8.2

Excellent
/10
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Housekeeping2
Breakfast1
Beach1
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8.3

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Mount Balingkilat 23.2 km
Balon Falls 24.2 km
Adam's Beach 27.8 km
White Rock Beach 29.0 km
Mount Cinco Picos 30.8 km
SBMA Beach 34.0 km
Ocean Avenue 34.4 km
Inang Laya Monument 34.9 km
Holy Land 37.4 km
Ocean Adventure 37.8 km
Nearby landmarks
Car Park (payed) 20 m
Agoho 2.4 km
Agoho Trees 2.4 km
Crystal Beach & Surf Resort 3.2 km
Apingsky Cottage 3.4 km
San Rafael Barangay Health Station 3.8 km
San Narciso Health Center 4.0 km
Plaza 4.2 km
Naval Education and Training Command Boot Camp 6.8 km
Soccer Field 10.1 km
The Circle Hostel

"Hot showers were great though."

Joana - June 9, 2018
Mixed Dormitory The Circle Hostel
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The Circle Hostel

Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales, San Narciso, Subic (Zambales), Philippines - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the San Narciso part of Subic (Zambales), this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Ocean Adventure.

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  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Smoking area

  • Tours

  • Water sports (non-motorized)

Value for money8.6
Distance to city center3.0 Km
Location rating8.3
Nearest airportSubic Bay International Airport (SFS)
Distance to airport36.9 km

Rooms available at The Circle Hostel

Mixed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk 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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Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to stay at The Circle Hostel?

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

Check-in is from 05:00 AM, 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.

How do I get to The Circle Hostel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Circle Hostel has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests.

What is the smoking policy at The Circle Hostel?

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

What are popular attractions near The Circle Hostel?

Guests at The Circle Hostel can easily visit Plaza, Brgy Antipolo Plaza and Antipolo Cockpit Arena located in the San Narciso area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to The Circle Hostel?

The Circle Hostel is located in the San Narciso area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Agoho, Agoho Trees and Crystal Beach & Surf Resort.

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What people love about The Circle Hostel

  • 7.6

    Very good

    "Hot showers were great though."

    Joana

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    June 9, 2018

Property ranking|Compared to 185 Subic (Zambales) properties
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Value for money score
8.6/10
Service score
8.6/10
Room comfort score
7.2/10
Overall score
8.2/10
Better than
91
%
of Subic (Zambales) properties
Better than
86
%
of Subic (Zambales) properties
Better than
80
%
of Subic (Zambales) properties
Better than
74
%
of Subic (Zambales) properties
Overall rating:

8.2

Excellent
73 reviews
Cleanliness
7.8
Facilities
7.9
Location
8.3
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More about The Circle Hostel

More about The Circle Hostel

The Circle Hostel

The Circle Hostel is a distinct addition to Subic (Zambales) and a smart choice for travelers. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, get the most out of your trip with a stay at The Circle Hostel.
Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at The Circle Hostel. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hostel's free parking, right on-site. If you need, the tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby.
Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.


Dining and things to do

Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious free breakfast, which you'll always enjoy at The Circle Hostel.
The Circle Hostel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities. Don't forget to explore the hostel's easily accessible beach. Get wet in the best way on sunny days by joining water-world activities like non-motorized water sports.


Reasons to stay here

This hostel beats 90% of accommodations in the city on value for money.
Guests who stayed here rated the facilities above 86% of other accommodations in the city.
This accommodation is highly rated for its staff and service, beating 87% of competition within the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.9

Most talked about facilities

Beach

3 mentions

Breakfast

1 mention

Internet

1 mention

Housekeeping

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Filipino

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Tours
  • Water sports (non-motorized)

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Breakfast [free]

Services and conveniences

  • Elevator
  • Smoking area

Access

  • Dog-friendly
  • Pets allowed

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]

Available in all rooms

  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Mosquito net
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
Location
Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales, San Narciso, Subic (Zambales), Philippines
Excellent
Location

8.3

Airports

  • Subic Bay International Airport (SFS)
    36.9 km
  • Clark International Airport (CRK)
    55.6 km

