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3 reasons to stay here---location, location & location... this is Metro Manila's only hostel right in the exciting City Center across sea & park, also walking distance near history, culture, nightlife & fun! Why stay elsewhere far away?

...we are the only hostel in the heart of Manila's ERMITA district at entertainment/nightlife/history/culture center popular with international backpackers and tourists, this is safe and hip area near 5-star hotels and must-see historic sites like nearby Intramuros colonial walled city. National Museum & art galleries nearby too. You as tourists have not really been to Manila, if you have not visited nearby RIZAL PARK, panoramic MANILA BAY and historic INTRAMUROS.

NOTE---we are far from slums and dark cemetery areas. In fact, our fun location is so central and convenient, some tourists go to Rizal Park just across the street from our hostel for daily morning jogs or yoga or martial arts exercises to join other Manila residents! Some go out every night across the street to the sea or open the hostel room windows to watch the world-famous Manila Bay sunsets...

see tropical fishes, sharks, seahorses & other colorful ocean life at nearby MANILA OCEAN PARK just few minutes walk...want to experience the true spirit and exotic life of Manila? want to walk across street to the sea or the parks, museums, nightclubs, bars, history, churches? no need for taxis or Metro/LRT trains, just walk? simple and safe Manila Bay Hostel is near all that & more...

NOTE: other hostels are fancy in place but in bad or unsafe locations, we are a simple but clean, safe hostel right in the heart of Manila's city center... we do not pretend to donate to unnamed charities, we are a simple small family-owned business offering honest service & affordable rooms to travellers...

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SCHEDULE OF INTERESTING EVENTS NEARBY ... sizzling fun and sunny SUMMER and Asia's unique Holy Week religious rites of Filipino-style Catholicism can be witnessed in nearby San Agustin Church or Manila Cathedral just walking distance from Manila Bay Hostel... Come for unique experience!

We're inviting all our guests to just walk from Manila Bay Hostel to the Philippines' (and perhaps also Asia's) oldest Catholic church---San Agustin Church which was first built by Spanish people in 1571---to witness colorful traditions like religious rites. Also nearby is the equally historic and largest Manila Cathedral... This area walking distance from our hostel with medieval churches, monasteries and museums is Intramuros... whether you are religious or just culturally and historically curious...come!

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Lowest room rates & prices of beds here, despite our best location, because we are doing this also as a project to promote exciting affordable travel & hopefully better cultural understanding of true Philippine life. Although our prices are low, we offer you personalized service... The owners are young, idealistic and passionate backpackers to other parts of the world...

NEAREST LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT or METRO---We are also the only hostel truly nearest Light Rail Transit (LRT) station in United Nations Avenue...

ERMITA ENTERTAINMENT & BACKPACKER TOURIST DISTRICT... We are a hostel/guesthouse located in the heart of the backpacker tourist district in Manila, Philippines for adventurous/bohemian tourists & budget travelers---ERMITA. It's a great place to meet other tourists, exchange tips and advice and explore all that colorful exotic Manila downtown has to offer. We are also just an LRT/MRT ride away from Makati, which is the expensive area for banks & tall buildings, not a backpacker haven like our City Center location.

***VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE---due to many international guests coming here, it is best to reserve first via email to be sure you have bed or room. We value your safety. Welcome, enjoy! Walk-in guests are also welcome even without reservations, but it is better to reserve via email.

SEA...Overlooking romantic MANILA BAY (just across the street too!), in the very heart of exciting historic ERMITA & MALATE---the culture, entertainment, arts, shopping & night-life center in downtown Manila (just walk everywhere!)... also near 4 airports (only 20 minutes away)...

NATURE PARK... just beside (!) historic serene RIZAL PARK

HISTORY...near (only walking distance!) the quaint colonial ruins of INTRAMUROS walled city of the Spanish conquistadores, MANILA BAY HOSTEL is unique for having the best location in all of Metro Manila with so many leisure & adventure choices of All kinds.

near CHINATOWN of living city, foods, culture, markets, not Chinese cemetery of tombs... Next to INTRAMUROS is exotic BINONDO Chinatown district with delicious Chinese foods at lowest prices & popular wholesale markets like 168 MALL & DIVISORIA.

NEAR CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (CCP), near Imelda Marcos' Coconut Palace by the sea, museums, the historic CORREGIDOR ISLAND is just across the sea!

