Makati is known as the commercial center of the Philippines. Its outstanding skyline alone screams serious business. Many business travelers and expats work and stay in the city. That’s why Makati is home to the country’s top luxury hotels, shopping, and entertainment hubs.
Unknown to many, boutique hostels and B&Bs have mushroomed in the outskirts of Makati. And these smaller lodging establishments offer travelers the 3 B’s: bed, breakfast, and budget-friendly stay. One of them is Makati Junction Hostel.
Note: This is a review of the Makati Junction Hostel. The photos that don’t have TheSoloTripper logo at the bottom right were provided by the hostel. However, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced by the company in any way.
My Review of Makati Junction Hostel
The Makati Junction Hostel reminds me of Bangkok’s backpacker hostels. It has the cool, cheery vibe that I’ve gotten used to.
There are cozy couches, a TV room, and a pool table. You can crash onto a bean bag and just zone out. You can spot the most innocent looking guest in the room and challenge him to a snooker. Or you can keep your digital nomad mode switched on and make use of the hostel’s working space.
Guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. There’s no shortage of local and international restaurants, shopping, fitness and wellness centers in Makati. The nearest upscale shopping hub to Junction Hostel is Rockwell Drive. The Greenbelt and Glorietta Malls are within 1.1 miles away.
There are two things I loved most about the Makati Junction Hostel: the colorful walls and the adventure-inspired quotes etched on them. In other words, the hostel’s walls are Instagram-able. It may be too much to ask but I do hope the hostel would add more eye-catching quotes.
You wouldn’t miss that huge ‘Junc World’ map downstairs. Guests can attach a photo or any piece of memento from their adventures.
I’ve stayed in a 4-bed Female Dormitory Room. The room has enough space for four comfy beds, a seating area, guests’ luggage and extra stuff. In fact, the two other guests in my room have loaded up their own portable closets. They have been staying in Makati Junction Hostel for a while.
Be warned though. Don’t even think about bringing work to a snug bed with clean and lovely smelling linen – you’ll end up with nothing.
The Junction Hostel has a total of 5 dormitory rooms and 5 private rooms.
The private and shared toilets and shower rooms are well maintained and clean. Hairdryers and free toiletries are also available.
The in-house bar and cafe serves daily breakfast, pastries, and drinks. When the dark clocks in, the café transforms into a lively bar. I wasn’t looking to get a hangover though. So I opted for the hostel’s specialty coffee.
The Friendly Vibe
As I was browsing my Facebook timeline that day, I saw a white girl’s post. She said everyone else in her hostel in Manila was glued to their phone. No one talks to anyone! I told her she was in the wrong hostel then.
The minute I checked into the Makati Junction Hostel, I was greeted with warmth. The staff was accommodating, and none of the guests acted like some smarty pants. You could say it must be the cheery crowd that I walked into. But guests are typically mousy at first meetings. Someone has to give out the first “How are you”? And at Makati Junction Hostel, I’d say props to the chirpy manager for doing the job!
Personally, I would recommend the Makati Junction Hostel to on-the-go travelers who can handle both a laid back and social vibe of the place and the people. If you want to keep that wanderlust spirit in you, this is the place you’d like to be in.
24-Hour Front Desk & Security
Guest Lounge with Café/Bar
Complimentary Breakfast and Wi-Fi
+63 2 501 6575
+63 2 501 6578
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Sheila, a.k.a. The Solo Tripper. Former news desk editor, full-time traveler, freelance writer.