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Swagman Hotel
Swagman Hotel
Swagman Hotel
Swagman Hotel
Swagman Hotel
Swagman Hotel
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6.2

Good

478 reviews

478 reviews

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7

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - 2.9 kilometers from city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Plaza Nuestra Señora de Guia

30 m

Pearl of the Orient Tower

70 m

Ermita Church

120 m

Museo Pambata

160 m

The Wilhemsfeld Fountain

270 m

Popular landmarks
Rizal Park

510 m

Robinsons Place Manila

630 m

Manila Ocean Park

680 m

National Museum

980 m

Fort Santiago

1.2 km

Closest landmarks
Centerport Medical Services Inc.

100 m

Embassy of Panama

110 m

Sagrada Corazon Medical Center

160 m

Vizcarra Diagnostic Center

160 m

Avs Medical Clinic

170 m

Swagman Hotel

411 A Flores Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines, 1000 - See map

Conveniently situated in the Ermita part of Manila, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Intramuros. Massage, restaurant and spa are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Manila

Check-in [24-hour]

Airport transfer

750 meters to public transportation

500 meters to Rizal Park

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Car park

Luggage storage

Spa

Bar

Restaurants

Room service [24-hour]

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Manila every 1 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money5.8
Location rating7.0
Nearest airportNinoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Distance to airport8.4 km

Rooms available at Swagman Hotel

Family
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Street view
  • 3 bunk beds
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Standard Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Deluxe Room
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Double Deluxe - Free Airport Pickup
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 double beds
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Deluxe
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 double bed
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Economy
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 double bed
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Economy Room
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  • Shower
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Room Assigned on Arrival
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    Standard Room (No Window)
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      Frequently asked questions

      What time is check-in and check-out at Swagman Hotel?

      Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

      How do I get to Swagman Hotel?

      Swagman Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Swagman Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience.

      Is breakfast offered at Swagman Hotel?

      Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Swagman Hotel.

      What is the smoking policy at Swagman Hotel?

      Swagman Hotel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

      What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Swagman Hotel?

      United Nations LRT Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 750 m away from Swagman Hotel.

      What restaurants are nearby Swagman Hotel?

      Swagman Hotel’s neighborhood is Ermita which includes popular restaurants such as Shawarma Snack Center, Spiral and New Sanly Seafood Restaurant.

      What popular shopping places are close to Swagman Hotel?

      Swagman Hotel is located in Ermita area which features shopping places such as Robinsons Place Manila and SM City Manila.

      What are popular attractions near Swagman Hotel?

      Swagman Hotel’s location in the Ermita neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Rizal Park, National Museum and Rizal Shrine.

      What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Swagman Hotel?

      Swagman Hotel’s nearby natural sights include Luneta Park and Arroceros Forest Park located in the same Ermita area.

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      Property ranking|Compared to 4,005 Manila properties
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      Room size
      26 sqm.
      Room comfort score
      6.3/10
      Location score
      7/10
      Service score
      6.4/10
      Bigger than
      93
      %
      of Manila properties
      Better than
      92
      %
      of Manila properties
      Better than
      80
      %
      of Manila properties
      Better than
      78
      %
      of Manila properties
      Overall rating:

      6.2

      Good
      476 reviews
      Cleanliness
      5.4
      Facilities
      5.5
      Location
      7.0
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      More about Swagman Hotel

      More about Swagman Hotel

      Swagman Hotel

      Swagman Hotel is a distinct addition to Manila and a smart choice for travelers. This hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions, conveniently located for travelers to explore.
      All offerings provided by Swagman Hotel help to ensure a pleasant stay for all travelers. Free internet access provided within the hotel keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. For those driving their own car, parking is available for guests.
      Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the hotel's ticket service and tours. Feel like doing nothing? Available services like 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Swagman Hotel. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
      A range of amenities is offered in guestrooms at Swagman Hotel. Enjoy your stay even more at the hotel, knowing that some selected rooms include air conditioning. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find cable TV available in some selected rooms. Don't worry about being thirsty as a refrigerator and mini bar are provided in some guestrooms.


      Dining and things to do

      Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Swagman Hotel. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the hotel assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
      A day in will be as fun as a day out with ranges of recreational activities offered at Swagman Hotel. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage and spa.


