3 Best Hostels in Boracay – Sleep in an Up-Cycled Shipping Container by the Beach

3 Best Hostels in Boracay, Philippines
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For small island and pristine beach lovers, the best hostels in Boracay Island will be your cup of tea.

Located in central Philippines, it’s all about white sand, palm trees and bars.

Offshore there are shipwrecks and coral reefs worth exploring – get your snorkel and GoPro ready!

As for the hostels; how does an outside swimming pool and party vibes sound?

Your shortcut:

  1. Chillax Flashpackers – top pick for female solo travelers
  2. Frendz Resort & Hostel – great for solo travelers
  3. Shore Time Dormitel – perfect for older travelers

The staff hospitality in Boracay really stands out. Get ready for smiles and super helpful tips from all of these places to stay in Boracay.

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

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Quick Introduction to Boracay

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Boracay cost 5€ – 9€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 42€ up to 80€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Staying in Boracay on a budget is easy!

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Boracay

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Boracay.

  1. Chillax Flashpackers
  2. Frendz Resort & Hostel
  3. Shore Time Dormitel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Frendz Hostel Boracay
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Chillax Flashpackers Boracay
🎒 For Backpackers: Shore Time Dormitel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Frendz Hostel Boracay
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Shore Time Dormitel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Frendz Hostel Boracay
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Chillax Flashpackers Boracay

1. Chillax Flashpackers

Flashpackers, chillax and eco-friendly – three words that really make Chillax Flashpackers Boracay stand out from the crowd.

Up-cycled materials and shipping containers make up a large part of this cool hostel.

For instance, the swimming pool is made from an old construction dumpster!

Not only that, but grey water is filtered and re-used in the gardens. Excellent effort.

All rooms are self contained, which means you’ll have a private bathroom and balcony to make use of.

Each bed comes with a small fan, water and personal dry bag for those beach days – nice little details that go a long way.

Choose from 6 and 8-bed dorms, with a female only version available.

The deluxe double room comes with a balcony and extra large bed, oo err!

And as for the amenities, you’re about to be pleasantly surprised. There is a:

  • Cinema room
  • Roof deck
  • Bar & Grill
  • 2 gardens
  • Games room

Laze in a hammock or beanbag as you sip a refreshing drink from the bar – sounds good, right?

Word on the street says that the included breakfast is pretty memorable, too.

All of this is brought to life by amazing staff that care about each and every one of you that walks through that door.

Have a chat and discover local tips and fun organised beach trips.

Location: Boracay White Beach is 500m and the City Mall is 400m away. That means you’ll be situated near the best beach to stay in Boracay. The nearest airport, Godofredo P. Ramos, is less than 7km away.

This is one of the best hostels in Boracay for

  • Female solo travellers
Book Chillax Flashpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Frendz Resort & Hostel

Fancy getting a little more social with some fun organised activities?

Frendz Hostel Boracay is the ideal accommodation for solo travellers and couples that like to mingle.

It’s a family run, award winning hostel just minutes from the beach. Yes please!

Let’s begin by listing the cool amenities and activities for guests:

  • FREE Pasta, Taco & BBQ nights
  • Resident DJ’s & artists (selected dates)
  • Discounts @ partner restaurants, dive schools
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Boat trips

Though breakfast is not included, it’s possible to order food at a reasonable price.

When you’re not relaxing on the beach, there is a great garden and bar area on-site. This also makes for a good workspace.

Of course, free Wifi will follow you around the premises and into your room.

Speaking of rooms; there is a good selection here including dorm and private rooms.

In fact, some of the dorm rooms have single beds instead of bunks!

If you end up with a bunk, you’ll be treated to a privacy curtain, so it’s not all bad.

Super cool: Frendz have designated beach chairs at White Beach.

Location: Just a 2-minute walked to White Beach (best Boracay beach), between station 1 and station 2.

This is one of the best hostels in Boracay for

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
Book Frendz Hostel Boracay here

Compare prices and check availability at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Shore Time Dormitel

Last but not least, we’d like to recommend a brand new, budget traveller friendly hostel.

