Wow! Manila is a huge buzzing metropolis of different flavours, all swirling around in a bunch of densely populated cities within cities. From Spanish colonial architecture, mad night markets and local bars to soaring skyscrapers and huge public parks – plus a pretty cool music scene – Manila is a city not to be missed!

Are you travelling on a budget? Worried about safety? Want to be near the best party spots in town? Fancy a stay in a quieter more local area?

Whoa there – slow down! It’s alright. We’ve done the legwork for you and made a handy list of the best hostels in Manila, so you can find the hostel that’s best for you.

So prepare yourselves for some of the coolest hostels Manila has to offer!

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Best Hostels in Manila

Best Hostels in Manila

Best Overall Hostel in Manila – Lub d Philippines

Lub d Philippines best hostels in Manila
Lub d Philippines is our pick for best overall hostel in Manila
  • $$$
  • Coffee Shop
  • Pool Table
  • Laundry Facilities

You’re definitely gonna love the Philippines after you stay in this top hostel in Manila. We reckon, anyway. What makes it the best overall hostel in Manila? Well, a few things. Firstly there’s the bunks: they’re pretty much amazing. Secondly, they gear themselves towards millennials who wanna have a good time.

Basically, this recommended hostel in Manila is a super cool place to hang out. Just imagine grabbing a coffee, getting some food at the Grab ‘n’ Go Bar (their bar). unwinding in the relaxation, then getting a bit of work done in the coworking space. Ok, when can we move in?

Best Party Hostel in Manila – Pink Manila Hostel

Pink Manila Hostel best hostels in Manila
Pink Manila Hostel is our pick for best party hostel in Manila
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bar

The perfect place to have fun in the city when backpacking through the Philippines. I mean, there’s unlimited cold beer available. That’s amazing. It’s definitely one of the best elements of the best party hostel in Manila.

Of course, there’s also a hostel bar, which is great. And the staff at this Manila backpackers hostel are literally amazing that you’re gonna never wanna leave. Seriously. Plus it’s in a university neighbourhood, meaning there’s a lotta cool kids hanging around – plus cheap eats and drinks.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Manila – Haven Backpackers Hostel

Haven Backpackers Hostel best hostels in Manila
Haven Backpackers Hostel is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Manila
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • ATM
  • 24 Hour Security

Travelling solo in Manila isn’t always the easiest of things to do, but by staying at this recommended hostel in Manila you’ll be able to visit the city and stay there safely – and in comfort.

It’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Manila because the staff feels responsible for their guests, so if you’re concerned about safety in Manila, this is the perfect place to stay as you’ll always have someone watching over you. They also take you out on tours so you get can to try the best local places to eat and drink. Which sounds just about fine in our books.

Best Cheap Hostel in Manila  – Ola! Hostel Manila

best cheap hostel in Manila
Ola! Hostel Manila is our pick for best cheap hostel in Manila
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24h rooftop bar and restaurant/karaoke room/ reception
  • Onsite self-service laundry

The Ola! Hostel Manila is super affordable but has very high standards at the same time. The rooms are clean and air-conditioned, equipped with comfy beds and private lockers to keep your items safe. The best part about this hostel has to be the 24h rooftop bar, where you can socialize, have great cocktails, and even some food.

After a long day outside, you can head down into the lobby and relax while watching a movie. The onsite laundry comes in pretty handy for longterm travellers too. And not to forget – there’s free and fast wifi in all common areas!

Best Hostel for Couples in Manila – Bahay Kubo Hostel

Bahay Kubo Hostel best hostels in Manila
Bahay Kubo Hostel is our pick for best hostel for couples in Manila
  • $$
  • Cool AF
  • Air Con
  • 24 Hour Reception

Oh my GOODNESS. Seriously. This place is like, the coolest hostel in Manila. It’s all airplanes and parlour palms, like something’s leapt right outta Instagram and into your face. A lotta love’s gone into this place and it really, really shows. We mean it.

