Manila Mabini Street Hotel

Manila Mabini Street Hotel
I arrived at about 6:00 am to the Stone House Hotel in Manila.

They had one room on the noisy street side for 1200 Pesos. However, they wanted another 200 to move in before noon. I understand maybe waiting until 9 or 10:00, however just too much for me. I asked,
- Are you serious, do really mean I have to wait until 12 to move in? A person cannot move in until after 12:00? -

1200 Peson is almost three times the price I paid on Khao San Road for same type of room or better.

I know this is just a Philippines Culture lie, just another little lie, that some days makes me want to slap them. I had the same culture lie happen on Philippines airlines one time. The attendant tried to serve me fish, said there was no chicken, I refused the meal, take it away I told here. And guess what, suddenly my chicken arrives. She was lying to avoid the work or walking back to the galley. In this Hotel instance, she is just trying to extract money.

Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Andy of ---

I stored my larger bag and went in search of a room, it is only about 7:00 AM, so not an issue of time or need, I can find a room.

I refuse to enable a hotel to abuse our friendships. I stayed in this Hotel three separate times and this is too much to endure today. I walked down to another hotel and was delighted to hear the management had change, and is now a happy hotel.

The girl from the Stone House is a nice women, she is just Philippines Lazy today, refuses to be bothered to do her job. A very common problem in the Philippines.

If I went back to the same hotel again, the person can change, the same women may want to do her job or listen. I just do not believe this hotel requires a person to arrive after 12:00 noon to move into an empty room. There was a room, it was vacant.

The value for the room is lousy.

Manila Mabini Street Hotel


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Like everyone who has watched the movie "Airplane" I too refuse fish on flights hehehe.

"Voting with your feet."

Always the best way, in a world full of infinite possibilities.

Nice to read about real travel decisions that all travelers have to face. Posts like this stick in people's heads and really do help out when placed in similar circumstances.


I wonder if we could convince every traveler and tourist on the planet to simply walk out of a hotel/ shop/ resteraunt when they quote a silly too-high price. If it is too high to even bother to haggle, just walk out and leave.

Perhaps then, people would realise that their bullshit is losing them customers! Imagine a world where everyone is honest and helpful?

How could 1200 pesos for a room be too expensive thats only 25 us dollars . Ive been to that hotel and i know for one that the cheapest hotel in that area. Other hotel charge 900 pesos per person base on twin sharing it means 1800 per room!!!! It is also a started practice in all hotel that check in time is 1pm and not before 12noon. You are lucky that they let you check in at 12noon.

25 Dollars is NOT cheap...

Compare Chiang Mai, Thailand to Manila... The Philippines is in competition and losing drastically to Thailand.

I was just in a room in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 150 Baht per night, this is 5 U.S. Dollars with High Speed WIFI Internet.

The just 25 Dollars is a lack of awareness of global pricing, the room in Philippines are double the world prices for the same quality of country...

25 is nothing for a tourist, it is incredibly expensive the expats of the planet who are used to getting 10-15 dollar rooms of the same quality.


It's called economies of scale when the cost per unit falls as output increases.
The are millions more tourist in Thailand than there are in the Philippines therefore a higher rate of occupancy in Thailand which means lower costs and overheads in an hotel in Thailand-e.g. 10 housekeeping staff clean fifty rooms in the Philippines, 10 housekeeping staff clean 150 rooms in Thailand. If the cleaners are paid $20 per day, 20 x 10 =200/50=4. In the Philippines it cost the hotel $4 to clean each room.
20 x 10=200/150=1.33. In Thailand it cost the hotel $1.33 to clean each room. The $2.67 saved in Thailand means the Hotel can charge a lower room rate than it's counterpart in the Philippines.

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