Generally speaking, well known hotels & resorts in the Manila are welcoming towards all LGBTQ couples and most of the 4 & 5* hotels are gay friendly Manila.
GBT scenes are popping up all over the city, especially in the Ortigas Center in Quezon City, headquarters of the Pink Film Festival.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the Philippines have a distinctive culture[vague] in society and also have limited legal rights. Gays and lesbians are generally tolerated (if not accepted) in Filipino society. Despite recent events that have promoted the rights, general acceptance, and empowerment of the Filipino LGBT community, discrimination remains. Homosexuals in the Philippines are known as “bakla“, though there exist other terms to describe them. Similarly, Filipino lesbians are generally known as Alfa.
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and former military prison.
Top attractions to visit in Manila
Best tours in Manila
- Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
- Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila
- Hidden Valley Springs Resort Day Trip from Manila
- Intramuros: History of Old Manila | Manila Walking Tours (with transportation)
- Experience Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle – Ecotours
1. Red Planet Manila Makati 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Manila
Located within the central business district of Makati City in Manila, 5-minute drive from Powerplant Mall and Century City Mall, Red Planet Makati features a 24- hour front desk, free parking, and a restaurant and bar on-site.
All rooms at Red Planet Makati, Manila are air-conditioned. It comes with a flat-screen cable TV, a personal safe and an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Towels and linens are also provided.
Luggage storage and safety deposit boxes are provided at the 24-hour front desk as well as a business centre where computers are readily available for guests use. Massages services may also be arranged at an additional charge.
An array of pubs, bistros, restaurants and tourist attractions surround the 213-room Red Planet Manila Makati a stylish property at this dynamic destination. It’s 30 minutes from Manila International Airport and centrally located in the Makati Commercial and Business District. Major tourist attractions easily accessed include Rizal Park, the National Museum, Intramuros, Manila Cathedral and Manila Ocean Park.
The property’s practical and comfortable rooms include four with wheelchair access. Red Planet Manila Makati has redefined the value-hotel sector by offering an all-inclusive rate for every room, every night. All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, soothing power showers, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen and many other features including air conditioning, in-room safes, hair dryers, ceiling fans and a 32-inch flat screen TV. There are no hidden costs in the room rates or the amenities we provide.
As usual our visit was easy, the room clean and comfortable and the staff courteous and professional.
For short stays where location convenience combined with a clean basic room for sleeping and bathing is required then Red Planet is outstanding value. We will continue to us Red Planet Makati as our preferred hotel when visiting Manila.
If you are travelling to the Philippines and you are staying one night this hotel is OK. I would nevertheless, recommend the stay in Hop Inn Makati Hotel as for the similar price you get much better value and better bedroom and it is still at the same area.
In the Red Planet, you will find nice and kind staff, clean bedroom and good location.
The Red Planet really does have all what you need: spacious and clean rooms, good AC, cable TV, bright and good serviced lobby (with a guy that opens the door for you).
And you are located in one of the most sizzling places of Manila. This one you should know about. On the one hand, you have Makati Ave. with a lot of local (and even very local) restaurants, where you can try our your tolerance of foreign food. You also have some nice bars with a lot of locals and you are just a cheap taxi ride away from the great mall complex of Makati (Greenbelt, Glorieta, Landmark – don’t pay more than 100 php! With the meter on, you will most likely be at 75, but the drivers in front of the hotel will want 150-200 from you off the meter. Don’t encourage that and get a cab on the street or let the staff call you one!)
If you turn the other way, you are on Burgos street and that’s where all the girly nightclubs are located. You can also find some sports bars there, but be prepared, that there are ladies there, who will want to sit with you and talk you into inviting them into your room. Be very careful when you visit this area!
The hotel itself is a good option, if you want to be in the middle of things and don’t need a luxury palace. It’s a very convenient value-for-money place where you can definitely enjoy your stay!
If you want the red light district and the night life then Makati Mercado is for you. Otherwise, there’s another Red Planet in the Central Biz District (CBD), that’s utterly more professional. However, Mercado Makati is walking distance from sumptuous and major food outlets, shopping centres, and if course drinking bars. Mercado Makati boasts a sports bar on its premises and drinks are cheap especially local bears like San Miguel.
Trump Tower is a kilometer from the hotel and is next to Century Shopping center. Mercado Makati is also minutes walking distance from Rockwell environs that boasts an exclusive shopping center and a nearby catholic university. Be aware if you are walking, street people are not friendly to offer assistance on venues and perhaps have a different lingo for the said venue.
