For such a sleek and modern place, Z Hostel is a bargain. They have mixed dorm rooms ranging in capacity, from four, to six, to eight sleepers, all of which go for less than 1,000 PHP ($20). In addition, they also offer an all-female dorm as well as a private room for two. A top-notch breakfast and a fantastic location up its appeal to backpackers. It is in Poblacion, a hip and happening neighbourhood in Manila’s business district of Makati.
It is surrounded by great new bars and restaurants that youngsters from all over the Metro drive long distances and crazy Manila traffic to get to. But what really sets this place apart is its famous Z Roof Deck Bar, offering beautiful views of the Manila skyline. At night, this roof deck comes alive, with a live DJ and a great selection of drinks and bites. Z Hostel’s a fantastic choice for the social butterfly who likes to keep the fun and party at arm’s length.
A humble abode for backpackers, Paglaom Hostel in Siargao is intentionally laid out in a way that encourages its guests to interact with each other. The handmade bunk beds are arranged all in a row, and the main lounge area is inviting enough that some people sprawl out on the floor. This open living space might not appeal to some, but if you are looking to meet awesome people in a place with a genuinely positive vibe, this is the place for you.
Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel
You definitely cannot miss out on this cool aviation-themed hostel when visiting La Union. Just steps from the beach, Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel houses an actual DC-3 plane from the 1940s and guests are free to lounge inside and enjoy the view! The hostel also offers surf, kayak, and paddle lessons. But if you just want to kick back and relax, you’re welcome to chill out on their hammocks or splay out your mat on the beach!
Our Melting Pot
With hostels in Tagaytay as well as El Nido, Palawan, Our Melting Pot is no novice at the hostel game. They know how to foster the relaxed yet social and open atmosphere backpackers’ love. At their Makati branch, they are twinned up with The Good Shepherd Hostel. Their basic accommodations are enough to satisfy the regular traveler and the light price tag that goes with it makes it all the better. Some perks that set this partnership apart are free Manila tours, free daily breakfasts, and an extremely pleasant team running the show.
Located in the charming town of El Nido, Spin Hostel has one of the pricier stays on this list but its offerings certainly get you more than your money’s worth. The beach is just a short walk away; cafes, stores, and indie boutiques are nearby as well. At the same time, the hostel itself is both cosy and Instagrammable, guests will love its cool interiors and laid-back vibe! Regardless of whether you stay in one of their private rooms or dorms, your stay comes with a comfy and spacious bed, and a delicious complimentary breakfast.
Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel
Right in the heart of Surf Town, Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel in La Union, is the place for travelers who are looking for a laid back beach vibe before going hard in the waves. With its eclectic, whimsical décor including a bamboo daybed, hand-painted signs, and colorful lanterns strung to the ceiling, this place will not just put you in a relaxed mindset, but it also sets the stage for cozy bonding with friends, as well as really cute photos.