      Dining and things to do

      Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Swagman Hotel. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the hotel assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
      A day in will be as fun as a day out with ranges of recreational activities offered at Swagman Hotel. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage and spa.


      Reasons to stay here

      Find rooms here that are cheaper than 85% of all other options in the city.
      Compared to the city's accommodation options, this hotel scored higher than 96% of them for food and dining.
      According to guests who stayed here, this hotel's room comfort is rated higher than 92% of other accommodations in Manila.


      Reasons to stay here

      Find rooms here that are cheaper than 84% of all other options in the city.
      Compared to the city's accommodation options, this hotel scored higher than 96% of them for food and dining.
      According to guests who stayed here, this hotel's room comfort is rated higher than 92% of other accommodations in Manila.

      Amenities and facilities
      Review score
      Facilities

      5.5

      Most talked about facilities

      Food & Dining

      24 mentions

      Housekeeping

      15 mentions

      Breakfast

      11 mentions

      Taxi

      7 mentions

      Languages spoken

      • English
      • Filipino

      Internet access

      • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
      • Wi-Fi in public areas

      Things to do, ways to relax

      • Massage
      • Spa
      • Ticket services
      • Tours

      Cleanliness and safety

      • Daily disinfection in all rooms
      • Daily disinfection in common areas
      • Face coverings on staff
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Hot water linen and laundry washing
      • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
      • Protective screens in common areas
      • Temperature check for guests and staff

      Dining, drinking, and snacking

      • Bar
      • Coffee shop
      • Restaurants
      • Room service [24-hour]

      Services and conveniences

      • Daily housekeeping
      • Elevator
      • Luggage storage
      • Safety deposit boxes
      • Smoking area

      For the kids

      • Family room

      Access

      • Check-in [24-hour]
      • Front desk [24-hour]
      • Pets allowed
      • Security [24-hour]

      Getting around

      • Airport transfer
      • Car park [on-site]

      Available in all rooms

      • Daily housekeeping
      • Free bottled water
      • Mirror
      • Non-smoking
      • Private bathroom
      • Refrigerator
      • Satellite/cable channels
      • Toiletries
      Location
      411 A Flores Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines, 1000
      Good
      Location

      7

      Airports

      • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
        8.4 km 24 min drive
      • Subic Bay International Airport (SFS)
        78.7 km 2.4 hour drive

      Public transportation

      • United Nations LRT Station
        760 m 10 min walk
      • Pedro Gil LRT Station
        1.0 km 17 min walk

      Hospital or clinic

      • Centerport Medical Services Inc.
        100 m

      Shopping

      • Robinsons Place Manila
        630 m 10 min walk

      Convenience store

      • Ministop
        60 m

      Cash withdrawal

      • ATM
        50 m
      What's nearby

      Popular landmarks

      • Rizal Park
        510 m
      • Robinsons Place Manila
        630 m
      • Manila Ocean Park
        680 m
      • National Museum
        980 m
      • Fort Santiago
        1.2 km
      • San Agustin Church
        1.2 km
      • Casa Manila
        1.3 km
      • Manila Cathedral
        1.6 km
      • Intramuros
        1.7 km
      • Quiapo Church
        2.3 km

      Nearby landmarks

      • Plaza Nuestra Señora de Guia
        30 m
      • Pearl of the Orient Tower
        70 m
      • Centerport Medical Services Inc.
        100 m
      • Embassy of Panama
        110 m
      • Ermita Church
        120 m
      • Sagrada Corazon Medical Center
        160 m
      • Vizcarra Diagnostic Center
        160 m
      • Museo Pambata
        160 m
      • Avs Medical Clinic
        170 m
      • St. Cecilia Polyclinic
        190 m
      Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
      Property policies
      Children and extra beds

      Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

      All children are welcome.

