Let’s face it, if only we had wallets that never ran out of money, we’d be whizzing all around the globe, experiencing everything there is to be experienced. But since this is real life and we do get broke, we often have to rely on good deals to be able to travel. And this includes finding accommodations that fit the budget.
To help you out, here are the ten best affordable hotels outside of Metro Manila according to looloo reviewers. Because booking a room in any of these places won’t leave you penniless, you’ll still have enough dough to actually enjoy your vacation!
10. Aliya Surf Camp Baler, Aurora
For the noob surfers out there, you would know that there’s nothing quite as physically draining as face planting again and again in the water. Luckily for you though, you can hone your surfing skills at Aliya Surf Camp. But aside from one-on-one lessons with their pro trainers, this resort in Baler also has easy-on-the wallet accommodations where you can get some rest after your tiring session with the waves.
Their double room, which can fit two guests, is priced at ₱2,400. But the more people you bring along with you, the more everyone gets to save. Their triple room is also at ₱2,400, their quadruple room at ₱3,200, and their family room (good for six people) at ₱3,800. But if you want the cheapest room ever (and you don’t mind sleeping without the AC), their kubo room for four is just ₱1,600 a night.
9. Hijo Resorts Davao (formerly Banana Beach Resort) Tagum, Davao del Norte
Inside the sprawling Hijo Estate in Davao del Norte, there are two resorts you can hole up in. But if you’re the type who gets a kick out of nature activities, Hijo Resorts Davao is the better bet. Dubbed as a paradise for adventurers, you can kayak, skimboard, or paddleboard along the still waters of the Davao Gulf or marvel at the view of the ocean as you soak in their infinity pool.
There are two types of accommodations at Hijo Resorts Davao–the al fresco casitas and the air-conditioned casitas. You can book the latter, which can fit two people, for as low as ₱1,950 per night (₱1,750 on weekdays), but if you can’t live without the AC, you can book the former for ₱4,850 a night (₱4,350 on weekdays) which is also good for two.
Hijo Resorts Davao can be found at Hijo Plantation, Madaum, Tagum, Davao del Norte.
Davao del Norte, Philippines
+63 999 885 0031
8. Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort Samal Island, Davao del Norte
If you’re touring around Davao City and you’re hit with a sudden craving for the beach, sneak away to Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort. Just seven minutes away from the city, you can trade in the cars and the people for the sun and the ocean just like that! You’ll find that the 800-meter shoreline is meticulously maintained, making it an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
For those who want to spend a night or two here, you can book a room for a reasonable price. You can crash in their deluxe room for ₱3,500 a night or shell out an additional ₱400 to stay in their premier room. Whichever you end up choosing, you’ll get air-conditioning, cable TV, as well as free access to their aviary.
Davao del Norte, Philippines
+63 82 233 0251
7. Villa Caceres Hotel Naga City, Camarines Sur
When recounting their experiences at Villa Caceres Hotel, one thing looloo reviewers always seem to mention is the food. They’ve raved about the pinangat, the malasugui, the crispy pata, the laing, and even the complimentary breakfast buffet, so it’s safe to say that this hotel is a great stopover for hungry tourists. While the tasty eats are a good reason to drop by, their lush but surprisingly affordable rooms are what will make you want to stay.
Their standard single room is priced at ₱2,700 but it’ll save you a few bucks if you bring a friend and book their standard double room for ₱3,300. It gets even more sulit if you come with your family and spend the night in their family suite for ₱6,000 (it can hold up to four people). All their Victorian-inspired rooms are equipped with a living and dining room as well as a jacuzzi for an extra luxurious stay.
Camarines Sur, Philippines
+63 54 473 6530 to 33
6. San Juan Surf Resort San Juan, La Union
Back in 1992, it was just a humble little hotel with three rooms. But twenty four years later, San Juan Surf Resort has grown into one of the most popular places to surf and stay in La Union. In this resort-cum-surf school, you get to learn the ropes of the sport and then crash in any of their 35 comfortable rooms for a restful sleep afterwards. The peak seasons for waves are from July to October and from November to March.
