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2819 Felix Huertas Street, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines

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93%

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234 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 96%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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97%

People who arrived without an online booking got discounts and free beers as rewards for spontaneity... NEVER heard of that before but I think its actually cool, as most of travelers I meet begrudge using this commercialized site. So consider just turning up i guess is my advice... have fun


100%

Love this guesthouse! Chilled out atmosphere and very communal, like hanging out at a friend’s place. It's in a residential area about 10 min to metro station, which is crowded but cheap, Old Downtown, produce market and Banaue buses. They put on a bunch of fun events like hookah and pub crawls. Road work was a little troublesome for walking, but you can take trikes around. Read my full review of this hostel, some photos and other survival tips for Manila on my blog www.workleavebalance.com


100%

what can i say, my experience was totally different from any other guests. i made the booking so early, when i arrived at the hostel i was told that the manager was out and guest house was temperarily closed. but Lance was very nice, he aloowed me to stay for 2 nights, i saw many pictures in the room, the other visitors have been so happy, but i have been alone. its a pity and next time i go to manila i will book this guest house again.

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We love this group photo you took with other guests: goo.gl/gu62Bv — It’s going on the wall!

97%

Very happy, rooms we're super clean.. And I will be making a return.. Great included breakfast also..

  • 2nd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

the place to stay whilst in Manila. i've stayed in a few areas before and all of the best things are nearby (Chinese cemetery, Manila north cemetery, La Loma Cockpit, that road with all the lechon...) plus the owner is a really nice guy and will advise you on what to do in the rest of the philippines.

  • 1st May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

It’s a no whinging, no complaining hostel. Basically, just do as they say and no body gets hurt. To get the host's attention, just insert 75 cents for the first minute and 50 cents for each additional minute. If you say please, thank you and you’re such a good-looking host, you just might get "lucky" with you know who. Not that way, silly. "Best PH Hostel 2014" but I think they bribed Hostelworld... with love and affection. That’s it for my review. Sit back and relax or sit up and be tense. PG

  • 4th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

Security: very relax and safe. Location: quite easy to reach the hostel from airport if you get direction information or map before hand. It keeps proper distance from the commercial center, quiet. Staff: I have to say that Aldrich, the owner, is very helpful. He is willing to help everyone turns to ask help. He values guests' ideas and suggestions, positive or negative. Atmosphere: a guest told me that you feel like come to his house not a hostel. Ture.


66%

Felt a little judged by the staff. Was a pretty frosty welcome considering the hostel is pretty difficult for taxis to find. However clean and good homely feel for a long term stay perhaps. Overall nothing to write home about.

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People stick around for good reason!

100%

Stayed here for 2 nights after meeting my friend in Manila. The staff were welcoming and the place had a real friendliness about it. Beds were very comfortable. would stay here again for sure!


100%

The ultimate party guesthouse if there ever was one! "3 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES EVERY WEEK OR YOUR BEERS ARE FREE GUARANTEE" meant always something cool to do with people. Not with the freshest rooms or freshest location but go there for the events they put on like pub crawls, swimming pool parties, dinners, BBQ/shisha/movie/reggae nights, city tours and concerts that fill the big wall calendar. See their Facebook to get an idea. Anyway beware of the crazy toddler named AJ who is also the hostel pet!

  • 17th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

In 5 months of traveling 6 countries this is the most unique, fun guesthouse yet. Why? Atmosphere is extremely communal; expect to eat, sightsee, party together. I've always disliked cities but fell in


74%

Good clean hostel rooms, relaxed layout and friendly staff. The location isn't ideal. It's far from the airport and the location isn't safe during the night for a solo traveler. You pay less for the location! Overall hostel 7.5/10 Location 5/10

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Get off the beaten path and get better stories!

100%

WHAT TO EXPECT: 1) A unique experience no different to CouchSurfing (you can stay free). 2) Do everything together (Omnia sunt communia). 3) Possibly enjoy the city. 4) Stay more nights than planned. 5) Free hostel shirts! Despite the increasing popularity of shopping malls and KFC among tourists in my hometown of Makati CBD, it’s not surprising backpackers still prefer the grittiness and authenticity of Manila. Read what local bloggers have to say: Goo.gl/mazbmc and Goo.gl/rwKWQo.

  • 7th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Philippines
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


63%

Good, clean hostel. Silly cleaning staff who went through some of our things when we were out. Good rooftop in a very dodgy part of Manila. Wouldn't go back, but that is mostly because of the city.




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