Walking into Lokal Hostel is like enjoying a private viewing of homegrown art. The duo behind this artsy lodging, Don Bautista and Andrew Licaros, are serious about exposing their guests to Philippine culture, with art as the entry point. The walls at the hotel feature Pinoy-themed murals by Ang Gerilya.
You can choose to stay in an air-conditioned private or dorm-type room, or in a fan-cooled room. All have big, comfortable beds, as well as windows that offer views of Makati City. Rates start at PHP500.
3/F, 5023 P. Burgos St, Brgy. Población; +63 2 890 0927; lokalhostel.com
If you think “luxury hostel” — the new class of multi-bed dorm — is an oxymoron, you need to stay at Z Hostel. The rooms here boast amenities you won’t typically find at a hostel, including en-suite bathrooms and key-card access. There’s even a game room and a theater.
Include Z Hostel’s Sunday Slowdown on your itinerary. It’s a weekly sunset-cocktail session where guests can spend time with the locals and maybe even get some inside information on the city. Rates start at PHP545.
5660 Don Pedro St; +63 927 965 2692; zhostel.com
The Jeepney House
One outstanding feature of The Jeepney House is its fully equipped kitchenette. If you feel you need assistance or someone to cook for you, just approach a staff member to make arrangements.
Aside from affordable accommodations, The Jeepney House also offers unique Metro Manila tours, including the Market Tour, the Cockfighting Tour and the Smokey Mountain Tour. Rates start at PHP475.
5953 Enriquez St, Brgy. Población; +63 2 831 1711; thejeepneyhouse.com
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This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Smile magazine.