Last weekend I had a couple of meetings in the metro. Just so you know, my hometown is a 2 – hour drive (without the excruciating traffic) to Manila. At first, I wanted to just bring a car but my 8:00 PM meetup with other solo – parents would mean that I’ll be staying late (I did – the meetup ended in the wee hours of the morning). Plus, I mentally calculated the expenses and realized that it would be more practical to just look for a place to spend the night.
Booking a room in a hotel even the non – famous ones would still be costly. For a thrift- spender like me, that’s a big NO! Hence, I decided to book a bed at ‘Just Beds’. That didn’t sound right. Did it? 🙂
It was my first time to sleep in a hostel so I had no idea what to expect. I just went there knowing that the experience will surprise me – in ways I am clueless of.
Anyway, let’s have my review of the hostel.
Note : My meeting in the afternoon was near Boni MRT station and the meetup at night was at Rockwell. Just Beds was an ideal location.
Price (Female Dormitory – Fan):
When I checked in, the receptionist asked me the rate provided by Booking.com. So I said, it was PHP 450. Based from her reaction, I knew she was a bit shocked. I politely asked, “How much is it?” She said that the current rate is at PHP 480. Glad it was just a 3o -peso difference, otherwise I would have protested. 🙂
I went there at around 1:oo PM since it was also the check in time. But upon arrival, the lobby’s lights were off and the door was closed. Before I panicked, the guard approached me and asked if I was a tenant. I said no and cleared that I’m about to check in. He then called the staff to assist me. *Breathes*
I worried a bit by the way when the receptionist told me that they will check if there are still available rooms. In my head I was thinking, “YOU BETTER CLEAR ONE BED FOR ME, I BOOKED IT – FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!” Perhaps, it is safe to assume that they don’t have direct access to Booking.Com’s transactions.
Quite frankly, it wasn’t the best start. But hey, let’s give them a chance.
My room was pretty neat. It wasn’t that big but just enough for me to breathe. But I would appreciate if there’s a cabinet or at least a table where I can put my stuff. 🙂
I was, of course, particular with the linens. Luckily, it was fresh. It was a complete package actually (pillow, blanket, towel and toiletries).
Side Story: I had to leave immediately so I asked for my key card. They said that the boss wasn’t there yet and that they would just give it to me once I’m back. I thought, “These ladies need training.”
Shower/ Wash/ Toilet Area:
In a nutshell, I would say that the toilet, shower and wash areas might need some repairs. Yes, I would give them points for cleanliness. But I fairly think they need to fix the faucets, showers and the toilets. Oh, and it would help if they provide a couple of ‘pail and dipper’, specially that they don’t have bidet. 🙂
My stay was fair. Was my PHP 480 worth it? I guess YES. If you are a ‘cowboy’ like me, then this should do you good. After all, I just wanted a decent bed to sleep for the night. And before I forget, they also offer long – term stays. 🙂
I don’t want to spill the beans yet but I’m planning to stay in another hostel – one that offers capsule! 🙂 Let’s see if it will push through.