Looking for where to stay in Makati City? Find budget accommodations that are conveniently located at BGC Hostel Makati!
As a working student commuting from Quezon City to Makati City regularly, finding a cheap place to stay and work for the night is absolutely helpful.
Makati City is arguably Manila’s busiest business district. Most of the industries and the workforce are concentrated here. Operative word: concentrated. That’s why you won’t really have a problem finding accommodations here!
Of course, there are a variety of accommodations in Makati City ranging from luxury hotels to capsule rooms. But hostels have their own charms especially for the busy backpacker who doesn’t mind sharing spaces with interesting strangers.
For people like me who don’t need fancy hotels but just a place to stay and work for the night, hostels offer comfort and convenience at a lower price. I tried one such place, BGC Hostel Makati together with travel blogging friends. Here was our slumber party AKA just another night at “work”:
Where is BGC Hostel Makati?
Don’t be fooled, it’s not in BGC.
To commute to BGC Hostel Makati, you can take the MRT and get down at Buendia station. You can walk Northbound along EDSA until you reach Danlig St. It’s located just before the turn to EDSA Kalayaan. Some nearby landmarks are Mercury Drug and Petron gas station.
Note, however, that EDSA does not have the most pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. It might be best to take a jeep or bus and get down right at Mercury Drug. In the morning after when I went to school, I had to walk through the sidewalk and the experience of buses swooshing next to me felt slightly perilous.
What exactly is a hostel?
A hostel is a dorm-type accommodation perfect for backpackers and tourists looking for just a place to lay their heads on. It’s usually equipped with rows of bunk beds, communal shower, and WiFi connection. It’s one of the best ways to stay temporarily in the city without having to check-in to luxury hotels. Just like dorms, you can readily sleep, work, and even mingle with fellow travelers.
Hostels are not for everyone. If you’re the type who values personal space, total privacy, and alone time, hostels might not be the best option for you. BGC Hostel Makati will enable you to have even just a minimum interaction with your roommates, the people working at the lounge, and even a possibility of a line at the bathroom. It can be detrimental when you’re there to concentrate, get work done, or are in a hurry.
It is, however, recommended for people who do not mind sharing the room or co-working with a bunch of strangers. This is great when you’re on a budget and need the strategic location. If you’re good with that, then be their guest!
My experience at the BGC Hostel Makati
For this review, I spent the night with my fellow blogger friends, Me-an and Julia.
On the way there, we initially thought it was in BGC. Even as we hopped in on Uber, we got a little lost because the hostel was close to a community with narrow streets. But once we reached Danlig St., the building stood out in light blue. It was hard to miss because it looked so chic!
For us three girls, grabbing food in the area proved to be our greatest challenge. The nearby karinderia was packed. The convenience stores only offer snacks. What we survivors did was to have McDonald’s delivered at the hostel.
The night was spent eating, telling stories, and working in the communal area. I have to admit, our noise (or excitement level) was quite high, which might’ve been a challenge for the others. Sorry!
The WiFi connection was great, and I was able to use their desktop computer in the absence of a laptop. There was virtually no line at the restroom that night or the next morning. Our sleep was restful thanks to the privacy provided by the curtains. But with strangers, you must perhaps negotiate whether to leave the room lights on or off.
The next morning, getting breakfast again was a challenge. The karinderia was still closed at around 8:30 AM before my class, so I just dropped by the convenience store for snacks. I checked out and walked to Buendia station to cross to the other side. Walking along EDSA felt dangerous, but I got to the MRT in one piece.
Overall, BGC Hostel Makati is great for people like me who have early appointments in Makati City. It allowed me to work outside of home and sleep comfortably without worrying about commuting the next day. But two challenges remained: the location and food. Other than those, it’s perfect!
- Amenities: Airport transfer, WiFi in all rooms, 610 meters to public transportation, daily housekeeping Room available: 8-bed dorm, 12-bed mixed dorm, etc.
- Price: Enter desired dates and rooms for best prices
Amenities at BGC Hostel Makati
BGC Hostel Makati isn’t a Madeleine-style dorm that looks like a public hospital ward. Instead, the hostel has smaller rooms for four, eight, and 12 people. It’s great because you don’t actually have to deal with a handful of strangers all at once.
Inside the rooms, there are little comforts that you can find inside your own home. You have all these to yourself:
- Electrical outlet. There are two sockets at your bedside, useful when charging smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets.
- Reading lamp. For comfort, you have your own lamp clipped at the headboard of the bed. Great for night reading or groping for things in the dark in the middle of the night.
- Privacy curtains. If you’re worried about your messy state during your sleep, no need to worry. You are provided with an all-around curtain for added privacy and even shield from the cold.
- Lockers & Electronic key cards. These add security for your valuables and belongings when you shower or go out.
- One pillow, blanket, and towel. Just the right amount of comfort for sleep.
On the communal areas, you can mingle with fellow guests or just work by yourself. Aside from sleeping, BGC Hostel Makati is fully equipped for all-nighters for work or study. Just be sure to bring your own snacks to last you ’til morning! Here are some of their shared amenities:
- Drinking water & Coffee Machine. No need to go thirsty or go out for a caffeine fix in the middle of the night. Plus, the water is free!
- Hot and cold shower. A haven for those of us who hate shivering cold showers in the morning.
- WiFi connection. Almost indispensable at any accommodation, you are armed with strong Internet connection here. It’s also accessible when inside the rooms.
- Desktop computer. As what I did, it’s completely okay to leave your laptop at home. There is one desktop computer at the communal area connected to the Internet that is free to use.
- Visitor’s Lounge. If you’re expecting to meet someone during your stay, the BGC Hostel Makati can accommodate them. There is a communal area with chairs and coffee tables that are readily available for short-term guests.
- Laundry Facilities. There is a place here where you can wash and dry your clothes for use. Just bring your own detergent.
Tips during your stay at BGC Hostel Makati
- If you’re the type that can’t sleep with the lights on (like me) choose the lower bunk. It’s farther to the ceiling light! Better yet, negotiate with your roommates to turn them off.
- Bring your own toiletries such as toothbrush, soap, and shampoo. Grooming kits are not included in your stay.
- It’s best to wake up early in order to avoid lines at the restroom. But know that, at least during my stay at BGC Hostel Makati, there were no lines for the shower.
- Make sure you know how to use your lockers. Ask for assistance if you need to, and take note of the combination. This way, you can sleep, bathe, or even leave the hostel premises in peace.
- Eat prior to check-in or pack your meals. There is a nearby karinderia where you can eat cheap home cooked food, but it doesn’t open in the morning until 10AM. There is also a nearby Mercury Drug Store (a 24/7convenience store) but they only offer snacks and not meals.
The next time you have an appointment in the central business district that is Makati City, there’s no need to rush. Try dorm-type hostel stay from BGC Hostel Makati that starts at PHP 499 per bed, per night!
BGC Hostel Makati
2855 Danlig St., Brgy. Pinagkaisahan, Makati City
Contact No.: (02) 822-7514, (+63) 977-822-3242