Hospital or clinic

  • San Rafael Barangay Health Station
    3.8 km
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Mount Balingkilat
    23.2 km
  • Balon Falls
    24.2 km
  • Adam's Beach
    27.8 km
  • White Rock Beach
    29.0 km
  • Mount Cinco Picos
    30.8 km
  • SBMA Beach
    34.0 km
  • Ocean Avenue
    34.4 km
  • Inang Laya Monument
    34.9 km
  • Holy Land
    37.4 km
  • Ocean Adventure
    37.8 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Car Park (payed)
    20 m
  • Agoho
    2.4 km
  • Agoho Trees
    2.4 km
  • Crystal Beach & Surf Resort
    3.2 km
  • Apingsky Cottage
    3.4 km
  • San Rafael Barangay Health Station
    3.8 km
  • San Narciso Health Center
    4.0 km
  • Plaza
    4.2 km
  • Naval Education and Training Command Boot Camp
    6.8 km
  • Soccer Field
    10.1 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 3-7 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 8 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from05:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center3.0 Km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)120

The property

  • Number of rooms 50
  • Year property opened2011

Reviews of The Circle Hostel from real guests

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8.2
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10
Cleanliness7.8
Facilities7.9
Location8.3
Room comfort and quality7.2
Service8.5
Value for money8.6
High score for Subic (Zambales)
Rating
9+ Exceptional (2)
8-9 Excellent (9)
7-8 Very Good (6)
6-7 Good (5)
<6 Below Expectation (4)
Time of the year
Mar - May (8)
Jun - Aug (7)
Sep - Nov (6)
Dec - Feb (5)
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8.8
Excellent
Alyssa from Philippines
Group
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in May 2017

Excellent”

The Circle Hostel is a perfect place for friends who just want to chill and get a good view of the ocean or go surfing without breaking the bank. We were a group of 4 friends, we booked at the Mixed Dormitory. It was not a hassle going to the place from the bus terminal since there were available tricycles as soon as you alight. We were welcomed by their receptionists and confirmation of the reservation was smooth, I just had to hand them my confirmation receipt. The only issue we encountered was since they were fully booked during our stay, the bunk beds intended for us were still occupied. The occupants went island hopping and weren't around to transfer their belongings to another area until around 9PM. Although this did not bother us since their common area was a good place to hang out while waiting, we kind of overheard rants from the other group. We just did not let them get into us. In addition to these, places to eat were a stone's throw away and were very affordable too. Overall, we consider going back to the place or trying out other branches of Circle Hostel.

Reviewed May 09, 2017

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8.8
Excellent
Marian from Philippines
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in July 2016

Perfect for Solo Travellers. ”

If you're up to meeting new people, the circle hostel is the place to be. The hostel is also surrounded by few eateries so there's no hassle for everything you need. The beach is would take around 2 minutes of walk to get to. Overall I would recommend this for people who want to experience something different. #ThereAreNoStrangers #TheReturnOfTheSouthSwell

Reviewed July 07, 2016

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7.7
Very good
MaryJane from United States
Solo traveler
Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
Stayed 8 nights in December 2012

Great family run hostel”

This rustic little hostel is great if you're traveling with friends and want to cook yourself. I loved the hammock set up.

Like I said above, the hammocks are a great touch. They have built in mosquito nets. From the website I expected thereto be ton of people and a lot to do outside of the hostel. There's really not much to do, but it's stil worth a trip, especially I'd you have friends traveling with you, if you're a surfer or have a great, long book to finish in a peaceful atmosphere. When I went into town, people would stare, I don't think this town gets many tourists. It was easy enough to get to though. When you get into town just take a trike or about 40php and they'll take you to the secluded Circle Hostel. If you're staying Ina hammock, make sure to out your bag in another hammock though, one of the cys peed on my bag. I'm still trying to get the smell out. All in all it was a great stay, could have been much better with company though. Also, don't book through Agoda. Circle hostel will still charge you when you get there.