      Infant 0-1 year(s)
      Stay for free if using existing bedding.
      Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
      Children 2-7 year(s)
      Stay for free if using existing bedding.
      If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
      Guests 8 years and older are considered as adults
      Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
      Others
      • The hotel arranges complimentary roundtrip airport transfers. Please note that guests are required to provide their flight details at least 3 days prior to arrival by email to Customer Service.
      • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
      Some helpful facts

      Check-in/Check-out

      • Check-in from14:00
      • Check-out until12:00

      Getting around

      • Travel time to airport (minutes)30

      The property

      • Number of rooms 57
      • Room voltage220

      Reviews of Swagman Hotel from real guests

      Provided by verified guests of Agoda
      Cleanliness5.4
      Facilities5.5
      Location7.0
      Room comfort and quality6.3
      Service6.4
      Value for money5.8
      High score for Manila
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (19)
      8-9 Excellent (36)
      7-8 Very Good (69)
      6-7 Good (82)
      <6 Below Expectation (202)
      Time of the year
      Mar - May (113)
      Jun - Aug (101)
      Sep - Nov (103)
      Dec - Feb (91)
      All guests (476)
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      8.3
      Excellent
      Nikolay from Russia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in April 2010

      Good choice for 1-2 nights”

      - Free transfer from and to airport(a really big advantage, because airport yellow taxis are much more expensive than ordinary ones) - Location (city center, close to Intramuros) - Free wi-fi in restaurant, works perfectly - You can leave your luggage at the hotel after checkout, if your flight departs from Manila at evening. - Hot water is really hot, not just "a little warmer than cold water" like somewhere else in the Philippines
      - As it was mentioned by others, the hotel is very old, so all bathroom fixtures are old, air conditioner is very old and VERY noisy. It's fine for one or two nights, but I wouldn't recommend to stay there longer. This noise really puts me out of temper. - No free wi-fi available in the room. So you have to walk down to the restaurant to read your mail. - No free breakfast. Add 109 peso for each person to room price. - Ermita is not a district for rich people. There are lots of homeless people and children begging for money.

      I had 1 day in Manila. Not much time to see everything, so I chose Swagman as it is located in a walking distance from Intramuros, the Rizal park, and most of Manila museums. Taxi ride from hotel to Fort Santiago costed me 55 peso(meter). I wrote my flight details in comments to reservation request, but I waited more than 45 minutes at the airport for the hotel taxi. Perhaps they didn't get this information. I may be wrong, but I advice to re-arrange about transfer with hotel after making reservation. Hotel food is fine, however if you don't like price tags on it, you can find some budget restaurants and 7-eleven nearby.

      Reviewed April 18, 2010

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      9.3
      Exceptional
      Etchel from Philippines
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2010

      Relaxing and Satisfying Stay at Swagman Hotel ”

      One of the best features of the hotel is its location. It is very near the American Embassy. The food is affordable.There are more fast food chains and retaurants around.Transportation is accessible. The hotel offers a free airport pick-up and transfer, free manicure and pedicure, etc. The hotel also offers discounts on foods served at its restaurant. Although there are more amenities to be availed of, but these are among the things that I availed of during my 2 days stay.
      On my first hour stay at Swagman Hotel,I had a problem with the remote control of the Air conditioner. Then, I explored it and asked the help of the technician as to the right tempeture to be set.

      I was satisfied with the services that Swagman offered me during my stay there.I availed of the free airport transfer and I had my free manicure. In my room, I felt comfortable with the temperature. When I was inside the hotel room, I felt relaxed. Hotel personnel seemed to be very accommodating. I observed a fast food service. The foods at its restaurant can cater to the taste of both Filipinos and foreigners. The hotel rate was affordable. You could hardly see other hotels offering several amenities out of a limited budget. I highly recommend this hotel for your future relaxation.

      Reviewed March 23, 2010

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      7.3
      Very good
      Timothy from United States
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in September 2008

      Free Airport Shuttle Great for First Timers”

      The biggest selling feature for me was the free shuttle to and from the airport. It was my first time visiting the Philippines and booking with the Swagman hotel meant not having to deal with crooked cab drivers!
      The only room that was available when I booked was a standard room which could have used a little refurbishing. The moment you step outside the hotel, you are confronted with aggressive street hawkers trying to get you to buy their goods.

