13 staycation hotels open to NCR Plus tourists; Airbnb bookings still prohibited

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) — Thirteen accredited staycation hotels in Metro Manila are allowed to accommodate guests aged 18 to 65 from the NCR Plus, the Department of Tourism said Thursday.

"Mayroon tayong (We have) 13 staycation hotels with a total room capacity of 5,986 rooms," DOT spokesman Benito Bengzon told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon.

Allowed to operate are Grand Hyatt Hotel, Okada Manila Hotel, Shangri-la at the Fort, Nobu Hotel, Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila, EDSA Shangri-la Manila, Solaire Resort, Hyatt Regency and Nuwa Hotel of City of Dreams, The Peninsula Manila, Aruga by Rockwell, Sheraton Manila Hotel, and Hilton Manila.

He said these establishments have secured "certificate of authority to operate for staycation" purposes. He said this serves as proof that their facilities are not being used as quarantine sites.

"Mayroon pa rin tayong limitations doon sa dami ng guest na pwedeng magcheck in sa mga hotel na ito," he said.

[Translation: We still have limitations on the number of guests who could check in at these hotels.]

For instance, two people can stay in a 20-square-meter room while three guests can share a 30-square-meter room, the official said.

He added the staycation hotels also require COVID-19 test results.

The Inter-Agency Task Force earlier approved the DOT's recommendation to allow staycations in Metro Manila.

But Bengzon said short-term stays in condominiums and resorts booked under platforms like Airbnb are still prohibited. "Hindi pa rin po pupwede iyan."

[Translation: These are still not allowed.]

The NCR Plus area, which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, is under general community quarantine "with heightened restrictions" until the end of the month.