I have a mini-scoop here. I found a dorm right in Intramuros across Fort Santiago. It’s called the Madrigal Dormtel. You’ve got to admit, Malate is a bit dodgy. So why stay there when you can stay right within the walls of the Walled City? Most backpackers will probably pop into Manila and pop out anyway so might as well stay where it is most convenient and near all the sites.
Located on Cabildo Street, Fort Santiago is just around the corner. This dormtel was just finished last June or July of 2010. It has dorm style rooms, four to a room. Common bathrooms and a common TV area. Girls are separated from boys which only makes sense because the rest of the building is for students. There are fast food stores also just around the corner to catch a quick brekkie. Water and wi-fi are provided daily for a nominal fee. And you can also have your laundry done (half-dollar a kilo).
What makes this place most awesome is that it cost only 300 pesos (6 US dollars a night). I know there are other places that are this cheap but none are this clean, tourist centrally located, safe with a friendly atmosphere.
Cabildo Street, Intramuros, Manila
(near Manila Cathedral)
632 523 3629 / 632 523 0973
cellphone 63 917 582 1751
Look for Ms. Jenny or Mel
300 pesos (around 6 US dollars) for an a/c dormbed