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Where to Stay in the Philippines – Shopping, Island relaxation, Party Scene or Stunning Sights

Sunset view of the Dolho Beach with traditional bangka boats, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, as a tourist it can be difficult to figure out where to stay in the Philippines if its your first trip! For me, the Philippines is very similar to Thailand in regards to the weather and currency.

We found in some areas, it wasn’t as overcrowded or overly touristy which means you are able to enjoy the Philippine culture and meet some very friendly locals!

Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50%! Low tourist season is from June to August and high tourist season is November to April.

We will cover off all types of Philippines accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Philippines hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Philippines 2023, the best Philippines hotels, best places in Philippines to visit, the best places to stay in Philippines, hotels near Philippines attractions, Philippines neighborhood guide and many more.

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Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km south of Manila and just off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines.

Boracay is known for its nice beach, clear waters, lots of water sports to choose from and some epic parties in station 1,2 and 3. Personally I think Boracay is the best city to stay in Philippines

However, it isn’t just a party island, it offers several luxury hotels with private beaches as well as a few quiet beaches away from the main beaches in station 1,2 and 3, head over to Station 4,5 and 6 to relax and hang out away from the crowds. Below we will show you where to stay in Boracay.

Best Place to stay in Boracay

Dave’s Straw Hat Inn
Frendz Resort Boracay
Spider House Resort (recommened!)

Mid range:
Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel
Boracay Beach Club
Surfside Boracay Resort & Spa

Discovery Shores Boracay
Ambassador in Paradise Resort
Henann Garden Resort

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Monaco Suites de Boracay

BORACAY, PHILIPHINES-Tropical vacation on white sand beach with sun, blue sky and palm trees. White beach at Boracay island, Philiphines.


Manila is a huge city with several district which contain sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation.

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Manila has a reputation as a congested, polluted concrete jungle, and it’s often overlooked as a mere stopover for travellers aiming to reach other Philippine islands.

To an extent this reputation is deserved, but Manila is rapidly developing and has its own history and experiences to offer and not to mention its extensive nightlife!  Its worth a visit, even if it’s a 1 -2 day stop over. Below we will show you where to stay in Manila.

Best Place to stay in Manila

Red Planet Ermita, Manila
White Knight Hotel Intramuros
Casa Bocobo Hotel

Mid range:
Ramada Manila Central
BEST WESTERN Hotel La Corona
Hotel H2O

Diamond Hotel Philippines
Kimberly Hotel
Bayview Park Hotel Manila

Pan Pacific Manila
New World Manila Bay Hotel
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - People at street market in Manila, Philippines. Manila is the capital of Philippines and the most densely populated city proper in the world.


Palawan is an archipelago with 1,780 islands in the western part of the Philippines. Palawan Island is the largest island and is half desert.

So it’s mostly undeveloped, meaning you can enjoy the jungle, mountains, and white beaches without having to push your way through millions of fellow tourists. It’s also the most biodiverse islands in the Philippines and is known as “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines. 

The northern part of the Island is characterized by incredible clear waters, white beaches. The most visited places are El Nido and Taytay, characterized by limestone cliffs. This Island is a perfect place for snorkeling, scuba diving or a trekking into the jungle!

Best Place to stay in Palawan

Go Hotels Puerto Princesa
‪Casa Mila Inn
Palawan Village Hotel
Lola Itang Pension House and Restaurant

Mid range:
‪Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
Hibiscus Garden Inn
Floral Villarosa
‪Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Puerto Princesa

Qi Palawan
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Qi Palawan

Palawan, Philippines - Blue sea of Palawan Island, Philippines. Palawan is the island of wonderful scenery and idyllic tropical beauty.


Cebu is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region, comprising Cebu Island and more than 150 smaller surrounding islands. Cebu City still retains landmarks from its 16th-century Spanish colonial past.

Cebu is one of the most visited islands in the Philippines and for good reason, there are some great shopping areas, awesome nightlife and gorgeous beaches! Below we will show you where to stay in Cebu.

Best Place to stay in Cebu

Red Planet Cebu
Cebu R Hotel – Capitol
Savedra Beach Resort

Mid range:
The Blue Orchid Resort
Tepanee Beach Resort
Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

Harolds Hotel
Radisson Blu Cebu (Read a personal review of the Radisson Blu here)

Abaca Boutique Resort
‪Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa
Plantation Bay Resort And Spa
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Panorama of Cebu city from airplane. Philippines. Cebu is the Philippines second most significant metropolitan centre and main domestic shipping port.


Bohol is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region, located closely to Cebu. It’s comprised of Bohol Island and numerous smaller surrounding islands.

Bohol is known for coral reefs and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills, 1,200 or so symmetrical mounds.

Which aren’t hills of chocolate, they are mounts of limestone which in the dry season turn cocoa-brown, hence the name. Below we will show you where to stay in Bohol:

Best Place to stay in Bohol

Vest Grand Suites
Wregent Plaza Hotel
Coco White Beach Resort

Mid range:
Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel Bohol
Blue Star Dive & Resort
Isla Hayahay

‪J&R Residence
The Peacock Garden
Anda White Beach Resort

The Peacock Garden
Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground
Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa

Mysterious Chocolate Hills - Bohol - Philippines


Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila. It has a land area of approximately 437 square kilometres, so fairly small compared to other islands in the Philippines.

Siargao is famous for some of the best surfing spots in the world, its known as the “Surfing capital of the Philippines”.

