|The Communal Lounge|
|Private Twin Room|
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In the rapidly gentrifying village of Poblacion, a swath of Makati City that's popular for thrift shops, cozy coffee shops and bars, a refurbished three-storey building cleverly punctuates the landscape with its muted violet facade. Operating as Junction Hostels, the property beguiles to be noticed from blocks away. Having opened its doors to backpackers, iconoclastic travelers, and intrepid tourists early this year, the designer hostel has managed to enjoy returning and referred guests on long stays and necessary stopovers from the US, various European and South American countries, Australia, Canada and neighboring Asian countries.
For an overnight immersion of this side of Metro Manila, I booked myself with a fellow travel blogger at Junction Hostels' most expensive accommodation -- the Private Twin. At a little more than P1,500, we had a restful night at our respective bunk beds (of steel and wood combo) that surprisingly featured hotel-quality foam and plush pillows. The space was reasonably small for the affordable rate but the other room features such as the air conditioning, bedside lamp, desk and stool, a couple of personal lockers, utility racks equipped with universal outlets, a full-length mirror and free Wi-Fi more than compensated for it.
|Roma Latte at the hostel cafe|
The Private Twin is conveniently located next to a bathroom that's also accessible to dorm guests who may also be booked in the next room. It's got an amazing view of the residential neighborhood and the nearby skyscrapers jutting from the Makati City skyline.
Other Room Types
Guests can choose from a set of other accommodation options such as the En Suite Bedrooms for Ladies (starts at P850 per person), the Coed Triple Room (P850 per person), the Coed Four-Bedroom Dorm (P850 per person) and the Coed Six-Bedroom En Suite Dorm (P650 per person).
At the ground floor, living spaces like the TV Room and the communal lounge were specifically designed for recreation and interaction with other guests. There's a Filipino-oriented pool table, computer stations with internet access, a cafe and bar, plus a tour desk for travel assistance.
The hostel's hallways and staircase proved to be an amusing few minutes of random stroll for me. I paced myself enough to delight in the wall graphics that dangle vibrant colors and fancy messages. The multicolored vinyl-decorated floor also juxtaposed well with the industrial splendor of the interiors.
|A dormitory room with bathroom|
|The Communal Lounge|
|The TV Room|
We had a relaxing coffee break in the afternoon after our 2:00pm check-in. Over a hot glass of Roma Latte, I conditioned myself for an upbeat night of online work and a well-recommended dinner at Tambai, a Yakitori hangout a few blocks away from the hostel. It was also fascinating to learn from the hostel's crew that, on special occasions, the hostel hosts events like quiz nights, gigs, and art exhibits.
With today's raw immediacy and pith, the essential hostel is the next best thing between a luxurious hotel stay that you may not have the budget for and a creepy motel stay that anticipates regret. The 5-month old (as of this writing) Junction Hostels Makati fits right in the mindset of discriminating travelers who function at a Pavlovian stroke of an index finger across a tablet or mobile phone's screen in pursuit of the most functional stay to have in the metropolis.
The narrow, shade-dappled streets that link the village in a tangled web make for memorable reset moments. The relative calm in the tourist-thronged surroundings belies a bustling location. A hop to one side of the area opens visitors to the electric draw of Makati and Kalayaan Avenues. A skip to one side of the Senator Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly known as Buendia) and Bel-Air takes them to upscale dining destinations. It's also just a 15-minute stroll to the genial chaos of J.P. Rizal Avenue.
It is fast becoming a hub for madcap city adventures among savvy travelers who want to escape the uptight hotel and corporate scene which is remarkably just a few minutes of stroll away anyway from the hostel. If anything, it's a brick-and-mortar experience of this fast-paced digital age. Nowhere does industrial whimsy -- a flashy aesthetic of today's generation -- come more compellingly appealing than at Junction Hostels.
Promo: 20% off if you book your bed now here.
Valid for stays until August 30, 2015.
Official website of Junction Hostels
Address: Annex Matheus Building, Gen. Luna corner Don Pedro Streets, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City Philippines 1210
Phone: +632 501-6575 or +632 501-6578
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