June 17-18, Z HOSTEL Makati
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When traveling, I always prefer hostels or Airbnb over 5-stars. I love the feel, the whole "I am a cowgirl" backpacker who can immerse in a new place, HAHA. Other than that, I also get to save on accommodation expenses, and spend it on other things like activities, food, or shopping! It's also a great way to meet fellow tourists you can share travel stories and tips and recommendations with.
Contrary to infamous belief, the common restrooms and shower rooms of hostels I've been to aren't bad at all. Minsan mas marumi pa nga ang CR sa mall, hehe. Also, there are a lot of sprouting hostels that are hybrid backpacker's inn and a mini luxury hotel. If you're planning to visit Manila, Philippines soon, Z HOSTEL in Makati is one of them. I very much recommended their rooms for fellow adventurers who want the thrill, but still feel comfortable at the end of a long tour-day.
Located in 5660 Don Pedro St. Makati, Z Hostel as far as I know, is the biggest and only luxury hotel in the country. The building has 6 floors, 30 rooms, and 128 beds.
Welcome To Z Hostel!
I find it cool to discover a hostel in the Metro that has the criteria of my ideal accommodation: friendly, budget-friendly, clean, and accessible. Also, the place is just charming, with its minimal gray concrete appeal:
Go Tracy! Haha, there's a pole in the middle of Z Hostel's lobby!
Calendar of activities in the hostel:
Free use of computers / internet. Plus, the whole place has free Wifi for the guests:
Books, games, and magazines everywhere:
Like other hostels, there are many room options in Z Hostel that will suite your needs. All rooms have their own restroom, and are fully air conditioned. As promised, the rates are affordable and already include breakfast:
And of course, yehey for current Z Hostel promo rates!
Here's how the dorms look like. Every dormitory is clean and roomy. You can choose between an all-female dorm or a mixed dorm of 4, 6, or 8 beds.
Tracy snapping Z Hostel's house rules, check out number 5, hehe. #HUGOT
Lamps for each bed, for when you still want to read at night and don't want to keep your roommates awake. Plus there are 2 sockets per bed so you can conveniently charge your gadgets.
View of the city before I closed my blinds, lamp, and slept.
Towels, blankets, and robes for each guests:
Bean bags where you can chill or bond with your travel buddies:
Cute vanity area:
Each guest also gets their own spacious locker, so big it can fit your luggage or backpack:
Or your friends, hehe! You can also charge your phones and cameras inside your locker.
Washroom with sink, shower area, and toilet with bidet! Toiletries are not provided, but there are about 2 walking distance mini marts in the area for your needs. In our room, shower has no hot option, but I don't really mind since it's currently super hot here in Manila.
Or if you want privacy at low cost, you can opt for Z Hostel's beautiful private rooms:
In other hostels I've stayed in other countries, you take the stairs (with your luggage) to get to your room. In Z, they have both staircase and elevator for your convenience.
Other Z Amenities
What makes hostel living exciting are the facilities made for you to enjoy your trip, as well as meet new friends. Here is Z Hostel's entertainment room where you can watch movies, play video games, read, play music, try their shisha flavors, etcetera.
Beer pong table at the Z Gaming Room:
Extra shower rooms and restroom at the mezzanine:
Bike! Cafe at the lobby area, where we had our breakfast and lunch:
Breakfast is semi self-service. Here's Paul getting a bowl of arroz caldo:
Fruits, cereals, milk, juice, and brewed coffee:
Breads (that you can toast), meat and eggs that you can request:
What I had:
Bar chows for lunch: The friends had the Pork Adobo Flakes.
Yey for vegetarian options! I tried their fried tofu, bitin! :)
The Z Nightlife
Located in Makati's prime slot, Z Hostel is walking distance to a lot of restaurants, malls, and bars.
El Chupacabra was full that night, so we opted for Senor Pollo. They have vegetarian burger, yehey!
These al fresco restaurants have a lot of guests, not sure if it's a nightly thing, so make sure to not be super hungry when you visit. You can also try the Manila street foods like fish balls and kwek kwek (breaded quail eggs).
Don't want to go out? Z Hostel's rooftop parties are also popular even to locals! Plus, you get a view of Manila skyline while you're at it.
Since the place is alive almost 24/7, and you're not up for the party and the DJ music, make sure to book at least 2 floors far from the rooftop. Overall, I enjoyed our experience at the Z Hostel! The staff are very accommodating, place is great, rooms are relaxing and I still felt I had my personal space! If I am a traveler, I will appreciate a hostel like Z. Never want to leave!