Manila hostel scene: 5 places for backpackers


From Agoda.com

Manila, compared to it's Southeast Asian counterparts of Bangkok, Siem Reap, Singapore and Vietnam, is just an infant when it comes to backpacker hostels. But don't get me wrong, Manila is a hub for creativity and intellect, there are so many artists, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and ideas bubbling out of the metro. And thankfully, some of these bubbles popped out into these five quirky and cool hostels that backpackers all over the world can come to. Yes, it isn't anything like those in Khao San or in Pham Ngu Lao, but it's definitely the beginning of something,

1. MNL Boutique Hostel

MNL Boutique Hostel, Foursquare.com

MNL Boutique Hostel, Foursquare.com

MNL Boutique Hostel, Foursquare.com

Location: 4688 Valdez St. Cor. Santiago St. Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Manila

Rates: $10 to $34/night

This multi-awarded hostel in Makati is the recipient of Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence from 2014 to 2015. It is in the business district of Manila, which means you have posh malls and hotels all around you. The great thing about this hostel is the group activities that they host and that they say they are a social hostel, and that if you don't want to mingle with anyone, you might as well stay somewhere else.

Name:
MNL Boutique Hostel
Address:
Valdez Cor. Santiago St., 1210 Makati City, Makati City, Philippines
TEL:
+63 917 848 0831
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Where 2 next?

where 2 next – hostel, Foursquare.com

where 2 next – hostel, Foursquare.com

Location: 1776 M. Adriatico Street, Malate, 1004 Manila

Rates: $10 to $36/night

Where 2 next hostel has an equally great location in the heart of Manila. Though a bit far from Makati, which is the central business district, this location is near Manila Bay, museums, and the walled city of Manila. It's location is also near some nice restaurants and the biggest mall in Manila, the Mall of Asia.

Name:
where 2 next - hostel
Address:
1776 adriatico st malate manila, Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Z Hostel

Z Hostel, Foursquare.com

Z Hostel, Foursquare.com

Z Hostel, Foursquare.com

Location: 5660 Don Pedro St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, Makati, 1210 Manila

Rates: $11 to $45/night

Z Hostel is located in Makati city. Just like MNL Boutique Hostel, you will be surrounded by the business district, posh malls, and an impressive choice of restaurants and clubs. And the nice thing about this hostel is their roof deck where you can hangout and chill and see the Makati skyline. They also have event nights, a reading lounge, a movie room, and a neat lobby lounge.

Name:
Z Hostel
Address:
5600 (Don Pedro Street), Makati City, Makati City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Lokal Hostel

Lokal Hostel, Foursquare.com

Lokal Hostel, Foursquare.com

Location: 3F 5023 P. Burgos St. Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City Manila 1210

Rates: $9 to $33/night

Lokal, which means Local in English, is adorned with murals on its walls that depict the Filipino spirit. If you want to be surrounded by great artwork in each of your waking day, then stay here in this wonderful hostel in Makati. Once you step outside of the hostel you will be surrounded by the posh malls and restaurants nestled inside the business district. It also has a roof deck where the hostel holds it's parties and group activities.

Name:
Lokal Hostel
Address:
3F P. Burgos St., 1210 Makati City, Makati City, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 897 1869
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Red Carabao Community

Location: 2819 Felix Huertas Street, Outside Chinese Cemetery South Gate, Santa Cruz, Manila

Rates: Check here: http://www.hostelz.com/hostel/+162337-Red-Carabao-Community

If you want to be right smack in the middle of where the action is, then come hither. The area where Red Carabao is located is full of culture and is not Makati nor the posher areas of Manila.

Name:
Red Carabao Hostel
Address:
Felix Huertas, Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

What Manila's hostels offer you is a place to sleep, eat, drink, meet friends, and explore the part of the city that they are close to. Don't worry about transportation, Manilenos are not a fan of walking which is why you can go from point A to point B with all kinds of transportation imaginable. And you actually can't blame why they aren't walking fans - it's the heat, the pollution and the dangers of bumping into pickpockets that dissuade them from doing so.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?