When you’re travelling with your partner you definitely wanna stay somewhere that’s, y’know, a lil’ bit of a cut above the rest. And at this place, you really feel that. So it’s our top pick (without a doubt) for the best hostel for couples in Manila. A place to unwind, these guys aim is to reflect the tropical side of the Philippines. Super cute.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Manila – Makati Junction

Makati Junction best hostels in Manila
Makati Junction is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Manila
  • $$
  • Lounge
  • Cable TV
  • Bar (& Pool Table)

This Manila backpackers hostel is very comfy, very clean and features some pretty dang cool design driven interiors. We love it! Plus there’s a load of space to get your work done at this cool Manila hostel.

So, yep, it’s all about the communal spaces here. It’s the best hostel for digital nomads in Manila ’cause you can choose from the cafe, the lounge with couches or hammocks, or the TV room to get your head down for a couple hours with your laptop. Then you can sink a few beers at the hostel bar.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Manila  – Manila-Z-Hostel

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Manila-Z-Hostel is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Manila
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Live Events
  • Bar

Now here’s a cool hangout. Part of what makes it so cool is the roof deck looking out over the pretty spectacular city skyline. We love a good city view. It’s also a big social place – for instance, they put on music events here which is great if you’re a music lover.

It’s not only that but obviously the rooms on offer here that easily make this the best hostel with a private room in Manila. They’re very cool. Like, VERY cool. Think parquet floors, white linen, minimalist decor. Possibly another contender for the coolest hostel in Manila.

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Happy To Mingle @ Manila Airport

Happy To Mingle @ Manila Airport best hostels in Mnila
Happy To Mingle @ Manila Airport
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • FREE Airport Shuttle
  • Luggage Storage

As you MIGHT just be able to guess from the name, this top hostel in Manila is close to the airport, making it great for anybody who needs to catch a flight early in the morning – or who can’t stand dealing with taxis and metros on the way to the airport.

This Manila backpackers hostel is run by a sweet local family. It’s in a relatively quiet neighbourhood, with shops and restaurants a short walk away. Besides being super friendly, the owners also run a free airport shuttle. Oh, and there’s a free breakfast too. Basic, but a winner.

Makati Aparthotel

Makati Aparthotel best hostels in Manila
Makati Aparthotel
  • $
  • Luggage Storage
  • Cable TV
  • 24 Hour Reception

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s actually both. This cool Manila backpackers hostel gives you all the luxury of a hotel but all the freedom of an Airbnb style apartment. Plus it’s modern, clean, spacious, not terribly stylish but not basic either. Very affordable.

This place is run by female members of the same family from the local area who are SUPER friendly and really take care of you.They’ll give you recommendations for eating out as well as insider tips on how to visit the top attractions in Manila. Sweet.

Tambayan Capsule Hostel & Bar

Tambayan Capsule Hostel & Bar best hostels in Manila
Tambayan Capsule Hostel & Bar
  • $$
  • Cafe & Restaurant
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Air Con

In the heart of Manila, you’ll find this pretty cool backpackers hostel. Like, yeah, it IS cool. Big industrial chic style places to hang out with fellow backpackers like yourself to have a few beers or grab a bit to eat. Perfect really.

The rooftop restaurant at this highly recommended hostel in Manila looks out across the city’s old churches, libraries, parks and the general historic neighbourhood Malati. We’re pretty much sold on this one. One of the coolest hostels in Manila.

Bunk 5021 Hostel

Bunk 5021 Hostel best hostels in Manila
Bunk 5021 Hostel
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cable TV
  • Bar

Bunk 5021 Hostel is a great place to stay in Manila if you’re looking for a new, modern, clean place that’s pretty close to decent bars and restaurants. It’s a great shout for a people who wanna have fun: the bar is open 24 hours. And the breakfast is free.

The design here is all modern and shiny, industrial chic, polished concrete, exposed pipes, bright colours – you know the drill. But we love it. This cool hostel in Manila also boasts a quite astounding 144 beds, so you probably will never be turned away from here.

