Staying in cosy and convenient accommodations nestled in any city centre gives you the best of both worlds. It serves as a haven for when you want to get away from the hubbub, but its prime location gives you access to the city’s marvels whenever you’re feeling more adventurous.
There is one such place in the heart of Manila, and you’ll find that it’s quite near tourist hotspots, major thoroughfares, and even the airport. Within the bustling and iconic district of Ermita is City Garden Suites, a three-star hotel committed to providing guests deluxe accommodations, business-class comfort, and utmost convenience.
This hotel in Manila has 142 rooms fully equipped with features that will make any staycation homey and top-notch. Since it opened its doors to the public in 1992, City Garden Suites has unwaveringly stood as a benchmark of Filipino hospitality, offering only the best of Manila accommodations.
Aside from a deluxe stay, City Garden Suites offers impeccable service that will answer to your every whim — whether it be a guided tour in one of Manila’s top tourist spots or a get-together with friends made more special with that distinct City Garden touch. Read the rest of our City Garden Suites review to know more about this go-to in Manila. Welcome home.
Travelling alone or going on a business trip to Manila? Let City Garden Suites’ Standard Room be your home away from home for the next few days. You get 20 sqm all to yourself, with a choice of a double bed or two twin beds. With warm, wooden furnishings, an en-suite bathroom, and plush beddings, this accommodation option offers much-needed rest and relaxation for individuals looking for a place to hunker down at the end of the day.
All standard rooms are also equipped with your very own work desk, great for catching up on work emails any time during your stay.
Although the Superior Room also only holds a maximum capacity of two people, it’s the roomier option for couples and duos. Sleeping arrangements here are more spacious as well; you may choose between a double bed or two single beds.
Aside from the complimentary perks of staying with City Garden Suites (high-speed WiFi, access to all hotel facilities, breakfast buffet, parking, and an en-suite bathroom), some Superior Rooms also come equipped with a bathtub — perfect for soaking after a full day of touring. Families travelling together will also find this option convenient, as connecting rooms may be requested upon booking your stay.
Ideal for bigger groups but with the cosy, modern look and ambience of any City Garden Suites accommodation, the Deluxe Room can house up to four people at a time. Sleeping arrangements can be tailor fit to suit your group’s needs: You may choose between a combination of single, double, and twin beds or simply a king-sized bed.
With all the signature perks of a City Garden Suites stay, the Deluxe Room will surely make every guest feel at home. To make your stay even more hassle-free, ask the front desk about smoking and non-smoking floors.
If you’re travelling with family and friends and wondering where to stay in Manila, City Garden Suites’ One Bedroom Suite offers luxury living minus the hefty price tag of its five-star counterparts. The One Bedroom Suite boasts of comfortable sleeping arrangements and an adjoining living room with its own TV and air-conditioning. Want a room with a view? One Bedroom Suites also come with a balcony feature, which is subject to availability, so better book your stay earlier!
The Junior Suite practically comes with all of the One Bedroom Suite’s convenient features, but with a big bonus! It comes equipped with a kitchenette fitted with a stove, a microwave, and even a dining area, allowing guests to whip up something tasty in the comforts of their home away from home. How convenient!
At 100 sqm, the Penthouse is perhaps City Garden Suites’ crowning glory. While you can book a stay here to simply live the suite life to the fullest, the luxurious space is perfect for intimate events like bridal showers and overnight celebrations. Designed to house five people, the Penthouse is an easy choice for debutantes and even friends on a mission to bond over wine and yummy bar chow.
The Penthouse comes with all the features of the Junior Suite, with an outdoor area for parties and sightseeing to boot.
If there’s one thing you should know about Ermita in Manila, it’s that it’s home to a number of great restaurants. Lucky for you, one of them is just at the lobby of City Garden Suites. Cafe Miranda, City Garden Suites’ in-house restaurant and cafe, offers simply the best comfort food that spans several cuisines. Continental, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Italian, and of course, Filipino — you name it, Cafe Miranda will most likely have it, hot and ready to be savoured. The cafe-restaurant also serves kid-friendly specialities such as sandwiches, wraps, and sweets, for snacking any time of the day.
Staying in Manila with a flexible itinerary? Then, City Garden Suites has just the thing for you. This Manila hotel has a number of special packages that include accommodations and tours nearby. Go on an ecotour with Bambike and see the historical walled city of Intramuros on a bamboo bike. You can also book a staycation that comes with passes to the Dessert Museum, Manila Ocean Park, or Star City! In Manila for a running event? You’ll be thrilled to know that City Garden Suites offers a “Racecation Package” tailor-made for those with active lifestyles. So gear up and book a stay now — whatever your interests are, City Garden Suites has you covered.
Who doesn’t love a good pampering session? At the end of a long day on business or maybe after touring Manila and its neighbouring areas, nothing sounds better than a massage. Let City Garden Suites help you destress with in-room massage services and spa treatments carried out by knowledgeable therapists. We highly recommend hilot, a traditional Filipino healing massage that aims to revitalise tired muscles and release trapped cold air. You can also stick to foolproof massage techniques such as Thai-Shiatsu and Swedish.