Red Planets (formerly Tune) have been very clean and no frills and reasonably priced. You can’t go wrong. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The showers are also some of the best around with good temperature control and excellent water pressure. Softer towels might be a nice touch to add but a minor quibble given the price for always clean rooms. The rooms are all small and no dresser or tables. The location is basically in the heart of the red light district so for some that will be a 5 star rating but for others a 1 star rating. I split the difference.
How much does a room costs at Red Planet Manila Makati?
This air-conditioned double room is also equipped with a fan. The room includes a flat-screen cable TV, a safety deposit box, and the en suite bathroom includes a shower facility with free toiletries and a hairdryer. The room also has free WiFi access and towels and linens are provided.
This room includes a breakfast for two people.
Where to book online – Red Planet Manila Makati- Gay Friendly Hotels Manila – you can find the best hotels deals in Manila during Ati-Atihan Festival Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Manila on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Dusit Thani Manila 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Manila
Just 200 m from Ayala MRT, Dusit Thani Manila offers luxurious rooms and several speciality restaurants. Dusit Thani also has an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.
The rooms at Dusit Thani Manila are equipped with LCD TVs with satellite channels, a work desk, and air conditioning. Some of the rooms have Executive Club lounge access, which offers complimentary drinks and snacks.
Their on-site restaurant, The Pantry, serves organic and locally sourced fare that feature a unique blend of Indian, Italian and Pan-Asian cuisine.
Dusit Thani Manila is located in the heart of the Philippines’ premiere financial district, Makati City. The hotel is 25 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 15 minutes away from the country’s major convention centers, right-at-the-doorstep shopping malls and entertainment centers/
• Location and Shopping
The hotel is right next to SM Makati, which has a department store, upscale brand stores, a few dining choices, and a huge supermarket. SM Makati is connected to Glorietta, that’s connected to Landmark, then Greenbelt. The first three are all connected by “indoor” bridges, so you wouldn’t worry about rain. Landmark to Greenbelt, it’s a roofed bridge. When rain is strong, it’s hard to pass through it as per experience. Overall, the hotel’s location is in a shopping haven! 😀 All malls have supermarkets by the way.
At the Park Square building across the hotel is a Family Mart convenience store and a drug store. It also has jeepney terminals of different routes. If you need a taxi, there are taxi queues at SM, which you can see from the hotel. You need to know where you’re headed though because there’s also another taxi queue on the other side of SM that’s facing Glorietta 5. The two taxi queues are either headed to the southern or northern parts of Metro Manila.
Arnaiz Street Japanese Restaurants, Mini Stop, and the “Western” appliance store.
For currency exchange, SM Makati has it. I’m not sure whether there’s any other money changer nearby. The other one I know is at Greenbelt 1, but that’s too far away from the hotel, as in it’s exactly at the opposite end of the entire set of malls.
Our room was on the 15th floor with the view of Park Square and SM Makati. It was spacious with two double beds with a shared bedside table, a spacious desk with a professional-looking swivel chair, wide countertop with a mini fridge and drawers for coffee/tea-making under it, a wide bench where you could accept 2 guests or place your things, TV, and a spacious cabinet to store luggage with ironing equipment and hangers and robe and slippers and safe. The TV has many channels to choose from. A minor gripe from me is the bins aren’t lined with plastic or anything. Makes one wonder how that is cleaned and disinfected. There’s an adequate number of sockets, two of which are bedside.
The bathroom is quite spacious and came with toiletries. Water pressure was good. Too bad our room didn’t have a bidet, but other rooms have it apparently. The shower has an opaque rolling shower curtain, so you can still have privacy.
Our room came with free breakfast at The Pantry opposite the lobby by the entrance. There was a variety of choices from different cuisines of average quantity. Despite the food tasting good, I was kind of expecting much more from a five-star hotel. I’ve experienced a much more plentiful and varied breakfast buffet from a four-star hotel before.
At the entrance of The Pantry is Grab & Go, which is like a café/patisserie. It’s not part of the buffet but you can buy nice treats, pastries, coffee, and frappés. It has its own small but nice seating area at the entrance by the window. I wanted to drink frappé there in the evening but it turns out that particular seating area closes by 10 pm.
Also at the hotel is RJ Bistro, owned by Filipino musician Ramon Jacinto, where a couple of shows are held for guests. Pre-COVID, there’s the “Executive Lounge” on Tuesday evening where guests sing, a show Wednesday evenings, and RJ playing rock and roll songs himself every Friday evening. I know Executive Lounge has resumed under the current general community quarantine status of Metro Manila, but I’m not sure about other shows.
