Love monuments, dining out, and live music? Get away to Ermita!

One of the most important regions of Manila City, Ermita is a district filled with major educational, political and health institutions. Wander the streets here and find the University of the Philippines, the General Hospital and government buildings such as the Department of Justice. The importance of Ermita within Manila is increased by the presence of major museums and parks.

Stroll around Ermita and pass elegant political building such as the waterfront U.S. Embassy and the Court of Appeals, a classically styled building fronted by four Doric columns. Don’t miss Ermita Church, a vast 20th-century structure known for its statue of Our Lady of Guidance, which was brought to the Philippines in 1521.

Visit one of Ermita’s many museums and spend the day discovering the history of the Philippines. The National Museum of the Philippines encompasses the National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People. Learn about the ethnographic diversity of the nation in exhibits dedicated to its cultural heritage.

Take your children to Museo Pambata. Interactive exhibits on the environment, Manila and the planet make learning exciting for kids. Walk through a giant reconstruction of a human body to learn about how our organs work.

Stroll through the parks of Ermita. Rizal Park spreads across 140 acres (57 hectares) and features many examples of public art. Come back here at night to watch a light and sound presentation dedicated to Filipino heroes, when the statues are lit up in a rainbow of colors. Stop by the Chinese Garden to see oriental architecture and plants.

In the north of Ermita, discover the walkways of Arroceros Forest Park, a haven of green in the heart of Manila. Escape the heat of the sun on the shady walkways that wind through the forest.

Ermita is one of the tourist hubs of Manila and public transportation runs to and from the district. Ride a bus to outside Rizal Park and explore the region on foot to see its various sights.

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Top Hotels in Ermita

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Bayview Park Hotel Manila
3 out of 5
1118 Roxas Boulevard, corner United Nations Avenue, Manila, Manila
3.8/5Good! (1,927 reviews)

"A repeated stay requested by Traveller. Quite comfortable staying in."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Bayview Park Hotel Manila
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Diamond Hotel Philippines
5 out of 5
Roxas Blvd Cor Dr J Quintos, Manila, Manila
$111
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.2/5Very Good! (1,475 reviews)

"The whole staff friendly and helpful. Difenatley would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Diamond Hotel Philippines
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The Manila Hotel
5 out of 5
One Rizal Park, Manila
$95
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,699 reviews)

"The hotel is not handicapped friendly. To reach the elevator from the lobby, you have to pass a steep ramp. If you are using a walker or wheel chair, you need someone to help you. Our room 225, is absolutely not for person with the disability. Door is too narrow. Shower room is equipped with one ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

The Manila Hotel
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New World Manila Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
1588 Pedro Gil Corner MH Del Pilar, Malate, Manila, Manila
$119
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.2/5Excellent! (1,389 reviews)

"The staff in the executive lounge was super. It was my first trip to Manila, and they helped me not only with hotel issues, but also helped me navigate around the city."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

New World Manila Bay Hotel
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Hotel H2O
4 out of 5
Luneta, (Behind the Quirino Grandstand), Manila
$66
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.1/5Very Good! (1,758 reviews)

"the service was fine"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Hotel H2O
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Armada Hotel
4 out of 5
2108 Marcelo H del Pilar St, Malate, Manila, Manila
$45
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
3.8/5Good! (1,066 reviews)

"Good security. Quiet room. Responsive to requests. E. G Repair of leaking tap etc. Good value"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Armada Hotel

Popular things to do in Ermita

Rizal Park
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Rizal Park

Relax in one of the largest urban parks in Asia, home to gardens, orchids, tropical plant species and a monument to a Filipino hero.

Baywalk
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Baywalk

This is a lively seaside promenade where you can wine, dine, watch live music and join the locals for a daily fitness class.

Paco Park
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Paco Park

This attractive walled park, perfect for walking and picnics, was once a burial ground for cholera victims and the city’s wealthiest inhabitants.

National Museum of the Filipino People
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National Museum of the Filipino People

Browse a collection containing thousands of years of the country’s history and anthropology, from its earliest inhabitants to Spanish colonists and more.

Manila Bay
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Manila Bay

Drift around the tranquil waters of a sheltered bay and watch a colorful sunset from the shores of Manila city.

Manila Cathedral
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Manila Cathedral

This richly decorated Roman Catholic Basilica has made it through the centuries despite being destroyed by fires, bombs and earthquakes.

Top activities in Ermita

Manila Hidden Valley Hot Spring Day Tour
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Manila Hidden Valley Hot Spring Day Tour

$130

A hidden valley full of crystal clear waterfalls! Located on Makking Mountain, takes about 2 hours from Manila. Waterfalls flowing from the mountains and clear water springs from the basement create a natural pool.

Taal Volcano Full-Day Trekking Adventure
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Taal Volcano Full-Day Trekking Adventure

$158

Hike up one of the Philippines' second-most-active volcano on this full-day tour. Take a scenic boat ride on Taal Lake, ride on a horseback across spectacular black lava flows and look down on the stunning vista from the summit of Taal Volcano.

Corregidor Island Full-Day Excursion
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Corregidor Island Full-Day Excursion

$145

Escape to a historic World War II island fortress on this full-day tour to Corregidor Island. Explore major battle sites & barrack ruins, visit the Pacific War Memorial, discover Malinta Tunnel, and enjoy scenic views of Manila Bay from the island's historic lighthouse.

Tagaytay Ridge & Manila City Tour
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Tagaytay Ridge & Manila City Tour

$118

Begin the day with a drive to the picturesque city of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet (686 m) above sea level, it offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Volcano. After lunch, return to Metro Manila, visit bustling Makati, and see San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Full-Day City & Museum Tour
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Full-Day City & Museum Tour

$108

Discover Manila's rich history, cultural heritage and architectural grandeur on this full-day tour. Stroll through the ancient walled city of Intramuros, explore the Philippines' financial capital in Makati City, and visit ancient churches and historic museums.

Villa Escudero Tour with Lunch From Manila
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Villa Escudero Tour with Lunch From Manila

$72

Located approximately 2.5 hours south of Manila is the quaint and historic Villa Escudero. Hidden amidst coconut palms, the villa is reminiscent of old plantation life. The Villa Escudero resort is nestled deeply into its placid natural surroundings, offering breathtaking views of the Philippine countryside year round.

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