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Red Carabao Community

2819 Felix Huertas Street, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines


  • 94%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 80%Location
  • 97%Staff
  • 95%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

Property Information:

Welcome to the 2014 Best Hostel in the Philippines award winner :) and Manila's best-kept backpacker secret, an alternative hostel on a mission to change the way travelers experience Manila.

October 31: Hallo-Hallo Ween Party
November 1 morning: Todos Los Chill-Out BBQ
Nobember 1 evening: A Million People in Santa Cruz Party

Top-rated and family-run since 2009, the Red Carabao is a home exclusively for travelers and located smack-dab in the heart of real Manila - away from the Malate red-light district yet nearest the LRT Metro, Banaue & Sagada buses, and Clark Airport. If you value authentic travel, a bit of adventure and some hardcore parties, this is the home you're looking for!

We have a two night minimum on weekends and special occasions because we wanna get to know you and welcome you into our community! Just hit us up if your schedule can't allow for a longer stay. We'll just have to get to know you very quickly!

Our family opened our house so fellow backpackers can experience true Manila as locals do. And just about everyone on Hostelworld and TripAdvisor says we do a pretty good job at it. Still, it has never been our aim to cater to everyone's motives for travel. For your sake and ours, please read about us to find out whether you and the Red Carabao are a compatible match.

What the public say about us...
“You will be treated as a family member than just another bed to fill...”
“Definitely a backpacker place where you are known by name and get invited for beers and pool in the rooftop -super chilled young vibe if that's your thing...”
“Easy to find, not far from LRT subway and Chinese Cemetery...”
“Area is very typical Manila...”
“Quiet, off-the-beaten path location seems to bring people together by necessity but not awful.”
“Even though it's a bit further away from the airport, it is absolutely worth to go the extra mile...go for shisha nights.”
“Facilities are spacy, clean, and cozy at a reasonable price...”
“No hot shower!”
“Clean, secure and well run...”
“Choose this place ONLY if you wish to socialize with locals and appreciate hostel activities... stay 2 nights minimum.”
“Good for people looking for parties and some social events but not for traveling couples...”
“One of those places where you intend to stay a couple of nights, but inevitably stay longer...”

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  • Latest Review

    I can not rave about this place more! It's a great place with an unparalleled atmosphere. I will most definitely recommend this to anyone passing through. The staff are awesome and I will be sure to visit again.
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      Anonymous, New Zealand, Male, 18-24
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  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Jobs Board
  • Kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Pool Table
  • Towels for hire

Hostel Awards

  • 2014 Hoscar Winner
  • 1st
  • Country Winners Philippines
  • 2014 1st Country Winners Philippines

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Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Things to Note

Terms & Conditions: Reservations are held up to 2 hours after the stated ETA, after which it will be released unless you let us know about delays through phone or Facebook. Check-in time is at 14.00 (2PM) while check-out is at 11AM. Early arrivals between 12AM midnight and 8AM are welcome and considered the first night stay. Email ahead if you plan to check-in early or are running late. Please note that if you are booking dorms it may happen you stay separate from your friends. Payment is due upon arrival by cash only, based on Hostelworld rates. For the safety and comfort of everyone, our family reserves the right to refuse service to anyone we deem unsuitable, disrespectful or unfriendly. Hostelworld deposits and booking fees are non-refundable. A valid foreign passport is required for identification and deposit. Come with an open mind to adventure!

Red Carabao Community Located at 2819 Felix Huertas Street, Santa Cruz, , Manila.
Red Carabao Community
Manila 1003 2819 Felix Huertas Street, Santa Cruz
91% 248
14.6283407 120.9849590
Red Carabao Community
    Rooms available     Basic 8 Bed Mixed Dorm     Basic 6 Bed Mixed Dorm
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