Traveling can mean differently from one person to another. For me, I view traveling as a way to see endless possibilities, to feel the freedom that I can be whatever I wanted to be. For others, it might mean a chance to meet a different culture, or a once in a lifetime shot to make a difference to others. But whatever it may be, one thing is for sure: travel lets us connect with one another. And that is what exactly Junction Hostel strongly stands for – to connect people from all over the world and create a community of people who loves to pursue a journey to the other parts of the world.
Conveniently located in Poblacion, Makati, Junction Hostel takes pride on their beautiful interiors, their chill vibe, and their unbelievably friendly staff. True to its name, Junction Hostel is a meeting place of travelers from all walks of life and all parts of the world. Since the hostel industry in the Philippines is still a relatively new concept, their usual guests are backpackers, most of which came from the west, but the place also have its share of local guests every now and then.
The hostel is packed with 111 beds, and has 6 different types of rooms, depending on the number of people that you’re going to share it with. In case you’re not familiar, hostels are pretty much like dorms, with 6 or more people sharing a room with strangers in bunk beds. In Junction, they have a private queen/twin bed room for 2pax, a ladies’ 4 bed suite, a coed triple sharing room, a coed quadruple sharing room, a coed 6 bed dorm en suite, and a coed 10 bed room en suite. The cheapest one would definitely be the coed 10 bed room en suite, but either way, all rooms are affordable, with prices that range from P650/pax to P900/pax a night. The price is totally worth it, as each room is definitely spotless, fully air conditioned, and equipped with 5-star quality beds. If you are in it for an energizing night to rest, then you have come to the right place.
One of the most notable things about the hostel is its hip design, with army inspired typographies and mismatched tiles that resembles the weaves on the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” ads released a couple of years ago. The use of bright colors as accents are also superb, each of which are strategically located on various places, creating a rather lively look to the usual boring hallways of ordinary hotels.
The hostel’s design is conceptualized by its co-owner, Ms. Cyndy Tan-Jarabata. Coming from a strong background in hospitality and management, Ms. Cyndy was heavily inspired from her experiences on hotels that she decided to create her own in the Philippines. She has always been a creative one and the hostel became an outlet for her, putting together all the ideas and bringing them to life, one floor at a time. With the help of her interior designer friend, Edward Uy, they were able to create an edgy interior, with a touch of art and creativity from one part to another.
The first floor of the hostel is where they showcase their talents the most. Here, visitors can lounge on a “garden”, complete with a cocoon, some bean bags, and artificial grass. They also have a TV lounge area where guests can enjoy a nice chat with new found friends while watching films or going on a series marathon. The TV lounge area is enclosed in glass, which is painted with a comprehensive map of Makati area. Couches with mismatched but seemingly complementing throw pillows are placed inside, as well as a small nook for those who might like to read.
The other part of the first floor is dedicated for the co-working space. Designed with wooden tables and metal yet colorful chairs, the place is definitely screaming in colors, but is toned down with the interesting placement of neutral colors and elements. I definitely like to various wired lamps available inside the hostel as it adds up more personality to the place. The co-working space is also turned into a dining area most of the time. There are also available iMacs for guests who haven’t brought their own laptops.
If you are feeling a little hungry, you can easily order a handful of snack from Truck, their café / bar. Selling nachos and drinks, Truck has a pretty interesting story, it being a real cargo trailer, hauled inside the building, creating a rather urban – street feel inside. Sometimes, the hostel invites celebrated chefs around the metro to cook for Truck, selling in their most beloved dishes to guests and passers-by alike.
If I am not from around Manila and is looking for a place to stay, I would definitely love to check myself in at Junction Hostel. Not only does it know aesthetics, but it also knows a lot about creating a community and fostering relationships in just a small space at a small period of time.
Annex Matheus Building, Gen. Luna Corner, Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, 1210 Makati City
Tel. +6325016575, +6325016578