With its newly renovated lobby comes an upgrade to City Garden Suites’ lobby bar, too. Known for mixing up the best concoctions for a night cap or even just a casual drink in the middle of the day, the lobby bar now boasts of local brew that will surely tickle your tastebuds. It now serves local craft beer courtesy of Engkanto, a brewery that has elevated the Philippine drinking scene since its debut in 2017.
A Manila hotel that is known for hospitality with a heart, City Garden Suites is also making an effort to be more eco-friendly in its operations. For this reason, guests will no longer find toiletries such as shampoo, shower gel, and lotion in plastic bottles all throughout the property. They’re now housed in refillable dispensers in all of the suites’ bathrooms. In addition to this, housekeeping only uses biodegradable trash bags for tidying up. Admirably enough, City Garden Suites reminds us that all actions — big or small — matter when it comes to saving the environment.
Here’s a little historical trivia: It may not look it since its rooms and facilities are well-maintained, but City Garden Suites is actually the first hotel of the City Garden Hotel Group! On top of its 142 well-appointed rooms (which are also considered among the largest rooms you’ll find in Manila accommodations), City Garden Hotel has also been known to be a great and reliable events place through the years. It has a ballroom for 200 guests and an events space that can house 100 people. City Garden Suites has truly kept up with the times these past decades and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila is but a 20-minute ride away from City Garden Suites, making travel to and from the airport fast and easy. Ermita is a commercial district with an abundance of jeepneys and taxis for those who are eager to try public transport. A few streets away is the major thoroughfare Taft Avenue, where you’ll find the LRT 1’s Pedro Gil Station. Hop aboard this train line to connect to other train lines in Metro Manila; we recommend getting a loadable Beep card if you’re planning to use the train a lot during your stay. Ermita is also great for exploring on foot. But before you head out, make sure to ask the friendly staff at City Garden Suites for directions and the best routes. If you prefer to use a ride-hailing app, the front desk will happily assist you in booking a Grab vehicle.
Staying in Ermita, one of Manila’s most iconic districts, gives you a peek into the city’s cultural and commercial development. What was once a hangout and residential area for Manila’s culturati and elite, Ermita was a well-known area and one that was considered hip. Somewhere along the way, it evolved into a red light district, but has since transcended this reputation. Now, Ermita is ultimately a tourist and commerce hub. It is also slowly regaining its footing in the arts and culture scene, with a number of galleries, cafes, bookstores, and bars cropping up one after another.
Just a quick jeepney or Grab ride away is the National Museum complex, where you’ll find the National Gallery and the National Museum of Anthropology. Not far from these buildings are the National Planetarium and the National Museum of Natural History, where countless flora and fauna specimens are housed.
Tip: Entrance to all National Museum buildings is free so make sure to line up early. You’ll often find a long queue at these entrances so you’ll save time by showing up earlier in the day. Big bags are also prohibited inside these premises so it’s better to bring a small bag or just your wallet with you. City Garden Suites is just nearby, so you’ll have no problem freshening up and getting back to your things after museum-hopping.
Also a quick ride away are wide, open spaces that let you spend time surrounded by greenery. There’s the Rizal Park, where the monument of the Philippine’s national hero, Jose Rizal, stands guarded by members of the military. You can also head to Paco Park, where you’ll find a small chapel and an age-old historical ossuary. There is, of course, the walled city of Intramuros, famous for housing remnants of Spanish rule in the Philippines.
If you prefer to shop till you drop, make a beeline for Robinson’s Place Manila (also known as Robinson’s Midtown), SM Manila, or the colossal SM Mall of Asia, which also features breathtaking views of Manila Bay.
Adventurous bargain hunters can also easily commute to Divisoria, a nearby shopping district filled with cheap buys and street vendors. Not so far from Divisoria is another commercial centre with great affordable options — 168 Shopping Mall in Binondo. Binondo is Manila’s very own Chinatown so treat yourself to some dimsum and noodles after shopping.
Churchgoers will also be happy to know that there are three churches that are very near City Garden Suites: Ermita Church, Paco Church, and Malate Church, which is just right across Manila Bay and the Rajah Sulayman Park.
Malate is Ermita’s neighbouring district, and you’ll find many cafes, restaurants, and bars here as well, so it’s always a good idea to visit. What exactly can foodies try in Malate? All sorts of international cuisine: Middle Eastern, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, and even Halal-certified eats — Malate’s wide array of food choices will certainly satisfy any craving. If you can’t make up your mind, head to Salo Park, a food park along Nakpil Street. The nightlife in Ermita and Malate is blooming and booming, too. There are many bars and clubs for partying the night away; just walk around the area and take your pick.
There are a number of family-friendly centres nearby as well. Kids will surely enjoy a trip to Manila Ocean Park or Manila Zoo. When you’re done visiting the animals, have a fun time at DreamPlay and Star City, or tour Museo Pambata and The Dessert Museum!
Feeling a bit full from all those food fests? Fitness buffs can jog along Roxas Boulevard while chasing the famous Manila Bay sunset. Keep your eyes peeled for group workouts like Tai Chi and Zumba in various parts of the baywalk. They’re free and are open to the public! You’ll also find similar group workouts at Luneta Park, Blue Bay Walk, and SM Mall of Asia’s seaside space. As you can see, you won’t run out of things to do in Manila! And if you’re feeling a bit drained from all the excitement, you can always recharge in your very own space at City Garden Suites.