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102 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Welcome to Istoria Hostel + Café, where stories come alive from a perfect blended brew of a warm, cozy bed and a cup of hot espresso.

Tucked away in the scenic corner of Southern Cebu where you can enjoy adrenaline-filled activities like the sardines run in Panagsama Beach, the canyoneering trail in Badian, the mountain trek in Osmeña Peak, or if you just want to lounge around the white sand beach of Basdaku, Istoria Hostel + Café is the perfect place where relaxation and adventure come together.

Here at Istoria Hostel + Café, even when you’re traveling on a budget, you’re still comfortably accommodated with our shared living spaces using eco-friendly and sustainable materials that showcase the rustic island vibes. We offer sweet, little extras on your stay, so you can unwind and take it easy as you soak up the thrill of traveling. And there’s no better bliss than to discover other storytellers on your sojourn, for we are all bound by our innate need to connect and belong, ultimately making us storytellers than just mere travelers.

Beyond small talk, here in Istoria Hostel + Café, what we aspire to give you is the overall backpacking experience: making new friends, sharing ideas, discovering passions, and bringing stories alive. Like the German concept of kaffeeklatsch, which is a beautiful word that means “an informal gathering for cozy chatter over coffee,” we at Istoria Hostel + Café would like to connect people together from all walks of life for a cozy chat over our most vibrant brews in the comfort of our homely accommodations.

We would like to let each storyteller who walks through our doors not just share a story with another while they bond with co-travelers, but more importantly, they leave here inspired to share more stories as they carry on with their journey.

✅ Individual outlets for every bed
✅ Individual lights for every bed
✅ Privacy Curtain
✅ Free access to 500 Mbps WiFi
✅ Free Cold and Hot Water
✅ With Hot and Cold Showers
✅ Security Lockers
✅ Common Lounge
✅ Movie Area
✅ Air-Conditioning
✅ Ceiling Fan
✅ Motorcycle and Bicycle Parking
✅ Reception Area and Tours/Travel Desk
✅ Cafe/Third Wave Coffee Shop
✅ Laundry Line Area

🟡 A third-wave coffee shop in the hostel itself, serving high-quality coffee, delicious English and Filipino breakfast meals in a comfortable and relaxing space! ☕🍴
🟡 Laundry shops, barber shops (for a fresh cut so you keep looking gorgeous 😉), convenience stores for daily needs
🟡 Restaurants🍔🍕 and bars🍺🍹in the area
🟡 Public transportation (motorbikes and tricycles) right in front of the hostel
🟡 A 10-minute drive away from Basdaku White Sand Beach and a scenic 30-minute ride to Badian Canyoneering and Kawasan Falls🏖️🌞


Reviews & Ratings

102 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Apr 17, 2024
I had a nice stay here - friendly staff, good location, social but chill vibe. Would stay again.
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Female, 25-30
Apr 14, 2024
We absolutely loved staying at istoria- we joined the family dinner and met some great people in the hostel who we then did canyoneering with the next day (also organised by the hostel). It’s very social (we also went to osmena peak with them) and the staff are so lovely & willing to help. Our dorm was clean and air con was very good!! Really good value for money - was a bit further from the beach than some other hostels but still only about 10 minutes so all good! ps their dog is so cute
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Female, 18-24
Apr 13, 2024
Amazing hostel, staff were so friendly and the dog Meeko was definitely the highlight - he was such a good boy! Very sociable with family dinners and trips to canyoneering or sardine run you can book through them. Beds were really comfy and the toilets were gorgeous, felt homely with air fresheners which is a rarity in hostels we’ve stayed. Only issue was the roosters next door starting at midnight but that can’t be helped and seems to happen everywhere in the Phillipines
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Female, 25-30


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Air Conditioning
    • Hot Showers
    • Dishwasher
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Reading Light
    • Ceiling fan
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Late check-out
    • Reception (limited hours)
    • Wake-up calls
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Cafe
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Games Room
    • Wi-Fi

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