Thursday, July 28, 2016

Affordable Luxurious Hotels in Manila with ShopBack

Having a good rest and a comfortable fluffy bed to sleep on after a long flight or a tiring day out is important for your travels. Personally, I will feel super annoyed or irritated if the hotel that I am staying in is shabby, dirty and simply uncomfortable. However, as luxury hotels are expensive, booking on one with the limited cash I have may prove to be very difficult. But you know what? I don't have to worry now as I have found a solution to this problem by booking ontravel websites through ShopBack! ShopBack provides its customers with cashback on travel and hotel bookings at its featured travel stores like Expedia (up to 8% cashback) and Agoda (up to P400 cashback), so that you can get lower prices and save even more. Lemme explain on how you can use Shopback to get your cashback at the end of the post. But for now here is a list of affordable, yet comfortable hotels for you to stay in if you are planning a visit to Manila, Philippines:
1. Hyatt City of Dreams Manila 

With its impressive facade, I thought that it would cost me a bomb to book a night at Hyatt City of Dreams. But to my surprise, Expedia has offered a super affordable price of P5,610 per night, where the usual price was P13,459. Hence, you can instantly save P7,849. When you use Shopback you can save up to 8.0%, which means you can save an additional P448. Therefore, your savings has increased from P7,849 to P8,297. 

I thought that maybe the rooms itself may be less appealing given the low price. But no, they were equally luxurious-looking as the exterior of the hotel itself, and comfortable too. Rated 4.4 out of 5 on Expedia, you should definitely try it out if you wish to stay in a comfortable, luxurious hotel. The hotel offers free WiFi, free self-parking and plenty of other amenities for a comfortable stay.

2. Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel is another hotel that caught my eye when I was browsing through Expedia. Offered at P4,607 per night on Expedia (U.P P7,291), you can save P2,684 per night. By making your bookings through ShopBack, you can save an additional P368. With tempting prices and a fabulous rating of 4.4 out of 5, I was curious to find out more about the hotel and to see why is it so highly rated. As I clicked in to find out more, I was not surprised with what I saw. With chandeliers hanging on its ceiling, it looked like a lobby that could be featured in an American movie film.

Obviously, the most important factor in affecting my decision to book a particular hotel is the environment of the hotel room itself. Of course, Manila Hotel doesn't disappoint either. The luxurious decor and dim lights emits a cozy and comfortable vibe that would make one feel welcomed. One of the best things I love about this hotel is that it is very family-friendly, with an outdoor pool and FREE Wi-Fi. Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? I know I do.

3. F1 Hotel Manila

This modern hotel caught my eye when I was browsing through the Agoda website as not only does it look modern, it is inexpensive too. You can get a deluxe (2 Double Beds) room at only USD 117.63 (U.P USD 182.83). With ShopBack’s cashback offer, you will save even more with the room going only at ~USD 109.15 after cashback.

F1 Hotel Manila doesn't disappoint either as the cozy furniture will allow you to relax and enjoy your trip to the Philippines. The reasons why I picked F1 Hotel Manila to be on this list is because its room comfort/standard is rated at 8.1 out of 10 by its previous customers and the hotel condition/cleanliness is rated at 7.9 out of 10. For those who are nitpick about hotel cleanliness and comfort, this hotel would be suitable for you.

4. Dusit Thani Manila Hotel

I have always wanted to experience leeping on a King-sized bed but never really had a chance too. But now, I am able to book a night's stay at Dusit Thani Manila Hotel in a Deluxe room with King Bed and city view at only USD 102.53 (U.P 267.56) - that’s ~USD 94.05 after cashback. What attracted me the most was that there is FREE cancellation before Aug 03, 2016 so you do not have to worry that last minute changes to your travel itinerary would affect your accommodation plans. With only an extra USD 7, you can add in breakfast too.

And of course, I would check out how the rooms are like in the hotel before considering to book it. Decked in neutral colours, the hotel rooms at Dusit Thani Manila Hotel is simple yet luxurious looking at the same time. This hotel has everything you need without having to boast about it - cleanliness, great service and ample facilities.

5. City Garden Grand Hotel

If you’re a sucker for pools with a view then perhaps the City Garden Grand Hotel should be your choice of stay whenever you’re around Manila. Perhaps the highlight of the hotel is the infinity pool located all the way up on the 32nd floor with a bar attached right next to it. You are promised spectacular view of the city as you lounge about in the pool or the bar. For such indulgence to only cost you from about USD 78.79 (U.P. USD 130.35) from Agoda, this is definitely a steal. Of course, when you book with ShopBack, it knocks the price further down by PHP 400 (~USD 8.48) to ~USD 70.31.

The pool is not the only thing that the City Garden Grand Hotel has got it going on for itself. Rooms in this hotel are generously spacious and its location is right smack in the heart of the city. Perhaps this is why it has proven a very popular staycation destination in the city for both business and pleasure travelers especially for families.

How to use ShopBack

So now that you have yourself an exciting list of great value hotels to stay in when you’re in Manila, it is time to get down to booking it for yourself whilst enjoying those sweet cashback rewards you’ve heard so much about. Well here’s a walk through on how to go about doing it.


The first step, as you’ve guessed it, would be to sign up for an account. You can also choose to input your friend’s ShopBack account email address if they’ve referred you to ShopBack.


After you’ve signed up for an account, all you have to do is look for the merchants you would like to shop at. ShopBack has an extensive list of merchants for you to choose from including popular travel merchants such as Agoda, Expedia, and If you scroll through the website there are many ways for you to go about finding your preferred merchants from browsing through ‘Popular Stores’, by categories and also by clicking on ‘All Stores’. After you’re on the merchant’s page on ShopBack, you can go ahead and click ‘Shop Now’ after which you will be directed to the merchant’s website where you can then shop as per normal. Be sure to browse through our coupons page for the latest online shopping coupons to help you save even more.


After you’re done shopping, you can then check on your ShopBack account for details on your cashback. Cashback on most purchases will be reflected within 48 hours in the pending tab where it will go through a period of validation of about 30-60 days after which it will turn redeemable.


Let’s get to the best part. Now that your cashback has turned redeemable, it is time to reap your rewards. Just click on the ‘Request Payout’ button and you can then get your sweet cashback credited directly to your bank account. You can also cash out your bonus once your cashback reaches PHP 300.00.

And there you go, it is pretty much a straightforward and simple way to enjoy extra savings on all your online shopping transactions. Now you can truly enjoy all these luxurious hotels without having to pay a premium.

***Photos are from Expedia and Agoda***


  1. Great list! I'd be sure to check out atleast 3 of them when I get to Manila this year!

  2. Wow!

    Firstly, I would like to say a big thanks to you buddy.

    Apart from this,I must say taking a look at some popular online travel agents is a good start.
    It will allow you to quickly identify those hotels that have the types of facilities and amenities that you require. You’ll also get a better idea as to the location of many hotels.

    Also, the advantage of an independent review is that it will tell you much more about what it’s really like to stay in a particular hotel.

    Happy travels!

    Keep doing good work.

    God Bless U!:)