Friendlys Guest House

img_3648.jpgFriendly’s Guest House – Manila

One of  the best places for the backpacker to stay in Manila is the Friendly’s Guest House in Malate.

Dorm room beds are available for 325 to 375 pesos depending on if the room has air conditioning.

Guests have full use of the kitchen and WiFi connection.

Friendlys Malate Guesthouse

Owner – Benjie has done an excellent job of turning the top 2 floors on this concrete building on Adriatico St into a home away from home for the traveler.


Mobile: +63 (0) 917 333 1418


website –

They charge 30 pesos per hour if you use one of the house computers but wireless is free if you bring your own laptop.

The upper deck has a spacious lounge area with big screen tv and internet and the pleasant atmosphere making it easy to meet fellow travelers.

Friendly's guesthouse in Manila

The kitchen with two stoves and a fridge is available to everyone.

View from Friendlys Guest house kitchen window

img_3635.jpgWrite your name on the items that you put in the ref because anything unmarked is placed on top the the ref for everyone’s use.

The idea is to not have spoiled food build up in there.

The community of travelers here energizes me. I really really like this place.

Friendly’s is right in the center of the action in Malate – good food and cheap beer is available across the street all night.

Friendlies guesthouse Manila beautiful viewComfortable lounge area on the 5th floor at Friendlys.  WiFi is available and you can cook your meals in the nearby kitchen.

view from Friendlys loungeView from the guest house  – Friendly’s is in a great  location. That building across the street in the picture below is the Malate Pension and the Starbucks Coffee shop.

view from friendly's pension in manila

img_3627.jpgLive bands play in the nearby clubs and street side cafes . Most stay open till 5am or so.

Guests that want to be locked up in a quiet hotel room or resort with no noise or action might not like it here because there is always something going on. Manila doesn’t shut down for the night like many places in the Philippines do.

Malate corner Adriatico and Nakpil

This is the corner of Nakpil and Adriatico streets. Friendly’s Guest house is located on the top two floors of this building.

Friendlys is located on the top of this building

img_3629.jpgThere is the sex scene with massage parlors and hook up joints like LA Cafe and Amazonia on nearby M.H.del Pilar St but if it’s not your thing it can be easily avoided.

Walking around late at night you will get marriage proposals from big girls in dresses with a well defined adam’s apple and big hands and feet but as long as you don’t accept any free samples you should be ok.

Selling paintings near guesthouse entranceVendor selling paintings outside Friendly’s guest house entrance. There is an elevator inside the door – take it to the 4th floor and it will open at the reception.

img_3654.jpgBenjie has a strict policy against bringing anyone over to the Guest House for hooking up so if that is what you are shooting for check into any of the other numerous hotels in the area.

The Pension Natividad and Malate Pension are also not good places for sex tourism.

Sometimes management goes overboard and turn away foreign men that have been married for several years to their Filipina but they are just trying to preserve their image.

Friendlys guest house common areaFriendly’s has 3 house computers for guests and there is a WiFi connection if you prefer. The speed and reliability is consistent.

img_3645.jpgFriendly’s does not accept any local customers at the guest house to avoid any potential problems because they are trying to focus on providing a base for international travelers.

They have a guest house for locals in the works at this time but it will be a while before it opens for business.

guest facilities

Reserve a room in advance if at all possible because the news about the good service provided spreads fast and the place is often fully booked.

Friendlys on Adriatico Street Manila

Friendly’s Guesthouse

1750 Adriatico Street (corner Nakpil Street) Malate, Manila, Philippines

Check in and check out time is 12 noon.

Phone: +63 (2) 474-0742

Mobile: +63 (0) 917 333 1418


website –

Starbucks at Mabini Pensionne across the streetStarbucks Coffee at Mabini Pensionne across the street.

New construction across the street from FriendlysNew construction going on across the street next door to Mabini Pensionne.

toy vendor on Adriatico streetVendor selling toys on Adriatico asked me to take his picture – very gwapo indeed!

view from FriendlysView across the street from Friendlys.