      This was my first venture to Asia. Having never flown to the Eastern Hemisphere before, I promptly did my homework on the subject. I sought out the advice of America ex-patriots living abroad in the Philippines via online communities. The Swagman Hotel came highly recommended for newcomers, as they offer a free shuttle to and from the airport. Some cab drivers have become infamous among the American Expats in Manila for not using the meter and wanting to invent very high prices when a "white face" is in the cab. After a long flight from the USA to Manila, the Swagman offered a nice little oasis in which I could rest and shower before finishing my trip to Cebu City to meet a certain special young lady. When helping yourself to the drinks in the mini-bar, be sure to clean the tops of cans --or do what I did--drink only drinks that have a screw off lid! The mini-bar is stocked with some unique drinks that I had never tried before, but tasted really good. Also, bring your American Dollars if you want. They do currency exchange at the hotel's front desk. The rate is good, and because of the FREE shuttle to and from the airport I could wait to exchange the money in the safe atmosphere generated by the good people at the Swagman! It was as good and painless as I had heard. The only thing I would have done differently--is--I would have booked a better (Superior) room if one had been available!

      Reviewed October 13, 2008

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      craig from United States
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 3 nights in February 2012

      clean hotel, nice big studio room”

      location

      I've always used the swagman hotel for transportation, and this time I decided to stay and it was great the location was convienent to everything and the food and beverages were grea, the staff took care of my every need, when a staff member saw that the room ventilation system was not working they moved me instantly to another room. good budget hotel.

      Reviewed February 24, 2012

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Kevin from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in November 2018

      Very good”

      Nice Australian Hotel , good staff .The bar staff simply outstanding . The menu could do with expanding when you compare it to other local Australian Hotels in the area near by. Stayed two nights , very quiet , a good sleep. Would not want to increase its prices for accommodation or you would step up to a higher grade Hotel nearby. Overall i would recommend the Swagman Hotel for a couple of nights in Manila while in transit.

      Reviewed November 18, 2018

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      8.3
      Excellent
      Jeffrey from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in June 2010

      Perfect pitstop.”

      Location, transport to & from airport and other places. Best taxi in Manila.
      Centralised aircon, no control in room. no window. no wifi in room.

      Overall a good hotel for the price. Great staff and food. Dining room could be bigger, it's the only place that wifi works so at meal times it can be hard to find a seat. Aircon was set too cold for my liking & with no control the only option was to pull up the blankets. No window is a bit unfortunate but I didn't spend too much time in the room, basically just there to sleep & shower. Biggest complaint about this hotel is the beggars on the street, Swagman seems to be a magnet for them, you do get really tired of all the cheap Rolex watches & Viagra being thrust under your nose every time you step outside. Hotel is close to a lot of the nightlife & is a good waypoint between airport & Angeles.

      Reviewed June 29, 2010

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Gregory from United States
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in April 2010

      Good Value--Nice airport service.”

      Free airport transportation Excellent food in the restaurant Friendly desk staff Fair pricing
      Could use an interior facelift.

      Reading previous reviews here, I was expecting very little from this hotel. I was pleasantly surprised. I was upgraded to a nicer room at no charge (I had paid through Agoda). The room was spacious, towels were fluffy and thick, and the room was clean. The CR had a shower with nice hot water I found some of the public areas such as hallways a bit dingy, but not overly decayed. The restaurant had a fabulous steak for 395 pesos, which included potato, veggie, and salad, as well as a dinner roll. The portion was large as well. Avoiding the taxi scams in Manila I had heard so much about is what led me to the Swagman, but I will return again.

      Reviewed April 22, 2010

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      8.0
      Excellent
      TREVOR from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in April 2011

      A good place to start”

      Good service especially when it comes to connections, pickups and transfers

      Manila is a very daunting city and it is good to book in to The Swagman for at least the first night. I was glad to avoid the the taxi bandits outside because I was picked up at the airport be a very attractive lady and led to the airconditioned courtesy bus. They were waiting even though my flight was late The rooms were ok for the price and suited me and my limited budget. The satf all spoke english and there is a large menus in the cosy pub like atmosphere of the restuarant. The food was distinctly Australian /English but it also had a lot of Filliapina dishes too. The food was good and cheap too. The next morning I was off to my next destination of Angeles in their courtesy and delivered to my hotel door there. Excellant.

