About This Listing
Coco's Garden Master Bedroom is the master bedroom of a vintage early-Independence period Manila home, a rarity in Manila at this point in time. You will experience old-world style that is almost impossible to find in modern Manila.
This is the Master's Bedroom at Coco's Garden.
Coco's Garden Master Bedroom Manila is a large (60 square meter) accommodation in a charming vintage home in a quiet corner of the Paco District of old Manila. The ceilings are tall, with windows all around looking out into the green of the garden. Hardwood floors.
Centrally located, Intramuros and Makati are but a few kilometers away, and access to public transportation is easy. The guest room has its own restroom, with a sink, a toilet, and a shower (with hot water), air-conditioning, with access and use of the house's kitchen and garden. The guest room has Cable TV and broadband wifi.
Healthy local cuisine can be arranged at extra cost and by prior arrangement, including vegetarian and organic. Fresh seafood is constantly available. Filipino cooking lessons are available. Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) can be had for $10/person per meal. Airport pickup/drop-off can be arranged for ($25 US each way).
Smoking is not allowed in the house, but rather on the kitchen porch upstairs, in the garden, or in the covered garden patio. Use of the laundry entails additional fees per load. Dry Cleaning or other required services (transportation, massage, language lessons, etc.) can be arranged.
We have dogs and cats, but they do not stay in the house.
As our guest, you will of course have your private room and private bath(website hidden) addition, the rest of the house is shared with you as well, including the kitchen, the living area, and the garden/patio.
Interaction with Guests
As you will be staying in our home with us, you can expect us to be available for your questions or needs related to your stay with us and your time in the Philippines.
Ours is an historical neighborhood dating back to the arrival of Japanese expatriate Catholics in the early 17th-century. In the years prior to WW2, Paco was the part of Manila where artists and some wealthier families lived on large properties, lumber yards proliferated, and some manufacturing was done. The face of Paco has changed mightily over the years, butt vestiges of the old Paco can be found by the intrepid explore
We are located near a major intersection where Jeepneys and taxis can be had.
Other Things to Note
We have 4 dogs and 3 cats, all of whom reside outside, and all of whom are highly socialized and friendly to people.
1.Electricity: The Philippines has the highest electricity rates in Asia, so please help us to conserve.
2.Airconditioning: Please close all windows tightly and turn off the a/c when you leave the room. Using the fans will help circulate the cool air.
3.Food/ trash: Do not put any food or degradable materials in the trash bin. These types of waste can be left in the kitchen for disposal.
a.Please leave your street shoes at the downstairs entrance. We do not allow street shoes in the house.
b.If you are in the upstairs bedroom, please step lightly on the wooden floor, to be considerate to the guests below your room.
5.Smoking is allowed outside the house, on the kitchen porch or anywhere in the garden.
6.Please do not feed the cats or the dogs (without our approval)
7.Unregistered daytime guests are welcomed.
8.Unregistered overnight guests are discouraged.
9.If you have any valuables that you would like to have secured, please let us know.
I normally have one rule when booking a place on Airbnb—No IKEA furniture. with this respect, Greg's place wins this hands down! Almost everything is antique and cool. During my two night stay. I only saw Greg briefly. But he was very helpful. I would've loved to take his tour of old Manila. the room was bigger than I expected. thanks to the garden the room was quiet and cool. I didn't even need to use the airconditioner. The other guests were cool. I even hung out with one of them. I'd totally come back to this place. the new high rise condos are overrated.
Beautiful house in a quiet neighbourhood.
Didn't get to meet Greg in person but correspondence with him was helpful and prompt.
Only problem we had was taxi drivers not knowing the address, even with the excellent directions Greg gave us.
Thanks for a lovely stay!
Greg and Jorge were fine hosts in their home located in a quieter part of the city. The bedroom is very spacious and sleeping at night is very cool and comfortable without even an air conditioner. Greg gave me several tips which made my visit better. The location is marked on Google maps which should make it easier for you and the cab driver to find.
It was very nice to stay in Greg 's house for two days in Manila . The master room is as nice as it on the pics , Greg has a lot of vintage collections and the yard is peaceful with his 4 dogs and cats ~ got great helps from Greg and his assistant. It was unforgettable experiences for my mom and me ~ hope can see Greg next time ^_^~
Greg's place was everything my girl friend and I imagined and more. The pictures are 100% accurate. The size of the Master bedroom is so spacious, we felt like we had our own little sanctuary from Manila, and also within the house. In a noisy, congested, hot city like Manila, Coco's Garden was an Oasis for us to come home to. The kitchen was a very comfortable place to cook, and whether it was the guests, Greg, or people doing work at the house, it was a flow that had ease and comfort, and more often than not was very welcome if not simply comfortable. Greg was an extremely gracious host, and cares deeply about the upkeep and presentation of the home. Of all the sites of Manila, our stay at Coco's was at the top of the list. I will be back to Manila, and when I do return, the first thing I will book, after the plane ticket, is the Master Bedroom at Coco's. P.S. We never looked at the room below the Master, but the Master was so perfect, we weren't even interested in checking it out. It must be quite good, because at this time, Greg had a frequent guest who booked it often.
Greg has got a tremendous house, the master room is actually bigger than in the pictures. Every detail is carefully chosen and staying here is a unique experience. There is nothing we did not like about it. Though it's true the neighborhood does not have sights of interest, you'd still need to move around by taxi if you were staying in a different one cause MANILA is so big and sights are so scattered that staying at greg's actually makes it central.
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About the Host, Greg
I am an American from San Diego who has resided in Manila for 26 years. I am a part-time guide in the historical district of Intramuros. My partner, Jorge, and I have 5 dogs and 4 cats. Our home is an early-independence period wood home, built in the gracious style of that period. With few home in Manila from this period remaining, you are going to experience the old-world style of 70 years ago.
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Fabulous Indian food at excellent prices. Impossible to see from the road as it is on an access-road behind a commercial building.
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Probably the best Italian restaurant in Metro Manila, and certainly the best thin-crust rolled pizza!
This early 19th-century park was originally a cemetery, where national hero Jose Rizal was first interred. Now a park with giant Acacia trees, it hosts every Friday free live classical music.
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Spend half a day here and gain a great deal of knowledge for the Philippines.
Manila's largest open space, Rizal Park was designed by American civil engineer Daniel Burnham. The park is a great place to stroll, as well as access the National Museum.
Oldest standing stone structure in the Philippines, and only structure to survive intact within Intramuros through WW2. One of 4 churches declared World Heritage Sites. Extensive museum.
Located at the grounds of the Central Bank (BSP), this is an art museum with an extensive currency and pre-Hispanic gold museum in the basement.
The herb shop of the famous local Dr. Tan, talented diagnostician using Traditional Chinese Medicine. Highly recommended. You can select between herbs and capsules. Bring a book to read.
America's largest military cemetery. An incredible oasis of peace and calm. Free. An absolute must-see.