If you’re working with a tight budget, you can book their premium room for two for ₱1,980 or their premium room for four for ₱2,860. But if you want to wake up to the view of the ocean and have a little bit more money to spare, you can go for a VIP ocean view room. It’s ₱3,780 for two to the three people, ₱6,280 for five to six people, and ₱7,780 for six to eight people.
San Juan Surf Resort can be found at Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La Union.
La Union, Philippines
+63 917 887 5470
5. Zuzuni Boutique Hotel Boracay, Aklan
Everyone knows that Boracay is where you need to be if you want to live it up. But we also know that you need a handful of cash to blow if you want to YOLO on this island. While Boracay isn’t exactly the cheapest place to go on vacation, there are definitely ways to scrimp. One of them is to get affordable accommodations at Zuzuni Boutique Hotel. Staying here will make you feel like you’re living the good life without leaving you broke.
There are fourteen rooms to choose from but go straight for the standard B room if you want to book the cheapest type–it’s ₱2,800 a night and good for two people. For something a little fancier, there’s the loft with sea view which you and a plus one can have for ₱3,500. If you book six months in advance, you get to enjoy an early bird promo that shaves 25% off your hotel charge.
+63 908 862 0031 | +63 917 324 9051
4. La Luz Beach Resort San Juan, Batangas
For those who have to endure Metro Manila’s traffic on a daily basis, nothing will sound more appealing than a day off at the beach. Conveniently for us, Batangas is just a couple of hours away from the city. If you’re planning a getaway with your fellow weekend warriors, you might want to consider staying at La Luz Beach Resort in Laiya, especially if you’re not all that willing to shell out a big wad of cash.
The annex room, priced at ₱3,600 a night, is a good choice if you’re coming with one to three people. If you’re part of a group of seven to ten, you’re better off with a premier loft room which can be yours at ₱5.,850. But if you’re going with a really big group of stingy travellers, the dorm room has your names written all over it. It can fit a total of sixteen people and you only have to pay ₱8,730!
+63 2 994 7656 | +63 2 994 7667
3. Crystal Beach Resort San Narciso, Zambales
Camping out allows us to have some quiet time away from city distractions, reconnect with nature, and experience what it’s like to live off the grid. Which is exactly why people flock to the camping grounds of Crystal Beach Resort. But if you’re not too keen on the idea of sleeping in a tent, don’t worry because they have real accommodations too! After surfing, sunbathing, and singing around the campfire, you can retire to a comfortable bed in an air-conditioned room.
The House of Shem (₱1,700), Tower of John (₱1,850), and Naomi (₱2,950) rooms are perfect if you’re with just one other person. If you need a bigger space for a larger group, you can book the Tower of Luke (₱5,450 for 4 people), the House of Job (₱6,950 for 5 people), or the Abraham (₱8,500 for 10 people) rooms.
+63 47 222 22 27 | +63 47 603 1475
2. Anika Island Resort Santa Fe, Cebu
Getting to Bantayan Island, which requires boarding a plane, enduring a long bus ride, and then hopping on a ferry, is a feat that’ll leave you exhausted. Which is why having a nice place to sleep in is essential. Keep Anika Island Resort in mind if you’re ready to book a place because this hotel provides its guests with a clean, peaceful, and comfortable stay without leaving wallets sad and empty.
With the ocean view room (₱3,500 a night for three people), you get to step directly onto the beach as soon as you open your door. But if it’s the spectacular view of the sunrise you’re after, you can book the sunrise view room (₱3,000 a night for three people). Other rooms include the garden view room (₱2,500 a night for two people) and the single villa room (₱2,500 for two people).
+63 32 318 8402
1. Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel San Juan, La Union
Known as the most hipster and Instagram-worthy hostel in La Union, Flotsam and Jetsam is where surfers, photographers, musicians, and artists come together to hang out. Its bright and lively communal areas allow you to interact with other guests as you play the guitar, sing along to some tunes, watch movies by the beach, and lay under the stars. It’s an unforgettable experience that won’t cost you more than what you can afford.
When it comes to booking rooms in this hostel, you have a couple of budget-friendly options. If you’re coming with a small group of around two to four people, you can go for the sea suite (it’s their only air-conditioned room), priced at ₱3,200 a night. But if you’re part of a bigger barkada of around eight to nine, you can stay at the kubo dorms which will cost each person ₱680 to ₱780 per night.