The Park Square building opposite it has a few restaurants. Arnaiz Street is lined with Japanese restaurants.
A few minutes from the hotel is the Glorietta mall that has a lot of restaurants of various cuisines outside the mall facing the street.
Hotel service is good overall.
• Hotel Facilities/Amenities/Atmosphere
The hotel has a regular swimming pool and a kiddie pool. I think the regular pool has jet streams, but too bad it isn’t heated. Adequate seating is available poolside. There’s a lifeguard on duty.
A clinic and nurse on duty are available.
In terms of atmosphere, the lobby is high ceiling and spacious and the decorations look elegant. Too bad the tuk-tuk on display that we saw several months before when we were still inquiring was no longer there on our stay.
WiFi was available and came with the room with good speed. (I forgot to do a speed test. ^.^’)
I’m not sure if Dusit Thani has its own parking spaces, but right in front of it is the Park Square parking building.
The hotel is well-secured right from entry of guests and into the building. Security personnel roam the hotel grounds. The Park Square building across has a police outpost I think.
How much does a room costs at Dusit Thani Manila?
Prices start 113 $/night for Dusit King Room. The Club Premier Executive Suite – King
is 237$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This suite features a king-sized bed, living space and enjoy bathroom luxury with a rain shower and twin sinks. It offers full Dusit Club privileges. Complementary healthcare kit is available in every guest room including hand sanitizer, a face mask and antibacterial wipes.
Where to book online – Dusit Thani Manila – Gay Friendly Hotels Manila – you can find the best hotels deals in Manila during Ati-Atihan Festival Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Manila on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Manila
Located in Pasay City, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila offers rooms with private balconies andof . It features an , a , various restaurants and bars.
Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a cable TV, a personal safe and ironing facilities. En suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer, bathtub and free toiletries.
Exercise options include a jogging trail, tennis courts and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy a pampering massage at Le SPA or relax at the spa pool and sauna. Other facilities include a grand ballroom and 14 meeting rooms.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Spiral, features 21 dining ateliers that serve exquisite dishes prepared masterfully in the presence of guests. Drinks can be enjoyed at Le Veranda and Sunset Bar. Sports fan can catch up on the latest matches at Snaps Sports Bar.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is an iconic 5-star luxury resort nestled in an expansive tropical setting. Renowned for its magnificent contrast of captivating sunsets and the sparkling waters of Manila Bay, the hotel attracts international and local travelers alike with its signature Filipino brand of hospitality and the French joie de vivre reflected in its service rituals; from entertainment, food and wine offerings. Nestled adjacent to the historic Cultural Center of the Philippines, Sofitel Philippine Plaza boasts of a location within the city beat and the refreshing tranquillity of the bay.
It stands 15 minutes away from the international and domestic airports and approximately 30 minutes away from Makati City, the central business and commercial district of thriving shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Spiral is the hotel’s most interactive restaurant in the Asia Pacific Region, featuring 21 ateliers of the world’s best cuisine in one magnificent destination.
Other than Spiral, Sofitel Philippine Plaza also has other restaurants and bars including Le Bar, a bistro, patisserie and library in one destination, La Veranda, a Parisian-style bar with an indoor lounge that stretches to an outdoor terrace, Snaps Sports Bar, a sleek and modern bar for sports enthusiasts, and the Sunset Bar, the idyllic blend of a picturesque outdoor dining venue. The first of its kind in Asia, the Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle features anti-aging, detox and weight management along with a comprehensive services menu of holistic, personalized beauty and wellness programs. It combines non-invasive aesthetic procedures, integrative medicine and lifestyle coaching tailored to fit the individual’s needs.
Cannot recommend this hotel enough for a business or holiday trip to Manila! Modern, luxurious and clean rooms with all the luxury touches you’d expect from a 5 star hotel. The outdoor pool area is fantastic, perfect for relaxing under the sun or using the pool with swim up bar and waterslide! Plenty of dining options inside the hotel, room service was fantastic, a huge menu very reasonably priced. The staff here couldn’t be more helpful, always very friendly and accommodating. 5 Stars!
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is one of my favourite hotels in Manila. Although the property is quite dated, I love how grand and spacious the hotel is. And of course, the service is spectacular!
I’ve stayed at this hotel a few times and I still love it! This time I was upgraded to a Luxury Club Room facing the pool. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Views were amazing!
Another highlight of the hotel is the breakfast (and dinner) at Spiral. The spread is very wide, with multiple options and good quality food served. It is definitely a must try!
