Our home in Boracay Island: Review of Chill Out Hostel Boracay

  • Saturday, April 01, 2017
  • By Archie Esleyer

  I've been traveling solo for quite a while now and for most part it, staying in a hostel was a huge part in my travels. I have stayed in the best and the worst hostels, but I’ve always find my stay in backpackers hostels as an amazing part of my travel particularly if you’re traveling solo. It is cheap, fun and you’ll surely connect and find new friends and travel buddies this way.

Boracay island is the world's best beach and its pretty obvious why.
     Last week, we are lucky that a holiday falls on Monday giving us a long weekend. To make the most of our 3-day weekend, we decided to make a quick trip to one of our favorite destination in the country- Boracay Island. Boracay was recently named as the 2016 best island in the world by the international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler, and it’s not hard to see why. Condé Nast Traveler wrote “This itty-bitty island (just under 4 square miles) in the Western Philippines is as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region.”
The balcony is perfect for an afternoon chill with a cup of tea.
     With over 600 accommodations in the island for all sorts of budget, finding a good budget accommodation in this world renowned beach destination can be quite challenging. We were fortunate enough to be hosted by the newest hostel in the island, Chillout Hostel for our 3-day long weekend getaway in the island. Even though we stayed at the hostel as their guest for free, this article is all my own thoughts and honest opinions.

Enjoy a silent and calm night in this hostel.

     My friends and I loved the vibrant and colorful bohemian vibe of the hostel that carries certain coolness and relaxed ambiance with it. The design was fun and hip specifically targeted at the young backpacking travelers. The owners got their inspiration from a backpacker hostel in La Union, which is one of the best surf spots in the Philippines.

This artsy and colorful hostel gates cant be missed!

     Situated few meters from the main road, the hostel is far enough from the crowded chaos of the white beach but near enough to the more peaceful and relaxed Bulabog beach. Bulabog beach is commonly called by locals as the back beach, which is popular spot for water sports and kite surfing in the island. The place is also a 3 minute walk from the main street where you can hail a tricycle to go around the island. There are also a variety of restaurants and shops that are accessible in the area.
     From Cagban Jetty Port in Boracay, simply take public tricycle at the entrance area for 20 pesos per passenger then alight at Crown Regency Hotel on the main road. From there, follow the street beside Crown Regency Hotel and the hostel is just a 3 minute walk.

Nice bohemian colors and chic interiors of the hostel.

     I was seriously impressed with the 6 bed dorm we stayed in. The room was spacious and very clean with enough space where you can sit on the floor or place your huge backpacks. It has large lockers to where you can deposit your valuables for safekeeping, you just need to bring your own padlock as the hostel do not provide one. 

Everything looks organize and comfy inside the dorm rooms.

The dorm room has a private bathroom with a hot & cold shower and toilet that worked brilliantly. I was happy to see several power sockets inside the room, although they could have placed extra power plugs and personal lamps in close proximity to the upper bunk beds for the convenience of the guests occupying the top bunks. The mattresses and pillows are soft, comfy and do not smell old and musty. I love the crisp white bed linens and sheets that look clean and smell fresh. They also provide towels free of charge which are soft and odor free.
Bedroom is made up and cleaned every day.

     The hostel has a great outdoor chilling space. Even though the area is limited, the hotel was able to maximize the space by placing wooden benches at the courtyard, a hammock, and a mini swing hanging on a tree aside from the communal areas and the dining area where guest can sit back and relax with a cold beer after a hard day sight-seeing. It’s also a great place for meeting and interacting with fellow travellers.
The hostel also provides free wifi service. There is fast and reliable connection at the lobby which digital nomads and bloggers will surely enjoy.

The relaxing and chill vibe of its outdoors.
The kitchen served free breakfast. Guest can choose from rice or toast, sausages, eggs, and tea/coffee every morning. They also serve fresh fruits in season! The serving of breakfast is pretty flexible too! You can have it served late enough which is highly favorable for those guests who have been out partying the night before (Ahem)! You may also use the kitchen to cook your own meals, though I haven’t seen any guest who used the kitchen as there are many cheap restaurants around area. Just don't forget to clean up after.
A tasty breakfast like this served every morning, how can it not be good right?
They have a nice little space to cook (and make a mess!) LOL ;-)>

     Rhum nights take place every day and the hostel offers free rhum + coke from 7 to 10 in the evening when people comes back from their whole day sightseeing. Look how cool is that?! It’s a great way to socialize with other travelers and a perfect pregame before heading to the infamous Epic or Exit bar on the white beach where drinks can be very expensive especially after happy hour!

This hostel is a great place to meet fellow traveler.
Cycling is an easy and fun way getting around the island. The hostel offers a bike rental. They have 5 bikes for rent at 400 pesos per day. You can ask the reception and they will surely assist you. For the adventurous travelers & water sports fans, the hostel offers kite surfing lessons and packages through its kite surfing school here at a very reasonable price. The hostel is just a 3 minute walk from the beautiful Bulabog Beach, which makes the hostel the perfect base for your kitesurfing holiday! 

This incredible beach is perfect for kite surfing lessons. Check out www.gypseakiteboracay.com

     It’s very easy to identify what makes this place so special. It is actually the owners and the staff in the hostel. All staff member I talked to was very polite and helpful and will make you feel super welcome. We were lucky to meet the hostel owners, Mike and Hanna, who took us in like family and made us feel at home like were their long-lost family members. They are super funny, super friendly couple who always go the extra mile to make sure their guests are comfortable at all times. Actually, just writing this article makes me miss this awesome couple! They seem to know every guest’s name and are always happy to share their time may it be over a meal or a drink with you, bring you to kite surfing or just hang out at a bar on the beach. So if you are looking to see the true warmth & hospitality of the island, you should definitely book your stay here!

A super nice hostel with its super awesome owners!

     In general, I would rate Chillout Hostel Boracay a 9/10 and recommend it to anyone traveling to Boracay Island, especially among solo travelers. Chillout hostel is one of the best hostels I’ve stayed at – it is a modern, well designed, super clean and comfortable hostel
at a very affordable rates. It is a great setting in  meeting new people and making friends. Actually being cheap is not even an issue here, it’s all about the people in the place and experience you get out of it. This hostel does not simply take money from you in exchange for a bed, they offer you a home to stay where you will surely have a good time.
We sure had the best time ever!

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