I stayed here previously in 2012 and experienced an enjoyable stay. However this has all changed on my most recent visit. I asked for a quiet room at the back which was certainly quiet but the view was of a brick wall 30cm away and made the room very claustrophobic. I was experiencing the aftermath of food poisoning and spent the night vomiting. I was due to checkout the next day but I was too exhausted to do so and remained in my room. Yet no one came to see if I'd vacated the room. I managed to stagger to the phone on the landing to explain and asked if someone could bring me some cola. The staff member who brought it grudgingly to my room seemed to have a bad attitude, as if it was my fault that I'd been puking my guts up all night! I won't be returning.
We arrived in manila very early and they kindly arranged an airport transfer for us for 800php and let us check in way before the regular time which was much appreciated. The building is big, old and beautiful. Rooms very basic but all that is needed if you're out and about and just need to get your head down. Tv in our room didnt work but we didnt mind that although if you do like to indulge and spend time in your room it doesnt show much accept sales and bad reception. Air conditioning is old school, effective and loud but couldnt hear through ear plugs. We changed to a fan room for our last night as it was better value for money and minus these 2 appliances we didnt need, we could hear everything on the main road outside as sunday is more lively than most days and we were on oposite side of building, so just keep that in mind. Also a beam gets in from above your bedroom door at night due to constant hallway lights and the curtains are pale so if you like the blackout effect you wont find it here. Breakfast is good value for money and team helpful, would say its good for a night or 2 for budget travellers and those who rise with the sun! …
Malate Pensionne is my go-to place whenever I visit Manila. I've stayed there for four times now and I am still a happy guest. Malate Pensionne is an old building in Malate, Manila which was turned into a hotel. The good thing about this place is that it is very accessible to some of Manila's famous Landmarks. Rizal Park, Star City, Instramuros, National Museum, and Ocean Park, are just few jeepney rides away. Aside from accessibility, their room rates affordability is one of the reason why I always choose to stay here whenever I am in Manila. This place is good for those who aren't that picky when it comes to hotel and for those who are just backpacking.
I stayed for 3 nights the first night i got the most expencive type of room ...unluckily it was on the road side so it was very noisy so i ask to be moved to an internal room the day after this one was less noisy but it had a bad smell and the toilet was old poorly mainteined and not working properly. I guess this place is popular for his dormitory as i saw backpackers style guests around. I dont recommend it as for the price you pay it is a bad value. The ambience is like old manila.
Except the good location and friendly guard, this hostel has nothing to feel comfort. We book 2 twins room but the give us double room without bathroom. The air-conditional is a disaster, it's the old style from 1950s and while it runs it create big big noise with its wooden frame, I can felt my bed shaking while it run. All the furniture are too old, the blanket, pillows and shower towel looked dirty. The sharing bathroom is dark while the water was suddenly hot and suddenly cold. Without elevator, staying in the 4 or 5 floor is not comfortable and the bellman did not show up while we had to check-out. Too bad experience in this old building :(