The hotel also has a gym (small and basic, but good enough) and a spa (dated and needs refurbishment).
Despite it being a rather old property, Sofitel Manila is definitely a hotel I would choose whenever I am in Manila. A great respite from the hustle, bustle and traffic jams of the city.
The 2 bedroom suite we booked was actually a newly renovated Sofitel Suite with a connecting Twin Luxury Club Room. Both rooms were well appointed and clean and we were delighted to see a welcome amenity waiting for us on the table of the living room. The Nespresso machine equipped mini bar was well stocked and bottled water was everywhere – the mini bar, the bathroom, the work desk and even by the bedside. The beds were extremely comfortable and even came with a pillow menu.
Because it was a corner suite and the living room and master’s bedroom directly face Manila Bay, the view was nothing short of breathtaking. Even the master’s bathroom had an unobstructed view of the bay, with the tub strategically placed by the window. The beautiful Manila Bay sunset was relaxing to watch from the spacious balcony.
Breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening cocktails at the Club Millesime Lounge were superb with a wide variety of food and drinks served fresh daily. All day refreshments were limited to an assortment of cookies, mixed nuts, dried fruits, coffee and beer. Service was great as well. Staff members were extremely attentive and never failed to greet us each time we entered the lounge.
The Sofitel Manila is not a cheap place to stay by any means, however, the price is reflected in the top notch facilities and services available at this luxurious bayside hotel.
When you arrive at Sofitel you will be greeted by helpful hotel staff demonstrating the famous Filipino hospitality and, although the lobby/check-in area is a bit awkwardly positioned with notable lack of seating, the check-in process is effortless and relatively quick and so waiting time is minimal even though it seemed fairly busy when we arrived.
We stayed in the Luxury King Room with Bay view and we were certainly not disappointed with the room. The room, bed, and bathroom were all large and spacious and we had an amazing view over Manila Bay from our balcony and even had a partial view of the city. Looking down over the impressive pool and bar area was refreshing and oddly calming given the calamity and noise of the children playing on the slides at the pool (which looked quite fun!).
When we did eventually venture down into the pool for a swim and chill, we were pleased to discover the new swim up bar had opened up and was serving local beers, rums, and cocktails to pool-goers, a very nice touch indeed.
How much does a room costs at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila?
Prices start 156 $/night for Superior King Room with Bay View. The King Suite with City View or Bay View – Club Access is 288$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Spacious air-conditioned suite with views of Manila Bay or the pool. Includes a separate living area and a private bathroom.
Where to book online – Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila- Gay Friendly Hotels Manila – you can find the best hotels deals in Manila during Ati-Atihan Festival Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Manila on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. Red Planet Manila Mabini 3* – Gay Friendly Accommodation Manila
Red Planet Manila Mabini is located a 15-minute walk from Roxas Boulevard and 1.8 km from the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, free parking, and free WiFi throughout the property.
The rooms offer air conditioning and a fan. The bathrooms include hot water supply and towels, as well as a hairdryer and toiletries.
Red Planet Manila Mabini houses Suzhou Dimsum Restaurant, which serves Chinese breakfast and other Chinese dishes. Guests can also enjoy outdoor dining while overlooking Manila Bay.
Located in the heart of Malate, famous for its nightlife and restaurants and close to leading tourist attractions, the 167-room Red Planet Manila Mabini is the embodiment of a group philosophy that places guests in the centre of the action. After a 30-minute drive from Manila International Airport, the hotel is the perfect entrée to a pulsating destination that serves up nearby experiences like Roxas Boulevard, a row of al fresco restaurants overlooking Manila Bay, the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila Ocean Park and SM Mall of Asia, the Philippines’ largest mall.
The Pedro Gil Light Rail Transit station is a kilometer away. The Red Planet Manila Mabini has redefined the value-hotel sector by offering an all-inclusive rate for every room, every night. All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, soothing power showers, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen and many other features including air conditioning, in-room safes, hair dryers, ceiling fans and a 32-inch flat screen TV.
The room was basic like any Red Planet hotel. Comfortable bed and sheets with window type air conditioner. The toiler needs a bit more scrubbing but still clean.Water pressure is good.
Location is awesome. It is near the red light district but with great restaurants too. Place is also near Casino FIlipino.
The hotel is easy to locate, and convenient as there is 7-11 located in the hotel, just before you go to the lobby. There are lots of restaurants nearby – Japanese, Chinese, Korean, American, etc. plus Robinsons Mall is just a walking distance (5-10 minutes). I am very familiar with the place so it doesn’t surprise me seeing gay nightclubs and ladies waiting outside for customers. Lots of activities you can do nearby – KTV, food trip, bar hopping, etc.
