Packed with action and adventure, El Nido has endless beaches, epic nightlife, cheap drinks, great food, and all of it comes at a super cheap price.

Ultimately, El Nido is nothing short of a backpacker’s paradise.

But as with any popular backpacker city, El Nido has a ton of bad hostels, which is the exact reason we put together this backpacker’s guide to the best hostels in El Nido.

There are a ton of hostels in El Nido, but many of them are poorly reviewed. So we took the highest reviewed hostels in El Nido, and put them together in this one list.

Then, to take it a step further, we’ve organized the best hostels in El Nido by different travel-categories. We know that everyone travels differently, so this list is a reflection of that! Whether you want to travel to El Nido to party, meet other travelers, or just save as much money as possible, our list of the top hostels in El Nido will get you exactly where you want to be.

Then you can focus on what matters – exploring this amazing island!

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in El Nido

Best Hostels in El Nido
El Nido is a backpacker’s paradise – These are the best hostels in El Nido

The 10 Best Hostels in El Nido (and other cheap backpacker’s accommodation)

El Nido (and most of The Philippines) is already cheap, so finding an affordable hostel is never a challenge. The challenge lies in finding a quality affordable hostel to stay in when backpacking the Philippines. But don’t worry. We got you.

We’ve searched for the best hostels (and some budget hotels) in El Nido, making it easier for you to plan your perfect stay.

Looking for the cheapest El Nido hostel? Check. How about the best hostel for solo travelers in El Nido? Best party hostel in El Nido? We’ve got you covered. Have a look and book the best El Nido hostel for you.

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Best Party Hostel in El Nido – Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach

Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach best hostels in El Nido
Mad Monkey is a great party hostel in El Nido and one of our top choices for best hostels in El Nido
  • $$
  • Restaurant-Bar
  • Lockers
  • Housekeeping

Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach is a sociable and fun hostel right on the beach of Nacpan. It’s around half an hour from El Nido town. What makes this the best party hostel in El Nido are the onsite bar and restaurant, where you can always grab a cool beer or a fruity cocktail, beach BBQs, and a lively yet laid-back vibe. Join in with volleyball on the beach, go snorkelling, take an island hopping tour … there are many ways to have fun at this El Nido backpackers hostel. Living is basic here, with cold showers and fans (no A/C), no Wi-Fi, and simple but comfortable mixed dorms and tents for two.

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in El Nido – Outpost Beach Hostel

Outpost Beach Hostel best hostels in El Nido
Social vibes make Outpost Beach Hostel one of the best hostels in El Nido for solo travelers
  • $$$
  • Restaurant-Bar
  • Bike Hire
  • Tour Desk

The best hostel for solo travellers in El Nido, Outpost Beach Hostel has various dorms and private rooms right on Sunset Beach. Bask on the sands in the day and drink a beer with others in the onsite bar and games room, complete with foosball and board games, in the evenings. There are various common areas to suit all. Grab a book from the book exchange for some relaxation or veg out in front of the TV. Exploring is easy thanks to bike rentals and a range of tours. No need to worry about finding an El Nido hostel near the airport either—shuttle services are available.

Best Cheap Hostel in El Nido – Hakuna Matata – El Nido

Hakuna Matata – El Nido best hostels in El Nido
Hakuna Matata is our pick for best budget/cheap hostel in El Nido
  • $
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage

Hakuna Matata – El Nido is a laid-back hostel that fully embraces the Swahili phrase of “No Worries”. The small and basic bamboo rooms offer a local experience in a great central location close to town and the beach. If you want to unplug and unwind this top hostel in El Nido could be an ideal place for you—there’s no Wi-Fi and the hostel doesn’t use generators when power cuts happen. The mixed dorms sleep six and the hostel has a chill-out area with hammocks, tables and chairs, and basic cooking facilities. Perfect for budget travellers, Hakuna Matata – El Nido is the best budget hostel in El Nido.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in El Nido – Spin Designer Hostel

Spin Designer Hostel best hostels in El Nido
Spin Designer is a great flashpacker hostel in El Nido for all types of travelers (Digital Nomads too!)
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities

The award-winning Spin Designer Hostel is the best hostel for digital nomads in El Nido. In a place where Wi-Fi is often limited, Spin Designer’s free and relatively reliable Wi-Fi can be a godsend for those needing to work while exploring. This recommended hostel in El Nido has a range of other handy facilities too, including a tour desk, laundry facilities, and lockers. Hot showers and A/C add to your comfort while housekeeping services keep everywhere clean. There’s a communal kitchen and various common areas where you can work and mingle. Breakfast is free too!

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Nomatic 30L Travel Bag

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More of the Best Hostels in El Nido

Here are three more of the best hostels in El Nido…

Are you looking to stay in specific neighborhood? Check out our guide to El Nido’s best areas to stay.

Our Melting Pot

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Our Melting Pot is a solid choice for El Nido backpackers accommodation
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bike Hire
  • Luggage Storage

Our Melting Pot was designed with travelers in mind, offering comfort, security, sociability, and affordability in the heart of El Nido. It’s our pick for the overall best hostel in El Nido in 2020. There’s free breakfast, round-the-clock reception, hot showers, lockers, and generators for emergency power backup. It manages to hold on to a rustic vibe while still offering modern comforts. Dorm beds have curtains for privacy and there are various common areas where you can make heaps of new traveling buddies or chillax. Other plus points include bike rentals, luggage storage, and Wi-Fi.

