The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Manila may be one of the best places on earth to book a gay-friendly 5-star hotel room. Here, luxury hotels are available for similar prices to a budget hotel in a major European city, so this is your chance to go all out. The city’s luxury hotels range from classic grandeur to more modern, designer options, and are mostly concentrated in Makati and on the waterfront. Whichever one you choose, you are guaranteed ultimate comfort, top-notch facilities, and unmatchable Filipino hospitality and a gay-friendly reception.
Manila may be known for its exceptionally good value luxury hotels, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of great budget gay-friendly hotels. If you don’t really need the frills, you can get a clean, modern, and comfortable room in a great central location for an excellent price. That said, many 3-star gay-friendly hotels in Manila have great facilities like swimming pools and gyms.
Almost all hotels in Manila could be described as gay-friendly. The hotels listed below are all popular with gay travelers to Manila with locations near local gay businesses or generally excelling in service and hospitality for LGBT+ guests.
While anti-discrimination laws for LGBT+ rights are lacking nationwide, Manila and other key cities have created non-discrimination ordinances offering limited protection to LGBT+ citizens. However, tourists visiting Manila are unlikely to encounter any hostility due to their sexuality.
Many LGBT travelers choose Malate as the district for them since it is within walking distance from Manila’s main sights such as Baywalk and Roxas Boulevard. The financial district of Manila in Makati offers many great hotels, along with shopping malls and restaurants, and is convenient for traveling around the city.
If you’re in town to party, look out for hotels that are near gay bars and venues in Malate and Quezon.
♥ Stylish, welcoming rooms with luxe amenities
♥ Residential suites with kitchenettes available
♥ Biggest (and possibly best) spa in the Philippines
♥ Awesome pool with see-through bottom
I’M Hotel is a fabulous recent addition to the Makati line-up of 5-star hotels, featuring sleek modern design in warm tones. Every room is bright and cozy, with high-class amenities like German Grohe rain showers and toiletries by Crabtree & Evelyn. The suites also include a well-equipped kitchenette, making them a perfect choice for longer stays. I’M Hotel stands out thanks to its cool acrylic-bottomed outdoor pool as well as its outstanding spa, the largest in the Philippines. Plus, the expansive international buffet restaurant is exceptional. I’M Hotel is one of Manila’s most booked luxury gay-friendly hotels.
♥ Fabulous rooftop pool and jacuzzi
♥ Good gym overlooking the city
♥ Excellent breakfast buffet
♥ Ideal location for the International Airport
Belmont Hotel is just 5 minutes from Terminal 3 of the International Airport, with the city center about a 20-minute drive away. The rooms are comfortable and homey, with good beds and big windows. The highlight is definitely the rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi, which offer excellent 360° views. There is also a small but well-equipped gym, also with great views, a sauna and steam room, and a pleasant all-day restaurant that serves up a fresh and tasty breakfast buffet in the mornings.
♥ Massive Vegas-style hotel-casino complex
♥ Over 20 drinking and dining options
♥ Spacious elegant rooms with Japanese-inspired design
♥ Three outdoor swimming pools to choose from
Okada Manila is one of the standout hotel-casinos in Manila’s Entertainment City, the Phillipine’s answer to Vegas. The Okada complex includes a jaw-dropping 21 dining options covering every possible cuisine, a club, a luxury shopping center, three outdoor pools, full fitness and wellness facilities, a barbershop, and almost 1,000 guest rooms. These feature Japanese-inspired designs with rich colors, huge windows, and spacious layouts. Book one of the rooms with a spa bath for the ultimate indulgence, or go all-out in the Manila Bay Suite, which houses up to five people. One of the best stays in town.
♥ Adjacent to the huge SM Mall of Asia
♥ Soothing white-and-grey interiors
♥ High-quality room amenities
♥ Tasty local and Chinese dining
Conrad Manila is part of the monumental SM Mall of Asia complex, making it an unmatchable choice if you are in town to make the most of Manila’s first-rate shopping. This chic Hilton hotel features relaxing white interiors and extremely well-appointed rooms, each with an espresso machine, set of Bluetooth speakers, and invigorating hydro shower – make sure to get a Bay View room if you can. There are a swanky bar and two on-site restaurants, one high-end Chinese and the other focusing on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
♥ Incredible lagoon pool
♥ Endless high-quality variety at the signature restaurant Spiral
♥ Private balcony in every room
♥ Scenic waterfront location
This high-end resort features an original design by Filipino artists and reflects Sofitel’s usual commitment to blending classic French elegance with the local style. Every spacious room comes with a signature MyBed, quality amenities, and a private balcony with either a city or a bay view. A signature restaurant with 21 different food stations makes every meal unique, and a full suite of spa facilities and services will keep you pampered. The hotel’s highlight, however, is the huge free-form lagoon swimming pool, surrounded by tropical gardens and loungers.
♥ Classic luxury feel
♥ Bright, freshly renovated rooms
♥ Excellent fitness facilities
♥ Top-notch authentic Filipino dining
This long-standing luxury hotel in Makati is somewhat of a Manila institution and is infused from top to bottom with old-world colonial charm. The decor blends vintage luxury with modern sensibilities, managing to feel both classic and fresh. The recently renovated rooms are all bright and spacious, with marble bathrooms and tubs in everyone – go for a Premier Suite for added comfort and leafy city views. The breakfast buffet is exceptional, as is Old Manila, the hotel’s signature Filipino restaurant. You’ll also find a spa, an outdoor pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and a state-of-the-art fitness suite.
♥ Value for money in a great location
♥ Clean, modern rooms
♥ Cheap and simple
♥ Great staff
Following Red Planet’s usual MO, this hotel offers simple, modern, unpretentious rooms at excellent value. Everything is clean and well-maintained, and all amenities are basic but high-quality. Staff are very friendly and attentive. Although gay venues have become thin on the ground in this part of the city, the location in trendy, leafy Makati is ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife.
♥ Practical and compact studios
♥ Options for solo travelers
♥ Outdoor swimming pool
♥ Directly connected to Makati elevated walkways
As the name indicates, The Mini Suites offers a selection of compact urban suites. However, “mini” may be a bit exaggerated, as even the smallest rooms are a comfortable 18 square meters. Every room features relaxing minimalist design, a plush bed, and city views. Solo travelers will love the Mini Single, while couples and small groups will enjoy the homey comforts of the Deluxe rooms. The hotel also has a basic gym and an outdoor swimming pool and is directly connected to a shopping mall through Makati’s elevated walkways.
♥ Central Makati location
♥ Homey apartment feel
♥ Kitchenette in every room
♥ Big outdoor swimming pool (covered)
A popular gay-friendly hotel in Manila, The A.Venue has a great location surrounded by shopping centers, bars, and restaurants. Rooms are a little bit dated but very clean, and everyone is well-equipped with a basic kitchenette. The larger suites are especially comfortable and feel like having your own Manila apartment. There’s a large outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a basic gym, two restaurants, and a handy in-house convenience store.
♥ Simple and no-frills
♥ Clean modern rooms
♥ Good basic amenities
♥ Convenient Makati location
This hotel is located right on Makati Avenue, a short stroll from the river and from various shopping centers. Rooms are basic, modern, and clean, with no unnecessary extras. For a very good price, you get a cozy bed, a desk, a TV, a safe, a compact en-suite and, in most cases, a city view. It’s everything you need, and nothing else.