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Townhouse Hostel
Manila, Philippines

Villa Carolina Townhouse, 31 Bayview Drive & Roxas Blvd
Manila
City of Manila, Philippines 
1700

Mabuhay Philippines- Since 1986 we have welcomed budget travelers from 93 countries providing them with a "Home Away from Home" base in Manila near All 4 Airport Terminals. Lowest Room & Dorm Rates, Weekly & Monthly Discounts

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Property type: Hostel     34 guest rooms/units   Built: 1985, renovated: 2009
 

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SERVING WORLD TRAVELERS Since 1986 - Guests From 93 Countries have been welcomed and passed through our guest house style Townhouse "hotel" hostel near all 4 Manila airport terminals.

The Townhouse was opened by Bill and Lorna as a hobby, after they had traveled, worked and were lucky with business in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.A. for almost ten years. They'd stayed in bamboo, beach huts, Asian guesthouses, Spanish pensionnes, American and European campgrounds, backpacker dormitories, Korean yeogwans and Japanese ryokans on shoestring budgets. They met each other 'on the road' while traveling in Hong Kong and Korea in the early 80s, hooked up in 83 and got married in 1985. During a trip to Lhasa, Tibet, when Lorna was 6 months pregnant with Camilla in 1986, they decided that it was time to raise a family.They knew that they would miss the energy, excitement and adventure of world travel so they opened the doors of their small, 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhouse for travelers as a hobby.

The first guests were five Swedish young men Bill met in Hong Kong who had met on the trans-Siberian railway; since then travelers from 93 countries have stayed at The Townhouse. After a few years, guests had written to Lonely Planet, Jens Peters' Publication and other travel guides recommending The Townhouse as a low budget, safe, clean and friendly place to stay in Manila. Now, continuous improvements and expansion projects have produced a warm,family atmosphere where travelers meet, exchange travel stories and enjoy the "magic" energy of world travel in a safe, comfortable setting with 29 unique sized style & furnished bedrooms ( no two rooms the same ) with and without private baths and one dormitory with 6 bed spaces.

The Townhouse Hotel is located 2-1/2 to 4 km from all 4 Manila's domestic and International airports on Manila Bay's coconut palm tree lined Roxas Blvd. The Townhouse Hotel is the only place in Manila that provides the blend of a warm, friendly meeting place for 'world travelers' in safe, clean, tourist style comfort at the lowest rates in Manila. We are happy to continue helping our guests really feel like they are 'Home'. Welcome to the Family of World Travelers!!

We are recommended in Jens Peters' Philippines Guidebook, both in English and Deutsch, Lonely Planet's S.E. Asia on a Shoestring and their Philippines guidebooks among others.

MANILA ARRIVAL: From NAIA 1 Terminal after immigration and customs, pass through the first set of sliding glass doors BEFORE going outside look for small Taxi / Transport Booths,(one is NISSAN Taxi) Give them our address, STRESS 'TAMBO' so they know we're closeby the aiports and will NOT overcharge you which is common. When you arrive at our place you will be asked to sign the taxi receipt. WELCOME HOME to your "Island in the City"!

2006 UPDATE; Since I ( Bill ) have been traveling Asia & Europe three months / year I feel I need to clarify something due to the new generation of world travelers and their expectations. We are NOT a 'factory' style Youth Hostel with generic beds and rooms so PLEASE stay elsewhere if you require such accommodations. Since the late 90s, I have noticed that REAL businessmen and investors have opened up such establishments all over the world to cater to the student / budget traveler with impressive picture perfect buildings and facilities.

Location & Transportation

Almost walking distance From 2.6 km to 4 km ( 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 miles ) from All 4 Manila Airport Terminals near Mall of Asia & Baclaran and many nearby bus terminals

  DirectionsMANILA ARRIVAL: Usually we advise our guests to take one of the Taxi / Transport services which is after immigration and customs and just outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ( NAIA ),line / queue up on the Taxi "island in front of the Domestic Airport, catch a taxi in front of Centennial Airport Terminal 2 or in front to the right at NAIA3 Airport Terminal . Recently our old friend Jerry living half the year in Sardinia arrived late at the NEW NAIA to find brand new yellow colored taxis waiting to pick up passengers charging only by their taxi meters but so far none of the other guests have mentioned that option.

1. Outside of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Road( NAIA Road ), after the second set of sliding glass doors, look to the LEFT for a transport booth. Last time I arrived I paid ONLY P108 so I paid the young driver P140.

At the METERED Taxi Counter to the left, give our address:

Villa Carolina Townhouse, 31 Bayview Drive & Roxas Blvd ( pronounced RO HOSS) TAMBO, Paranque, Metro-Manila, Philippines. This is 10 minutes from all 4 airport terminals and near Bayview Towers.

Stress "Tambo" so they know the location is near the airport. You will be given a receipt which you must sign when you arrive at The Townhouse Hotel!

or From all FOUR airports, you tell the taxi driver to follow NAIA Road & turn RIGHT on ROXAS BLVD until Bayview Towers is on your right. You're 1 minute away!

