So recently, I wrote about my recent trip to Liw-liwa, Zambales which you can read here. If you are planning a trip there and are looking for a place to stay, then you might want to check out The Circle Hostel. The Circle Hostel is a budget-friendly hostel that offers affordable accommodations and aims to create a friendly environment for travellers.
one of the rules of The Circle Hostel: "there are no strangers"
there are no private rooms here, only bunk beds and hammocks
surfboards are available for rental for only Php.200 per hour with additional fee
if you want a surfing instructor
hang-out with fellow travellers in their very cool common area
meet "Garfield" the cat who just lays there all day sleeping on the stairs
paint or write on the walls using these paints that they provided
"There is a Light that Never Goes Out" - one of my fave songs by The Smiths
The bunk beds come with mosquito nets, with a rental fee of Php.450 per head per night. The hammocks are for Php.350 per head per night. They also provide lockers that you can rent so you can keep your things safe.
Overall, I thought that The Circle Hostel is a cool place to stay in. Sure, it is not what I'm used to: no air-conditioning, no thick and fluffy beds, no private baths. But my experience there was one-of-a-kind, and in a good way. In all fairness, the showers and the toilets are clean, which is really my only and primary concern when travelling. I did have to deal with the mosquitos but that's what the mosquito nets were for. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.
I would definitely recommend The Circle Hostel to anyone who's planning to go to Liw-Liwa. For more information, do check out their website here.
Oh, and if ever you do stay there, look for my name that I painted in the common area.