When planning a family vacation, no doubt accommodation is a big concern. Ideally, you want your temporary abode to feel like a home away from home without it slicing away at the trip budget too much. An ideal place to check out is social hosting site Airbnb where hosts let guests rent out private properties, from homes to condo units to rooms. Many Pinoy travelers use it to save on costs when vacationing abroad. But, here in the Philippines, we found great properties that you may want to rent the next time you find yourself in these local spots. We’ve gathered a few highly-reviewed ones that are reasonably priced (or a steal!) and can house a family of three.
If you're tired of the Metro Manila heat, head to Baguio and stay at this quaint French-inspired cottage complete with a fireplace. Surrounded by lush trees coupled with a balcony and big windows, waking up to breakfast with a steaming hot beverage (breakfast is prepared by the hosts) is a real treat. The cottage is occupied by the hosts (and their two dogs) who are more than happy to share their home. Feel free to chat them up -- they're very friendly!
What past guests have been saying: “This was our first Airbnb experience and it was amazing. Le Coq Bleu had the loveliest interiors. It showed us the different side of Baguio. The owner, Chantal, was very accommodating. And the breakfast she made for us was sooooo good!” -- Anna Isabel
Looking for sun and sand? This apartment in Malay is located in Station 3 of Boracay island and is a few minutes’ walk from the beach! Sleeping arrangements shouldn’t be problem for a family of three with two queen sized beds. It’s got everything you need as well from bathroom essentials, towels, linen, WiFi and cable TV.
What past guests have been saying: “Great flat which is so close to the beach! Toy [the host] also has lots of great local knowledge which he's more than happy to share -- really friendly and welcoming guy! Would definitely stay here again.” – Kaysha
If it’s an affordable pool house in a popular vacation island you’re looking for, you might have just found it. Aside from having a pool, the house -- fully furnished down to a rice cooker -- is also a few steps away from the beach. Reviewers not only recommend the villa but give praises to the hosts, too. They can arrange to pick you up and drop you off at the airport, find you tours, and hire vehicles for you. They’ll suggest you places to go too, if you wish, and maybe even arrange a barbecue for you, as they did for one guest.
What past guests have been saying: “Since I was traveling with the whole family with 2 kids, everything should be well-planned but thanks to [hosts] Tita Glenda and Tito Kelvin I need not worry on anything - from airport transfer, accommodation, to renting a vehicle, or our tours…assistance is always being offered whenever we need it.” – Kim
“I just finished a 5-night stay with Kelvin and Glenda. I have traveled all over the world and they by far have been the most hospitable host I have ever stayed with. They truly make you feel like family. I would highly recommend staying here for anyone looking to explore bohol. You are a minute walk to beautiful white sandy beach and only a short ride to Alona Beach. Kevin and Glenda organized excursions for us everyday, and served us a beautiful breakfast each morning.” – Adam
A great place for a quick getaway is Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. You could marvel at the Belfry Tower, go snorkelling, see it’s many falls and take a walk down Rizal Boulevard. For a place to stay, consider this one bedroom apartment. It’s fully furnished, equipped with WiFi and is just a P10-tricycle ride away from the busy downtown area. You’ll also get a ride to and from the airport.
What past guests have been saying: “Arjan was a great host. He picked us up from the bus terminal and gave us a little tour of the city before we settled down in our apartment. Cynthia and the guys at the gate were always available and helpful when it came to renting a motorbike and ordering pizza. Arjan had great advice for places to visit and everything he suggested was spectacular. Easy to get anywhere in town with a small walk or short trike ride.” – Katherine
Getting away from it all doesn’t always mean leaving the city. Consider going on a staycation in this beautifully decorated one bedroom apartment in Makati. The light and airy feel of the space will make sure you leave all the stress at the doorstep. For new parents, you only need to ask and the host will provide you with a sleep cot. The view is great, too. And if you need anything, Greenbelt is nearby.
What past guests have been saying: “This is a great place to stay and we love the proximity of the building to Greenbelt Mall. The apartment comes with everything you need to make your stay comfortable. With convenient bakery just down the ground floor and a nice swimming pool located at the rooftop. Andrea is a very accommodating and excellent host. I highly recommend this place and will surely come back in the near future.” – Judith
*Prices stated here are rates during date of publication. Rates and status of property are subject to change.