The aggressive campaign of the Philippine tourism has piqued the interest of both local and foreign travellers. With this came the surge of tourists who want to see for themselves the country’s spectacular gems. This paved way for the rise of accommodations that aims to cater to every type of traveller. And for those travelling on a budget and wanting to look for a decent place to stay in Makati City without hurting their pockets, Junction Hostel has opened their doors to save your day.
Makati City is known to be one of the melting pots of the country where travellers converge just before they scramble away and exit for their holiday getaways at the numerous exotic islands that surround the archipelago.
the purple building over there is Junction Hostel
Any practical traveller, especially those who are travelling on a budget who’s just passing by will surely prefer to stay in a hostel rather than some posh hotel in the city. With the addition of the Junction Hostel to the list of places to stay in Makati, each traveller has more options now on where to stay in Manila.
About the Hostel
Makati Junction Hostel is owned by the Tajara Holdings, a global leader in the hospitality industry. During its soft opening, Ms. Cindy Tan Jarabata, one of the owners, mentioned that this budget accommodation is not only for foreign travellers seeking to find temporary shelter in metropolitan Manila. They felt the need to give back to their fellow Pinoys too. To help boost local tourism, they want to build something that will allow local tourists to get that chance to travel the economical way while enjoying the pleasure of staying in a posh hotel, thus the rise of Junction Hostel.
To realize this goal, the team from Tajara found an old building in Makati City and immediately worked on refurbishing everything to come up with a worthy space conducive for living. Being experts in the hospitality industry, the owners closely worked with the brilliant and well-renowned architect, Edwin Uy, to translate their vision into an awesome place where people can simply relax and have a great time while they are away from home.
Rumor has it that this Makati branch is just the first and Tajara Holdings is looking to open up other branches at key destinations in Metro Manila as well as neighboring islands in the Philippines.
The Common Lounge
Upon entering the building, you will immediately feel that hip vibe emanating from the visual feast of bold graphics and industrial-themed interiors of Junction Hostel. The owners made sure they made their guests feel they belong making the place homey and full of good vibes as evident through its quirky and funky decors.
At the lobby, 123 lighting installations are scattered where you’ll get to enjoy the playful array or colorful geometrical lamps.
Their lobby also doubles as the dining area where people can just hang out and chill or enjoy their food finds in the city.
An entertainment room is also available for those who want to laze around. Their huge sofa and splashy pillows give you that sense of comfort making you feel you never left home. A cable TV is also available for those who want to be updated with the rest of the world. The Wi-Fi signal is fast and can be accessed all throughout the building, free of charge.
And if you haven’t had enough of lazing inside the entertainment room, bean bags and a hammock are available at your comfort too, rain or shine.
What’s interesting about this budget accommodation in Makati City is the presence of a world map board where guests are encouraged to pin a bus ticket, boarding pass or small keepsakes from wherever they came from.
There’s also a Filipino pool table for those who wants to kill time or show off their skills for their future partners in crime.
There are different room types available at the Makati Junction. They have private bedrooms, female only rooms and they also have coed dorm rooms. Wherever room you stay in, you are guaranteed ample moving space to walk around and mingle with your room mates.
Each of the rooms are well-lit. The ladders for the bed bunks looks pretty sturdy too and it’s comfortable to climb up and down its stairs with that extra layer of wood, a nifty design especially for those who have issues climbing narrow ladder stair bars.
here’s a Female Dorm room with a vanity mirror
What makes this designer hostel unique is their use of hotel quality beds with super soft pillows and blankets for their guests’ comfort.
rooms at the mezzanine level
One of the great benefits of staying at the Junction Hostel in Makati City is their overflowing liquid bath soap and shampoo. You don’t have to worry if you forget to bring your bath essentials because they have it covered. Towels are not free though but can be rented at around P50 (~$1.13) if you need one.
The great thing about their dorm rooms is that each room has its own toilet and bath. Unlike other places where there’s only a common bathroom, Junction Hostel clearly considers each traveller’s needs by adding one inside the rooms. There are also common bathrooms at the end of each hallway in case the queue’s too long. For the ladies, hair dryers are available too.
A separate faucet and sink is also made available in each room to quickly freshen up especially in the morning when everyone can’t wait to get inside the toilet. A full length mirror is also available on each room to remind you if you look fashionable enough each time you leave your room.
Lockers are also provided for each guest. You just have to bring your padlock to secure your stuff. There’s also a utility rack with universal outlets beside each bed to help travellers charge their gadgets while they sleep.
The guest’s security is essential at Junction too. Each guest is given a key card that they can use to access the building and their private rooms. Without your keycard, you cannot enter the upper floors where the rooms are. Even the main door automatically locks up and a keycard is needed to get in but you could always call the staff’s attention to let you in if you forgot yours.
The only downside here is the absence of elevators. For those who love to bring giant luggages, they’d have to drag it up the staircase leading to their rooms. But if you ask for assistance, their accommodating staff will pretty sure help you with your things.
The room rate’s starting price at P650 (approximately less than $15) is quite a steal already with all of those amenities, don’t you agree?
Junction Hostel Truck Café
Although breakfast is not included with your room rate, you can order one at their food truck café where they serve breakfast all day.
With their breakfast menu, you can choose how you want your eggs cooked – sunny side up, boiled, scrambled or whatever you can think of then pair it with your choice of sausage or bacon and two slices of bread.
At night, the café transforms into a lively bar where you can get your daily dose of beer.
Hanging out at the lobby is a great way to socialize and meet new friends at Junction Hostel. Just be sure to drink moderately and be mindful of your actions when you start feeling the world is spinning around you.
Why You Should Stay at Junction Hostel
the early morning sun bathing the entire lobby
Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat. Those words seem to be the mantra of living the Junc Life. And at this place, you are given the freedom to do everything you want, provided of course that you pick up after yourself.
If you are passing through Manila, and want a safe place to stay without hurting your wallet, Junction Hostel is the best place to go. The ambiance hits home as you get to enjoy your stay in their homey atmosphere.Their rates are budget friendly too! (click here to check the rates) And with an upbeat and funky theme where every nook is Instagrammable, who wouldn’t want to stay in a place like Junction Hostel?
Let the following photos do more of the talking too…
Junction Hostel is located relatively in a quiet neighborhood in Makati City. It is 2 blocks away from P. Burgos street and Kalayaan Avenue where all the action is. If you want to go on a food trip, there are different restaurants available within your reach. Craving for Japanese, Korean, Chinese, or even Mediterranean cuisine? It’s just a stone’s throw away from Makati Junction. If you are looking to party, nightclubs and pubs are just around the corner too.
Junction Hostel Address
Annex Matheus Building, Gen. Luna Corner
Don Pedro Streets, Barangay Poblacion
1210 Makati City Philippines
Tel. +6325016575, +6325016578
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