Budget Hotel Near Airport
As much as I’ve traveled here in the Philippines, I don’t know why it took me so long to find a permanent hotel site where I can stay with confidence and relative safety. Many times I will fly in and out of Manila and I have stayed at several of the hotels in the vicinity of the airport. In the past, if I was waiting overnight for a flight and had time to kill, I would stay at the Crosswinds Hotel located halfway between NAIA and the SM Mall of Asia. Earlier this year, I arrived in Manila with a short overnight stay before catching a flight to Palau. I didn’t feel much like shopping or trouncing around at the mall to kill time, so I trusted a cab driver’s recommendation (which I would have never done in years past) to visit a place called Roger’s Place Hotel. He guaranteed me that I would like it (red flag?) and my gut instinct told me to trust him…so we headed off around the airport to Domestic Road, directly across from the old Domestic Terminal (Terminal 4) and the Cebu Pacific Building. Once we arrived at the security gate (gated plaza), I quickly recognized it as the same place that we met relatives a couple of years ago where we ate and waited for an early morning flight to Samar.
What is unique about this place is that it is located within the Salem International Complex in Pasay, on the east side of NAIA, which includes a good many shops, eateries, a few restobars and a sports bar (Uno-Deuce). I’ve noticed that many flight crews hang out and bunk overnight here also.
Now, to anyone that is looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel, I might suggest you stop reading right here. This is not the place for you. But, if you have travelled around in the Philippines before, and know what to expect from a “budget” hotel, you won’t be disappointed. Of course, you can read the reviews for yourself and they seem to be split pretty evenly. Half of the write-ups seem to be fully satisfied with the room and amenities while the other half of the visitors (those 5-star expectancy types) were obviously frustrated that their (P2,650) $59 room did not have a jacuzzi and wine service.
For those who are familiar with prices of budget hotels around the airport, $60 per night is definitely not in the outrageous category. Drive 30 minutes to the east and south and you might just save $10 to $15 on a room but then it will also cost you time and additional cab fare. Head west or north towards manila and you can expect on spending upwards of P4,000 per night just for the room. At Rogers, I can usually haggle a standard room down to P2,600 from the published price of P2,800. Always check the room, towels, shower, sink, etc. before accepting it (as you should do anywhere in the Philippines).
Cab fare from Terminal 3 to the Sampson Complex will run about P100 to P150 depending on traffic (about 10 minutes normally). The hotel has a free shuttle service back to the airport whenever you need it. Rogers Place also provides a complimentary breakfast in the morning at the restaurant next door. Amenities at the hotel include:
- 24-hour front desk
- 24-hour room service
- Free Wi-fi
- Airport shuttle
- Business center
- Car hire
- Car park
In addition to hotel services, there is a Western Union and money exchange in the lobby. Within the security gated complex you will find the eateries Mang Inasal, Yang Chow Chinese/Filipino, Jollibee’s, Shakey’s, Uno-Dos (sushi bar and separate sports bar), nice Coffee Shop, Swedish Massage parlor, other local hot food eateries, and a videoke bar or two. You will also find a Quick Stop convenience store, a hair salon, and a Metrobank. There is also a dental clinic just in case you have a lot of time to kill!
If all you are looking for is a comfortable air-conditioned place to rest your head for a reasonable price, then Roger’s Place might just suit you. And if you have a little more time to spare, you might just get in few cold beers and a game of darts or billiards at DOS (Uno-Dos).