The Circle Hostel Baler
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"Great ambiance."

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April 11, 2018

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8.6
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10
Exceptional service
9.2
Recommended by 93% of guests
Value for money9.0
Location rating8.7
  • 90 meters to the beach

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Smoking area

  • Shared kitchen

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8.0
Very good
Room comfort & quality
Buddy Room
Buddy Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Mixed Dorm
Mixed Dorm
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Female Dorm
Female Dorm
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Cuddle Room
Cuddle Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 1 double bed
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Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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  • "Good value for money, staff are accommodating."

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"Great location, great staff, great rooms and great price."

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"Nice and comfortable stay."

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8.6
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10
Cleanliness8.3
Facilities7.9
Location8.7
Room comfort and quality8.0
Service9.2
Value for money9.0
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8.8
Excellent
Azeleen from Philippines
Group
Mixed Dorm
Stayed 1 night in September 2018
This is home / tambayan”
The number one commendable here is definitely the customer service, they will treat you as their friends and not just their guests plus the very unique style of the place. It is very colorful liberating to see, a great place to chill indeed! Good job Mokong, Ate Via and Jerick!
Reviewed October 14, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Dorothy from Philippines
Solo traveler
Female Dorm
Stayed 1 night in September 2018
Definitely going back!”
Aside from loving Baler itself, I also loved this place. If you're a solo traveler, this place is highly recommendable. I'm sure you'd meet new friends cause I did and it's what makes this hostel different from others I guess. It's just 1 min away from the beach. Staff is great as well. They organize an activity on Saturday nights so everything's lit!
Reviewed October 02, 2018
8.4
Excellent
Cheryl from Philippines
Group
Buddy Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2018
Cool hostel theme which fits the backpackers' taste”
It has the unique vibe that you can feel once you step in. Perfect for travelers/guests specially to surfers who come and go; who just want a laid back vacation, may it be short or a bit longer stay. The hostel people were the nicest and very accomodating. It's as if we were family. They're friendly and they showed geniune care to their guests. Bottomline- the place is great, budget-friendly and homey. Thank you for taking good care of us Circle Hostel! To the sweetest Ate Via, coolest cook Jeric and the friendly Mokong.
Reviewed September 02, 2018
8.4
Excellent
Kathleya from Philippines
Solo traveler
Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018
Excellent”
Booking was a breeze! It's my first time to stay in a hostel in PH so I went to the extreme and booked for a hammock accomodation. The Circle Baler didn't disappoint. I was welcomed to stay at the common area even if I arrived way earlier than check-in time. Mokong's hospitality and service was exceptional. He made sure everyone feel safe and at home and having a grand time. He generously gave us papaya when he learned it's our fave! In terms of facilities, it can get hot at the hammock area but electric fans are readily available and you can actually chill upstairs too where it is more breezy. Toilet and shower area is expectedly clean and water is always available. Kitchen area needs a little tidying with help from guests who use it (yep, you can cook and share). Overall, I'd always come back to Baler for this hostel and the waves.
Reviewed September 01, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Roy from Philippines
Couple
Cuddle Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2018
value for money”
also the peanut butter breakfast is awesomest.
Reviewed August 07, 2018
8.4
Excellent
antonio from Philippines
Solo traveler
Mixed Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018
good location near Sabang Beach, friendly staffs and nice room.”
walking distance to beach and enjoy your surfing lesson. thanks to Mike who always assist your needs. Free hot and cold water and utensils. No WIFI, overall good!
Reviewed June 11, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
Gabriel from Philippines
Solo traveler
Mixed Dorm
Stayed 3 nights in June 2018
Best if you're in a budget”
Front office is very informative regarding tourist attraction and local eateries. They have tie ups with a surf school so you're covered on that end and are always updated on the swell conditions. 3 minutes walk from the beach but 3-stars on location cos they're beside 2 bars with loud karaoke singing til 3am. Other than that this place is perfect for what they charge. Place is also pet friendly which sets it apart from all the other accommodation in the area.
Reviewed June 10, 2018
8.4
Excellent
Jonah from Philippines
Solo traveler
Mixed Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
Friendliest Hostel in Town”
The Circle Hostel in Baler is a great place to stay for backpackers, especially for those looking for a place to crash while on a surf trip. It's just a few steps away from the Sabang Beach break so it's very convenient especially for that early morning surf session. The place has a very chill vibe and prides itself for its sustainable efforts (including plastic bottle recycling). There's a good selection of accommodations from hammocks, shared rooms, and the usual bedroom for those who want more privacy. Food can use some variety but there are nearby places to eat so it isn't much of an inconvenience. It's great for solo travelers because the staff and the people who regularly stay here are very friendly. Expect non-stop drinking every night and new friends on your stay!
