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I've been a city dweller in the National Capital Region (NCR) since I can remember and I can attest to the popular opinion that traveling from one city to another in this part of the Philippines is a challenge.
Most foreigners visiting the Philippines are not aware of the overwhelming congestion problem in Metro Manila that they still commit the mistake of setting up an itinerary in the city before embarking on their target out-of-town trip. There's nothing wrong with the idea but they end up having a miserable stopover because they stayed at the wrong hotel that's an impossible location to reach from their chosen city tour.
The solution is quite simple. Travelers should not automatically book themselves in hotels that are generally just popular. The priority consideration is the establishment's location in Metro Manila. Is the hotel located near a stopover tour that's on schedule? Is it accessible in 1 hour or less from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport?
Another consideration to make is the possibility of cutting down on your budget for your Metro Manila stay. Should you consider a hostel or inn instead of a hotel during your stay in the city? How much are you going to save for the accommodation?
Consider Crossroads Hostel Manila
When you've zeroed in staying in Mandaluyong City, there is Crossroads Hostel Manila. It is also a reliable accommodation for travelers who have scheduled activities and transactions in neighboring cities such as Makati, San Juan, and Pasig. It's a few meters away from a major corner in EDSA which provides easy access to the airport, two nearby malls (Shangri-la Plaza Mall and SM Megamall). Its exact location is a residential area which automatically solves city dwelling hazards such as vehicular and commercial establishment noise. Most of all, an overnight stay can set you back for P500 only. That's less than half of a standard room rate at a budget hotel.
Accessibility To Nearby Malls
I tested staying at Crossroads Hostel Manila a few weeks ago on the same night I was going to have a food tasting event in a neighboring city. Once I checked myself in, I was ready to go out for the event. Unfortunately, a brief rainstorm had me stranded in Mandaluyong City even before I could start my commute. As a secondary option, I watched a movie in a nearby mall which was just a walking distance away from the hostel.
Remarkable Shower and Sleeping Space
It was already late at night when I returned to the hostel for a lengthy shower before retiring. I noticed that the bathroom was awfully clean. The fixtures seemed to be well maintained and functioning well.
The Dining Table For Interaction
I had a restful sleep and awoke to a complimentary breakfast set of tea and bread snacks. It was there at the dining area when I met another hostel guest named Charles who was checked in for 10 days from Mindanao. He and a companion were in Metro Manila for a training session for teachers. They chose it over another inn for its accessibility to their target training center. There were foreigner guests also that day but they were still sound asleep at 6:00am.
|With hostel guest, Charles, from Mindanao|
Kitchen and Laundry Areas
The kitchen looked phenomenal to me as it seemed to be complete with a lot of compartments for various utensils and wears that guests can use. I left a Krispy Kreme donut inside the refrigerator the night before and had it heated in a toaster for my additional morning snack.
I spotted the hostel's laundry area and it looked organized as well. However, there was no need for me to use it as I was staying only for a night.
Worth A Series of Stays In Busy Metro Manila
Overall, Crossroads Hostel Manila is an accommodation that's not shy to be spick-and-span. It might have started operation last year but it still looks relatively brand new looking at its facade and seeing its interiors. The guests seem to be imbibing the organized mindset of hostel owner Kristoffer Atienza and for that more guests, local and foreign, can expect a similar atmosphere and experience for years to come.
For a map of where the hostel is located, visit Crossroads Hostel Manila's fan page.
C R O S S R O A D S H O S T E L M A N I L A
Address: 76 Mariveles Street, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 514-0660
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