But its not just for surfers, its has the most perfect white beaches, caves, coral reef, exotic wildlife, waterfalls and large mangrove forest.

Siargao is the picture of paradise! Below we will show you where to stay in Siargao:

Best Place to stay in Siargao

Bamboo Garden Bar and Lodging

Mid range:
Reef Beach Resort
‪Buddha’s Surf Resort
Island Dream Palm Paradise Resort
Kawayan Siargao Resort

Sunset Bay Villas
Reef Beach Resort
Buddha’s Surf Resort

Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa
Siargao Paraiso Resort

Aerial view: beach, tropical island, sea bay and lagoon, Siargao. Tropical landscape hill, clouds and mountains rocks with rainforest. Azure water of lagoon. Shore Landscape Bay. Travel concept.

Camiguin Island

he island of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometres off the northern coast of Mindanao.

The volcanoes there have been very unpredictably active, the main offender is Mt. Hibok-hibok. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have created this spectacular island full of natural wonders.

Camiguin is a typical tropical island with beautiful lush green scenery and clear blue waters, it has also been named the 7th best diving spot in the world! Below we will show you where to stay in Camiguin island:

Best Place to stay in Camiguin

Camiguin Highland Resort

Mid range:
Camiguin Action Geckos Dive & Adventure Resort
Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort
Secret Cove Beach Resort
Paras Beach Resort

Bahay Bakasyunan Sa Camiguin
Camiguin Highland Resort
Paras Beach Resort

Balai sa Baibai

Aerial view of beautiful tropical island Mantigue with white sand beach, Camiguin. Beautiful sky, sea, resort. Seascape: Ocean and beautiful beach paradise. Philippines. Travel concept.


Siquijor is the third smallest province in the country, in terms of population as well as land mass. Siquijor’s long-time reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts and repulses visitors.

It’s also well known for its festivals that focus on healing rituals where incantations are sung while the old folks make potions out of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks.

Locals may quietly share a story about folk legends pointing to the existence of witchcraft and witches on the island.

However this isnt what the island is all about, among the many attractions are the stunning beaches, caves, waterfalls, Bandila‑an natural park and butterfly sanctuary.

The White sand beaches make up most of the 102-kilometer coastline of Siquijor. Below we will show you where to stay in Siquijor:

Best Place to stay in Siquijor

Tori’s Paradise

Mid range:
Coco Grove Beach Resort
Coco Grove Beach Resort

Kawayan Holiday Resort
Infinity Heights Resort


Mindoro is the seventh-largest island in the Philippines and it’s located off the coast of Luzon, and northeast of Palawan. 

Much of the island is still fairly wild and rugged due to the lack of development here which is great! Some areas are near-impenetrable hinterlands and an often desolate coastline of wide bays and basic fishing villages.

Puerto Galera is the best spot for beautiful  beaches, superb  scuba diving and crazy nightlife. Below we will show you where to stay in Mindoro:

Best Place to stay in Mindoro

Encenada Beach Resort
Dolphinbay Beachfront & Dive Resort
Blue Ribbon Dive Resort

Mid range:
VM Beach Resort
Sikatuna Beach Hotel
Sabang Oasis Resort

El Galleon Beach Resort & Hotel
Badladz Dive Resort
Badladz Beach Resort

The Manor at Puerto Galera
Utopia Resort & Spa
Buri Resort and Spa
‪Lalaguna Villas
Infinity Resort

Clown Anemonefish in actinia on coral reef. Amphiprion percula. Mindoro. Underwater coral garden with anemone and clownfish. Philippines


Davao City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Is home to Durian Dome, named after the pungent, spiky fruit that grows in abundance on Mindanao. The Metro Davao, is an island city situated immediately off the city’s coast in the Davao Gulf, popularly known for its scenic beaches. 

The city offers outdoor activities, such as wild river rafting, river tubing, wakeboarding, and mountain trekking, most especially up to the peak of Mt. Apo, which is a large solfataric, which is a potentially active stratovolcano. Below we will show you where to stay in Davao:

Best Place to stay in Davao

Orchard Hotel
Hotel Uno
My Hotel
Green Windows Dormitel
Red Planet Davao

Mid range:
Bagobo House Hotel
Regency Inn
Big Apple Hotel
The Ritz Hotel At Garden Oases

Hotel Galleria Davao
Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel
Bahay Ni Tuding Inn

Marco Polo Davao

Big Durian- theatres on the Esplanade


Iloilo City, officially the City of Iloilo, is a highly urbanized city on Panay island in the Philippines. The province of Iloilo is widely known for its beautiful old world architecture similar to that of Latin American Countries. Below we will show you where to stay in Iloilo:

Best Place to stay in Iloilo

La Fiesta Hotel
Go Hotels Iloilo
Eon Centennial Plaza Hotel

Mid range:
Madison Hotel PHL
Sarabia Manor Hotel
Injap Tower Hotel
Grand Dame Hotel

Westown Hotel
Urban Sands Iloilo
Harbor Town Hotel
Seda Atria

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

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Where to Stay in the Philippines
Where to Stay in the Philippines - Shopping, Island relaxation, Party Scene or Stunning Sights
Where to Stay in the Philippines - Shopping, Island relaxation, Party Scene or Stunning Sights
Where to Stay in the Philippines - Shopping, Island relaxation, Party Scene or Stunning Sights


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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!

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  1. The Thrifty Issue

    These are beautiful places! I love the photos and I love it even more that you have different categories on where to stay. Thanks! x

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