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The Circle Hostel Baler

"Toilet and shower area is expectedly clean and water is always available."

Kathleya - September 1, 2018
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The Circle Hostel Baler

Buton Street, Buhangin, Baler, Philippines, 3200 - See map
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Nearby landmarks
Sabang Beach 410 m
Duongan bridge 520 m
Museum de Baler 640 m
Quezon Memorial Park 660 m
Baler Catholic Church 700 m
Gresan 740 m
Generika Drugstore 770 m
Mercury Drug 820 m
Secret Spot 1.2 km
Baler Bay 1.2 km

8.8

Excellent

Location rating score

90 meters to the beach
ParkingFREE
  • 90 meters to the beach

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Smoking area

  • Shared kitchen

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Baler in the last 24 hoursCompared to 80 Baler properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money9.0
Location rating8.8

Rooms available at The Circle Hostel Baler

Very good
Room comfort & quality
8.0
Buddy Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Mixed Dorm
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Female Dorm
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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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
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Room Assigned on Arrival
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    Female Dormitory (Area:12)
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        Frequently asked questions

        What time is check-in and check-out at The Circle Hostel Baler?

        Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

        How do I get to The Circle Hostel Baler?

        For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Circle Hostel Baler has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

        What is the smoking policy at The Circle Hostel Baler?

        The Circle Hostel Baler does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

        What restaurants are nearby The Circle Hostel Baler?

        Restaurants including Gerry Shan's Place, Goldilocks and Uhuru Bar are popular in The Circle Hostel Baler’s neighborhood which is known as Buhangin.

        What are popular attractions near The Circle Hostel Baler?

        Guests at The Circle Hostel Baler can easily visit Museum de Baler, Quezon Memorial Park and Baler Municipal Park located in the Buhangin area.

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        What people love about The Circle Hostel Baler

        • 8.0

          Very good

          "Definitely recommend for those who want great company."

          Kael

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          December 30, 2019

        • 8.4

          Excellent

          "It has unpretentiously nice spaces to laze about."

          Ferdinand

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          August 25, 2019

        • 8.4

          Excellent
          Staff 

          "Mokong's hospitality and service was exceptional."

          Kathleya

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          September 1, 2018

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        9/10
        Room comfort score
        8/10
        Service score
        9/10
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        Overall rating:

        8.6

        Excellent
        111 reviews
        Cleanliness
        8.1
        Facilities
        7.9
        Location
        8.8
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        What travelers say they love:
        I would definitely come back here and recommend this to frie...
        Ann from Philippines
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        More about The Circle Hostel Baler

        If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Baler, look no further than The Circle Hostel Baler. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

        Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, The Circle Hostel Baler is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

        Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include non smoking rooms, balcony/terrace, fan, kitchenette, shower, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as water sports (non-motorized). Whatever your purpose of visit, The Circle Hostel Baler is an excellent choice for your stay in Baler.

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        Most talked about facilities

        Beach

        5 mentions

        Internet

        4 mentions

        Breakfast

        2 mentions

        Housekeeping

        1 mention

        What they offer

        8.4

        Excellent

        "Surf-verse feel and very modest yet homey accommodation."

        Ferdinand

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        August 25, 2019

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        Reviews of The Circle Hostel Baler from real guests

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        8.6
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        10
        Cleanliness8.1
        Facilities7.9
        Location8.8
        Room comfort and quality8.0
        Service9.0
        Value for money9.0
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        <6 Below Expectation (4)
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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Maria from Philippines
        Couple
        Mixed Dorm
        Stayed 2 nights in August 2015

        value for money”

