Hostels have come a long way from the reputation perpetuated by old horror movies as dirty and unsafe places to stay when you travel.
These days, hostels are hip hangouts where backpackers can enjoy a social atmosphere or where barkadas can spend weekend staycations in the city.
These four hostels in the vibrant city of Makati make great bases for urban explorations or jump-off points to your next adventure in other provinces of the Philippines.
Junction Hostels Makati
With its industrial-inspired interiors, artfully curated upcycled furniture and Instagram-worthy details, Junction Hostels Makati will instantly appeal to the creative type. From the quirky typographic details and quotes on the walls, laidback lounging areas, and artistic interiors, everything about Junction Hostels makes a statement.
This designer hostel which opened in February 14, 2015 is a three-story property which offers rooms ranging from one to two-bed private rooms to all-female dorms and 10-bed coed rooms for as little as ₱450 a night. Rooms are very clean and comfortable with hotel-grade mattresses and linens and sockets conveniently placed right next to every bunk bed.
The hostel’s common area also doubles as a co-working space, where freelance designers, artists and writers can come to work or hang out. It even has its own artisanal café outfitted from a container truck, that serves a selection of “Junc Food” (Pinoy street food) with a gourmet twist and imported beers.
Looking for something with a more local flair? Book a bed in Lokal Hostel, a space that takes inspiration from Philippine urban art style and culture. Their central location along P. Burgos street, one of the red-light districts of Makati and their edgy, urban style make this a popular choice for foreign backpackers and budget travelers.
This hostel, which was established in November 2013, is an evolving canvas that showcases the artistic talents of 22 different Filipino street artists including Egg Fiasco, We Will Doodle and Dee Jae Pa’este.
Lokal Hostel currently has 15 rooms and 50 beds, with room rates ranging from P399 for a fan dorm room to ₱1299 for a private room. Each room has its own unique artwork, while the hallways, lounge area, activity area, and rooftop garden are all decked out in awesome murals highlighting Philippine culture.
Other artists works whose decorate the space include Ang Gerilya, BadJao, Lee Salvador, Blic Pinas, KooKoo Ramos, Adrian Alfonso, Bvsic Lee, Garapata, Bryan Barrios, Aral Crew, Killing it with Cuteness, Anjo Bolarda, Abby Salvador, John Ed, Chill, Koolwn, Humbly, Henri Lamy and Whoop Wanka.
MNL Boutique Hostel
A project of well-traveled backpackers and friends, MNL Boutique Hostel, which opened in January 2013, aims to showcase local Pinoy culture and hospitality in a clean, wholesome and welcoming environment.
From pop icons and national heroes to hand woven blankets by indigenous tribes, MNL Boutique Hostel infuses their interiors with contemporary art pieces that are distinctly Filipino. The vibrant banig-inspired pattern adorning their facade complements their colorful stairs and paintings of urban Pinoy culture in the rooms.
The hostel, which was converted from a two-story house, currently has 12 air-conditioned rooms with 40 beds total. Rooms, which range from double rooms with queen sized and twin beds and dorm rooms with 4, 6 and 8 bed set-ups can cost anywhere from ₱450/pax to ₱1450 for private rooms. All beds come with hotel-grade mattresses and linens, while the Luxe Shared Bathrooms come with heated power rain showers.
One of the best features of the hostel is the COOL-Cierge and Tour Desk, where staff can help travelers with local knowledge and tips and booking tours. MNL Boutique Hostel also regularly organizes sidewalk activities like lambanog tasting, Filipino street food sampling and Pinoy card games to keep guests entertained.
For digital nomads and business travelers looking for a more upscale hostel experience, Z Hostel is a great option. Opened last January 1, 2015, this “luxury hostel for the smart traveler” provides guests with the comfy digs and modern amenities to help them stay connected.
Aside from the free WiFi and electrical sockets next to each bunk bed, there are also sockets inside lockers, so tech-savvy travelers can charge their gadgets securely even if they have to leave the room.
Z Hostel offers 30 rooms and 128 beds starting at ₱499 per bed per night in their 7-story building, ranging from private rooms to 4, 6, 8-bed mixed or all-female dorm rooms. All their dorm rooms are fully equipped with their own en suite bathroom, big customized bunk beds with hotel quality linens, one pillow, towel racks and spacious lockers.
Z Hostel has its own bar/café that serves its own Z blend coffee and Filipino home-cooked favorites, a common area in the lobby, game room and theater room. Their buzzing roofdeck has become a hub for traveler’s events and weekly jamming sessions with local artists and musicians. Z Hostel staff can also link guests to other tour operators, including Bambike, which offers eco-friendly tours of Intramuros aboard bamboo bikes.
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