The 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Cebu, Philippines
Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Cebu | © walterericsy / Shutterstock
The island of Cebu in the Philippines, dubbed as the Queen City of the South, has a lot to offer – historical landmarks, breathtaking tourist spots, beautiful beaches, and other cultural treasures. For backpackers who are on a budget yet would like to go on an adventure on the island, check out these affordable, cool, and comfortable hostels.
Travelbee Business Inn
At Travelbee Business Inn, the hostel lets you focus on your trip while ensuring you have the main essentials you need. They provide ‘simple yet functional’ facilities to their guests to ensure one gets utmost comfort and relaxation while away from home. Here, one can book a clean and comfortable room for less than Php1,000 as room rates only range from Php660 to Php880. They have 48 guest rooms available to backpacker tourists, and in terms of location, it only takes 23 minutes to walk from the hostel to Cebu’s famous Magellan
If convenience and comfort are among your top priorities in finding a place to stay, Allson’s Inn’s strategic location and amenities will be the best for you. It’s the ideal point of departure for all your adventures in Cebu City. This hostel is conveniently located near shopping malls, restaurants, and beautiful beaches are also within easy reach. Apart from the budget accommodation, travelers would also love the hostel’s social atmosphere to easily meet and make friends with fellow backpackers.
West Gorordo Hotel
For West Gorordo Hotel, sustainability should never be compromised in an urban setting. This standard hotel located within the Ayala Business District serves as an eco-friendly hostel that caters not only to backpackers but to groups of families. While it boasts a minimalist style in its interiors, it incorporated hand-painted natural elements and unique organic designs to ensure a relaxing ambience for its guests. Tourists as well as business executives would find comfort in this budget-friendly city hotel that is accessible by all modes of transportation.
Shejoje Poshtel Hostel
Not your typical backpacker hostel, it’s the first of its kind in Cebu – hence, known as Cebu’s first capsule hostel. Inspired by the modern-style capsules of the Japanese, Shejoje Poshtel Hostel lures in travelers by merging affordability with functionality and comfort in its interiors. This capsule hostel has 18 rooms to accommodate couples, business travelers, transients, and backpackers who are looking for a different hostel experience on the island. The place is also lauded for its clean and calm atmosphere, ensuring one a good night’s rest after a full day of adventures.
Located on the beach of Boljoon on the island of Cebu, backpackers from all over the world find themselves enjoying Noordzee Hostel for its laid-back atmosphere. Away from the crowded streets and hustle and bustle of the urban setting, staying in this beachfront hostel lets one swim, snorkel, or scuba dive with whale sharks (yes, you have the chance to see these beautiful giants outside your bedroom window). And if you’re done with beach adventures, head over to the nearby waterfalls such as Kawasan waterfalls, or climb Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon.
Offering spacious and cozy rooms, Palazzo Pensionne makes use of warm-colored tones and lighting to establish a relaxing atmosphere for their guests. Apart from the hostel’s simple yet functional setting, backpackers would also love its convenient location – being near to Cebu’s top historical attractions, high-end and bargain shopping areas, and the island’s vibrant nightlife. Whether you’d like to go to downtown, midtown or uptown Cebu, one skips the hassle of worsening traffic because of its ideal location – a posh residential area away from crowded streets.
Tropical Hostel Cebu
Convenience, good facilities, and affordable rates – these are top priorities among backpackers. This is why Tropical Hostel Cebu offers its guests great service at budget-friendly rates. The hostel takes pride in being a great starting point for one’s adventures in the Queen City of the South. That’s because it’s conveniently located near Cebu’s best attractions, convenience stores, bars, and other tourist spots. Should you find yourself wanting to take a break from your activities, stay indoors and relax in their Instagram-worthy common areas.
Wellnessland Wholeness Center
Unlike traditional hostels and other lodges, Wellnessland Wholeness Center is guaranteed to level up one’s relaxation by addressing the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. Functioning both as a boutique hostel and a retreat center, Wellnessland hopes to guide travelers “in the path of healing.” They provide a sound system for healing music, showcase health-empowering documentary films, and feature a vegetarian cafe and health food store. They also have rooms called Art Therapy, and a “Letting Go” space that definitely sounds like a refreshing treat for one’s mind and body.
Food District Hostel Cebu Central
For backpackers looking for good accommodation in a convenient location within Cebu City, Food District Hostel Cebu Central is a great starting point for the city’s must-see destinations
. From there, it would only take 13 minutes for one to reach the Grand Convention Center of Cebu. Local points of interest such as SM City Cebu and Ayala Cebu are easily accessible. Aside from offering spacious rooms (some even have city views) at low-cost rates, tourists are attracted to the cozy and beautiful interiors worth posting on Instagram.
Apart from being a convenient location for Cebu’s top attractions, Le Village’s features make it a great choice among backpackers. It’s not only a hostel but a guesthouse, bar, and restaurant all rolled into one. While the hostel is open for all, newbie backpackers who’d want to get a first taste of the backpacker lifestyle will love the hostel’s in-house entertainment. Right outside the guesthouse is the Traffic Club where in-house guests could enjoy food, drinks, and some disco dancing. They also have board games, books, a movie collection, and karaoke for backpackers who’d like to chill within the hostel.