Our unique location is the true heart & soul of Manila, of authentic Philippine national life past and present---a city of extreme contrasts, laid-back yet also gritty, sensual yet also very spiritual, chaotic and poor yet at the same time beautiful... please google 'ERMITA' & 'MALATE' in Internet, also google nearby 'INTRAMUROS'. You have not been to the Philippines if you do not stay or at least visit and experience this historic, culturally-diverse, exotic, colorful downtown area...

***HISTORIC BUILDING FOR OUR HOSTEL---Manila Bay Hostel is on the 4th floor of one of Manila's historic & once elegant buildings, the Bel-Air Apartments Building designed and built in 1937 with the original name 'Boulevard-Alhambra Apartments' by Phiippine National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio (please google). Why the name? In front of the building is Roxas Boulevard, behind the building is Alhambra Street...The Bel-Air --- a stunning streamline moderne structure --- has been given new life and a cool new painting color combination of light grey and cream. This art deco structure is easy to find---standing prominently at the southern corner of Rizal Park fronting the United States Embassy. The Bel-Air Apartment Building is historically significant because it both survived the bombs and shells of World War II, which burned down most of Manila.

WHY MANILA BAY IS BEST LOCATION IN THE CITY? It's history, natural beauty not only for poets, painters and romantics, but for all who love nature... The history of Manila is closely tied to this body of water. Naval battles were fought here, including the celebrated La Naval de Manila in 1646, which effectively put a stop to repeated attempts by the Dutch to take over the Philippines from the Spanish colonizers. It was also on Manila Bay in 1898 that the Spanish fleet was annihilated by the American forces under Commodore George Dewey, ushering in 40 years of American colonial occupation. But more than anything else, Manila Bay is renowned for its spectacular sunsetsa must-see for every visitor to the city of Manila.


MOST CONVENIENT LOCATION IN MANILA... BOHEMIAN AREA OF THE CITY... far from chaotic slums & very far from dark cemetery areas, we are not in expensive Makati with too many tall high-rise bank buildings, we are in the colorful and bohemian old Manila which has its timeless charm... in fact, the seafront USA Embassy is almost across this exciting No. 1 most fun & safest downtown area, the Singaporean-run Manila Ocean Park is also nearby, also the National Museum, Bayview Hotel, the historic 5-star Manila Hotel of America's General Douglas MacArthur before World War II, etc... we are a unique hostel conveniently near the Light Rail Transit (LRT) at its UN AVENUE STATION...

For decades, Ermita and Malate at the heart of Manila have been the laidback place where top Filipino artists, poets, writers, actors, film industry professionals and many young people lived or gathered, where there was no degree of hypocrisy practiced, just the basic rule of 'come and be yourself, express yourself.' Enjoy our unique location...

GOOD SIMPLE FACILITIES: We have no pretensions of being a charity, we are here to do honest business and offer you guests affordable, basic, no-frills place, VERY SECURE & SAFE, all air-conditioned rooms, including shared dorm, hot showers, clean toilets, international cable TVs, free library of books & also Philippine guidebooks, 24-hours ice-cold San Miguel beers & other brands, etc. Some rooms & the dorm room have views of Manila Bay...We are No. 1 in location, but also basic, simple, clean facilities...Quiet here, peaceful for sleep, you can meet & socialize with international travellers here, but we are not a party place, you can just walk to ERMITA & MALATE for fun energetic all-night parties...

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PRIME ADDRESS---Manila Bay Hostel, Unit 402, Bel-Air Apartment Building, #1020 Roxas Boulevard (near corner T. M. Kalaw Avenue & almost across USA Embassy), Ermita, 1000, Manila
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***NOTE: please just tell taxi driver, 'almost across the USA Embassy... in Roxas Boulevard near corner T. M. Kalaw Avenue...in the building with Chowking Chinese fastfood resto', everyone in the Philippines knows this area, it's so popular, famous, historic, exciting area...

(there is 24-hours CHOWKING Chinese fastfood resto in the 1st-floor, also near 24-hours YELLOW CAB PIZZA & near STARBUCKS cafe, right across street from MUSEO PAMBATA Children's Museum, we are also exactly beside Miramar Hotel & near Bayview Hotel, the whole area is famous as 'near the USA Embassy')...

***You can come stay at MANILA BAY HOSTEL even without internet reservations, no problem, but it is better to reserve here in this website to be sure...

