Hotels in Quezon City, Philippines
Quezon City is the largest city in the urban agglomeration of Metro Manila in terms of land area. The capital of the Philippines under President Manuel Quezon until 1976 when the capital shifted to the City of Manila, Quezon City today is home to national headquarters of religious, military and civilian institutions, the Philippines’ premier university, the biggest shopping mall in the country, and the archipelago’s largest service economy. There’s sufficient accommodation in Quezon City to house visitors to the area, or transit travellers waiting for their bus at the Cubao Terminal.
Philippine history in modern day Quezon City
Quezon City, which should not be confused with Quezon province to the southeast, figures prominently in the struggle for Philippine independence from Spain. Shoehorned among soaring office towers and glitzy shopping malls are historical landmarks that recall critical turning points in Philippine history: The momentous “Cry of Pugad Lawin” (a revolutionary call to secede from Spain) is marked with a shrine in Balintawak. Originally called Banlat, Balintawak is also the birth site of the centenarian heroine of the revolution Melchora Aquino who tended wounded “katipuneros” (guerillas) and provided them shelter and food.
Sixteenth century Santo Domingo Church in Santa Mesa, recently declared a National Cultural Treasure, houses an equally ancient 400-year-old miraculous image of Our Lady of La Naval de Manila. From here, it’s a short light rail or jeepney (converted US Army surplus jeep) ride to hotels in Quezon City which are concentrated along Quezon Avenue and EDSA, Metro Manila’s major artery.
Where to stay in Quezon City
Quezon City has achieved a comfortable blend of commerce, culture, community and conservation that has eluded other cities in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila). For long-term stays, find cheap hotels in Quezon City along Kamias or Kamuning Roads. Or try apartments that cater to college students in the neighborhoods of the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University. This should let you avoid the crowds and attendant traffic without being too far away from the happenings in the city of Manila, or the expatriate buzz in the upscale Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
The best hotels in Quezon City are scattered about, so you may have to hop on a metered cab to head over to Eastwood or the tourist belt at Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato if you are in the mood for a bubbly nightlife. For a really spirited after-hours, the 36,000-seater Araneta Coliseum thunders with Philippine basketball, concert or pageantry.
The coliseum is right at the heart of the shopping and amusement district, and easily connects you via light rail, buses and jeepneys to the City of Manila 20 minutes south, or to La Mesa Reservoir and Eco-Park 30 minutes north. In this 27 square kilometres of fresh air and green space, you can enjoy some alone time boating, hiking, swimming, cycling or zip-lining.
Resorts near Quezon City are within two to three hours’ drive. Subic Bay and shipwreck diving is less than three hours to the north. Tagaytay, a favorite escape of weekend warriors, is less than 90 minutes to the south and brings you within viewing distance of the crater lake and the volcano of Taal. Book online to find where to stay in Quezon City and book the best Quezon City hotel deals or one of the luxury resorts in Quezon City.