I bummed a smoke off an American and invited myself to a circle of conversation about Caucasus and how blatantly Middle Eastern the other American guy's nose is. The guy himself revealed his Armenian heritage later on which led us to the touchy discussion of genocide in which I unexpectedly babbled about the Ottoman Empire — much to the surprise of everyone. Me included.
Up until that point, I was merely lurking around the group. Occasionally smiling and raising my eyebrows to acknowledge a sentiment that I agree with, which could have made me look like some local trying to hook up with anyone.
Thank goodness that fourth bottle spoke for me.
I remember the sign in the lift that says, "There are no strangers at Pink Hostel.". That night there were really none. Even the resident kitten was single and ready to mingle.
I wondered, is it keeping its head afloat?
It is for the fun. For the socially adventurous. For those who find humor in imperfection. Keep this in mind so as you don't ruin your stay or someone else's.
Penthouse dorm sleeps 12. En suite bath, in-room lockers. Fan-cooled. P450 ($10-11) a bed.
Twin room is P1,600 ($37). Air-conditioned. Private locker, en suite bath.
If you got a long layover in Manila, the hostel also offers a Chill Out @ Pink Package for P250 that allows a guest to use the shower, swim in the pool, play billiards, connect to their Wifi,
Overnight rates include a breakfast of toast and coffee. A bigger brekkie can be ordered at P100 ($2.50). Drinks are sold at the reception. Beer at P50 ($1.20).
Every evening, the management organizes a little something that encourages all the guests to bunch up. It could be an all-nighter at some nearby pub or a reggae party just by the pool. If you are in dire need of sleep, this could be an issue. Try to request for a more quiet nook and cross your fingers there's space.
If you arrive in the wee hours you may find the gate closed but it is not locked. There should be a security guard on post. Take note, ride the lift because the staircase doesn't go all the way to the 5th floor where the reception is.
So yeah, I agree that Pink Manila hostel is the "Hostel Of Awesome". A backpacker's kind of awesome.
Pink Manila Hostel
2551 Don Pedro St. Cor. Bautista St. Malate, Manila
Tel. No.: +63 2 484 31 45
Mobile: +63 919 235 69 39
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