If you’re going to stay in the Ermita area, the Paragon Tower is a good choice. It’s located on quiet Flores Street, one block from UN Avenue, one of the more upscale Ermita areas. It also a short walk to the big Robinson’s mall. The U.S. Embassy is close, as is the Manila Bay Baywalk, Rizal Park and Intramuros.
The rooms are large and nicely furnished. The bathrooms are basic but adequate. Ours had a new and fairly quiet Panasonic air con unit, not a noisy old rattletrap AC. The Paragon is not the Ritz-Carlton at a lower price but it offers decent, secure accommodations at a reasonable price. Our ratings compare the Paragon to other mid-price hotels, not the Ritz. Our floor (7th) had free wi-fi.
The hotel staff were nice (as most Filipinos are) but were not especially knowledgeable about restaurants. The Ermita area can be a little shocking to foreign visitors. The streets and sidewalks are rough, there are girlie bars, homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks and beggars. You may not want to wander around at night by yourself. Head one block north to UN Ave and the situation is better. If you walk in any other direction the neighborhoods are gritty. It’s cheap to take a taxi to your restaurant or Robinson’s Mall. Speaking of restaurants in this area, we like the Shawarma Snack Center, a Middle Eastern Restaurant on Salas Street, four or five blocks from the hotel. See our review HERE.
In general, we find Ermita to be a little less dull and more economical than the more upscale parts of Makati.
You’ll save money by booking your room through booking.com rather than through the hotel website. For example we booked a family room (two king beds) for P3,300 through booking.com whereas the same room at the Paragon’s is P3,808. Both include breakfast. Ask for a room on the upper floors, 7th floor or above, and you may get nice views of the city and maybe even a glimpse of Manila Bay.
531 A. Flores St., Ermita Manila,
(632) 526.5541 to 47