The Circle Hostel

The Circle Hostel

Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales, San Narciso, Subic (Zambales), Philippines
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     The Circle Hostel

    Guest reviews

    8.2
    Excellent
    /10
    (53 reviews)See what guests said
    8.4
    Excellent

    "Good location near the beach."

    David

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    February 14, 2018

    8.8
    Excellent value for money
    Recommended by 100% of guests

    Property highlights

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Smoking area

    • Tours

    • Water sports (non-motorized)

    This property is in high demand!Last booked 6 hours ago
    Excellent
    Location
    8.3
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    Excellent location
    Value for money8.8
    Distance to city center3.0 Km
    Location rating8.3
    Nearest airportSubic Bay International Airport (SFS)
    Distance to airport36.8 km
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    Mixed Dormitory
    Mixed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Dormitory -- Female Only
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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
    Hammock with Built in Mosquito Net
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    • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
    • Non-smoking
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    Co-ed Dorm
    Co-ed Dorm
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shower
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    Tent Space
    Tent Space
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      What people love about the property

      • 8.0
        Very good

        "My stay was good."

        Cyril

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        June 20, 2016

      • 8.0
        Very good

        "The staff was helpful and friendly."

        Cyril

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        June 20, 2016

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      8.4
      Excellent

      "Friendly staff and good atmosphere."

      David

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      February 14, 2018

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      7.6
      Very good

      "It was a nice stay and experience."

      Cindy

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      May 21, 2017

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      Agoda Reviews (53)
      8.2
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      10
      Cleanliness7.7
      Facilities8.1
      Location8.3
      Room comfort and quality7.2
      Service8.6
      Value for money8.8
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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
      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
      9.6
      Exceptional
      JOY from Philippines
      Solo traveler
      Dormitory -- Female Only
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2017
      N A ”
      N A
      Reviewed January 01, 2018
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      5.0
      Kay from Philippines
      Group
      Dormitory -- Female Only
      Stayed 1 night in July 2014
      Where rich kids stay to feel poor”
      Chill common area, By the beach, Okay
      Reviewed July 17, 2014
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      6.7
      Good
      Kam from Hong Kong
      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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