Continue straight on Roxas 150 meters. Turn RIGHT on the FIRST small street, BAYVIEW DRIVE. The Townhouse is 30 meters ahead on your left. WELCOME "HOME" !!
  TransportationTOWNHOUSE AIRPORT SERVICE:
We are more than happy to pick you up at the ground floor ARRIVAL EXTENSION AREA across from the parking lot at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Of if you arrive at either the Centennial Terminal 2( Philippine Airlines ), the NEW Terminal 3 or at the Domestic airport just wait in front of the arrival area. Please call our land line Tel #s, to request our driver to pick you up with either our medium blue Honda Civic or our blue Delica 7 passenger Van with roof rack or please follow the directions above.
Townhouse Airport Service Rates from 6AM to Midnight
1 or 2 Persons P120
3 or 4 Persons P150
5 or 6 Persons P180

From Midnight to 6AM add P50 which goes directly to our driver for staying up or waking up early.


1. Change a little money inside the airport be sure and ask for small change in P1 peso coins for the phone. Okay?

2. When you first go outside the airport you can NOT see this area. You go through the second set of sliding glass doors and see a 4+ lane road with a dividing island. Whether you exit on the right or the left move toward the center and walk across the 4 lanes ,proceed downward, turn left or right continue downward on the sloping ramp.

3. Call us from P1 coin pay phones. Manila Tel. We're only 1-1/2 miles ( 2.7 KM ) away but with the traffic it should take 10 to 20 minutes. Look for a Medium Blue Honda Civic or Van with roof rack. We charge P130 for 1 or 2 persons & P150 for 3 or 4 persons & P200 for passengers with large pieces of luggage or Balikbayan boxes too large for our Honda Civic or 5, 6 or 7 persons in our Van.

If you walk outside to the main road in front of NAIA 1 there are buses going to Mall of Asia which you could catch for only P11 and get off at the corner / intersection of NAIA Road, Coastal Hwy & Roxas Blvd with the landmark of 20+ floor Bayview Tri-Towers Condominiums only one minute away and walk 300 meters north along Roxas Blvd, turn right at first small side street Bayview Drive or look up to see "HOSTEL" painted on side of our place or sign "Townhouse Rooms 4 Rent ).
  AirportNAIA 1, Centennial 2 & Domestic ( 2.6KM or 1-1/2 Miles ) NEW NAIA 3 ( 4KM or 2-1/2 Miles )

Amenities & Attractions

Free high speed DSL Wi-Fi internet access and for those without notebook compters we have two computers at P1 /minute , P50 / hour, P80 / 2 hours. 24 Hour WakeUP and Airport service at P120 for 1 or 2 persons from 6AM to midnight ( + extra P50 for driver between Midnight & 6AM ) .

  Local Attractions
Ninoy Aquino International Airport ( 2.6 )Centennial Airport, Philippine Airlines Domestic & INT Terminal ( 2.6 Km )
Domestic Airport ( 2.4 km )NAIA 3 Cebu Pacific Airlines Domestic & INT Airport ( 4 KM )
Mall of Asia & Baywalk ( 3.5km )Jam Transit Bus Station - Batangas (4KM )
Cuneta Colliseum & Swimming Pool( 2KM )Victory Liner Bus - Northern Route ( 4KM )
Philtranco Bus Station Southern Route ( 4 KM )
  Amenities
24-hr front deskAirport pickupBreakfast (extra charge)
Car rentalChildcare or babysittingChildren permitted
Internet accessInternet wireless (free)Laundry/valet service
Linen includedNewspapers/magazinesNo curfew
Open 24 HoursParking (free)Pets allowed
Restaurant on siteRoom serviceSafe deposit box
Smoking permittedTaxi service

Guest Room Amenities

12 rooms have air-conditioning cable TV, private bathrooms, electric hot showers, can sleep between 2 to 4 persons with futon style foam mattresses for extra persons,All room rates apply to 2 persons with P150 /extra person and kids under 8 years old FREE, Only 3 rooms are air-conditioned with private bathrooms electric hot showers but withOUT Cable TV, 6 rooms are fan cooled with Cable TV and private bathroom with electric hot shower, 6 rooms are fan cooled with private bathrooms but withOUT TV and hot showers, 9 rooms are fan cooled with share bathrooms, without hot showers and vary in sizes located on ground floor, 2nd & 3rd floors with 3 different room rates,

Some but not all rooms have wood storage box / bench seat which can be locked with your own padlock,

Some but NOT all rooms have DSL high speed Wi-Fi internet access. For those which don't the our common area, dining, living room lobby has Wi-Fi access.

  Room Types
Mixed Dorm
Quad
Triple
Twin
  Room Amenities
A/C climate controlEnsuite
Internet accessPrivate bathroom
Safe box in roomShared bathroom
Showers without bathSmoking rooms
TelevisionTelevision (cable/satellite)
WIFIWake-up calls

Food & Restaurants

  On site Restaurants
Townhouse Homecooked MealsHomecooked meals served daily from 6Am to midnight with drinks and snacks served 24 hours
  Local Restaurants
Kentucky Fried Chicken300 meters away across the street on NAIA Road
Yellow Cab PizzaLocated nearby on Macapagal Ave but offers delivery to our place
McdonaldsLess than a mile away but also delivers to our place
Max Fried ChickenLess than mile away
Kenny RogersOne mile away with barbecue and American style meals with mashed potatoes baked beans etc.

Payment Information

Rate details: Weekly & Monthly Discounts
Available Discounts: Weekly & Monthly Discounts
Additional charges: A charge may be incurred for extra persons in a room.
Credit cards accepted on location: PayPal 
Cancellation policy: (booking payments are non-refundable, unless specified otherwise)
None except booking changes a day or two before is fine

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