Shore Time Dormitel is certainly modern, with a minimalist feel that’s ideal if you’re simply looking for somewhere comfortable to stay without the frills.

One thing to note is that there are no private rooms here, only shared dorms.

This makes it a top backpackers hostel in Boracay.

In fact, we’d say it’s the best example of dorm type accommodation in Boracay.

As there is only a 6-bed and 8-bed option, you can spend less time deciding on which one to choose.

And you won’t be disappointed!

Let us show you what each room comes with:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wall mounted TV
  • Under bed storage
  • Ready-made bed & towel
  • Free toiletries

Super cool: there is a FREE bus service to D’Mall (outdoor shopping plaza) every day.

If you fancy treating yourself, you can ask the staff about a yummy breakfast for a small fee.

There is a small lounge area which can be used as a social space. Overall, this hostel offers a quiet atmosphere.

Location: It’s a 15-minute walk to Cagban from here. It’s also a short walk to station 3 beaches.

This is one of the best hostels in Boracay for

  • Older travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Shore Time Dormitel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about Cheapest Hostels in Boracay?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget Boracay hotels!

One option is Island Hostel Boracay.

It offers simple bunks in mixed dorms and a 2-minute walk to White Beach.

Book Island Hostel Boracay here

Island Hostel Boracay is one of the cheapest hostels in Boracay, Philippines

Another cheap hostel option is Hostel Avenue Boracay. It is known for its wonderful location and budget price.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Boracay.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Boracay
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Boracay for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Boracay for solo-travellers?

Chillax Flashpackers Boracay is number one.

The great shared spaces, such as the bar & grill and gardens, offer an opportunity to meet other like-minded travellers.

Whilst the hammocks and roof deck are a great place to hang out alone.

The choice of female-only and mixed dorms, plus deluxe privates suit a range of solo travellers’ social energy.

For those that enjoy a unique design; the up-cycled containers and old dumpster swimming pool are worthy of an Instagram post.

Book Chillax Flashpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Party Hostels in Boracay

Update: the popular W Hostel Boracay has closed its doors. AND in 2022 Mad Monkey also closed its doors – sad!

Attention everyone! Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay is a resort-style party hostel that boasts a…

  • Massive pool
  • Bustling bar
  • DJs every night
  • In-house spa treatment

It’s without doubt the best party hostel in Boracay. And a great example of party hostels Philippines.

At the bar you’ll be treated to free shots every hour and music until midnight, every night!

Be aware: this party hostel books out all year round so make sure you book early.

Other than DJs, there are a number of other fun activities including pool parties, war games and beer pong tournaments. To top it off, dorms have pod-style oversized beds and ensuite bathrooms.

Location: Mad Monkey is a 3-minute walk to Bulabog Beach and a 7-minute walk to White Beach’s main strip.

Important: You can purchase a so-called Golden Ticket by Mad Monkey. Stay 30, 60 or 90 days in their hostels at a super low rate and one-time payment.  Check more info about Golden Ticket here.

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How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Chillax Flashpackers: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Frendz Resort & Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Shore Time Dormitel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Boracay best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Boracay. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Boracay put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Boracay hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

Looking for things to do in Boracay on a budget?

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • White Beach
  • Station 1
  • Station 2
  • Bulabog Beach
  • D’Mall de Boracay

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Where is the best place to stay in Boracay?

Undoubtedly that has to be our #1 recommendation Chillax Flashpackers.

With an outdoor pool, bar & grill and old shipping container rooms; we’ve no doubt solo travellers will have a great time here.

Why should you visit Boracay Philippines?

A good question that’s easily answered.

Simply put: white sand beaches, coral reefs, diving, cool nightlife and excellent hospitality. What more could you want?

What is the best resort in Boracay for the family?

If you’re looking for the best family resort in Boracay, we couldn’t find a good hostel option. We’d recommend checking out Airbnb for budget family rooms in Boracay.

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Boracay.

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Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Boracay hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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