A major factor in considering where to host Wikimania 2016 was the proximity of the venue to reasonably priced accommodation. In choosing the PICC, the bid team took into consideration its proximity to hotels and other accommodation in the area. While there are no student dormitories in the immediate vicinity of the venue, the general affordability of accommodation in Manila at all levels of comfort makes Wikimania more accessible to even more Wikimedians, and we look forward to working with the Wikimedia Foundation to find suitable accommodation for all attendees.
The PICC is near four major hotels.
Major hotels close to the PICC
Prices are based on the lowest hotel rates for a March 12-13, 2015 estimate for two and include taxes and fees.
||Number of stars
||Price per night
||Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel
||USD 170.04 (approx. ¥ 15,745 / € 127 / £ 114)
||Located immediately beside the PICC. Rate quoted is non-refundable and does not include breakfast.
||Traders Hotel Manila
||USD 125.77 (approx. ¥ 11,646 / € 94 / £ 85)
||Located along Roxas Boulevard in front of the CCP. Rate quoted is for advance purchase. Original quoted price is ₱5,638.82.
||Century Park Hotel
||USD 85.90 (approx. ¥ 7,954 / € 65 / £ 58)
||Located along Pablo Ocampo Street in Malate beside Harrison Plaza, 15 minutes away from the PICC on foot. Rate quoted is from Ostrovok.ru and may differ significantly from official rates. Original quoted price is ₱3,867.40 and is non-refundable.
||USD 55.57 (approx. ¥ 5,146 / € 42 / £ 38)
||Located at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue, 20 minutes away from the PICC on foot. Rate quoted is non-refundable and does not include breakfast. Original quoted price is ₱2,500. The same room with breakfast is ₱3,200 ($71.13).
The rates quoted above are standard hotel rates, and we expect them to be negotiated lower as we begin talking with hotels should Manila win hosting rights for Wikimania 2016.
Manila is home to many different types of accommodation, and attendees may choose to stay anywhere else in the city. The bid team has foreseen that many attendees may, for many reasons, choose to stay in places further away from the venue, such as those near the Remedios Circle in Malate (where a lot of hostels are located), Makati, the area around the SM Mall of Asia and the like. To make it easier for attendees to get to and from the venue and avoid having to deal with Manila traffic, the bid team is looking into shuttling attendees between the PICC and those areas by bus and/or air-conditioned jeepney to common drop-off points in potential areas with large numbers of attendees.