I dunno what happened to the streets of Metro Manila but the traffic that night was terrible than usual. And then we realized that it was Valentine’s eve, we’re doomed. We were all itching to get into our destination (and home for the night) where the launch party of Junction Hostel was waiting for us, we were hailing taxi cabs like we were on an Amazing Race level.
We were dropped off by our cabbie to a very familiar strip in Makati. We were looking for the newest and hippest hostel in the area for the launch party when we were struck by this huge deep purple building – in matte, to be exact.
We entered the funky entrance hall and were stunned by the view of a container van inside the reception area (the hostel’s front desk and café – The Food Truck). The container van turned into bar and café was literally inside the hall.
|The Food Truck - a container van turned into a cafe/front desk|
We were then assisted by the lovely hosts to our refuge for the night, a six-bed mixed dorm room (check rates). We were all handed our individual key cards and proceeded to the second level of the building to check out what’s in store for us.
I went gaga upon checking out our mixed dorm room. First thing I noticed was the huge mirror at the back of the door, a full-length one (pure indulgence to a hostel I must say). And then my eyes focused on the thick hotel-type mattresses and the fluffy pillows and then to an artsy lavatory with huge hanging lamp inside the room plus a working desk with lamp. There’s also a manually-operated air-conditioning unit and individual lockers and bedside charging outlets. And oh, did I tell you that it also has an en suite toilet and bathroom with complimentary toiletries? I am not in a hostel, are you kidding me? This is hotel quality with hostel rates.
|Six-bed mixed dorm|
|Free-flowing shampoo and bath gel|
|Eight-bed mixed dorm|
I lazily woke up the next day feeling I was under my own sheets, in my own bed. I snoozed some more.
The comfy mattress and blankies were divine. It is really at par with hotel standards. I dragged myself into the lobby where a few friends were already having their breakfasts, donned in their jammies.
It was near lunchtime but I was craving for a sandwich or something. I requested for a quick breakfast treat and was given a huge plate with bacons, two fried eggs, bread and jams and a tuna Panini sandwich. I then went into the kitchen and brewed some coffee. It was a feast! Although the breakfast is not complimentary, we opted to splurge a bit for we were really lazy to go out and find a nice breakfast place.
|Happy brekkie :)|
I could imagine how this place will turn out when packed with travelers from everywhere and staying a night could be an itinerary in itself. I could literally travel around the world by just chilling with other nomads in here.
Junction Hostels - Makati (book online)
Annex Matheus bldg.., General Luna St.,
cor., Don Pedro St., Makati City, Metro Manila
Contact Numbers: (+63) 2.501.6575 | (+63) 2.501.6578
Emai Address: firstname.lastname@example.org