We have recommended other affordable Manila hotels. This recommendation is for those that really want to economize, but still have a decent, safe accommodation. At this hotel, a room can be had for under P1,000 – about $25. Most of the other hotels we have suggested ranged from P1,500 to P2,500 per night.
For those that would like to stay in Binondo, Manila’s “Chinatown”, the First Hotel has an excellent location. We previously reviewed the Peace Lodge Hotel a few blocks away. The Peace Hotel is nicer, more upscale for about P500 more per night but, for the visitor, we prefer the location of the First Hotel. The First Hotel is on Ongpin Street, Binondo’s “Main Street”. One of favorite Manila restaurants, Quik Snack, is a sort walk away. Let’s be honest, Binondo is a bit challenging to the usual tourist, especially after dark. The First Hotel is is a relatively well-lit, busy street, an advantage. Looking at the street view photo, the hotel seems a small hole-in-the-wall but actually if you look up from the entrance you can see that the hotel itself is bigger than it looks.
First Hotel Ongpin Street Binondo, Manila +63 2 243 1855