TBEX or Travel Blog Exchange is finally happening in Manila. It is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, social media savvy travel industry professionals and so on. With that, I want to stay close to the event venue, Philippine International Convention (PICC), to enable me to save time and effort. Good thing I saw Pink Manila Hostel as I was researching on the internet.
Since there were mixed reviews on TripAdvisor on Pink Manila Hostel, I went there to see it for myself.
3 Reasons Why Pink Manila Hostel is a Reasonable Choice
This is the primary reason why I want to stay at Pink Manila Hostel. It is located at 2551 Don Pedro St. Cor. Bautista St. Malate, Manila 1004. This is just 15 to 30 minutes away to PICC depending on the mode of transportation chosen.
I made a simple map for easier reference on going to and from the location.
How to get to Pink Manila Hostel from LRT Vito Cruz
- Walk towards Gil Puyat. (Note: You’ll know you are in the right direction if you are walking away from De La Salle University-Manila or De La Salle – College of St. Benilde on the other side.)
- Turn right when you see Jollibee fast food chain.
- Walk straight and after 3 blocks turn right.
- After you see Central BBQ, turn left on the next street.
- When you see an open gate with a gym, go inside and take the elevator to the 5th floor.
How to get to PICC from the hostel
- Just return to Jollibee fast food chain.
- Cross the street towards Starbuck’s.
- Keep walking until you see the terminal of orange jeepneys in front of the Rizal Memorial Stadium. (Note: I tried waking from Pink Manila Hostel to the terminal It took me about six (6) minutes for to get there.)
- Ride the orange jeepney.
- Pay jeepney fare which is PhP 7 (or 0.15 USD).
- Tell driver to drop you at PICC. (Note: If it doesn’t stop there, PICC is a 9 min. walk from CCP. Meanwhile, it’s a 3 min. walk from Star City.)
- Groceries: Fortune Mart, 7-Eleven, and SM Hypermarket (10 to 15 minutes walk).
- Banks: Banco de Oro, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Metrobank, and Security Bank.
- Money Changer: Near terminal of orange jeepneys.
- Drugstore: Mercury Drugs.
- Mall: University Mall.
- Restaurants: Too many to mention. Kindly just ask me for recommendations.
2) Room Types
Pink Manila Hostel offers three kinds of rooms: a fan dorm, air-conditioned (A/C) dorm and a private room. I checked all three and all rooms come with private bathrooms and in-room lockers. Please do note that you have to bring your own padlock. They are still undergoing renovation, so, hopefully, on my visit, the lockers are already good as new.
FAN DORM, PhP 450 (or 9.66 USD) per person
They have two fan rooms wherein the first one is good for eight (8) people. On the other hand, the other fan room is located at the penthouse and is good for sixteen (16) people.
It looks fine to me. However, since I’m accustomed to sleeping with an A/C, I’m certainly going for the A/C Dorm.
A/C Dorm, PhP 570 (or 12. 23 USD) per person
Private Room, PhP 1, 600 (or 34.35 USD) per room
This is good for two people. You’ll have to pick this if you want privacy.
I’m sure you are curious about the bathroom too so I took a shot. It was pretty basic and okay.
Pink Manila Hostel offers free breakfast, but do not expect it to be a heavy one given the low price of the hostel. It’s just bread, some bread spreads, and coffee mix.
Lounge, Free Wi-Fi, and Pool Table
Swimming Pool (8AM – 2AM)
The pool on the right side is 2ft deep. On the other hand, the pool on the left is 5ft deep.
Yes, the place indeed needs some fixing so the management is undergoing renovations which started a month ago. If you are not a fussy person, I think it is a reasonable accommodation. I choose to stay here for TBEX Manila since I’m sure that I’ll be out the entire day. I just need a place to sleep in and take a bath in. The neighborhood itself is secured since it is located in a university and residential area.
As for the bad reviews, the local staff told me that the reviewers put it out there since they didn’t want to pay for their drinks. Whether it is true or not, I don’t really care since most of the travelers staying at Pink Manila Hostel that I’ve seen and met, were happy. I think that is the most important. The amenities are great for a hostel and best of all, there is a great opportunity to bond with fellow travelers.
By the way, I also happen to meet the owner. Her name is Chrissy who is from sunny Florida, USA.