If you’ve read my previous posts, it’s no secret to you that I’m a big hostel hopper. As to why let’s save it for another post.
Now that I’m back in my home country in the meantime, who said I’d stop checking into hostels?
So I made a visit to the Tambayan Capsule Hostel.
Note: I stayed in Tambayan Capsule Hostel’s mixed shared room so the photos that don’t have my copyright in the bottom right corner (© TheSoloTripper) were provided by the hostel. However, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced by the company in any way.
The Hostel Theme
Tambayan (tam-ba-yan) translates to hangout place. A typical watering hole these days can be a bar, a bowling alley, a milkshake joint, a hipster lair or a plain cubby-hole. Well, the hostel has a roof-deck gastro bar which can certainly be anyone’s tambayan. But the moment I walked into the lobby of Tambayan Capsule Hostel, I thought I was in the wrong place. Its interior was more of a hotel’s. In other words, it’s pretty chic for a typical city hostel.
Three things caught my eye in an instant – the chandelier hanging over the lobby, the wooden staircase right across the entrance, and the huge French-inspired art piece that you wouldn’t miss as you take the stairs. They all created a classy and elegant look.
Aside from a bed (with a pillow and blanket), each Japanese-inspired pod has a private lamp, a mini-fan, a mirror, electrical and USB outlets, and of course, a dropdown shade for privacy.
The shared room where I stayed is expansive that I didn’t even hit my pinky toe into someone’s luggage or backpack in the dark.
The walls of the private rooms are adorned with Filipino-inspired illustrations. Each room has a bed, a dresser with mirror and a flat-screen TV.
All rooms are air-conditioned and squeaky clean. To be honest, when it comes to shared rooms, it also depends on how tidy your roommates are (trust me, I’ve seen worse).
The Tambayan Capsule Hostel has a movie viewing area for those who prefer to “Chickflix and chill”. I wasn’t sure if the free popcorn is a daily treat but you wouldn’t mind, would you?
The Tambayan Capsule hostel has a guest lounge with cafe and a gastro bar with specially-concocted cocktails. But since I’m a beer lover, I ordered my usual two-for-the-road poison. On the evening of February 14 (yep, Valentine’s Day), heart-shaped decors were all over the roof-deck cocktail bar. I got excited when I heard there’d be a saxophonist to serenade guests. I decided to stay sober that night so I made sure I’d chug only two bottles of San Mig Light for the entire show. Props to Tambayan’s in-house saxophonist, Daryl Ladioray (if you want to hire him for special occasions, leave him a message via Facebook).
Location-wise, I love Tambayan Capsule Hostel’s proximity to the Robinsons Place mall, the sprawling banks and off-site cash machines, a wide selection of restaurants, fast food outlets, bars, and 24/7 convenience stores. Manila’s main historic sites Rizal Park, Intramuros and the National Museum are also within walking distance.
Personally, I believe a night’s cost in Tambayan Capsule Hostel is the perfect bargain if you’re a budget traveler looking to keep close to both city and culture experience. The top 3 things I always consider in choosing an accommodation are location, room rate, and the complimentary Wi-Fi. But it really depends on what you need. As a top hotel reviewer said, as long as an accommodation delivers its promise of a roof, a bed, and a bathroom it’s value for your money.
- 24-Hour Front Desk & Security
- Guest Lounge with Café/Bar
- Rooftop Cocktail Bar
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Daily Housekeeping
- Luggage Storage
- Safe Deposit Box Available
+63 (2) 521 8850
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Sheila, a.k.a. The Solo Tripper. Former news desk editor, full-time traveler, freelance writer.