        the place will give you the feeling of not wanting to go back to manila. that 2nights stay gave me the best vacation-feels i could ever have. i don't know if it was meant to be, but during our stay the place was less crowded due to an upcoming typhoon which made the people cancel their bookings. and unfortunately, there was really no typhoon, rain or whatsoever. it was just all windy on the first day, so we did an enjoyable hostel bumming and siesta which is equivalently worthit with going out to the beach. then the next day was a perfect weather and goodwaves so we're able to surf as well and roam around the foodhouses! the hostel is just across the beach, a few walks that i promise wouldn't even matter. it was actually good because you're far from the maincrowd of the beachfront. the hotel staff are great, as well as little dindin the cute sunshine smiling kid. the hostel is very clean and well maintained even the cr. there's no power socket on the rooms so you dont have a choice but to charge in the common area and get along with others if you really wanted a power on your battery haha and i think that was the brightest idea ever in this hostel. if you want to cook, everything you need is in their kitchen. one last thing that made circle hostels unique is that you get the chance to create, leave an art or a message for everyone to see :]

        Reviewed April 26, 2016

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        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

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        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

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        Kazuhiro from Japan
        Solo traveler
        Cuddle Room
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

        Home away from Home”

        youve got it all there, the Super Cool Local Surfer instructor Dudes ov Baler, rental boards, making friends and being part of the warm friendly vibes of the Baler Circle family chill careful, nobody there, you will you let you feel lonely :-) wish they had Wifi but, i think just fixed the phone, pretty sure there up to it soon there are a bunch a cafes and bars reell close that hav Wifi close by anyway . Cheers Tagay

        Reviewed January 10, 2017

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Likao from China
        Solo traveler
        Mixed Dorm
        Stayed 6 nights in December 2018

        Shower with warm water, and share stories with people from all over the world ”

        It's more than a place just for sleep. I met people from all over the world, Philippines, France, Englan, Switzerland and so on. We share our stories, traditions, cultures and passions. It's my first time abroad, and people there show me the right way to travele: be open for different ideas, and sharing everything you get. By the way, they get another Cicle Hostel near San Juan beach, I transfered to that one after two days because there was a storm in Baler.

        Reviewed January 06, 2019

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Kael from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        Mixed Dorm
        Stayed 5 nights in December 2019

        My home away from the city”

        I have been coming here since February this year and this is the perfect place to meet new friends, chill, and just have a good time. I spent my birthday and Christmas here and it was a blast, felt like family. Definitely recommend for those who want great company. The Circle hostel has become my staple homestay when I want to surf in baler.

        Reviewed December 30, 2019

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        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

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        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

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Julia from Germany
        Couple
        Cuddle Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2019

        chilled hostel”

        amazing for some relaxed days in baler. Close to a coupe of restaurant, the beach. Nice vibe!

        Reviewed November 09, 2019

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Francesca from Philippines
        Couple
        Cuddle Room
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

        Great location for surfing”

        If you want to be a walk away from the beach it's best to stay here at the Circle. It's my second time staying there and I've had a satisfactory time. It does get quite lonely especially at night time, as there as has been a change of staff albeit who only speak to each other or people they already know so if you're expecting new friends you're going to need to go out; past staff was one of the reasons we went back there but to our surprise, they've been replaced except for ate Via who's always a darling to have around. We'd give this place the highest score but all it's good for now is the hot shower and a place to sleep in.

        Reviewed December 27, 2018

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        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

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Ruselle from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        Female Dorm
        Stayed 1 night in April 2016

        Good stay, as usual”

        Always stay here on solo trips to Baler. Good value for money, staff are accommodating. Surrounded by a couple.of bars; not a good idea if you are a light sleeper.

        Reviewed April 11, 2016

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        angelica from Philippines
        Group
        Mixed Dorm
        Stayed 1 night in June 2019

        LOVE IT! ”

        First timers in baler but not the last!!!!

        Reviewed June 04, 2019

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        9.2
        Exceptional
        Ann from Philippines
        Group
        Mixed Dorm
        Stayed 1 night in April 2019

        Near the surfing spot”

        We booked here because I find it amusing how eco friendly this hostel is. I would definitely come back here and recommend this to friends. We booked surfing lessons in this place too.

        Reviewed June 20, 2019

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        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

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        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

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