Manila architectureMalate Manila

Friendly’s Guest House Manila

Feb 28, 2008

29 responses to “Friendlys Guest House”

  1. A family of three wpould like to visit Manila come this 10th April 2009 and would like your outfit to book us rooms without aircodition and send the voucher to us we would show it to the immigration in your country upon arival.
    George oppong

  2. Hi,

    I am also going to Manila on 10-14 April, and I have already booked this Friendly’s Guesthouse! It sounds so good that the policy is strict there! I hope I can have an enjoyable moment in Manila.
    By the way, did you go to Tagaytay (the Volcano Island) and Pagsanjan Falls which are around Manila? If so, would you suggest me to go independently or join the local tours?

  3. Hi. Is it possible to book a room from May 11 – 16, 2009? What is your rate for a room with double occupancy? I will be on transit enroute to Davao City. Thanks.

  4. hi, we are a group of ten and we would want to spend our weekend at manila.where is the best place that u can recommend us to stay?

    we would wish to stay in a place where it is comfortable,safe and CHEAP..and would be able to accommodateall of us.. thanks.

  5. how much per night to stay here?? also per room or is it door style


  6. how much per day..?

  7. hey,
    i just want to ask .if the friendly guest near makati?
    coz i am going to process my paper at the embasy.
    i want to know how far it is.


  8. I will be traveling alone for 2 days in Manila before my flight to Guam. I’m a filipina and I’m not into hostels and backpacker thing until my Korean students suggested to try is out. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Friendly’s. I’m a little hesitant, this will be my first time. I do wish I’ll have a pleasant stay there.

  9. hi,
    pwede po bang mag pa reserve ng private room for june 8,2010. magkano po ba ang rent per night, weekly?
    thank you po. my email add

  10. dutchpickle
    may 23

    hi, i just want to ask if you can accomodate 22 person or more for two nyts. i just want to cook for them para tipid, students cl from korea so ako lng ang local as guide nl. pano pag pa reserve? maybe this coming august ang vacation nmin.
    can you give me the tel no of friendly guest house?
    how much is the rate per nyt?
    thanks…pls write back….

  11. Hi!..I would like to know where Pension Natividad is, and the contact details please. I’m from Cebu City and I’ll be in Manila end of August for a week to process some papers. Thanks

  12. i like very much your hotel,when i go back to the pilipines i want to stay again in your place..and my husband too..but im the 1st to come to the pil.i already told to my husband your are very freindly! =)

  13. do you have private room?may I know the rate/day?

  14. elow po.. magkano po ba rate per day? papauwi po ako dis coming may 21, mg stay po kmi ng mrs. k for 21-24.. meron po ba room for 2 of us? private room… ung my sariling cr, aircon.. tnx po.. w8 4 ur reps… try k rin po txt ung my ari.. salamat..

  15. Hai i would like to check in Friendlys guest house with my girlfriends (filipina)
    according to your note above, its not allowed to bring local to guesthouse, but she’s my girlfriend not GRO. How about that?

    Any solution?


  16. hello.,

    I would like to stay in your pension house on oct.12 to 14,2013..wE ARE about 5 persons.I would like to see your brochure and corresponding price.

  17. Friendly’s Guest House; now called “Wanderers Guest House” is under the new Management. The new German owner has entirely renovated the Guest house, giving it a brand new GREEN look. It is the biggest Guest house around the city and can accommodate more than 100 guests. The rooftop terrace has now restaurant and bar. The Guest House offers free dart game & musical instruments for the musicians. Although the name has changed the staff is still very friendly and helpful. The room and dorm prices are cheaper than the earlier. The terrace lounge is like green oasis in the middle of the city. It is still a Back packers HQ. The Manila Bay walk, Robinson Mall, Disco Bars, Intramuros, Rizal park, San Augustine church & Ocean Park are all with in the walking distance.. The Metro, Jeepny and Bus terminals are nearby.
    Telephone: +63 2 525 1534
    e-Mail: wanderers.guesthouse @
    wanderersguesthouse .com

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