I write this for the owner's benefit as well as for fellow travellers. Much has been said of the owner's kindness and hospitality and would have recommended this place as a way to escape the Malate area.
Islas 8817 Guesthouse is the second nearest hostel from all airport terminals in Manila (1st Townhouse). We recommend you check the Google map and find that the guesthouse is only 15 minutes from the airport. The place is so convenient in case you will have to fly the next day. You can spend only 11 pesos using the public transportation and using the airport shuttle (free) which will bring you to your designated airport terminal. Since the place is near the airport you can have a quick good rest upon your arrival from long hours flight.Take note of the following:Banks - There are 4different banks 150 meters from the guesthouse namely China bank, Landbank, Union bank , and BPI--this is the bank , you can withdraw your cash using your cash card Supermarket 3 Big supermarket 300 meters away namely Puregold and Lianas.Drugstore Big and small drugstores are also near.Convenient store Ministop and local variety store open 24 hours.Hospital Olivares Hospital 8 pesosaway by public transportaion.Mall SM sucat mall and Mall of Asia South direction Taal volcano and Pagsanjan Falls Islas 8817 Guesthouse has 17 dormitory beds and 2 private room with twin beds. All rooms are air-conditioned with water heater shower facilities, wireless internet connections, and cable TVs in all rooms. This is a safe place that suits your budget while experiencing a relaxing vacation in Manila.This property is open for all people who love to travel and make friends from people of all nations. The guests are sure to enjoy their stay in the place for they will be able to go shopping and eating by using the local transportation which is very cheap. This is your home in Manila where you can do your usual activities like preparing your own food or just lying in the hammock reading your favorite pocketbooks. If you are a person who loves to eat seafoods, the guesthouse is located in the well known seafood market called DAMPA where you can buy fresh live seafood at reasonable prices and choose the restaurants surrounding the market to cook for you. But if you are a person who likes to dine in well known restaurants like Italian, Japanese, Chinese etc. You can go to Makati Greenbelt area just 30 minutes away from the guesthouse.Guests are always welcome at 8817 Guesthouse because we are open 24 hours to accommodate and provide a comfortable stay. Make friends, enjoy and relax at Islas 8817 Guesthouse.See you soon!
Airport pick up is available by arrangement at minimum charge.
8817 San Juan Street San Antonio Valley 2, Paranaque City
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I was really dissapointed with room and the owner. I red some articles about him on some web sites including this site. But now, I'm firmly sure that he wrote them by himself. Actually, I believed an article and I went and staied there. He and the room were different from that. He was not friendly and kind. If you doubt me, you can try. And the room was not clean. The guests had to take off shooes before going into room. And the owner and his wife also slept in the same room(dom) with his dog. I couldn't believe that... But I only endured because the guesthouse was quite far from downtown. It's not easy to go back and look for another guesthouse. So I never go there. Don't believe these articles easily.
I write this for the owner's benefit as well as for fellow travellers. Much has been said of the owner's kindness and hospitality and would have recommended this place as a way to escape the Malate area. However, on my last day I was unable to wake up the owners after banging, shouting and whistling. The owner had forewarned me not to climb the fence as I might be shot by a neighbour believing that I might be a burglar (which makes me think this has happened before). So with other neighbours watching carefully I walked away. I eventually found a telephone and called at length their home number only for it to be unanswered. Frustrated, I had to travel into Malate where I had to stay the night at another hostel. Luckily I had the funds and knowhow of how to get there. I wouldn't stay here unless there is an easier way to notify the owners and access the hostel.
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The people running the guest house are resourceful and kind.They even organised somebody to come and give me a massage for my tired of travelling muscles.It is quiet and spotlessly clean.
The folks running Islas are some of the sweetest people around. They made us feel very comfortable and at home. This hostel is located close to the airport and is very easy to find, which makes it convenient for a short stay on your way to or from elsewhere in the Philippines. The downsides were that the room didn't have screens and so was kind of buggy even when using a mosquito coil, and the water supply was unreliable. I don't think that that is a common occurence there, but it made us hesitate to stay again or to stay for longer without knowing when or whether we'd be able to take showers.
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* The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 65% for this property is based on ratings provided by 27 guests.