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88 Courtyard: The Hotel of Choice in Pasay City!

88 courtyard lobby

Pasay City—branded as the gateway to the Philippine Islands and the festival capital of Metro Manila—is the first city that will greet you when you arrive in the Capital Region of the Philippines. The city is also known for entertainment due to growing numbers of malls, hotels, casinos, theme parks, and convention centers. Due to its strategic location, a large part of Metro Manila’s tourist belt is located in Pasay, to include the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Famous local and international celebrities also perform in the city specifically on the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) grounds and arena, such as Eraserheads, Charice, Regine Velasquez, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, and much more. [Click here to see full list] Also, the biggest annual events are often held here like the World Pyro Olympics, Aliwan fiesta, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival just to name a few.

Holi Festival

Because most of the biggest events and concerts are happening in this part of Manila, I wondered if other people also have the same dilemma as mine in looking for a place to stay before and after the event that they are going to attend. Probably this is also the concern of some people who are here for a short stay but are looking for a decent and affordable place to stay near the airport.

88 courtyard hotel facade

I believe our dilemma has now been resolved. In my recent visit to Pasay, my friends and I attended the annual Holi festival, the biggest Indian festival in Manila. After the event, we thought that it would be better to have a staycation and spend the night in the city.

88 courtyard hotel

Our criteria’s in looking for a hotel are simple. It should be budget-friendly, with good facility, good reviews, and most importantly, it should be near the venue of the event, which is SM by the Bay. When we filtered the hotels around the area, the one that stood out was 88 Courtyard Hotel.  Check Rate and Availability Here

We got a deluxe twin room for only 3,600php good for 2pax with breakfast and additional 700php for an extra person. The hotel is located near Heritage Hotel Manila approximately 10 minutes away from MOA, and 20 -30 minutes away from Makati and the airport.

88 courtyard lobby

The hotel’s facade and the lobby are modest and bright. I love the color contrast, which was dominantly light green and creamy white.

88 courtyard hotel infinite travel and tours

On the left side of their lobby, you will notice a small desk, which they call, 88 Infinite Travel and Tours. Here they can help you to plan your travels in the Philippines. That’s something I could say is awesome because I rarely find this kind of service to some hotels that I stayed in.

88 courtyard hotel cafe

On the other side of their front desk is their 88 mini cafe/bar, which is opened from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. I have some regrets that I didn’t visit it at night because it was too late when we found out that they currently offering unlimited cocktails from Thursday –to Sunday from 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Oh well, I just found myself another reason to revisit the hotel.

view from our room

Our room is located on the 4th floor with a view of their pool. I love that it was spacious, allowing us to move freely. I personally loved the touch of green in our room because it’s my favorite color and I think that it sort of balanced our mental, emotional, and physical energies, allowing us to rejuvenate. This is indeed a perfect for hotel staycation especially when you are feeling physically, mentally, or emotionally exhausted.

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88 courtyard hotel room

The bed was comfortable allowing good sleep for 2 people. Our room also has a cozy mini sofa, which is my favorite spot. It allowed me to work on my emails and online stuff easy. For people who love watching TV, the room also has a wide Plasma Screen Cabled Television.

88 courtyard hotel sofa

I give two thumbs up to their restroom simply because they have a hot and cold shower directly to the bathtub. I believe I stayed in the bathtub for almost an hour filling it up with warm water; that was surely relaxing.

88 courtyard hotel restroom

But more than the décor, the thing that I truly appreciated about our stay in this hotel is the service of the staff. In fact, it is one of the strongest suits of 88 Courtyard Hotel; service was fast, people are courteous and helpful, and they are also polite.

I remember when we asked for a bottle opener, I called the front desk office and in less than 5 minutes, the staff was already knocking on the door to deliver it. Whenever we asked for something it was delivered so fast as if their staff is just standing outside our door. Also, they never failed to greet us; housekeeping, front desk, and security. I’m satisfied on how polite and attentive they are.

88 courtyard hotel receptionist

We woke up early to have a breakfast at Kenny Rogers, their breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. You will be given a stub when you check in and it’s what you should present at Kenny Rogers just beside the hotel. I had daing na bangus (Fried Milkfishthough nothing special yet it’s acceptable.
88 courtyard hotel pool area

Since we still have time before check-out time, we decided to stay in their pool area. The swimming pool is just 4ft deep so it’s favorable for a family with young children. I decided not to swim though and instead, used the relaxing atmosphere to write. At the center, there was a pool surrounded by plants. Nothing too spectacular yet I appreciated the simplicity and the undisturbed feeling it gave me. For a busy city like this, I’m glad to find a reasonably priced oasis.

