Hostels in Manila, Philippines

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Get to know Manila (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Manila. To help you make friends with Manila before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, a huge city with more than twenty million people that seems to be expanding every day. The city has some really nice places to explore, but the pollution and traffic jams all over the city usually don't leave the best impression on travelers. You need to overcome this first shock and go out exploring the streets and people of Manila, the shopping malls and the nightlife, old neighbourhoods and historical sites. The city has its dangers and you should take the normal precautions while walking in the streets -– no valuables and only pocket money -- but don't be paranoid with it.

A must-see is the old Spanish capital of Manila called Intramuros. Getting here gives you the sense of going back in time. Churches, cannons, and the walls mark this place; despite being destroyed during World War II, it is the main tourist sight in Manila. Fort Santiago's ruins are located in the northern most part of Intramuros and are definitely worth a visit, giving an excellent history lesson about the Philippines. If you have the time and the right company, you can head to Ritzal Park and take lunch there, setting a picnic under a tree. Manila Bay is also nice to take a walk, but the main place for tourists and backpackers to hang around is the neighbourhoods of Ermita and Malate.

The easiest way to arrive in Manila is by airplane; from there, get an official airport taxi with the price displayed in the arrivals.

There are a lot of hostels in Manila and if you want to be in a central area with plenty of restaurants and bars, try to stay on Ermita and Malate. Manila's hostels usually have free Wi-Fi and nice and relaxed places. The hostels in Manila will have some travelers, but don't expect them to be packed; they are good places to exchange experiences and travel stories.

Written by local enthusiast for Manila hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Manila hostels CoffeeMarks

FAQ about Manila Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Manila. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Manila. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Manila costs on average $13 for a dorm. A hostel in Manila with private rooms costs on average $41. shows all 23 Hostels in Manila. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Our Awesome Hostel is the best hostel in Manila for families.
Z Hostel is the best hostel in Manila for groups. compares prices for 23 hostels in Manila, Philippines. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Manila such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Manila.

Ola! Hostel Manila is the best rated hostel for partying in Manila.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Manila

Your Packing List for Manila

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Manila and Philippines.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Manila Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Manila, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
23 Total number of hostels
$13 Average dorm price
$41 Average private room price
$4 Cheapest hostel in Manila
Islas 8817 Guesthouse is the cheapest
14 Party hostels in Manila
Z Hostel is the best rated
Most Manila hostels are located in
Malate, Paranaque City, Old Downtown
6.8 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Manila - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Manila. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Manila. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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