SAFEST & MOST SECURE---We're perhaps the only hostel in Metro Manila with 24-hours security in our lobby, and locked gates/doors. A clean, simple place with great location and the best in security...

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HOW TO REACH MANILA BAY HOSTEL FROM NEARBY AIRPORTS?
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VIA TAXIS FROM AIRPORT...From the airports, suggest you get ordinary taxis (ask airport guards or staff to show you DEPARTURE AREA of the airport where there are many ordinary taxis) and no need to use more expensive yellow-colored special airport taxis...

Tell taxi driver to use the taxi meter, show him address

Tell the taxi driver to bring you to ROXAS (pronounced as 'ro-has') BOULEVARD near T. M. Kalaw Avenue, tell taxi driver 'almost across the USA EMBASSY and in building with CHOWKING', this area is very famous... if you are in Roxas Boulevard, we are in the building with the 24-hours 'CHOWKING' Chinese fastfood resto in the first-floor...

AT NIGHT, front door of building facing Roxas Boulevard is closed, AT NIGHT, please enter through back door of building by passing by YELLOW CAB PIZZA & STARBUCKS cafe and 7-11 Store, then enter side street (called ALHAMBRA STREET) to go to back door of our building... the whole area is always safe, we have 24-hours private securityguards also in the doors, we are just next-door to Miramar Hotel which also has 24-hours guards too... go into building lobby, please take the elevator and we are on the 4th floor in Unit 402, Welcome to MANILA BAY HOSTEL...


VIA cheapest, easy, no-traffic & recommended LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT OR LRT (only recommended if you don't have big luggage)... from the airport, please take a taxi to go to the nearest LRT station in BACLARAN STATION, then ride the LRT to go down at the UNITED NATIONS AVENUE STATION or UN AVENUE Station, then just walk towards Roxas Boulevard for Manila Bay Hostel (ask people for the 24-hours YELLOW CAB PIZZA & CHOWKING FASTFOOD, we are near there) or from LRT station, please ride a tricycle or pedicab towards us at Roxas Boulevard...

IF YOU COMING FROM CLARK AIRPORT OUTSIDE METRO MANILA...from Clark airport, please ride Philtranco bus going to PASAY CITY bus station of Philtranco, then from there take an ordinary taxi and tell taxi driver to use taxi meter and that you are going to ROXAS BOULEVARD near the USA Embassy, then look for the building with CHOWKING fastfood resto on 1st floor, we are here on the 4th floor at UNit 402... IF YOU CARRY ONLY BACKPACK & NO BIG LUGGAGES, from the Philtranco bus station in PASAY CITY, just ask bus station conductor or staff how to walk to the nearby LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT or LRT STATION, take this LRT to stop at the UNITED NASTIONS AVENUE STATION or UN AVENUE STATION, then go down, from here ride pedicab going to ROXAS BOULEVARD near CHOWKING FASTFOOD & YELLOW CAB PIZZA, look for the Bel-Air Apartment building with CHOWKING on 1st floor, enter lobby, Welcome, we are in 4th floor, Unit 402... Welcome to Manila Bay Hostel!



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WHY MANILA'S NO. 1 PRIME LOCATION FOR FUN, HISTORY, CULTURE, NIGHT LIFE, MUSIC, NATURE

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some of the 101 reasons why Manila Bay Hostel location is considered #1 most convenient & interesting by international travellers...

***Located right in ERMITA, the old district of the city founded in the 16th century Spanish colonial era and the name 'Ermita' from the Spanish word for 'hermitage'. It was the favorite place of Spanish colonial rulers for 300 years, then of Americans and now favorite of international tourists. The bayfront USA EMBASSY is still here, almost across the street from Manila Bay Hostel. ERMITA is now the ultimate ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS, SHOPPING, CULTURE & NIGHT-LIFE center of Metro Manila. No need for taxis or cars, just walk into bars, shops, baroque churches, dance clubs, exotic temples, museums, antique shops, art galleries, banks, malls, massage centers, KTVs, money-exchange shops, everything & anything! WARNING---some of the so-called 'Cafes' or 'Karaoke bars' (like LA CAFE in M.H. Del Pilar Street of Ermita) are actually prostitution dens with call girls or for-hire women or nude dancers, because Ermita used to be the Philippines' red-light district before, but now it's much cleaner & less controversial because Ermita is a diverse culture center now with ALL KINDS of entertainment & leisure choices. We don't encourage sexs tourism. Don't mind the prostitutes outside basrs or some child beggars, they are harmless & cheerful, part of the quaint downtown city life... Our unique ERMITA location is ideal also for night-owls or insomniacs, because the place doesn't seem to sleep... but Manila Bay Hostel is quiet for good sleep...