Reviewed January 09, 2013

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8.4
Excellent
Tasha from Philippines
Solo traveler
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

Worth it experience”

I just love this hostel because it feels like home to me. It is very simple place that is minutes walk to the beach. I've extended two more nights instead of my original booking because I am so much drawn to the remote and calm vibe. I also joined their Tribes and Treks tour which we planted trees on the hillside and visited the Aetas. In the Aeta village, we had fun mingling and dancing with them. I also met new friends Ben and Cherish. I will be visiting the place again in the future. God Bless.

Reviewed June 23, 2017

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7.7
Very good
Jim from Sweden
Couple
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

Easy going and cheap”

Cheap, friendly, easy to meet new people, close to the beach

Me and my girlfriend only stayed for one night, we would have liked to stay one or two more nights but we were on a tight schedual. It's a pretty cool place as long as you take it for what it is, a cheap hostel. There is nothing fancy about this place but it has it's charm for sure. Besides, it's pretty much your only choice of residence if you are looking for a place to stay while surfing Liwliwa The three (and only) biggest drawbacks were that even though it was said breakfast would be included we were sent to the resturant on the other side of the road. It wasn't much money so we didn't really care but if you are on a tight budget you might. The other drawback was the roosters. They started with cookooing at around 2 in the morning and then kept going all throughout the morning. If you are used to it I'm sure you will just sleep through it but we sure didn't. The last one is that since we were white we got a bit over charged for the tricycle rides into town, but we got that everywhere in the Philippines haha. All in all we were happy with our stay, it was super cheap and you really can't expect any more than what they are offering. We would recommend it to others going there to surf and who want to meet nice people.

Reviewed February 12, 2013

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5.3
Hanne from United States
Couple
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

It's a hostel - you get what you see”

location, the beach,

The Zambales beach is quite nice since there is a commercial ban and no shops directly on the sand. The Circle Hostel has a nice hang out area with bean bags, which is nice if the fans work. There are 45 beds with 4 showers... and since there was a brown out when we were there, there was absolutely no airflow in the huts and it got very hot and stuffy at night. We left one day early since we couldn't get good sleep in the heat with loud people screaming at the bar outside until 4am. If you are 18 and a frat-boy, this is the perfect place for you.

Reviewed May 04, 2015

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9.0
Exceptional
Aurora from Philippines
Family with young children
Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
Stayed 2 nights in November 2013

Fun Family Getaway”

Rustic Setting, Homey Ambience, Warm Community

It was such a welcome break from the city. It was a convenient distance from the city - a a painless car ride away but far enough that it felt like a well-deserved vacation. My 8-year old daughter loved the bright colors, the quotes-on-the-walls, and the overall rustic, boho vibe! She was the only kid during our stay but she was made to feel welcome by Ate Vangie, Paco, and our fellow guests. It's a tight-knit community where I could let my kid roam around and play on her own. She relished the freedom that came with it. We're starting to break her in with the backpacking circuit/adventure weekend getaways and this was the perfect starter. We're getting Paco to teach her surfing on our next trip.

Reviewed November 08, 2013

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6.8
Good
Sheldon from Canada
Solo traveler
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in March 2020

Good”

Pros it's one of the cheapest places you can stay at. Good location. Everything is clean and well kept. Cons I felt very unwelcome being there as a foreigner. The guests from Manila and areas were very friendly. But the hostel people were not. That's reason why I decided to stay only 3 nights vs. 6 nights

Reviewed March 02, 2020

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8.4
Excellent
David from Canada
Solo traveler
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

Excellent”

Good location near the beach. Friendly staff and good atmosphere. It's kind of loud because the walls aren't thick and there's lots of noise outside (i.e barking dogs, taxi guys standing outside) so bring ear plugs.

Reviewed February 14, 2018

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7.6
Very good
Joana from Philippines
Group
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

Very good”

Booked beds in the female dorm, but we were placed in the coed. Not a big deal as there were only 2 other guys, but will definitely be an issue if the placed were packed. The breakfast they used to give (bread, bananas) also wasn't available anymore. Hot showers were great though. Also appreciate the free drinking water.

Reviewed June 09, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Cyril from Philippines
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in June 2016

No wifi and water shortage”

My stay was good. The staff was helpful and friendly. The only problems were there's no wifi and they have water shortage problem, They should just have pale and bucket instead of the unfunctional shower since the water coming from the faucet was better.

