Asiatel Hotel Pasay: Where to Stay on a Manila Layover?

A lot of foreigners come to the Philippines to visit the islands. However, most international flights only land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Domestic flights to the islands are not always timed perfectly to coincide with international arrivals.

I experienced this last year when a friend of mine arrived from China. We wanted to go to Coron, Palawan but the way his flight was scheduled, it meant that we would need to stay in Manila overnight. Luckily, I found out about the ASIATEL AIRPORT HOTEL in Pasay City.

Because I live in Quezon City and we had to fly to Coron on a Friday morning, I didn’t really want to brave the early morning rush hour traffic just to get to NAIA in time for our flight. (That drive would have taken between 2-3 hours). We decided to stay at Asiatel instead.

This decision meant that we didn’t have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to catch our 11:00 am flight. We got to the airport well-rested and ready for an adventure. It only took us 5-10 minutes to travel to NAIA 3 from the hotel even with some traffic.

Beds are big enough to accommodate two people
Standard room
Twin Room

The rooms were very basic but clean. Don’t expect a luxurious stay as this hotel is positioned specifically as a layover spot. Rooms have either single or double beds but most of the beds are big enough to accommodate two people.

Basic but functional and clean bathrooms

There’s air conditioning, good water pressure and water heaters. They also have basic cable TV with English and local channels. The best part is, the ground floor of the building has MEI WEI CHINESE KITCHEN.

You can read my review of this restaurant here: Mei Wei Chinese Kitchen: New Foodie Stop Near The Airport

Some of the yummy dishes from Mei Wei

Asiatel also has drive-inn rooms and a parking lot where you can leave your car if you are only flying for a quick business trip. They have a shuttle that can take you to the airport and pick you up.

Drive In Rooms

For tourists who are staying in Manila on a slightly longer layover, the front desk also offers tours and van rentals so that you can easily explore the city.

The front desk at the lobby
Native products on sale at the lobby area
There’s also a small convenience store for last minute items that you forgot.
Tours and transportation can be booked right at the front desk

Even when it’s not a layover, I might consider staying here again if I have a midday flight. I think staying here overnight is much more convenient than having to wake up very early to brave the rush hour traffic.

Visit their website for more information:


Standard Room: 12 hours (P1,800), 24 hours (P2,400 with breakfast for 2)

Family Room: 12 hours (P2,800), 24 hours (P3,500 with breakfast for 2)

Garage Room: 12 hours (P2,300), 24 hours (2,800 with breakfast for 2)

Asiatel Hotel Pasay is located at: Aurora formerly Tramo Road, cor. Andrews, Pasay City, Aurora Blvd, Pasay, Manila