I felt the good vibes the moment I stepped in the place. Lakas maka-"foreign feel" ng hostel na to!.In my head I was thinking, "what took them so long?".We need more cool spaces like this in Manila and yes, all over the country.
Branding is still a major challenge for Philippine Tourism.It is therefore refreshing to see a "hostel with a character" right next to the country's premier business district.It has a modern,city feel but it has incorporated "Pinoy Art" with it.The paintings,the bright colors,the fresh feel.All in-sync with the bubbly and friendly character of Filipino people.
The owners of the hostel are young.They bring with them an enthusiastic vibe that you can immediately feel upon check in.They are very friendly and they go out of their way to help guests.If you lost for directions or if you need some help with local shops or cheap places to dine and party,they have the sorrounding area mapped for you.
The place is well maintained.It's clean.All guests would have to share a common restroom but that's no problem at all,6 showers (w/hot water) and 6 toilets.Enough to cover everybody.And the restrooms are clean.That's what I like about the place.Cleanliness is not an issue.The dining area is nice.Good vibes is extended there.Continental breakfast is included too!
8-inch spring matress, Hotel grade linen and pillows, Duvet for all private rooms,Personal console per bed- lamp, folding table and electrical socket.Lockers for dorms
Continental Breakfast (Toast, Jam, Coffee, Tea),Towels,Linen.
We stayed in a private room with a queen bed.They only have two (2) of these for those who prefer to have it more private.The other one being twin bed.I though about staying in a dorm room but I had to call some clients early the next day so we opted for a private space.I would love to try the dorm rooms the next time I check in though.I remember staying in one in Macau a few years ago and it's a different experience.What I like about the place is that there's no curfew.You can come in and out any time.
#1 in Tripadvisor
It has opened only in January 2013 and it is already the #1 Specialty Lodging in Makati in Tripadvisor ----now that is a statement! Tripadvisor of course is the world's largest travel site with 100 Million reviews and opinions.The rise of Manila Boutique hostel to #1 in the reviews of its guests is indicative of how good the place is.
Outstanding Atmosphere Award
And it has recently been awarded by customers of Hostelbookers.com OUTSTANDING ATMOSPHERE.Good job!
HOW TO GET TO MNL Boutique Hostel:
with Angelina from the US
One good thing about MNL Boutique Hostel is that it is not in the main road being Makati Ave.Although there is a small sidewalk in front of it,it's not really that busy so one can request for portable tables and chairs if you want to stay outside and drink.I joined the other guests for a drink after a quick pizza snack with my wife.She was not feeling very well that night so I left her at a massage salon next to the hostel while I socialized with the other guests over vodka and tequila.
What is a local doing here?
Some of the guests asked about my Nationality on certain occasions and they were surprised to know that I am a local and that I actually live in the outskirts of Manila.Some thought I am Thai or something.Maybe because of my spiky hair.But yeah,what is a local doing here?For one I noticed a few locals that night.
Well,I wanted to feel the place.I wanted to simulate what is going to be the kind of atmosphere I will have comes May.And as I said,lakas maka-nasa ibang bansa -feel ng hostel na to.Here,you would feel you are the minority.And I mean that in a good way.I think I will be frequenting MNL Boutique Hostel should I feel like meeting new people,having a good conversation with other travelers, or simply if I want a change of environment.During my overnight stay at MNL Boutique Hostel,I learned a lot from the travelers/backpackers I interacted with.I will surely be back for more!
PS: To the owners of MNL Boutique Hostel, please create more cool spaces like this.We would love to see more of em!
Address: Valdez cor. Santiago St., Poblacion, Makati City
call: +63 2 511 7514 / +63 906 446 5617