There is a new wave of backpacker hostels hitting Metro Manila. The first is the first hostel I ever reviewed for this site, Our Melting Pot Hostel. OMP is now more centrally located. It is right in front of the A. Venue Mall, on Makati Ave., with it’s slew of bars, shops and brand new grocery store.
OMP now boasts of two floors of private rooms and dorm rooms, an open kitchen, communal area, lockers and two roofdecks.
Ronald, one of the ever gracious owners of the place, has a menu of suggestions to offer you like how to take a boat to Intramuros or where to volunteer for different NGO activities throughout the city. OMP also hosts Philippine cultural nights, gives free travel advisories to different parts of the country, and can even get you into the shoots of Philippine TV variety shows and watch it live!
Ronald’s mission is to show to backpackers, that Manila isn’t just a place to pass through, it’s a place to stay in for awhile.
His staff (or even he!) will bring you personally on private tours of the Intramuros, Quiapo, and Binondo areas or bar nights at B-Side and Blackbird in Makati. They can also teach you how to eat balut or prepare a proper adobo. Ronald actually copyrighted the catchphrase “friendship included” and they mean it.
With Ronald, you can see, it’s not just a business, it’s a vision. They plan to open branches in Tagaytay, Boracay, and Cebu by 2012 bringing the Our Melting Pot goodness to different parts of the country.
Our Melting Pot
4th floor, Mavenue Bldg., Guererro St. corner Makati Ave., Makati City. It is right in front of A. Venue Mall. Tel. (63)932-950-0255 or (632)659-5443
600-750 pesos (12-15 US$) for a dorm bed, 1000 pesos (20 US$) for a single private room, 1700 pesos (34 US$) for a double private room
50 pesos (1 US$) for bag storage, 30 pesos (50 US cents) per kilo for laundry, free wi-fi, breakfast included