Reviewed June 20, 2016

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8.7
Excellent
Christine from Philippines
Solo traveler
Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
Stayed 1 night in June 2013

Exciting Adventure at very low price!”

Location, Price, Staff

If you are looking for an adventure at very low price, they are the rightful candidate. Very close to the beach for surfing.

Reviewed June 18, 2013

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6.7
Good
Kam from Hong Kong SAR, China
Group
Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
Stayed 1 night in September 2012

Hardware and staff ok but location not convinient”

Hotel facilility is ok, the bed is comfortable, location near a beach(just a few minutes on foot), staff was nice.

the hardware is OK, staff also good but the hostel locates a bit far away from the San Felipe town center (I mean from the bus stop).

Reviewed October 03, 2012

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7.6
Very good
Cindy from Philippines
Family with young children
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Had a nice quick beach fix”

The placed was fully booked due to long weekend. The staff are approachable and let my kids stay for free (bed sharing). Loved their bread, banana and peanut butter breakfast. The beach was a good walk (about 10 to 15 mins depends on how fast you are) The place has a poor internet signal though. I literally worked at the beach with my laptop and pocketwifi ( the reception was good there :) We were fortunate to have bunk beds at the corner of a mixed dorm so we had our privacy and good air ventilation. I hope they'd add more shower stalls in the near future to accommodate their guests esp during "rush" hours. Also it would be nice if they'll have their own canteen/carinderia. It was a nice stay and experience. Basic yet convenient. Oh, the place is quite remote so twas a good thing we brought our own car.

Reviewed May 21, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Maria from Philippines
Couple
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in April 2016

even without the waves”

we're not lucky enough to experience good waves during our visit but thanks to this "home feels" place where you get to laugh, play games and joke around people you just met. A place filled with goodvibes, music, love and creativity, surely you'd almost want the weekend not to end. haha.

Reviewed April 26, 2016

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7.0
Very good
Yanan from China
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 3 nights in April 2014

stressful”

very friendly staff, nice common area, worth the money you paid

Honestly speaking, I was hella stressed while staying at this place. we had to sleep in a tent for one night just for some quietness. Maybe because me and my friends chose a wrong time to go, we went during holy week. The place was packed during holy week. Facility wise, there is no enough space for everything. beds to beds, restrooms are super small and the floor was always wet. They only have 3 restrooms and 3 showers, but one toilet was broken, imagine in such hot summer condition, you have to wait in queue to shower or use the toilet. I suppose you get what you paid for. there were some guests very disrespectful, they were making so much noise even when someone were sleeping in the dorm in an very early morning. and they were also singing and baning the bed on the beat. But the staff are really nice and helpful. if you are going to stay at this place please avoid going there during philippines holidays. Other days, it's pretty okay to stay there.

Reviewed April 23, 2014

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5.2
Mario from Philippines
Solo traveler
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 3 nights in September 2019

Not for Delicate Budget Travelers”

I wouldn't recommend it for delicate budget travelers. The facilities are not well-maintained. I'm pretty sure there are better options around the area at the same price point. I've stayed at dirt-cheap hostels that are clean, so I don't think there's a reason for this "expensive" hostel to be so dirty.

Reviewed September 13, 2019

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6.4
Good
Donna from Philippines
Group
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Quiet Place”

Stayed here for one night last March with my friends, we find this place as a simple one and makes it fancy because of the paintings or arts. Just a complain about the big mosquitoes when you stay outside your room at night.

Reviewed May 15, 2017

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9.0
Exceptional
Jireh from Philippines
Solo traveler
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 6 nights in November 2014

Lovely place ”

The vibe, the beach.

My stay was relaxing and very comfortable. I loved the vibe of the place and a great beach!

Reviewed November 30, 2014

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8.7
Excellent
Martin from Germany
Solo traveler
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 4 nights in October 2015

great place to make friends”

community, location, vibe, price, surfing

I enjoyed my stay and will be back someday.

Reviewed November 03, 2015

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