Plane Spotting Manila

 

Remington Hotel

is a fairly new hotel situated by the Air Force Museum on the perimeter, and has a regular free shuttle bus to the terminals. All levels have vending machines containing drinks and snacks at reasonable European prices (37p for a can of soft drink). The hotel does a fine buffet breakfast and a McDonalds is situated in the same block (£2.60 for big mac meal). This hotel is reported to have the best views out of our selection of hotels in the vicinity of Manila.

The Resort World Mall is situated across the road with a good variety of shops, restaurants and casino. A McDonalds can be found next to the hotel. The hotel is also only a short walk from the Phillipine Air Force Museum which is located accross the road.

The taxi to the hotel costs around £1, or you can walk it from the Cebu terminal in around 10 minutes. Check in opens at 1400 although you can pay an additional supplement on arrival (around £10) to get the room early. The hotel offers free wifi in all areas.

Note : A recent report states that the hotel staff were not accommodating to our hobby. Despite calling to request a particular room the day prior to arrival and been told that the room would be reserved, the client arrived to be given a rear facing room with virtually no views. There was no flexibility shown by the staff to try to find another suitable room. Future guests should therefore bear in mind that although views are good from selective rooms here, that particular room may not be guaranteed, especially when arriving late in the evening.

Location: *** Excellent location for viewing with the added bonus of free shuttle bus to the terminal.
Spotting: ***

Ask for a high level room overlooking the airport in the range of 073-068 or 009-017 (the floor number precedes the numbers above eg 10th floor = room 10073-10068 etc. Any floor from the 5th upwards should provide a view, however the higher the better. Room 10009 has the views shown below and is a twin room. Depending on the chosen room, some (but not al) of the many stored aircraft can be seen. From the room the majority of movements can be seen and read off, a flight tracker may be of use for distant movements and at night.

Aircraft parked on the nearest stands can be read off without the use of optics and movements can be seen landing on both runways. Most movements using the other terminals can be read off using binoculars.

Take note of the comments regarding room availability in the introduction above. 

Other rooms reported with a views are 10069/10070/1/2/3/5 & 10009/10/11/12/15 which all face the airport, as do the same rooms on the lower floors ending in the same numbers.

Photos: ** Reasonable shots can be taken through the glass. A 400 lens will just about fill the lens with A330 sized aircraft when operating from the PAL Terminal 2.
Value: *** Excellent at around £50 per night
Book:  

To find the best prices for this hotel  click here for the excellent Agoda Remington Hotel description and prices page or try out Booking.com

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Plane Spotting Manila

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Above: Example of the excellent views available from room 10009 of the Remington Hotel


 

BELMONT HOTEL
 
Location: ** Is a new hotel located on the perimeter of the airport
Spotting: ***

The following report is supplied thanks to Kevin Stokes

Just back from Manila. I stayed at the Remington, but after doing a bit of exploring, a few minutes walk down the road is the Belmont, right opposite terminal 3. It has just opened and is of a better standard than the Remington, air conditioned throughout and wifi throughout which is a big improvement over the Remington. It is dearer though, around £100 a night. It has 10 floors but the big plus is the rooftop pool and bar.

The hotel manager showed us up to the roof and 10th floor rooms. Rooms facing the airport are 1027, 1029-1043 (odd no’s), 1046 and 1047.
1027 and 1047 are corner rooms and have front and side windows, 1027 I would say would be the better of these, it has a double bed. 
Here are some pics I took, first 2 from the roof, second 2 from room 1027.

Photos: * See sample photos below.
Value: *  Top class hotel, but expensive too at around £110 per night
Book:   To find the best prices for this hotel  click here for the Agoda website which offers very good deals in the area.
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Marriott Hotel
 is located across from the terminal 3 at Manila Airport.
Location: ** Good location on the perimeter
Spotting: *** Most things can be read off from here although you will need a flight tracker to get everything. The hotel is set back and other buildings block the views of certain areas and aprons, so you need to wait for traffic moving before reading it off. Most traffic taxying out to, or arriving on the main runway can be identified. Any aircraft departing from the shorter runway (A320 size) can be read off if you are quick, as the traffic only appears for a couple of seconds. High level rooms ending in 01-07 are required to get something like the above views
Photos: * Not confirmed
Value: *  Top class hotel, but expensive too at around £110 per night
Book:   To find the best prices for this hotel  click here for the Agoda website or try the lastminute.com site who also feature this hotel at great prices
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Nichols Airport Hotel
is situated at the North Western Side of the airport overlooking the Cebu and Zest Air Terminals. This hotel has the advantage over the Remington that you are guaranteed views from the roof terrace, regardless of the room that you are allocated. The hotel is reported to be of a good standard, however the surrounding area is in a neighbourhood where it is advised not to walk around on your own, especially at night.
Location: ** Good location on the perimeter
Spotting: ***

The airport has a roof top bar where aircraft on the nearest Runway can be read off. Movements on the far runway can be seen, but flight tracking gear is required to identify them. Room 647 also has reported views of the nearest runway. All terminals can be seen from the rooftop except for the PAL/International terminal.

There is power supplies on the roof ideal for laptop use along with tables and chairs but there is little shade. Reports indicate that a few bizz jet and storage stands are visible from the rooftop area which may be be seen from other hotels in the area such as the Remington.

The rooftop bar opens at 1600 and is closed on Sundays, however reports indicate that in the past, management have allowed access to another rooftop area for spotting prior to the bar opening.

Food and drink from the bar area is very cheap by western standards and of good quality.

