alive.Read: Good Vibe + Good Crowd at MNL BOUTIQUE HOSTEL
There are only a few such accommodations in Metro Manila so I was excited when I found out that another hostel opened in Manila City and this one has a pool! Yes, PINK MANILA HOSTEL has one. It is rare to find a hostel with a pool. I actually don't remember any in the country with
PINK MANILA HOSTEL is located in an old building occupying floors 4-6 and rooftop area. He mentioned that hostel's rooftop section caught fire two weeks earlier so the place is just recovering from the incident. There used to be so many booking before the fire that affected some electrical wiring in the lower floors including the air-conditioning at another room so it really affected their bookings because many guests prefer air-conditioned rooms especially during summer. Sayang kung kelan peak season saka pag nagkasunog.
though, at least it was not crowded and it was easier to move around unlike when the place is full because if so you would expect somebody sleeping at any given day so you have to minimize your noise in every move. Bed sheets ad blankets are clean. I have no complains about the pillows either. Basic hostel conveniences.
that a few steps on the wooden floor easily made the sole of my feet dark. A janitress frequents the
room but it seems that she wasn't really cleaning the floor thoroughly.
>>A/C, 8-Beds, Private Bathroom, In-room lockers.
>>A/C, 8-Beds, Private Bathroom, In-room lockers
>>A/C, 8-Beds, Private Bathroom, In-room lockers
>>A/C, Twin Bed, Private Bathroom, In-room locker, Free Bath Towel
>>Fan, 12-Beds, Private Bathroom, In-room lockers
Looking for the hostel could be some sort of a treasure hunt if you are not familiar with the area. Be sure to study your map well and be familiar with the directions stated in their website especially if you are commuting. LRT Vito Cruz Station is the nearest mass transport. One can walk for 5 minutes from there. Make sure you disembark on the side opposite De La Salle University and go down the stairs in your left. Walk to the first street corner immediately facing the center of DLSU Mail Building. Turn right and walk straight past St. Scholastica's College. After a small bride, you will notice Hotel Benilde on your left. At the junction, turn right. Look for the first inner street on your right. Walk straight and the hostel is the end. Look for a 7-storey building with a gym at the ground floor. The Hostel is located at the 4th floor. Take the elevator.
At first I thought what is a hostel doing in a dead spot. I imagined it to be in the area of Malate near Robinsons Mall where most accommodations ( like Tune Hotel and Amelie Hotel) are located and therefore many restaurants and attractions. But this area where Pink Manila Hostel has a life of its own except for Sundays when most restaurants around are closed. First, it is near two major schools, DLSU Main and St. Scholastica's College (not to mention DLSU College of Saint Benilde) so the streets are alive during weekdays with business that caters to students. It is an upcoming area for dining. I spotted a few interesting restaurants for mid-range budget. Not so much for budget-conscious travelers but not too expensive naman.
There are so many native dishes to try here. They also have chicken bagnet (105php) , boneless bangus (100php), adobo ilokano (60php), igado (60php), dinuguan (60php), sinanglaw (50php), pakbet (35php), dinengdeng (35php), empanada (45php).
Unfortunately, we were already full trying other food before going here so we opted for bagnet which is what this restaurant is known for. I thought of coming back the morning Sunday to try other dishes only to find out they are closed on Sundays. Tsk tsk tsk.
Going around that night we also noticed another restaurant selling bagnet. By the looks of it from the
outside it looks like they are selling a more expensive version and probably better version.Maybe.Would try it next time.
Le Cheat Kitchen + Bar
DAILY 11AM - 1AM |
For those who are on a budget, there's mama V. Lakas maka-china china peg ng place na to. Basta ganun lang pakiramdam, that it is a different space, the way the place is decorated and where things are. Simple yet all corners are operational. So there are tables for dining at the center and surrounding the dining area are videoke rooms for small groups. Nakakatuwa pa kasi all meals are 99 pesos worth. Walang kahirap hirap sa computation sa bayaran. We tried sisig, tapa and lomi and taste is so so. What do you expect for a 99-peso place anyway. I think if you are with your barkada though and you want cheap entertainment plus snacks/ food on the side then this is a reasonable place. We dined here for lunch when not many people were in so I cannot really comment on the type of crowd that comes here. The waiters were very friendly though, one even approached us to give us a calling card with information of condo rates. haha
Recalling the Pink Hostel Experience, we stayed around the pool area at night and chilled over beer. There was a heavy thunderstorm that lasted for about an hour or so which caused brief flooding around the area so we noticed from the 5th floor.
Fierce thunder and lightning forced us to stay mostly by the bar and reception area with other foreign guests. When the storm passed, we got to finally have our evening dip at the pool before finally calling it a night. Got to talk to two Canadian university students too who asked a lot about the places they were to visit on their month-long stay in the Philippines. I was very happy to share my personal experiences and give some sort of assurance to them that they don't have to be worried about safety going around the country.
Chill chill weekend achieved!
Tel. No.: +63 2 484 31 45