88 courtyard hotel pool

Overall I had a pleasant stay at 88 Courtyard Hotel and I highly recommend it to people who have limited time in Manila and are therefore looking for a place that is near the airport, to those who may want to attend an event within the area, or to those who are just looking for a place to destress but don’t want to go out-of-town.

88 courtyard hotel jhoanna Santiago
Thanks, Ms. Jhoanna Santiago for all your assistance!

88 Courtyard Hotel is located at 24 Roxas Blvd. Corner Cuneta St. Pasay City, Manila, Philippines 1300

Tel: +63 (2) 558-0188 Trunkline or 0917-5902986.

For more details please visit their website and follow them on Facebook for fresh updates.

You can also book this hotel online – Check Rate and Availability here!

Note: This is a sponsored hotel stay with 88 Courtyard Hotel. All views, posts and opinions shared here are my own.


  • Looks like a decent hotel to stay for a night or two. Can be a good alternative from pricey hotels around the Airport. Perfect for those who wanted to see Metro Manila for some days or just a weekened staycation.

  • Definitely checking this hotel out when we go on vacation and we need a pit stop in Manila. Thanks for the very detailed info about their rooms! I do think Green is such a relaxing color and you’re so right, somehow it’s calming and does rejuvenate your senses… 🙂

  • The place looks really clean and new.. Would perhaps consider this if my parents need a place near the airport

  • What a good deal and for a hotel with such convenient location! I will surely look into this hotel in my future numerous conferences in MOA.

  • Nice hotel! It seems that you really have a lot of privacy here even in the pool area. And its modern design also added to its relaxing aura. Simple yet sophisticated.

    • Thanks Kareenliez, we really had a relaxing stay here.

  • That hotel looks really nice , but what is very remarkable …. all is square shaped , even the arm chairs . Nice architecture and interior , I like that style . Thanks for this nice post .

    • Thanks Klaudia.. Your so observant hahaha nice. I didnt notice it 🙂

  • This hotel is so nice, the room looks amazing and the view down to the pool is lovely. Such a nice little courtyard to sit and relax in. If I’m ever on a short stay in Manila I will definitely check this hotel out.

  • Very good deal! And the hotel seems to have really nice amenities. The bedroom in particular looks really nice. Yes that is such a good idea to stay over there rather than get stuck in traffic going to and from and event on the same night – I never thought of doing that. This hotel, aside from its great location, also seems very clean, which is an important factor to me.

    • Thanks Missy.. Now you can do the same the next time you will attend an event. 😉

  • The place looked decent, and not pricey too! I will check this out to recommend to friends who are travelling and looking for an affordable place to stay.

  • It was a nice post to read, however it sounded like a (paid or unpaid) advertisement for the hotel if you dont mind me saying that. i would have like to have read more about the surrounding areas outside the hotel as not only is the hotel important but the location surrounding areas would be a big factor for me. aside from that i think people who read your review would be happy to have pictures of what the hotel and room looks like on the inside from a guest perspective

    • Hi Sheri,

      I wasn’t paid by the hotel to advertise them instead it was a sponsored overnight stay. Regardless, All views, posts and opinions shared are my own.

  • I actually find it so neat and comfy and spacious enough… Honestly, i have never stayed in any hotel yet so I cannot compare it to other hotels but i think the rate here is really affordable… by the way how was the Holi Festival.. i was thinking of attending that event in MOA but I had a commitment kasi so my plan didn’t push thru… I really like to experience.. maybe next year

    • It was fine and short event. Me and my friends enjoyed it 🙂

  • Looks like a good place to stay in if one of the criteria is location and proximity to SM Mall of Asia. In choosing hotels, the few things I require are hospitality and cleanliness, and within the vicinity, I should be able to walk a few blocks without feeling threatened. Local or international destinations, I treat as the same.

    Perhaps through your recommendation, I may find myself in this hotel one day in the future.

    • Hospitality and cleanliness were never an issue here. For security, honestly, I don’t feel safe in some parts of Metro Manila. This Hotel is near Baclaran. I heard some horror stories about Baclaran. We actually walked outside the hotel going to Baclaran to look for food and I’m still alive hehehe 🙂

  • ohhh. i used to think hotel rates in pasay are expensive. this one is a great deal! may swimming pool pa. hehehe. hindi ba madaming tao? with it’s rate, i would assume a lot are choosing to book here especially for short stays.

    • During our stay, there was I assume few people. We even owned the whole pool area in the morning 🙂 Try to book via my Agoda link to get a discounted rate 🙂

  • I had fun during our overnight stay here and you are right! The best thing about this hotel is the staff, they are so very professional and polite!

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