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Staycation in the Metro : BGC Boutique Hostel & Dorm

October 23, 2017

When you do solo travel to another country, your #1 concern will always be “where will I stay?” It’s actually hard to find a good accommodation in another country because as a solo traveler, you want a room that is affordable and practical. A solo traveler would want a place where they could meet and interact with different kinds of people while exploring the country. This is where hostels will come in.

A hostel is an affordable and sociable accommodation where guests usually share a room with other people through bunk bed style. There are other hostels that offer mixed, all-female and private rooms. Bathrooms can either be shared or private. Hostels usually have this common area where guests can mingle with one another.

Back in 2015, I was able to experience my first hostel stay in Singapore. We all know that Singapore is an expensive country. To stay in a hostel with my cousins became to be a lifesaver. Not only were we able to save money but also meet different people from other countries. We made friends with people that came from Malaysia and Russia. Apparently, staying in a hostel for these travelers is common for them. During the year 2015, there wasn’t that much hostels in the Philippines because it was looked down upon other people. They generalized hostels as a place that is not safe and not clean.

Nowadays, the hostel industry in the Philippines is slowly increasing. Hostels are slowly popping out in the Metro, making people’s stay affordable and practical. A hostel is also a perfect way for budget travelers living in the Metro who wants to do a staycation.

There are usually a lot of hostels in Makati City. Makati City is the perfect place to put up a hostel because it is the busiest business district. Aside from being the busiest business district, Makati is between the areas of going to the North (Q.C. area) and going to the South (Alabang area).

There’s this hostel in Makati that deserves to be recognized and it is BGC Boutique Hostel.


BGC Boutique Hostel… isn’t that in BGC?


Nope, my dear friends! BGC stands for Be At Your Greatest Comfort.


BGC Boutique Hostel is located in Danlig, Makati City. To reach BGC Boutique Hostel, you have to turn right once you see Mercury Drug and Petron along EDSA. The Mercury Drug that I’m talking about is located at the northbound of EDSA. Parking space is limited so I suggest you take an Uber/Grab or commute to this hostel. The nice thing with this branch is that it is near Bonifacio Global City.  Their other 2 branches are located in Quezon City and Manila.


Since October 2015, BGC Boutique Hostel became to be a place where people who came from the province would book an overnight accommodation. For only 499php($9.69)/night, you can already rent a bunk bed plus other amenities like fresh towels, a pillow and a blanket, free internet, locker & electronic key card, privacy curtains and reading lamp.

On the gathering area, they have a desktop computer, visitors lounge, laundry facilities, and board games. The gathering area is the perfect place to meet new people. Hats off to the one who thought of the design of the hostel. They executed their design very well in which it can be Instagram worthy. When it comes to security purposes, they have CCTV cameras installed & a guard to watch over the hostel.

Q U E Z O N  C I T Y  B R A N C H

The next branch is their Quezon City branch. It’s good to know that there’s already a hostel in Quezon City. If I crave for a staycation, I can easily go to this branch.

BGC Boutique Hostel is known as Panay, Kain, Tulog, Atbp. It is located along Panay Ave. It’s inside a small complex where there are a lot of known restaurants like Mandarin Sky Wok, Artsy Café, Komedor, and Tailored Cuisine. It’s easy to find this branch because the hostel’s signage can be found at the entrance sign of the compound. There’s parking available for those people checking in the hostel. But if you will be checking in their dorm, they have a separate parking.

The hostel is located at the 2nd floor of the building. It was quite hard for me to find the reception area at first because there wasn’t that much signs. Good thing I followed my instincts by walking through the hallway til I saw a small room with staffs of BGC Boutique Hostel in it.

Since I stayed in a shared room in their Makati branch, this time I was able to experience staying in their private room. The place was small, which can only accommodate 2 people inside the room. Outside of the room lies a common area where you can get to interact with other people who also got a private room. If you want to use their internet, there’s a bigger common area located at the reception area.

M A N I L A  B R A N C H

The last branch I stayed at is in their Manila branch. Their 3rd branch is near University of Sto. Tomas. Since it’s near UST, students who would like to rent a dorm can go to BGC Boutique Hostel & Dorm. For their dorm, it will cost you 9,000php per month.

Among all  the branches I’ve been to, I could say that their Manila branch is one of my favorites. Its interior design has this connection with travel that makes you want to book a ticket to your next destination.