***across the street from MANILA BAY, famous for its breathtaking romantic sunsets & considered one of the world's best natural harbors. It was here in 1898 when U.S. navy led by Commodore George Dewey defeated the Spanish naval armada in the 'Battle of Manila Bay', thus the Philippines changed from Spanish colony to American colony... MANILA BAY is in ROXAS BOULEVARD, named after postwar President Roxas, but it used to be called DEWEY BOULEVARD during the U.S. colonial era from 1898 to December 1941, changed by Japanese invaders to BANZAI BOULEVARD from 1942 to 1945...romantic boulevard by the seashore with coconut trees & nice sunsets...

***across street from historic vast RIZAL PARK, the Philippines' biggest public park full of trees, flowers, historic monuments including the most-famous tourist spot called RIZAL MONUMENT designed by Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling... also inside RIZAL PARK are CHINESE GARDEN, JAPANESE GARDEN, ORCHIDARIUM, BUTTERFLY PAVILION, BOTANICAL PARK, PLANETARIUM, etc. explore, jog daily, relax, meet local people, watch taichi exercises, observe romantic couples, our hostel is next-door to this park...

***near LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) in its UN or United Nations Avenue Station, so you can travel to anywhere in Metro Manila fast without traffic jams and at affordable costs... the LRT is also near the 5-star MANILA PAVILION HOTEL & CASINO (you can gamble here if you wish or observe gamblers), also near MANILA DOCTORS HOSPITAL, just walking distance all...

***near 24-hour conveniences like 24-hour restos CHOWKING Chinese fastfood, 24-hours YELLOW CAB PIZZA, near STARBUCKS cafe, the 24-hours open 7-11 convenience store, etc. etc. etc...There is even the popular Filipino foods restaurant called BARRIO FIESTA just along nearby United Nations Avenue. MANILA BAY HOSTEL is also like a United Nations, we welcome guests from many countries... In Ermita, look for the famous HOBBIT HOUSE, a bar owned & run by dwarves or midgets in M.H. Del Pilar Street of ERMITA, be warned that LA CAFE in same street is full of prostitutes inside...near Manila Bay Hostel, just walk to HIRAYA ART GALLERY in nearby United Nations Avenue to see Philippine contemporary art, paintings, sculptures...

***across street from breathtaking MANILA BAY SUNSETS along Roxas Boulevard...

***near the NATIONAL MUSEUM (former Congress building), the main POST OFFICE BUILDING & MANILA CITY HALL, all American colonial era structures designed by famous U.S. architect Daniel Burnham a century ago... also near NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE housed in a Greek-styled building. Exhibits burial jars and recovered artifacts from a Spanish trade galleon called San Diego.

***Across the street exactly from MUSEO PAMBATA Children's Museum...

***near DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM Building, just walking distance, so you can ask for travel informations and advices

***near INTRAMUROS, former walled city of the Spanish colonizers, but the old moats have become a golf course surrounding this citadel which includes FORT SANTIAGO colonial military citadel or fort, the CASA MANILA MUSEUM, BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION (for renewal of visas) & many interesting sites...

***near BINONDO, the ancient Chinatown area famous for delicious cheap foods, exotic herbal medicine shops, temples, the 168 MALL (Asia's cheapest goods imported allegedly by enterprising smugglers, sdee to believe & haggle prices down!) and DIVISORIA bargain hawkers' market & wholesale trade centers, DIVISORIA is the bargain center of the Philippines...

***near MANILA OCEAN PARK, just walking distance only, the country's nicest showcase of Philippines' unique marine life & fisheries, including a mall with restos and shops...It is Singaporean-managed. In terms of floor space, the 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq feet) oceanarium is larger than the famous Sentosa Underwater World oceanarium in Singapore.

***very near historic MANILA HOTEL, a 570-room, 5-star hotel located in the heart of the Manila Bay area. It is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, built in 1909 to rival Malacaang Palace, where the Philippine presidents live, and it opened in 1912. It was built on 3.5 hectares of land. It was the residence of General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941, and many other world VIPs, celebrities like the Beatles, President Bill Clinton, and others.