The rooms are very small but have all the essentials. Good AC and ceiling fan kept us cool, and the shower was excellent, but as it had no door the floor so the water tended to leak out. Wifi was available throughout and very fast.
Free breakfast is served by the restaurant on the ground level by the tunnel entrance. They offered a small selection of traditional Filipino breakfasts. Very tasty and good portion sizes, but no western options so if you’re picky about food you may struggle. Fortunately their is a 7-Eleven opposite where you can top up on snacks and drinks.
The hotel is good value and quite basic. The rooms are medium sized. They have TV and safety box but no kettle. There is air con ( no remote) which is quite noisy but there is a ceiling fan which is good. The bathroom has a nice power shower. No toiletries but shower has 3 in 1 dispenser.
The beds are comfortable but you only get one soft pillow each so we had to use our travel cushions too. The noise of people coming and going at night and early morning is loud and annoying so would recommended earplugs if you are a light sleeper. The 7-11 downstairs is very handy for coffee and snacks. Overall a good basic option. We will stay here again.
How much does a room costs at Red Planet Manila Mabini?
Prices start 39 $/night for Double Bed Room.
This room has air conditioning, in-room safe, a flat-screen cable TV and a desk. The en suite bathroom includes shower facility, a hairdryer and 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash. It is equipped with a custom-made queen bed.
Where to book online –Red Planet Manila Mabini- Gay Friendly Hotels Manila – you can find the best hotels deals in Manila during Ati-Atihan Festival Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Manila on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
5. Belmont Hotel Manila 4*– Gay Friendly Hotels Manila
Situated at the heart of, Belmont Hotel Manila is a 5-minute walk from Ninoy Aquino (NAIA) Terminal 3 via .
All rooms are well-appointed and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The air-conditioned rooms also have an en suite bathroom that offers bathrobes, hair dryer, slippers and toiletries. The rooms also offer views of the airport, garden and/or city. Complimentary WiFi is accessible in all rooms.
The in-house restaurant Café Belmont serves local and international cuisine. Other facilities in the property include a rooftop outdoor pool, hot tub, steam and sauna room as well as a fitness centre.
Situated in the heart of Newport City and just across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Belmont Hotel Manila offers 480 contemporary rooms with panoramic views of the airports’ runway and Makati City skyline. Walking distance from Manila’s finest leisure, entertainment and shopping districts and a short drive to Makati and Bonifacio Global City.
Convenient location from the airport and I am so amazed at the service here. The breakfast buffet is amazing and provides so many Filipino and western dishes. Allan provides us with spectacular service and very attentive to our needs. We enjoyed the quiet stay in our hotel room with clean sheets and towels! The WiFi is also very fast.
Location – very convenient, just a short walk from NAIA Terminal 3 to the hotel, through Runway Manila.
Price – we were sponsored by the unit owner. but looking at the best price rates during our stay, the same is even undervalued given the world class service and amenities the hotel offered.
Food – the food tastes great. we had a great time at the buffet breakfast!
Services – the front desk staff and the security personnel were all accommodating and helpful.
Amenities – we already enjoyed the gym. The swimming pool at the rooftop was amazing. the view breathtaking from there!
Room – room for us is just enough. I mean, the space if enough. and the see-through shower room is just funny! don’t worry there are installed blinds.
Overall – we love our stay here each time. we already recommended this hotel to our friends and they did stay at Belmont already. We will be back.
The hotel is located in Newport City with many attractions, restaurants, a mall, a supermarket and several casinos. The area is safe and pleasant.the hotel is not very fancy but has everything you need for a short stay. The rooms are not large but comfortable.rates are reasonable and very importantly include breakfast.it is a buffet breakfast and it is very tasty. Lunch and dinner are reasonably priced.
You can walk here via the skywalk from the airport. So convenient if you are just in Manila overnight for a connecting stay. We spent the evening at the pool on the roof with a lovely dinner, view, and drinks. Service was excellent throughout our stay. I was a smidgeon disappointed to be upsold to a better room and have to pay for the breakfast buffet, but we did check in early and so were grateful to get into any room and the breakfast buffet was impressive.
How much does a room costs at Belmont Hotel Manila?
This double room features a tumble dryer , bathrobe and cable TV.
Where to book online – Belmont Hotel Manila- Gay Friendly Hotels Manila – you can find the best hotels deals in Manila during Ati-Atihan Festival Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Manila on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.