  • make sure to bring toiletries with you like toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap. Hostels don’t usually include toiletries.
  • I would really suggest staying in the lower bunk if you don’t want any hassle going back and forth to the bathroom.
  • Beside the Makati branch is a karinderia. So if you feel hungry, just go there to have a meal.
  • It’s a different experience to share a room with other travelers you haven’t met. If you are the type of person who wants his/her own privacy while staying in a budget, then I suggest getting a private room.
  • All 3 branches have CCTV installed and a guard to watch over. I can assure you that it’s safe to stay in there.
  • All 3 branches have great staffs. They make sure to prioritize everything that you need.


I enjoyed my overnight stay in all 3 branches. If you have not tried staying in a hostel before, I urge you to experience one. If it will be your first time, I recommend that you bring your friends along so that it will be an unforgettable experience.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N


Address: 2855 Danlig Street Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Makati City

Contact No: 822-7514


Address: 23 Panay Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila


Address:  870 Vicente Cruz St, Sampaloc, Manila, 1015 Metro Manila



*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine. 

Hostel Reviews, Singapore

A Home Away From Home – Bunc@Radius Little India

July 22, 2015

Hello once again ! It has been a long time since I last blogged and to make up for it, I am here to share my experiences with my ever first stay in a hostel – Bunc @ Radius Little India.

When you hear the word hostel, guests start to think that it is not safe since you will be sharing rooms and bathrooms with other people. People may worry on how they can actually keep their things safe and make their room clean since different people have different personalities. Also knowing Singapore, it can be quite expensive as well. My dear friends, fret not ! If you want to save tons of money and at the same time live a comfortable stay in Singapore, then I would highly recommend Bunc Hostel @ Little India.

We booked our stay via Agoda and we were able to get a 8-12 mixed dorm at the price of 5,000 PHP for 6 days and 5 nights. Good thing my cousins and my cousin’s fencing team mates were there. Good reviews were even shown in TripAdvisor that is why we decided to push through with this hostel despite being it our first time to stay in a hostel.

When we arrived Bunc Hostel, we got suprised since what you see in pictures is actually what you get in real life. The first floor was very clean and spacious. Layout of the first floor was well thought of. At the first floor, this is where you can find the common room (where you can chill and hang out) and the dining area. Aside from these things, you can see a poster on one wall of the room where they post information and what you can expect in Singapore. Staffs were also attentive and they made sure our stay was enjoyable. They also gave us tips aside from the one posted on one side of the room.




The dining area is where guests usually take their meals and mingle with other guests staying in Bunc. Part of the package from Agoda was free breakfast. Their breakfast consists of bread and cereals. If you would like to cook your own food, there’s a kitchen on the 2nd floor. When you are done eating, you have to be the one to clean your own dishes and utensils.

For each room, a key card is given to us. The rooms are not that big since we had limited movement but it was clean. The beds were soft and comfortable – given a comforter and 2 pillows for each person. There is also an aircon (which they turn it off during the morning) and a ceiling fan. NOTE:  You should not lose your key card because this will be used to get in the bathroom as well. Thankfully bathrooms for male and female are separated. Also, Bunc Hostel is the only hostel that offers ladies-only dormitory.

They even have an event deck where you can meet different guests, watch TV or play games and to enjoy the wind. Aside from these type of entertainment, they have boardgames if you want to bring it old class. That time we stayed in the hostel, we kept on playing Mastermind. Last is they even have a washing machine where you can clean your clothes.

It is not too late to try to stay in a hostel, specifically Bunc Hostel @ Little India. Enjoy !

Note: Pictures you see here were gotten from Bunc Hostel’s website. I was not in the mood to take a lot of pictures during my stay in Singapore.


Address : 15 Upper Weld Rd., Singapore, Singapore 207372
Outlet – just like the ones in Europe ; S$3 for deposit fee.
Towel : S$5 deposit fee (you get it back when check-out) and pay an actual amount of S$7.
Key Card: please make sure not to lose it – S$10 deposit fee (You get it back when check out)
Computer Rental : S$0.50 for 20 minutes (approach the front desk for help)
Attraction Tickets: You get it at a lower price from the original price. For Universal Studios, original price is S$74. They will sell it around S$64-69.
* You can do free things in Singapore with Bunc Hostel’s help. If you feel like partying, you get to have free access to a partner-up club. You just show a picture (Bunc Hostel will give you a picture) then you are free to enter. They even have food meet ups for free with other guests in this hostel (we were not able to go since it was a holiday)