***near universities & schools like UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES MANILA, ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY, LYCEUM COLLEGE, PAMANTASAN NG MAYNILA UNIVERSITY, MAPUA UNIVERSITY, etc. etc.

***near religious places like oldest Catholic churches like SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH, MANILA CATHEDRAL & MALATE CHURCH, near Protestant churches, Taoist temples, Buddhist temples, etc. even the MASONIC TEMPLE... very near Manila Bay Hostel by walking & across Department of Tourism Building is CENTRAL UNITED MEDTHODIST CHURCH which is the first Protestant church in the Philippines, located at T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila. It was founded on March 5, 1899 during the American occupation of the country, thus a historic institution too...

***near NATIONAL LIBRARY, NATIONAL HISTORICAL INSTITUTE & NATIONAL ARCHIVES, just about 5 minutes walk...

***near the best medical centers like MANILA DOCTORS HOSPITAL in nearby United Nations Avenue...

***near the PASIG RIVER & the river FERRY TERMINAL at ESCOLTA of BINONDO just below JONES BRIDGE which can bring you to different parts of Metro Manila, offering you views of the city too...

...so near SM MANILA MALL behind MANILA CITY HALL BUILDING...

...also near ROBINSONS PLACE MALL & entertainment center...

***near the CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (CCP) complex built by controversial ex-First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos on reclaimed land in the early 1970s during martial law era (visit her COCONUT PALACE here & her former FILM CENTER), near historic World War II American military fortresses & memorials in CORREGIDOR ISLAND (where General Douglas MacArthur with American and Filipino soldiers stood down Japanese military invasion for months) just boat--ride across Manila Bay

***visit Manila's markets like QUIAPO (pronounced as 'ki-ya-po') MARKET & famous QUIAPO CHURCH with its miraculous BLACK NAZARENE statue, also buy Philippine handicrafts UNDER THE QUIAPO BRIDGE, go also to BACLARAN MARKET & nearby BACLARAN CHURCH (where Catholic devotees still pray and kneel up to midnight, especially Wednesday nights...)

***near the SEAPORTS (just behind MANILA HOTEL area), if you want to take ships or boat rides like the SUPER FERRY to different isles...

***many many more...

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WE ARE AN INTERNATIONAL HOSTEL, BUT LOCAL TRAVELLERS ALSO WELCOME, MANILA BAY HOSTEL DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE, ALL WHO CAN ADD TO OUR FUN & WANT TO ENJOY OUR PRIME LOCATION ARE WARMLY WELCOME
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Regards. Enjoy your stay in Manila, at convenient and safest location...

Welcome, we are open 24-hours daily, let us have the privilege to serve you!


REUTERS report on September 4, 2009 suggested this whole day exploration of Manila city center all near Manila Bay Hoste... please also read...

8 a.m. For breakfast, try arroz caldo (rice porridge) or the more adventurous dinuguan (stewed pigs blood) with puto (steamed rice cakes) at Aristocrat restaurant near Malate Church. The Baroque-style church served as a base for British soldiers who launched an assault on Manila in 1762.

9 a.m. Wander across Luneta Park, where national hero Jose Rizal, a renaissance man whose writings inspired the revolution against Spain, was executed by firing squad. The park also features a gigantic relief map depicting the 7,000 islands of the Philippine archipelago.

10 a.m. Relive Manilas Spanish colonial past in the cobble-stoned streets of the old walled city, Intramuros. Visit the 400-year-old San Agustin church, a World Heritage site that boasts a fine collection of religious relics. You might chance upon a wedding reception across the street at Casa Manila, a museum depicting a typical Spanish colonial house. Around the corner is Manila Cathedral, which sheltered wounded soldiers in the Spanish-American war. Walking tours by history buff Carlos Celdran are entertaining. (celdrantours.blogspot.com/)

11 a.m. Walk to Fort Santiago, a Spanish garrison where Rizal was imprisoned until his execution. A small museum houses manuscripts of his novels and his medical instruments. His famous poem, Adios Patria Adorada, is translated in several languages. Climb on the ramparts and watch barges cross the Pasig River.

12 p.m. Ride a horse carriage to the old quarter of Sta. Cruz and for lunch: try the tasty fried chicken of Ramon Lee Panciteria. The pink-walled restaurant with retro upholstery and high ceiling fans dates back to 1929.

(If you want to try this Reuters recommended tour, stay at Manila Bay Hostel so you can just walk to all these places and experiences... stay a few more days and enjoy much more!)
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