Amos Hostel El Nido

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Amos Hostel is cheap, making it a top choice for El Nido backpackers accommodation
  • $
  • Restaurant-Bar
  • Tour Desk
  • Lockers

A top hostel in El Nido for budget travellers, Amos Hostel El Nido is cheap as chips and comfortable. The staff members are friendly and helpful and there’s a decent sociable atmosphere. There are mixed dorms for six and eight, and the private double are great for couples and BFFs. There’s a restaurant/bar and the hostel is close to the night market and other places where you can eat and drink. Hop on a bus for a short ride to reach the beach and El Nido’s fun nightlife. It’s one of the best backpacker hostels in El Nido for people travelling on the cheap.

Austria’s Guesthouse and Restaurant

Austria’s Guesthouse and Restaurant best hostels in El Nido
Another great budget option, Austria’s Guesthouse is one of the best options for El Nido backpackers accommodation
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry Facilities

With cheap beds in mixed dorms for ten and a range of affordable private rooms for between one and six, Austria’s Guesthouse and Restaurant is a great youth hostel in El Nido for solos, couples, and groups. Wake up to a free breakfast and enjoy top-notch facilities like an onsite restaurant, tour desk, gift shop, laundry facilities, a chilled-out balcony, and a sociable common room. Wanna de-stress? Book a massage!

Best Hotels for Budget Travelers in El Nido

With just a few El Nido hostels to choose between, maybe you’d prefer a hotel instead? We’ve sorted through the top choices here too, bringing you the best hotels in El Nido for all budgets.

Best Budget Hotel in El Nido – David’s Guest House

David's Guest House best hotel in El Nido
  • $
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Massage Services

Located right on the beachfront, David’s Guest House is an awesome budget hotel in El Nido for people who like to be close to the action. Rooms are available for two and three. All rooms are en-suite with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Airport shuttles can be arranged and the hotel can also help you to arrange various fun activities, including fishing, snorkelling, and massages.

Best Mid-Range Hotel in El Nido – Cabanas de Nacpan Resort

Cabanas de Nacpan Resort best hotel in El Nido
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • BBQ
  • Kids’ Play Area

A fabulous place for adventurous couples and families, Cabanas de Nacpan Resort offers accommodation in luxury tents on a rustic farm. The beach is just a couple of kilometres away and parking is available at the resort. The rate includes the use of a scooter, making it easy to get around and explore. Breakfast is free and there are heaps of family-friendly amenities, including a play area, cots, family rooms, board games, and child-minding services. If you’re seeking a unique El Nido experience, this resort is ideal.

Best Splurge Hotel in El Nido – El Nido Coco Resort

El Nido Coco Resort best hostels in El Nido
  • $$$
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tour Desk

A short stroll from the beach and surrounded by nature, the peaceful El Nido Coco Resort is great if you want to splash out and make your accommodation part of your overall El Nido experience. There’s an outdoor pool, a spacious sun terrace, an on-site restaurant, and a tour desk; whether you want to chill or explore, this El Nido hotel has you covered. Each room is en-suite with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a fridge, a kettle, and a hairdryer.

What to Pack for your El Nido Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Active Roots Water Bottle

1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.

best toiletry bag for one bag travel

2. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

Universal Adapter

3. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter charges your devices in (pretty much) every country – definitely a lifesaver when travelling around the world. The plug also regulates the power output depending on which device you’re charging. No more fried hair dryers or electric razors!

Headphone Spltter

4. Headphone Splitter: Don’t be those awkward people sharing one earbud on the bus, as you show off your in-depth music knowledge to your new friend. A headphone splitter is a great item to bring traveling, it works fantastic on those long bus rides or easy dorm Netflix nights when you want to relax and connect with someone.

Playing Cards

5. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.

Luggage Travel Lock

6. Padlock: Unless the thief literally spends hours to figure out the code (he won’t), this three-digit padlock is going to keep your stuff safe. It’s great for keeping the zipper of your backpack secured or your locker properly closed. This basic and very flexible padlock saves you from having your essentials stolen. Definitely a must-have for every backpacker!

Why you should travel to El Nido

If you are heading to El Nido, prepare yourself to have an absolute blast. While not the most authentic Philippines experience, it’s a backpacker paradise with no shortage of good times. The only hard part about El Nido is leaving!

And with the help of this list, you might never have to leave! The best hostels in El Nido covers every type of traveler, making booking a hostel a piece of cake.

So, what’s it gunna be? Are you going to book the best hostel for solo travelers? Or maybe the best party hostel in El Nido?

If you can’t pick – stress not! Just book at Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach. It’s a solid party/fun hostel with great reviews, a good price and overall value that make it a no brainer for one of the top hostels in El Nido for 2020.

Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach best hostels in El Nido

Travel Safety Tips for El Nido

And don’t forget Travel Insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of Travel Insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

Getting an estimate from World Nomads is simple – just click the button or image below, fill out the necessary info, and you’re on your way!

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More Epic Hostels in Philippines and Southeast Asia

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to El Nido.

Planning an epic trip all across Philippines or even Southeast Asia itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in El Nido has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure! After you’ve booked your favorite hostel, plan your trip using our El Nido itinerary!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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