The Philippines with Kids: Best Family Hotels in Manila

It’s more fun in The Philippines! That’s the national slogan and we tend to agree. But when it comes to navigating the capital, Manila, it can be more frustrating than fun. Manila is one of sixteen cities which, along with the municipality of Pateros, make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. Together, these cities sit on the densely populated island of Luzon and house some 12 million people. But despite the madness that sometimes reigns (and we mean that in a good way!) there is lots to see and do with kids.


Family Hotel Review: Nobu Hotel, Manila, The Philippines
Sunset at Nobu Hotel


The Best Family Hotels in Manila

As with anywhere, however, one of the most stressful parts of organising a family trip is finding the right place to stay. Based in Manila, Philippa has discovered some great family-friendly hotels that will hopefully help you find the perfect bed for the night.

Post and photos Philippa Langrish


1. Makati Shangri-La, Manila

Family Hotel Review: Shangri-La Philippines
Tea Time at the Makati Shangri-La


Entering the Makati Shangri-La is like stepping into a palace. With its grand chandeliers and lofty ceiling it certainly amazes my daughter every time we visit; this is a favourite afternoon spot of ours every time we want to take a break from the hectic city.  What is particularly wonderful about this luxury 5 star hotel, however, is how the welcoming staff make all their guests – young and old – feel like royalty.

The rooms are luxurious with sublime city views, there’s a swimming pool (and one for the kids’), tennis courts, an indulgent spa and eight restaurants and bars to choose from. I would highly recommend the Shangri La breakfast which is incredible! One of my favourite things about the Makati Shangri La is the complimentary live classical music performance every afternoon from 3pm in the lobby, accompanied by the delicious (and very reasonable) high tea. The Makati Shangri La is also minutes from one of the nicest malls in Manila, Greenbelt.


Family Hotel Review: Shangri-La Philippines
Makati Shangri-La Bedroom


The hotel is located in Makati, the heart of Manila’s most prestigious business, commercial and shopping district. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal One is approximately 40 minutes away.

Check latest room rates and reviews TripAdvisor


2. Nobu Hotel, Manila

Family Hotel Review: Nobu Hotel, Manila, The Philippines
Nobu Hotel with kids


Located within the City of Dreams, a 6.2-hectaure luxury resort and casino complex, Nobu Hotel is the star-studded creation of celebrated Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy award winner Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper. Not surprisingly, therefore, the hotel is pretty swish.

There’s a distinct Japanese theme throughout the hotel (not least at dinner and breakfast when you can dine at Nobu Restaurant!) and being positioned towards the airport, there are sea (rather than urban) views. Rooms are luxurious, the pool area spacious and the sunsets spellbinding. For kids, the big draw is Dreamplay, a 5,000-sqm interactive play centre inspired by some of DreamWorks’ biggest films including Kung Fu Panda and Shrek.

The hotel is located the City of Dreams, Paranaque, Metro Manila. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the closest airport located 3.6km (2.3m) away.

Check the latest room rates and reviews: TripAdvisor


3. Discovery Primea Makati, Manila

Family Hotel Review: Discovery Primea
Discovery Primea Makati


The brand new Discovery Primea is 68-stories high overlooking the business and shopping district of Makati. The warm welcome as we checked in to Discovery Primea was exceptional. On top of this was the fact that we had space to spread out in our gorgeous Executive Suite complete with open-plan kitchen/dining room that included a dishwasher, sink, washing machine, hob and oven.

But there was no chance we would be doing any cooking! The hotel offers a 24-hour nanny service, which we promptly booked to enjoy dinner for two. We later used the service to sneak off to the gorgeous Terazi Spa. Possibly my favourite thing about the Discovery, Primea, however was the Salad Room in the Tapenade Restaurant, which was a first for me living in Manila.

The hotel is located in Makati, the heart of Manila’s most prestigious business, commercial and shopping district. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal One is just 9km away.

