I stayed several times in Ralph-Anthony Suites in Ermita and tried several different suites. Actually the suites are spacy and nice, there is always a kitchenette, where you can prepare meals and a spacy fridge. The place is situated oppsite of the Court of Appeals in one of the calmer roads of Ermita. In walking distance there are Robinson's Place, UN, LRRT-Train and a lot of night-life.
Being "suites" there is no food offered in the place but several restaurants in the vicinity.
The suites range from 2100 P/night to 2800 P/night. The penthouse is more suitable for bigger groups, can sleep up to 15 people. There are a few studios (room with separate bathroom) in the ground floor for 1500 P/night
Many arab people go there and it is often booked out. Therefore it is strongly advisable to book beforehand by telephone. Their website is not updated and phone-number, which is on the net, is obsolete (not working anymore). The numbers now are as follows: (+63) 2 54 79 81 and (+63) 91 52 08 73 99
- The lift is very old with doors quickly opening and closing (they want to renew it now)
- all ACs are not split and quite noisy
- both the main staircase (around the lift) and the emergency staircase (outside the building) are used to store old tv's, fridges, furniture, windows and beds. In case of fire this would be dangerous.
These apartments represent great value for money for a family on a budget. Well appointed spacious rooms with cooking facilities to off-set the expense of having to eat-out for every meal. Cable TV, Wifi, Air-conditioning, in fact everything you need for a comfortable stay. Surrounded by many restaurants, fast-food outlets and only a short walk to Robinson’s Mall in Ermita.
I have been staying at Ralph Anthony Suites every time I visit Manila for the last 10 years (some 8 stays). The staff are ever-attentive and helpful and the rooms always neat and tidy.
Maybe not in the back-packer’s budget, but I would recommend Ralph Anthony Suite to any travelling family wanting great value for money without compromising on good quality.
We are returning again to stay there in July-August 2013.
If you have to stay in Ermita and want a budget place, this is fine... the studio "apartment" I had did not have a window (which they warned me about in the booking) but it was comfortable and clean, with good hot water supply, fridge & basic crockery, comfy bed. Staff were friendly and booking from overseas by email went smoothly. Good wifi.
Overall pretty decent for the price and for a short stay. Have heard from others it's dodgy but seemed fine, although better lighting would help. Paid same price at a backpackers for smaller room with nothing apart from the bed, this way you get a slightly more than an average hotel room.