Update : The roof top bar was only open from 4pm to midnight while I was there in January
but as you come out of the lift for the rooftop bar there are some more stairs go up these and you find yourself in a small room with some machinery open the window and you are outside there is not much room but you can get great departure shots of aircraft off the north-south runway. Credit Terry Figg

Photos: ** Great departure shots can be taken of traffic departing if using the north south runway. Other shots of traffic on the ground can be distant.
Value: *** Excellent value at around £30 a room
Book:   To find the best prices for this hotel  click here for the excellent Agoda Nichols Hotel description and prices page or try out Booking.com
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Below : Top photo : Great shots can be had of departing traffic from the north south runway from the rooftop area next to the bar. Credit Terry Figg. Middle and bottom shows Views out from the rooftop bar at The Nichols Hotel. Credit Dave Parker. Check out Dave’s excellent worldwide photos here

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Microtel Hotel And Resort Mall Of Asia
 
Location: Stars Not an airport hotel as such as the hotel is situated around 1 mile west of the airport on the coast. This is ideal for taking a partner as the hotel is also situated next to a large shopping mall, and has an excellent rooftop pool.
Spotting: Stars No airport views, however traffic operating on the shorter runway 13/31 can be read off with a good telescope from the excellent rooftop pool location. Traffic landing on the longer runway can be seen but flight tracking equipment is required to tie these up.
Photos: Stars Not confirmed.
Value: Stars Good value from around £53 a night
Book:   To find the best prices for this hotel  click here
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For a comprehensive list of other hotels in the Manila Airport area please click here.

 

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  • Andy Smith

    Plane Spotting Manila-additional photos from The Nichols Hotel added

  • James Pearson

    Just stayed at the Remington Hotel. I put a comment in the box when booking regarding an airport-facing room, and I emailed them a couple days after booking to restate it. I was given room 10016 and had a terrific view of various stands, aprons, taxiways, and both runways (one in the distance). Excellent.

  • TERRY FIGG

    The roof top bar was only open from 4pm to midnight while i was there in january
    but as you come out of the lift for the rooftop bar there are some more stairs go up these and you find yourself in a small room with some machinery open the window and you are outside there is not much room but you can get great departure shots of aircraft off the north-south runway

  • Colin

    Stayed at the Remington two weeks ago. Requested a high level airport view room when booking and followed up with an e-mail the day before arrival. Received a reply saying room was reserved. On arrival room allocated was on the 2nd floor with a view of a wall! There was no flexibility by staff to accomodate us in fact they were rude and unhelpful. Ruined our stay in Manila. Not recommended.

  • John Yates

    I email the Remington to ask if I booked a room with them could they guarantee me a room facing the airport.
    No was there reply.
    So I stayed at the Nichols Airport Hotel instead had a room on the 5th floor which overlooked the Cebu area, the hotel is being redecorated and the staff and service was very good.
    When you book this hotel arrange for them to meet you at the airport as when I arrived I had to wait over 1 hour for meter taxi which is cheaper then the other taxi company’s.

  • Kevin Stokes

    New Hotel at Manila;
    Just back from Manila. I stayed at the Remington, but after doing a bit of exploring, a few minutes walk down the road is the Belmont, right opposite terminal 3. It has just opened and is of a bteer standard than the Remington, air conditioned throughout and wifi throughout which is a big improvement over the Remington. It is dearer though, around £100 a night. It has 10 floors but the big plus is the rooftop pool and bar.
    The hotel manager showed us up to the roof and 10th floor rooms. Rooms facing the airport are 1027, 1029-1043 (odd no’s), 1046 and 1047.
    1027 and 1047 are corner rooms and have front and side windows, 1027 I would say would be the better of these, it has a double bed.
    Here are some pics I took, first 2 from the roof, second 2 from room 1027.

  • Mark Paulin

    Stayed at the Remington Hotel. Had pre requested an Airport facing room and followed up with an E mail to confirm it. The response I got was that my request had been noted but no guarantee. On check in I was advised that no Airport room view rooms were available. However, after a bit of persuasion the Receptionist allocated us Room 10091. This faces the Museum and Lufthansa Technik hangers.

    All movements off 06/24 can be seen from here as well departures off 13. Those using 31 Line up just in view so you have to be quick. A radio or SBS is useful. From this room all the Military movements especially choppers can be seen although no civil helicopter movements can be seen from here..

    It should also be noted that there is no Wi Fi in the rooms. It is only available in the Public areas. It is not a very good connection when you do get connected. There is also no restaurant in the Hotel. You have to go into the Casino to find restaurants which also states there is a dress code for breakfast!

    Also be prepared to be searched on every entry to the Hotel and all other public buildings.

    Near the Remington there is a 711 and McDonalds for those wanting cheap supplies.

  • andy kelly

    staying at the hotel Belmont at the moment. no need to get taxi to this hotel from the airport, there is a skywalk from T3 which takes you straight there, its about a 10 minute walk. requested a high floor airport facing room before my arrival, at check in the lovely told me my airport facing room was all ready and was given room 1031 on the top floor, great views of the airport and runways and nothing will be missed but you do need sbs or FR24 to tie everything up. the room is reasonable sized but the bathroom is a tight squeeze, theres all the usual mod cons tea coffee kettle etc, the internet is fast and free, even better view from the rooftop pool, I asked the two pool side attendants if it was ok to use binoculars and they said no problem. you can also see into the stored area where you can pick a few aircraft off with your bins, its open from 7am to 7pm, breakfast is buffet with a selection of hot or cold food. evening meal is menu (no buffet) and its reasonable priced, 3 course meal will only set you back about £15 – £20 other than that there is a macdonalds opposite the hotel. just a 2 minute walk around the side of the hotel is a little mini mart shop where you can get all your snacks and drinks. basicially there is everything you need in walking distance from this hotel. I would stay here again no problem.