manila budget hotels for a lot of reason. Budget-conscious foreign and local tourists who have no acquaintances residing in the National Capital Region (NCR) end up in a so-called econotel or a standard class hotel. Some stay for a night as a jump off point to a provincial destination.

With progress in Metro Manila comes living hazards such as petty crimes. No tourist would like to be subjected to pick-pocketing or large scale theft. The worst that could happen is figuring in a homicide. The next worse thing is finding out that the room you're in was a one-time crime scene.  Any tourist would feel uncomfortable even if they pretend to not mind.

I tried to test staying in various budget hotels in Metro Manila for the past three years and below are some that are worth revealing:

Tune Hotel
Tune Hotel works on a customized system of service for guests. Booking a room at this hotel is like scanning the menu of a fast food joint. They initially offer a standard class room with basic inclusions like a bed and a bathroom. You are given the option to choose between access to a fan or the air conditioner. The rate, as a result, starts affordable.

The Tune Hotel I tested was in Makati City.
Overnight Rate: As low as P1,400 as of early 2013 but may go lower or higher based on the number of bookings in a day
Good Quality: I loved how the bed and pillows are of first class quality (it felt like the room cost P3,000). The edge of this hotel with other budget hotels is the provision of a view.
Recommendation/s: Tune Hotel is best for solo travelers and couples

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Go Hotel
Go Hotel is another econotel that I tested. The place's rooms are as bare in design as Tune Hotel. Since the room rate is quite affordable, local and foreign guests are encouraged to book months or even a year before. 

The Go Hotel I tested was in Mandaluyong City.
Rating: ★★★★
Overnight Rate: As low as P1,800 as of late 2012 but may go lower or higher based on the number of bookings in a day
Good Quality: The room fixtures and shower are modern in design. The rooms have floor to ceiling windows which is a plus.
Recommendation/s: Go Hotel is best for events-oriented bookings like weddings and debuts.

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Lancaster Suites Hotel
Lancaster Suites Hotel is a condominium-hotel in Mandaluyong City that I've been choosing to stay in for my birthday getaway for the past 3 years. It's surrounded by mid-rise buildings so most of the rooms have good views of Makati City in one side, Quezon City or Pasig City in another. This can be considered to be between a standard and a first class. The elevators, lobby, and room hallways are as decent as the room interiors and show the quality of a first class.

This hotel is located near the intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard.
Rating: ★★★★
Overnight Rate: A standard room may set you back up to P4,000 as of late 2012 but you can always request for a discount that may result in a P3,200-3,400 room rate.
Good Quality: This hotel has the expected high security of a standard class. All rooms have wonderful views and are spacious, but the one thing that makes me return to this is the bathtub inclusion in the standard room.
Recommendation/s: Lancaster Suites Hotel is best for couples on a tight-budget romantic getaway or a solo traveler who can't afford the nearby Ridgemonde Hotel.

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Gran Prix Econotel-Manila
Gran Prix Econotel-Manila is located at the heart of Ermita in Manila. It's a good walking distance from Robinson's Mall-Ermita and various recruitment agencies. What most foreign tourists like about this econotel is its close proximity to the airport. They find it convenient to choose Manila for their stay over the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong.

I chose the Deluxe 2 room which had a bathtub (room rate of P2,100).
Rating: ★★★★
Overnight Rate: As low as P1,600 as of early 2013
Good Quality: For any transaction that one has in congested and crime-ridden Manila, a safe accommodation is considered rare. This econotel offers that security and escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. 
Recommendation/s: Gran Prix Econotel-Manila is best for travelers with transactions in Manila or tourists that need to travel in the provinces the next day.

Read more on Turista Trails.
Hotel878 is a condominium-hotel which most budget hotels are in Metro Manila. This one started off as a condominium with related facilities and was later converted into a hotel. This is located in Libis, Quezon City and in close proximity to my residence in Pasig City so this establishment offers the convenient respite from any domestic mishaps like emergency plumbing problem or a case of a visiting relative needing an instant accommodation.
Rating: ★★★★★
Overnight Rate: As low as P2,600 as of early 2013
Good Quality: There are not many affordable hotels in the Pasig City-Quezon City area (The Orange Place is another) so the location of Hotel878 is sought-after by those with transactions in the area.
Recommendation/s: Hotel878 is best for provincial travelers with relatives residing or have transactions in the Pasig City-Quezon City area.

Read more on The Philippine Guild.
Affordable Hotels Reviewed On This Post:

 Tune Hotel-Makati
 Go Hotel
 Lancaster Suites Hotel
 Gran Prix Econotel-Manila

Booking Tip:
When making a reservation over the phone, you can request for a discount and the reservations officer will be happy to give you one if the hotel has an ongoing promo. I almost always get a discount between P1,000 to P2,000 because I simply ask for it.

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    Karl Ace is a University of Santo Tomas (UST) graduate of Fine Arts and a certified Odesk Online Article and Blog Writer. He's a work-from-home consultant on weekdays and a local tourist on weekends. As an advocate of point-and-shoot photography, he always ascertains that the less intrusion on the subject, the better.  See his snap shots.


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