Planning a summer getaway is one of the best ways to get your mind off the stress of work, school, or home. But let’s face it, sometimes the excitement of putting together a trip can quickly disappear when costs start adding up. And while you can luck out with a seat sale, or opt for a more scenic bus route that’s easy on the wallet—finding a budget-friendly hotel that’s also fun, safe, and cute, is a bit more of a challenge.
Thankfully, hostels exist. These dorm-like accommodations offer all the usual amenities of hotels—like a bed, bathroom, and even wifi. But instead of having everything to yourself, you get to share with with a community of travelers. It’s a great way to explore the country, while saving cash. Another bonus: you get to meet all sorts of cool folks in this type of rooming situation. From eco-conscious beachfront huts, to wild party atmospheres—here are our picks for the best hostels in the Philippines.
Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel
Right in the heart of Surf Town, Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel in La Union, is the place for travelers who are looking for a laid back beach vibe before going hard in the waves. With its eclectic, whimsical decor—including a bamboo daybed, hand-painted signs, and colorful lanterns strung to the ceiling—this place won’t just put you in a relaxed mindset, but it also sets the stage for cozy bonding with friends, as well as really cute photos.
Coffee Heritage House & Hostel
Exploring the Cordilleras this summer? Make it a point to stop by Coffee Heritage House & Hostel in Sagada. With stunning vistas all around as you sip your strong, flavorful, and locally-sourced coffee, you might never leave. Plus, the rooms are absolutely gorgeous—complete with clean, crisp sheets and sleek wood grain walls and furnishings. It’s a mountain getaway dream come true.
Even if you already live in Metro Manila, Z Hostel is worth checking out. Not necessarily for its accommodations, but because it’s a really great place to drink and dance. Its rooftop bar is often packed with both locals and travelers enjoying the music and the panoramic view of the city. But should you need a safe, clean, fun place to crash in Makati, this hostel is one of your best options. It’s not just decked out with tons of amenities and services, it is also in the heart of Poblacion, one of the metro’s hippest neighborhoods.
Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise
One of the most inexpensive accommodations on this list, Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise in Siquijor offers simple fan-cooled rooms with bamboo furnishings. But what it lacks in luxury, it more than makes up for with its activities and amenities. They rent out scooters, offer guided tours and dives, and even massage services. Also, they are right on the beach, and only a few minutes away from caves, falls, and historical sites.
Not your average hostel, Easy Adventure is more of an eco-luxe glamping experience. But it makes this list because of its shared quarters, and its surprising affordability! Basically, visitors of Baler can rent out a weatherproof tent (furnished with a comfy bed and pillows) situated near the bank of a river. Powered by wind turbines, there is electricity on the campsite, so you can charge your phone and take photos of the beautiful scenery that surrounds you from every angle.
A humble abode for backpackers, Paglaom Hostel in Siargao is intentionally laid out in a way that encourages its guests to interact with each other. The handmade bunk beds are arranged all in a row, and the main lounge area is inviting enough that some people sprawl out on the floor. This open living space might not appeal to some, but if you’re looking to meet awesome people in a place with a genuinely positive vibe, this is the place for you.
Shejoje Poshtel Hostel
This capsule hostel in Cebu was inspired by the owner’s holiday in Japan. Each little pod can comfortably fit a guest who needs a bed, and a secure place to keep her things. Located in the heart of Cebu City, many backpackers choose to stay here because of its accessibility, its cleanliness, and its quirky vibe.
Tucked away in a Malate side street, Pink Hostel in Manila is actually a hidden gem. Open 24 hours, it’s a perfect place for the weary traveler. But also, it’s equipped with a kitchen, game room, gym, hammocks, and even rooftop pool (which is within arm’s reach of the bar). Even locals might want to check this spot out, if only to catch one of those epic Manila Bay sunsets with a cool drink in hand.
The Circle Hostel
Eco-conscious travelers will love The Circle Hostel. With branches in Zambales, La Union, and Baler, this chain of budget-friendly eco-hostels makes it a point to respect the local culture and environment at each of its sites. They even go so far as to pick up trash from the beaches and upcycle it into bricks for infrastructure! When you book a bed at any of their locations, you can rest assured that your money is going towards making the world a better place.
Mad Monkey (Boracay)
Of course we all know that Boracay has been ordered to be shut down. But just in case you can squeeze in a trip before the closure, keep Mad Monkey high on your list of hostels. This place is not for the faint of heart, however. Packed with partying backpackers, this is the place to get lit AF, meet cool people from all over the world, and maybe even hook up with a dude with washboard abs.
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