      Reviewed April 30, 2011

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      7.0
      Very good
      Alexander from United States
      Business traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2010

      Swagman Hotel -- Stay or Nay?”

      free shuttlel to/from airport, friendly staff, close to nightlife

      I was traveling to Manila on business. Since this was my first trip, I wanted to make it easy on myself to get to the hotel. So the free shuttle pick-up from the airport was a big appeal. I had read some blogs that said how some new travelers to Manila had bad experiences with the taxi. Since I was arriving after a 13 hour flight at 3:30 am, I expected to be in mental and physical condition to haggle with the taxis. Before boarding my flight from SFO, I sent an email to the Swagman hotel staff confirming my flight schedule. I let them know what time I would land. When I arrived, they had a staff member waiting for me outside the arrival terminal with my name on a placard. They even announced my name on the intercom because I was a little late exiting the airport. This was a positive experience. The ride from the airport to the hotel took about 20 minutes since there was very little traffic this early in the morning. My room was ready for me when I arrived at about 5 am. Their was not hassle about early check-in. I had coffee in the hotel dining room. Their was free wi-fi. The coffee is excellent by the way -- fresh brew from an expensive coffee machine. I ended up having 2 cups. The deluxe room was pretty modest. I stayed on the 7th floor where their is an atrium and skylight. There is a shower, Western toilet, and single sink. There is no bathtub in my room. They also don't provide you with a hair-dryer or shampoo so bring your own. The bed is fairly comfortable. There is a vanity area with chair and mirror. I had a red futon which was comfortable. The TV had basic channels. The TV sat on top of the mini-fringe. The floor was vinyl. There is a buffet breakfast in the morning. They served traditional Filipino food and Western items like sausage, potatoes, and eggs. You can have your egg prepared to order. As a guest, the buffet was greatly discounted so it made for a cheap meal. Overall, I was happy with the experience. I w

      Reviewed September 21, 2010

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      9.7
      Exceptional
      daniel from United States
      Couple
      Stayed 6 nights in March 2010

      wonderful stay in Manila”

      The Swagman is a very nice hotel for a good price.The staff is very friendly and helpful.The cooled rooms were nice on the very hot days.The Outback restaurant in the lobby is very nice.The hotel has hired taxis for guests to use and the drivers are also very friendly and includes a shuttle to the airport
      If you are someone used to expensive hotels with a lot of flash then you would probably be disappointed in the Swagman. It is a simple hotel but quality is a matter of opinion.

      My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much. We would stay again without hesitation. Our tastes are simple and the Swagman fits our taste perfectly.We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a low cost stay in Manila.It is near many places to of interest.I know in the future my wife and I will be staying at the Swagman again.

      Reviewed March 31, 2010

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      7.0
      Very good
      Ciaran from Ireland
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in October 2012

      Old timey hotel still gets the job done”

      bus service to elsewhere in the philippines

      Awful trip over from Hong Kong, awful taht Cathay Pacific insist on still using the barbaric and primitive Terminal 1 at NAIA (Manila Airport for the ininitiated) and not unusual having to spend almost two hours to get through Immigration/Customs and get one bag from the carousel. What next? A 500P ride to Ermita from the coupon taxi, what a rip off! And here come Swagman, pleasant to a fault, lovely room,big generous mattress to sweep me away to the land of nod, cool beer in fridge, cheap & reasonable buffet breakfast at 7Pm then short wait until the bus to Angeles at 1130. Check out is not until 12 so you can spend it in your room watching tv or getting more rest. Didnt bother at all this time looking at the nightlife of Ermita (Mabini, Del Pilar) but its known for being all night & pretty intense, especially the famous LA Cafe and my favourite G Point.

      Reviewed November 03, 2012

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Jack from United States
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in February 2010

      Swagman Hotel”

      Close to nightlfe area, Clean large room, The best steaks in Manila, great friendly staff. Airport pick up and drop off.
      Could stand a remodel.

      My wife and I stay at the swagman hotel when ever we are there in Manila. We enjoy the airport pick up sevice, its makes our trip headache free. Once at the hotel we check in, shower and head directly down stairs to the restarant for our steak dinner! They serve the best beef Ive had in my 5 years living in the Philippines

      Reviewed February 14, 2010

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      peter from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 5 nights in October 2011

      All service given with a genuine feeling”

      The service and pleasant nature of all the staff

      From the free shuttle pickup at the airport to everyone at the hotel the staff at the swagman hotel do everything to please their guests.

