During my “Moving On Holiday” (yeah, moving on from a heartbreak haha) last July, I discovered IMO the best accommodation in El Nido, Palawan..the SPIN Designer Hostel. Just a five minute walk from the beach, this newly built hip hostel is perfect for young travelers who wants a decent place to stay that is affordable with necessary facilities, trendy interiors, fun activities and a chance to meet and socialize.
They have air-conditioned private single or bunk bed rooms with en suite bathroom and spacious all-female or mixed dorm rooms with a large shared bathroom and toilet.
I chose the mixed dorm room because it is the cheapest option at only Php 1,000/night with free breakfast also with the hopes of meeting new people =P
The check-in is very easy, I just showed my printed reservation and a valid ID then after a minute or two, Arvie, one of the hotel staff assisted me to my dorm room.
I was stunned when I saw their high-ceiling atrium stairwell. It’s just covered with polyethylene strings all around letting natural air and light come in the space. I think this is the best architectural feature of this hostel.
Mini photoshoot directed by one of the staff, Joy 🙂
My favorite spot here is the lounge area which they call The Nest. It is surrounded with different styles of seating for different types of personalities. I find it really cool and interesting!
One of the things I like in this hostel is they organize activities for their guests every night. It brings people together to socialize and meet new friends.I arrived on a Wednesday afternoon and put up a BBQ night at the Deck that night. For an extra fee of Php 200 I gave it a go. I’m a solo traveler anyway so this is a good start to meet fellow guests.
For the BBQ night, guests gather at the deck and offered a choice of either pork, chicken or fish. I had fish since I need to keep a flat tummy for tomorrow’s beach bumming haha :D.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in their stylish Dining / Kitchen Area. I love the chairs and the colorful kitchen cabinets.
They offer buffet breakfast of bread, eggs of your choice whether scrambled or sunny side up, pancakes, fruits, coffee and fruit juice. I love this hostel! Haha
On Thursday night, they organized a movie night until 10pm. They even put mattresses on the floor for those who want to be more comfy haha.
And every Friday night, they do the epic PUB CRAWL! Where they hop to at least three bars in El Nido and drink the night away!
First stop is the nearby Angle Bar. It’s a small restaurant bar that caters to mostly foreign guests. They also offer light snacks and sandwiches. But pub crawl isn’t really a crawl if there’s no booze, so I had a glass of tequila sunrise 😉
Next stop is Kalabar. Short walk from Angle Bar and near Sei Nazioni Cottages along Rizal Street. It’s where I had the best Mango Mojito ever! So refreshing!
Next stop is Coco Bar by the beach with a live band.
Last stop is I think the only bar in El Nido that goes wild at night, the Pukka Bar.
Then after partying all night we got so tired and hungry so…
I had the best 4 days in El Nido. The stunning island hopping adventure, amazing stay at SPIN Hostel and the new friends I made. I will always remember this awesome experience and I will definitely go back!
Hopefully I will be back soon and go for another SPIN! 🙂