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11. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting Kyels

Karazyal,

Do you go to The Philippines often? Well, thanks for the tips and yes I will not leave anything valuable outta my sight and it's better to keep it within our sight as you have mentioned.

(:

Thank you for the tips and I'd like to make the Swagman site that you were talking about is it this one - http://swaggy.com

Just wanna make sure that it is the correct one.

Here is the e-mail address for the Manila Swagman Hotel from one of my cards: www.swaggy.com. Bookings are: bookings@swaggy.com. Chat: chat@swaggy.com.
Fax (632) 522-3663. Tel. 5238541.

I never booked a room with them, I just paid for the ride to Angeles at the Hotel in Manila. Here are some other hotels in Manila that are cheaper than the Swagman (with A/C security box, private toilet/bath.)

Paragon Tower Hotel, 531 A. Flores Street (other end of A. Flores from the Swagman.) The Paragon had standard rooms at 1,465 to 1,700 Pesos, I think breakfast is included too!

Soriente Hotel is next door, slightly cheaper, friendly staff, not too bad, EXCEPT for the roaches!

Cherry Blossoms Hotel, (e-mail blossoms@i-manila.com.ph) starting around 1,375 Pesos. Spitting distance to the Robinson Mall.

Tropicana Apartment Hotel, (www.tropicana-apt-hotel.com.) Other side of Robinson Mall from Cherry Blossoms. Around 1650 Pesos.

Lotus Garden Hotel. 1227 A. Mabini, Ermita. E-mail lotusreservations@citygardenhotels.com or www.citygardenhotels.com. Around 1600 twin.

I would only book one night or two and check out some of the other nearby places.

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I usually take a visit to the P.I. once or twice a year. A long, long time ago I was in this area a little more when I was in the Navy.

Have fun.

12. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

I'd like to ask something ...

Is Swagman near Manila or it's based inside that city itself?

Thanks for the email addresses. Will be keeping them in a list.

(:

13. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting Kyels

I'd like to ask something ...

Is Swagman near Manila or it's based inside that city itself?

Thanks for the email addresses. Will be keeping them in a list.

(:

The Swagman Hotel is on a street named A. Flores in the Ermita area (a section of Manila, sometimes referred to as the tourist area.)

A. Flores is not far from where United Nations Avenue and Roxas Boulevard meet.

A. Flores Street is sort of between Padre Faura and United Nations Blvd, with Roxas on the left.

Roxas runs almost from the Manila airport to the Ermita area with the bay on the left side.

Copy a map from a travel guide and look for the U.S. Embassy and A. Flores Street is sort of directly across Roxas Boulevard from the embassy.

The taxi cabs will be able to find the Swagman Hotel pretty easy it's been around for a long time.

Okeydokey

14. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

Yeah! Thanks for the information.

I will be going out to look for the map today. Need to check out the places. Haha.

(:

15. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting Kyels

Yeah! Thanks for the information.

I will be going out to look for the map today. Need to check out the places. Haha.

(:

Try using Google to find a map first. For the heck of it I typed in "map of Manila, Ermita area" and got lots of hits. Some other useful info and photos also available.

Good luck.

16. Posted by Kyels (Budding Member 69 posts) 10y

Okie dokie. Will be trying that out now.

17. Posted by jimberly (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi, m new here. Just wondering how should I travel to makati city from clark airport and how much does it cost.

18. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting jimberly

Hi, m new here. Just wondering how should I travel to makati city from clark airport and how much does it cost.

:)

There are a several ways you can go from Clark to Manila. One poster mentioned a direct service from Clark to Manila (will be in previous message question on this subject.) I did not personaly see this service.

You can check out the Margarita Station Pub (www.margarita-station.com) who may still run a service to Manila. You can take the Swagman (Angeles branch) Hotel "Fly the Bus" service which brings you into Manila to the Manila Swagman Hotel. Sometimes this service also goes to the airport. Or you can catch a bus from the Dau bus station. Dau and Angeles are side by side, Clark is right on the borderline. The Dau bus station is not far from the Clark Airfield main gate. You can take a bus from there into Manila. The Victory Liner Bus Company was the company I used last year. Years ago I used to also use the Rabbit Bus Line, not sure if it still is in business. I liked the Rabbit company better because the bus station was near a MRT stop.

When using a bus (Plane or train too!) ALWAYS keep your valuables with you at your seat. I did notice that most of the bus passengers on the Clark - Manila run kept everything with them inside the bus! No toilet onboard the bus I used, figure 2.5 to 4 hours for the run, depends on traffic.

Depends on where your transportation from Clark takes you to in Manila. If you end up at the Swagman or take a bus and end up at the Victory Liner Bus Station you have to take a meter taxi to Makati. The MRT also might have a run in that direction too!

Last month I was using taxi's that had a sticker on the windshield that said "Meter Inspected or something like that." They could have just stuck a sticker on - but I found the taxi cabs much better this year than in the past - hop in say "use the meter" and pay that amount.

Makati is sort of east of Pasay City. Pasay is north of Paranaque, where the international airport is at. Someone may be able to advise you on a jeepney you can take and save some money. Easy to see on a map.

19. Posted by justinec20 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi!
I'm from Manila though I've been to several other places in the Philippines for vacation. I can't answer all your questions but maybe this will help:

1. If you don't have your own car/transpo, you can take a bus via North Luzon Express Way. Have a couple of hundred bucks prepared, just in case. The trip will be more or less 1.5 to 2+ hours.

2. The only Hotel La Corona I've heard of (and stayed at) is the one in Subic. I personally wouldn't recommend it (we moved to the Legenda Hotel which was great) but it's alright. In our case it was a family vacation with children so maybe that's why it didn't work out for us. However, I'd recommend the usual hotels in Manila (though a bit pricey): Shangri-La, Manila Pen, New World Hotel, Oakwood Premier, etc.

4. This you can look up on the Internet but most of the embassies (such as the Indonesian and British embassies) are based in the Makati/Manila area.

6. BE VERY CAREFUL ANYWHERE! This is the Philippines! ;P

Hope I helped a bit.

20. Posted by jimberly (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi Karazyal,

Thanks for the valueable info. Hope I'll arrive Makati in one piece. ;)

btw, what if I take the shuttle service provided by Philtranco, get to SM Megamall Building and catch a cab to makati?