The epitome of authentic Filipino hospitality dedicated to all Pinoys-at-heart
A big misconception about Metro Manila is that in its efforts to catch up to more developed cities in Southeast Asia, the experience of being here becomes less and less “Filipino”. But we beg to disagree. If people know the right places to go to, they’d figure that the capital still offers a myriad of uniquely Filipino attractions. You have native restaurants, museums, nostalgic parks and even accommodations. Among the ones we found incredibly interesting is Kabayan Hotel in Pasay City.
After finding the hotel online, we eventually found ourselves in front of it to check it out for ourselves. We had a moment of disbelief about the fact that this humble hotel sits right along the busiest avenue in the city. Upon entering, the gracious staff in their yellow and blue uniforms promptly came to our support. It was just like being in a relative’s home in the province! Going around, we saw the Pinoy Star Cafe where we spent loads of our time in the hotel. Why? Because all the dishes served here are truly Filipino! What’s more, since we booked our stay on their website, we got to enjoy discounts. We also had discount perks with redeemable points earned through our Kabayan Privilege Card.
We were also a big fan of the hotel’s prayer room, a place for guests who need time to commune or meditate in private. There's also a worship hall wherein we got to see what an impressive crowd of OFWs and family guests the hotel has. Clearly, this made us feel right at home! Because of its location, we got to easily access many of the city’s southern attractions including SM Mall of Asia, SMX Convention Center and MOA Arena. For a home away from home experience, we’d definitely go back here any time! Read our full Kabayan Hotel review to see what’s in store for you at this genuinely Filipino hotel in Pasay City.
Blending Filipinos’ sense of community and the ingenuity of Japanese, the Kapsule rooms are valuable additions to the hotel. They are ideal for guests who don’t mind sleeping in small spaces or sharing a room and toilet with others. Each bed has a control panel for light, exhaust and power outlet. There's also a blanket and pillow, and guests can store their things in the provided lockers.
Like the Kapsule rooms, the gender-exclusive Dormitory rooms are great for people who don’t mind sharing a room possibly with strangers. Likewise, any budget-conscious group or family of six can book the room if they prefer being in one room. Every room is occupied by three double-deck beds, each with a drawer and study lamp. All guests can share the common toilet and bath equipped with a hot and cold shower.
Saving but still want your privacy? With a humble 7 sqm space, the Pad Solo features all the basic amenities you need for a cosy stay. You will find a single bed, study table and even a private toilet and bath. Room entertainment won’t be a problem as the pad also has a mini television just above the foot of your bed.
There’s not an inch of space wasted at the 10.15 sqm Pad Twin. If you’re coming with a buddy and still look forward to saving, this loft-type room is a perfect choice. Stay warm in one of the strategically placed single beds, enjoy the amenities of your private toilet and bath, and sort things out at the study table.
Aside from being cordial, Filipinos are known for their impeccable taste and creativity in cooking. Guests will experience these at Kabayan Hotel’s on-site restaurant, Pinoy Star Cafe, open from 4am. Start your day with filling breakfast offerings that include your favourite Filipino fares, such as tapa, tocino, and daing na bangus. For lunch or dinner, enjoy a plate of Pampanga’s sisig, crispy pata, pinakbet, and pochero. One more highlight of the restaurant comes every afternoon when the venue starts to serve feast-worthy buffet merienda at affordable prices. Some of the servings to look out for are pansit, puto’t dinuguan, and assorted kakanin.
In addition, the restaurant has a roll-out diner for the complimentary breakfast with varying menu selections daily. It also offers continental breakfast options to foreign guests, such as sausages, pancakes, and more. Guests who prefer a la carte servings of more Filipino dishes can head to Sala Restaurant.
Especially ideal this season, Kabayan Hotel offers guests several options to quench their thirst while savouring fresh Filipino flavours. Choose among the all-time favourites halo-halo, fruit shakes, ice candy and sago’t gulaman while chilling out with your loved one or friends. These are available in both dining outlets in the hotel.
Kabayan Hotel has taken into account Filipinos’ religiosity and being prayerful, so they set up prayer cubicles within the property. Practising guests who wish to have a moment to commune with the Lord can go to one of them anytime they wish. They’ll also find prayer cards inside their own rooms. These are unique additions to the already impressive home-like services of the hotel.
Former Philippine Vice President and Senator Loren Legarda graced the grand opening of the Kabayan Hotel. They both even rode the LRT in order to showcase the accessibility of the hotel. Also commonly referred to as “Kabayan”, Noli de Castro was often mistaken as the owner of the hotel.
Kabayan Hotel is proud to say that 90% of its guests choose to stay here for one obvious reason – accessibility. All of the four Ninoy Aquino airports, several provincial bus stations and two major LRT and MRT stops are located nearby. There are also popular shopping and tourist destinations in the area that you can easily go to such as SM Mall of Asia and SMX Convention Center.
In its effort to accommodate more guests, particularly OFWs and travellers coming from the province, Kabayan Hotel will have a new multi-story building next to its current location. Expected to be completed in a period of two years, the expansion will feature 307 expandable rooms across different categories, function rooms and a larger restaurant.
OFWs make up most of the guests in the hotel, whether they’re getting ready to take off or have just landed and on a quick Metro Manila getaway with their loved ones. To show their commitment to serving these modern-day heroes, the hotel has a dedicated Kabayan OFW Center. Those looking for any form of help can get it from the trusty personnel here.
Kabayan Hotel is located along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue in Pasay City, just a few metres from Taft Avenue. Being in a prime location, guests have several options in getting to the hotel. Its area is serviced by both the LRT 1 and MRT lines. Those who choose this option can go down at the EDSA-Taft station, from where you will have to pass by a mall in order to get to the hotel. Jeepneys that ply Taft Avenue also stop by the area any time of the day. For optimum convenience, we suggest booking a package that includes a round-trip airport transfer. You may also hail a regular metered taxi or use TNVS apps like Grab.
The EDSA-Taft area of Metro Manila is approximately 20 minutes away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1 to 4. Two main train stations and a bus terminal can also be found within metres from the hotel.
For shopaholics, Kabayan Hotel provides complimentary non-exclusive shuttle service on a first come, first served basis to SM Mall of Asia. Luxury havens Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, SM Makati and Newport Mall are also a mere 15-minute ride away.
Less than an hour from the hotel are a number of historical and recreational attractions that can be great for day tours with the family. These include Luneta or Rizal Park, Intramuros, National Museum, Manila Ocean Park and Star City.
Guests on a business or conference trip won’t have to worry about long travel hours. It will take no more than 30 minutes to get to venues like the SMX Convention Center, Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade Center and Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Finally, those with more specific errands like OFWs, government offices are easily accessible from the hotel. Among them are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and Department of Foreign Affairs. The National Statistics Office as well as the US, Japan and Korea Embassies are also not far away.