      Reviewed October 25, 2011

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      7.7
      Very good
      mark from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Stayed 3 nights in May 2010

      Swagman Ermita”

      Bar and restaurant
      Ermita...

      My room was a quiet room with no window - which is great for sleep. The fan kept me cool in the heat with a little help from the aircon. Wi-fi in the bar was handy place to meet. The hotel bar was almost the only place in town serving beer on election night so was handy for those still in Ermita but no longer staying in the swagman... me :-) Nice location for night life and bars.. Better bars are a little walk along the road to Malate.

      Reviewed May 31, 2010

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Peter from United Kingdom
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 5 nights in May 2017

      Comfortable and adequate ”

      Swagman is still a reasonable hotel since under new management of Oriental Hotels. The restaurant/bar has a nice atmosphere and has live music most nights. The staff are very good and helpful. It is still a bit pricey compared with other hotels, but overall it's OK. To be picky, the rooms have some small defects and the water pressure is a bit low on the 7th floor. Good shower with hot and cold water. Like most hotels, there is no plug for the hand basin...(I always pack 2 sizes in my accessories box). The bus service is still 600 peso to Angeles...no increase in 3 years...and available to non-residents. I like the location, close to the bay for cooler air, nearby Rizal Park, Robinsons Mall, and plenty of 'local entertainment '

      Reviewed May 29, 2017

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      8.3
      Excellent
      Michael from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in July 2012

      Friendly hotel with good services.”

      Good bar & restaurant. Airport transfer included.

      The Swagman is a decent hotel with good services. I felt comfortable here and was a good spot to plan my adventures in Manila and beyond. Tour services are provided for all needs and wants.

      Reviewed July 22, 2012

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      7.3
      Very good
      Christopher from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in October 2008

      A nice hotel that looks after its guests.”

      A great location, friendly staff and a great restaurant on site. Free Airport shuttle.
      An old building which is now showing signs of wear and tear.

      The Swagman Hotel is a nice place, provided you can look past the cracked paint and broken, dirty tiles. It is situated in a good location near the heart of Manila. Within walking distance to Rizal Park, Intramuros and the Manila Bay board-walk, it is easy to get to most popular sites. Nice restaurant as well. Shuttles depart from the hotel to several take you around the Philippines.

      Reviewed November 18, 2008

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      8.7
      Excellent
      Mona from Australia
      Family with teens
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2010

      simple hotel with a very nice staff ”

      best location

      I upgraded my booking to a family room but we didn't get the room on that day but they promised us that they will reserve the family room when we come back...so they did gave us the family room on January 14-19 of 2011.that was very good..and the staff of swagman are very nice just like before...but the aircon needs to be fix.

      Reviewed January 26, 2011

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      7.3
      Very good
      RUSSELL from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 6 nights in May 2010

      Interesting Experience.”

      Location Free Airport Shuttle Friendly Staff Restaurant & Bar
      Air-conditioning not satisfactory Shower hard to work

      Overall, i enjoyed my stay at the Swagman. The staff were great, food good and loved the Aussie bar. Made one feel at home. The room was ok, quiet,big enough for 2 people and clean. 2 complaints: the shower had a mind of it's own. Either freezing cold or scalding hot. Took 10 minutes of adjusting to get right. A waste of water! The small vent that was meant to be air-conditioning was hardly cool in the Manila heat. It could not be adjusted or turned off,which meant it was blowing on you all night. Came home with a cold. Other then these two problems,would recommend the Swagman,esp. to ex-pat Aussies looking for a home away from home.

      Reviewed May 30, 2010

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      8.3
      Excellent
      John from United States
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2010

      Not bad”

      --Convenient --Decent food --Good price
      --Could use some updating --The people selling things in front were annoying

      Swagmans serves it's purpose. It's a decent place to stay when you need to get to St. Lukes or the US embassy. If you're expecting marble floors and bath robes in your room this isn't the place for you. However if you need a budget hotel close to things and good places to eat in the area (and Starbucks) this place will do it.

      Reviewed May 24, 2010

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