We tried to fit ourselves inside the lockers and it fitted us to a tee. Coming from an afternoon drinking session at Makati City’s El Chupacabra, the weekend gang decided that we didn’t really want to go home just yet. We looked for a lodging that can accommodate our group in a single room and found a hostel that fits the bill (like a tee); Z Hostel. And it’s just a few steps away from our current watering hole too.
|Z HOSTEL’S SWANKY LOBBY|
Z Hostel is one of the newest hostels to mushroom near Makati’s backpacker district. It packages itself as a luxury hostel; something quite new to my ears, really, as the attraction of most hostels is its budget-friendly prices, which more often than not, translates to mediocre sleeping quarters.
|A READING CUM BREAKFAST NOOK|
From its lobby, I can see that Z Hostel is no ordinary hostel with its tasteful minimalist interiors. It tries to be something more. If the word hostel would be erased from its name and the book-swapping corner is removed from the lobby, I would definitely mistake it for a swanky hotel.
|MIXED DORM AT Z HOSTEL|
We took the cheapest mixed dorm available (check rates), which houses eight beds and has its own toilet and bath. It’s quite spacious even if we occupy each and every bed. There’s an extra lavatory within the room, huge lockers and nice charging nooks beside the beds. And yes, free wi-fi too!
|WE’RE LOVIN’ THE HUGE LOCKERS ~ THE TRAVELLING FEET|
I like the fact that the lockers, which can literally fit one whole guest, are letter coded according to one’s bed and have its own charging outlets inside. So if you need to juice up your laptop and you need to leave, just charge it inside your locker and you’re good to go.
|EN SUITE TOILET & BATH? NORMAL|
The toilet and bath was okay, not really that luxurious (well, it looks like our toilet at home, hehe), but it gets the job done. At least it has a bidet, hot water and toilet paper; you do have to bring your own toiletries though. Towels are provided for.
|MY BED FOR THE NIGHT|
Z Hostel has a total of 128 beds across its 30 rooms. There are private twin bed rooms, for those wanting a bit more privacy. But really, what’s the point of staying at a hostel if you’re not going to socialize? I’d say take the mixed dorms; promise, it’s more fun staying there.
|COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST, THEY HAVE SUMAN!|
They serve complimentary breakfast for all their guests. It’s kinda like a buffet, but not the usual hotel breakfast buffet you’re used to. During our stay, they served toasts, rice porridge or noodle soup, some suman, cornflakes, cereals, a choice of fruit, coffee and juice. No rice, though.
|THE GAME ROOM, WHICH WE WERE NOT ABLE TO USE|
|CLASSY DINING HALL AT Z HOSTEL|
The hostel has a nice game room right above the restaurant and a TV/party room at the rooftop. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to use both. We were really quite liquored up.
|THE BEST PART OF Z HOSTEL, THE ROOFDECK|
Speaking of its rooftop, I absolutely love Z Hostel’s dual roof decks. There are seats and tables provided along the parapet wall of the deck and the floor is even made from turf grass, simulating a garden right above the skyscrapers.
|SUNDAY SLOWDOWN AT Z HOSTEL WITH THE SLINKS|
And this area is usually where their Sunday Slowdown usually happens. Every Sunday, they get performers belting out acoustic sets while the audience drink themselves to oblivion. We got The Slinks that night.
|THE VIEW FROM Z HOSTEL’S ROOFDECK|
Against the backdrop of the sparkling Makati Central Business District, acoustic tunes filled the sultry February evening while cold, cold buckets of beer ran down our gullets on into the wee hours of the night.
Hungover the next day we checked out, our bill totaled to an unbelievable forty plus bottles of Red Horse beer plus a few SanMig Lights; we deny that we consumed that much!
Z Hostel, it was one heck of a weekend.
Address: 5660 Don Pedro Street,
Makati City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (0927) 965-2692
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GPS Coordinates Map: 14°33'49.5"N 121°01'53.0"E