Our Melting Pot

Our Melting Pot best hostels in Manila
Our Melting Pot
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Book Exchange
  • ATM

A homely experience in the middle of the city, basic but still kinda cool with tiles and nice furniture dotted about the place. Also features strong aircon, which is a godsend in pretty much always-hot Manila.

The lounge is a decent place to hang out – there’s a kitchen, and that’s where they serve the FREE BREAKFAST too. Could be a good hostel for digital nomads in Manila. Though small, there’s some good spots to sit and hunker down with the ol’ laptop.

The Fort Hostel

The Fort Hostel best hostels in Manila
The Fort Hostel
  • $
  • Cafe
  • Games Room
  • Elevator

Set in a converted old house, which in itself is cool, this Manila backpackers hostel is sandwiched between two bustling districts of the city. Close by is a huge shopping mall, plus embassies (handy if you need ’em), plus nightclubs for night time and museums for daytime.

The comfy rooms are also pretty spacious – and clean, which is always a welcome thing we gotta say. You’ll feel secure at this budget hostel in Manila as well, since there’s always a security guard on the door.

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1 River Central

1 River Central best hostels in Manila
1 River Central
  • $$
  • Air Con
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • 24 Hour Reception

Cheap and most definitely cheerful, this top hostel in Manila is always secure – the front door’s locked at all times. They’ve also got lockers too, which adds to that sense of security.

Up on the roof terrace are tables and chairs and a nice lil’ communal kitchen. Nice spot to make your dinner. Plus, if you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. Plus some nightclubs. Also a (very) loud karaoke place. Earplugs might be a good idea.

The Swagman

The Swagman best hostels in Manila
The Swagman
  • $$$
  • Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • Key Card Access

It’s the Swagman! Coming to take your swag. Or maybe give you swag? Not sure. But this Manila backpackers hostel is set in a great location that’s right near to the busy nightlife of the city. There’s actually a bar at this hostel too, making it a place to start the party. If you wanna.

And in the morning, when you’ve had hardly any sleep, you should still drag yourself up outta bed for the free breakfast on offer here. It’s tasty. The staff here are very nice and the facilities are great – these range from a restaurant to a massage service.

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What to Pack for your Manila Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Luggage Travel Lock

1. 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!

Travel Pillow

2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Long flights and bus rides are quite uncomfortable (most obvious statement of the day). Most travel pillows… Well, you know how they are. TRTL travel pillow is different. I mean, look at it! It’ll cuddle you to sleep every ride and it does a pretty damn good job of supporting your neck so you don’t get that stiffness or legendary popping when you stir.

best toiletry bag for one bag travel

3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.

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.

Universal Adapter

5. Universal Travel Adapter: Not every country has the same electrical plug style, so carry along a universal travel adapter. You’ll want one that covers varying voltage levels, has protection from power surges, a fried laptop is not fun, and enough ports so you don’t have to spend all day individually charging your devices.

AR Towel

6. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel on your travels is a game changer. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is perfect for travellers who are looking for a lightweight, quick-drying and extremely soft option. The antibacterial material is super water-absorbent and resists odor buildup because of its antimicrobial material. Ain’t technology cool?

Why you should travel to Manila

All you gotta do now is pack your swimming stuff and get ready for fun and adventure!

So there you have it – the best hostels in Manila.

And, seriously, some of these hostels are some of the most Instagrammable places we’ve ever seen. The cool factor is just super high here!

Plus with some of nicest staff you could ever meet, who feel responsible for your safety as much as they wanna show you how cool their city is, solo travellers will love the capital of the Philippines.

But there are literally so many top hostels in Manila to choose from that we can understand if you can’t make a decision.

That’s ok! Just book a room at Lub d Philippines Makati – the best overall hostel in Manila. (This place is so good people come for a few days and stay for weeks!)

Lub d Philippines best hostels in Manila

Travel Safety Tips for Manila

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More Epic Hostels in Philippines and Asia

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

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Manila has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure! Once you’ve booked your favorite hostel, head on over to our Manila itinerary to plan your trip.

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

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