Skip the hotel. In the past decade, a boom in Manila’s real-estate market has brought high-end condominiums to the city’s skyline, but thousands of units remain empty. Staying in an apartment is cheaper than a hotel, and they often come with kitchens, free Wi-Fi, a pool, a gym, and are often connected to a big shopping complex. Book through Airbnb, or check out rentpad.ph. If travelling on a budget, Z Hostel in Makati offers cheap bunks with all the basic amenities and a rooftop bar.