Check the latest room rates and reviews: TripAdvisor


4. The Bayleaf Hotel, Manila

Bayleaf Hotel at Night
Bayleaf Hotel


The Bayleaf is a modern hotel with 56 neat rooms located in Intramuros, the very heart of Manila’s old town just a stone’s throw from the historic sights. The area is relatively quiet and extremely well maintained – a welcoming contrast from the rest of the overcrowded city of Manila. The hotel is very comfortable and the staff are helpful and friendly. There is also the fantastic SkyDeck, which offers wonderful views over the city (as well as very good drinks).

Although there is little to do within the hotel walls itself, there’s plenty to keep you occupied nearby. Explore the old fortifications and battlements, marvel at Casa Manila and take a calesa ride (a traditional horse and cart) on a tour around the town – a hit with kids of all ages! This is a fantastic place to base yourself if you want a piece of ‘old’ Manila.

The hotel is located within the walls of Intramuros, the old part of Manila. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the closest airport.

Check current room rates: TripAdvisor


Other Recommended Family Hotels in Manila

Manila with Kids


Other family hotels in Manila that get consistently good reviews include Hotel H20. Their Aqua Rooms have large aquariums built into the walls, which the kids are sure to love! The hotel is connected to Manila Ocean Park. Another favourite with families is Casa Bocobo Hotel, which is located near Manila Zoo. The Y2 Residence Hotel has good accommodation options for families, including a two-bedroom suite with two bathrooms. It’s located in Makati. In Luzon, the Marco Polo Ortigas comes highly recommended, not least for its excellent Piccolo Kids’ Club. For a great breakfast, huge pools and excellent service then the iconic Manila Hotel is a great deal. For more family-friendly hotel recommendations in Manila, take a look at these reviews.


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18 thoughts on “The Philippines with Kids: Best Family Hotels in Manila”

  1. You had me at tea time at the Makati Shangri-La. What great insights! Now I just need to get myself to Manila!

  2. I’ve been to the Philippines years ago. I’d love to return with the kids. I wasn’t sure how safe it would be but your post definitely assures me that it won’t be too much hardship for my luxury-loving kids.

  3. All these hotels look lovely, We’ve dined at the Sage Grill in Makati’s Shangri-la and it was one of the best meals we had in Manila. We stayed at the Peninsula Hotel a few times and another great choice for families. The Nobu hotel also looks amazing!

    1. How old is your youngest? The Philippines is actually a very easy place with young kids, especially if you head to beach destinations such as Boracay. Thanks for commenting!

  4. I’m Filo born but Aussie raised with two little ones. A trip home is long overdue, it’s been 10 years since I’ve been back and I need to see my elderly Lola. I’ve been feeling anxious about the thought of travelling with 2 young kids (will be 2 and 4) how do you manage to get around? Taxis? We have family in Quezon City but want to stay a few days around Makati to enjoy time on our own (and on our own schedule). Thanks for your blog, love the look of Discovery and Shangri-La.

    1. Thank you for your message. When I am using public transport I get around the city in different ways. If the trip is more than 10minutes then I order an Uber Taxi. I never get in a public white taxi for safety reasons. Too many horror stories and plus I am from the UK so I stand out. I grew up in London and would never get in an unregistered taxi there either so I apply the same principle. Some of my girlfriends use public taxis and I am forever giving them a hard time about it.

      If I just want a ride to the wet market in Makati (where I live) I jump in a tricycle (pedicab) – its cheap, easy and the kids love it. Plus you get to see the city from a different perspective. I have never used the MRT and only used a public bus once in Paranaque which was fine. The public buses in BGC (The Fort) are very nice. I rarely get a Jeepney because they get crowded and really hot.

      Its easy to get around in Makati. Uber is amazing! There are tonnes of tricycles in Poblacion which is a fun area to explore within Makati.

      Good luck.


    2. I’m in Manila right now and we’ve been using GRAB all the way! Stayed at h2o in the aqua premiere room (a must do) and now at nobu. It’s a bit Smokey walking to dreamplay but it’s still awesome!

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