Reviewed May 09, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
Roy from Philippines
Solo traveler
Female Dorm
Stayed 1 night in April 2018
value for money”
value for money on a nice location
Reviewed May 05, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Charito from Philippines
Couple
Buddy Room
Stayed 3 nights in April 2018
Bucklist-worthy experience”
Yes it’s worth putting this Hostel in your travel bucketlist. Perfect chillin place. Cool & super friendly staff and crowd. Great ambiance. 3-5min walk to the beach. No power plugs in the rooms, it’s all in the common area, which is a perfect place to chill. Toilet and showers are fairly clean but bring your own toiletries. Free drinking water in the pantry, you can cook your own food if you don’t want to go out. Stove use has a fee of Php50. Free coffee, bread and fruit every morning. My bestfriend and I stayed for 3 nights and It’s worth every penny. We booked the buddy room with 1 bunk bed inside. There are other cheaper options like co-ed dorms and hammocks. We did some tours as well. Baler Full day tour is Php800.00 PER TOUR, regardless of how many pax are in the group. Side note: Be careful walking along Buton street with phone in hand & screen light on. Always walk with/in a group. I almost lost my phone to a “riding in tandem”. Thank god for mobile phone ring.
Reviewed April 11, 2018
5.6
Jill from Malaysia
Group
Cuddle Room
Stayed 3 nights in December 2017
Very social hostel but poor amenities”
Ideal for young millennials wanting to meet new people -- the hostel is very social and people there will really encourage you to join the nightly music sessions. However, it is lacking in amenities and not convenient at all. The rooms don't have plugs and you need to go to the common area to charge your phone because they say that "you should socialize" - uhmm, I don't think so -- that is too imposing even if you are a social hostel. I think having plugs inside rooms is one of the most basic things an accommodation should provide.
Reviewed January 03, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Alinta from Australia
Solo traveler
Female Dorm
Stayed 3 nights in August 2017
Fun trip in a fun place”
This is my second time at Circle Hostel Baler, and it's always a great time. Everybody is incredibly social and welcoming and you instantly make friends here. Mix with foreigners and locals alike and join the party!
Reviewed August 29, 2017
9.2
Exceptional
Rhodessa from United States
Solo traveler
Female Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in August 2017
Great place, good food, and warm people.”
I didn't expect my first solo travel to be this memorable! The staff at the Circle Hostel and the guys of the El Dawn Surf School were very accommodating and friendly to the guests, especially solo travelers like me. The place is nice and clean. What I like most is the common lounge area that is perfect for reading a book and taking a nap after hours of surfing. They also have a kitchen area complete with facilities if you want to cook your own food. Their pasta (with chicken and peanuts) is a must-try! I will definitely book the place again. Their rates are cheap but the experience is pretty awesome.
Reviewed August 23, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Katrine from Philippines
Couple
Cuddle Room
Stayed 1 night in July 2017
1st in Baler”
The people are so welcoming. Ate Viah and Kuya Onyo never failed to answer all our queries. The other guests are also kind and very chill which really made the place a good vibe. The place is nice. Every space is instagrammable. The colorful designs made it so beautiful and entertaining at the same time. We have no bad exprience on our stay and we're looking forward to visit again soon. We also want to try the other Circle Hostel in La Union and Zambales. It's nice to be part of the circle. :)
Reviewed July 17, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Walter from United States
Solo traveler
Mixed Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in May 2017
Excellent”
Community hostel. Great for solo traveler. No wi-fi so you're "forced" to interact with other people.
Reviewed June 27, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Kathleen from Philippines
Solo traveler
Female Dorm
Stayed 1 night in April 2017
Ideal for solo travellers”
Chill common areas, not to worry about food as they have meals they can cook for you at a very affordable price. You can cook too if you want! Minor issue for me was that some of the ceiling fans didn't work (at least in the girls' dorm room). Luckily the top beds were all vacant the night I stayed so I chose the bed where a working fan is directly above it. It can be hot if you stay in the lower bunk bed as they don't have a stand fan in the room. Other than that I had a great stay here! Will definitely come back and I highly recommend it for people who want to disconnect for a while.
Reviewed May 04, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Marco from Philippines
Group
Mixed Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in April 2017
Value for money”
Stayed here for 2 days with friends. Great location. Water in the showers was sometimes scarcely any.
Reviewed April 16, 2017
9.2
Exceptional
Monica from Philippines
Group
Buddy Room
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Excellent Hostel to stay”
No dull moment during our stay here. Very homey. Nice and comfortable stay. Good value for money.
Reviewed February 03, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Rosa from Philippines
Couple
Cuddle Room
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Second Home in Baler”
Awesome experience. Will definitely come back soon
Reviewed February 01, 2017
7.2
Very good
Idelyn from Singapore
Solo traveler
Female Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Recommended but the staff could be more nicer.”
The place is great for backpackers (group or solo. No wifi which I like. The charging station is in the common area where guests can sit in & making friends with other guests in the hostel. Overall, it is a good place but the staff could be more friendly to anybody next time.
Reviewed January 27, 2017
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