Is your next stop at the beautiful white-sand beaches on Palawan Island? Fabulous! This just so happens to be your gateway to the best hostels in El Nido. Alongside 5-star accommodation, El Nido is home to coral reefs, lagoons, and steep karst cliffs.
If this sounds like your kind of destination, keep reading. It just gets better and better.
Hint: there’s a super cool party hostel right on the beach!
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). 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.
Book your hostel in advance: Even though backpacking offers a lot of flexibility, it’s still a good idea to book your hostel early in El Nido, particularly during peak season. With only a few options for accommodation, the most popular hostels tend to fill up pretty fast.
Bargain wisely: When shopping for souvenirs, arranging transportation, or booking island hopping tours, feel free to negotiate prices to a certain extent. However, remember to be courteous and respectful when bargaining, taking into account the local economy and the livelihoods of those offering the services.
These are our favorite hostels in El Nido. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
Welcome to Outpost Beach Hostel , where the good vibes flow like the waves – sorry for this pun, but you get the point.
Outpost offers various size dormitories and private rooms all equipped with air-conditioning units and fans. This cool hostel not only has its own restaurant but also a beach bar that throws epic events, games, and themes every night. Get ready to party with the best of them!
When the clock strikes 11 PM, it’s lights out, so you can enjoy a peaceful slumber. But if you’re still up for some low-key fun, head up to the cozy second-floor lounge and relax.
Did we mention the view? Prepare to have your mind blown by the most epic sunsets El Nido has to offer.
Outpost’s got it all covered:
A travel desk, tour guides, and boats take you to those island havens just off El Nido.
And the best part? The boat tour leaves straight from the sandy beach fronting the hostel.
Location: Outpost Beach Hostel is a fun and social hostel located just a 5-minute ride south of downtown El Nido on Corong-Corong Beach – known as sunset beach. It is located in a more serene environment compared to downtown El Nido.
You won’t feel alone here because the staff makes an effort to know you by name and call you by it. They make you feel at home so much that you won’t want to leave.
You can just ask the staff too if you want fun boat trips and waterfall tours.
I really appreciate the staff that offers to carry my luggage up to my room, and this is the kind of warm reception you can expect from this hostel.
Even when the bar is right below, and fun parties happen at night, they are strict in their 11 PM quiet hours. Which is perfect for solo travelers who want to have fun but still manage to get a good night’s rest.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in El Nido.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in El Nido
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of El Nido best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
El Nido has high-end hotels but the island also has cheap and budget hostels. You don’t have to look far, they hostels are pretty much everywhere. Just be careful because sometimes, you really get what you paid for.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com. We have the best hostels world has to offer.
Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!
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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 will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
CLOSED Hostel: Big Paul Hostel
What’s not to like about Big Paul Hostel when you have free booze like rum and coke the whole time you’re there?
The staff was great and helpful. Add to that is the amazing location. The hostel has free breakfast, too so you can start your day with a full tummy.
This is one of the best hostels to stay in if you love socializing and meeting new people. Many would say that Corong Corong Beach is way better than El Nido Beach, but you’d have to go there in person to make that call.
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