When you go exploring the cities of Manila, Philippines, remove the options of experiencing the typical hotel stay and just join in on the melting pot of cultures that cross in the hostel scene. You’ll get to meet new people, get the best travel tips from locals, and do it all on a budget. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve put together the best hostels around the Metro.
For such a modern and sleek place, Z Hostel is a great deal. They have mixed dorm rooms ranging from 4-8 people, all of which go for less than $20. They also have an all-female dorm as well as private room for two. Its location and free breakfast appeal to backpackers. Located in Poblacion, a hip and happening neighbourhood in Manila’s business district of Makati where you can easily find great new bars and restaurants. One of the best things about Z Hostels is its Z Roof Deck Bar, offering amazing views of the skyline of Manila. At night, you’ll surely enjoy the live music and live DJ and comes with a great selection of bites and drinks. This is the best choice for the party-goers.
Makati Junction Hostels
This charming quirky hostel in Makati has an interior that is industrial-inspired and backpackers will surely love its cycled furniture. They have shared dormitories ranging from 4-10 beds. Power Plant Mall and Greenbelt complex are some of the best shopping malls you can find near Makati Junction Hostels.
Tambayan Capsule Hostel
Located near historic sites of Manila, Tambayan Capsule Hostel is perfect for backpackers who want to learn and study more about the country by visiting historical sites such as Intramuros, Rizal Park, and the National Museum. Being a renovated mansion, this hostel brings a lot of character as seen in its high ceilings, detailed wall trimmings and polished wooden banisters. This hotel’s accommodation may look like an old-fashioned style, but, it’s actually a very much up-to-date with its chic capsule beds and stylish rooftop gastro bar. Except for their 4-capsule private, all room types, share the common bathrooms, but it’s not an issue, as all the staff makes sure that they are well-maintained.
Crossroads Hostel Manila
This hostel in the center of Manila feels and looks like a home. If not because of the red signage, one might think this is just a typical house. Crossroads hostel is located in a small, centrally-located building. It has more than 30 beds in total, 6 shared rooms of four to six guests. They also have a free Wi-fi connection, laundry area, and a kitchen. This is a great place for backpackers who have been away from home for quite some time. Major roads and public transport are accessible, and near to the popular shopping centers such as Greenhills, Shangri-la Plaza, and SM Megamall.
Our Awesome Hostel
Our Awesome Hostel is another hostel if you’re looking for a budget accommodation. It’s an easy walk to major establishments such as Bonifacio Global City and a few minutes away by taxi to some malls in Makati. This hostel offers a great roof deck lounge overlooking at the breathtaking views of Manila.
Our Melting Pot and The Good Shepherd Hostel
Our Melting Pot is not new when it comes to hostel game, as they are also serving in El Nido, Palawan and Tagaytay City. They already have an idea on how to foster the relaxed yet social and chill atmosphere that all backpackers are looking for. OMP twinned up with the Good Shepherd Hostel at their Makati branch. They also offer a free Manila tour, free breakfast and a great team running the show.
Located in Poblacion, Makati City, Lokal Hostel is definitely Pinoy – from the friendly staff to the homey vibe in the common living room area. This hostel is IG-worthiness with wall paintings that depict Filipino scenes, colors, and icons by Filipino talents such as Dex Fernandez, Tokwa Penaflorida, and Ang Gerilya. Budget travelers will surely love this unique place, like shopping malls, bars, and public parks are very accessible.
Park Avenue Guesthouse 2443
Park Avenue Guesthouse is not your typical guesthouse, with its traditional architecture and historical designs that draw a lot of thought and attention had been put into its creation. It may look like a boutique hotel, but Park Avenue also offers four-bed dormitories for travelers on a budget. The staff are very accommodating and hands-on. This hostel is best for backpackers who want some downtime in a more relaxed, tranquil setting amidst bustling Manila and want to avoid the busy, energetic vibe of most accommodations.
Red Carabao Manila
Red Carabao Manila is not just your typical hostel. It becomes a temporary home for travelers who want to truly experience the culture of the Philippines. It hosts out-of-town trips to different destinations, photo walks around Old Manila and camping trips to the country’s islands. During off seasons, Red Carabao is accepting foreign volunteers to work for NGOs in Manila’s poverty-stricken areas. This Instagram-worthy hostel opened July 2009 and has since promoted responsible travel and volunteer tourism.
Author Bio: Robin Salvador is a part-time travel blogger, part-time digital marketing consultant for Baron Package Tour, and full-time dreamer. He loves the photographic medium for expressing what he loves about life. He always finds himself lost during travel. But he loves unfamiliar territories and finding his way around. Aside from his taste for adventure, he loves two things while traveling – meeting new friends and food.
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