I always thought that that triangle bordered by EDSA, the Pasig river, and Rockwell, would be an ideal place for a hostel. Not only is the area cheap, but it is near Power Plant Mall (my favorite), and near the Guadalupe MRT station, too.
Well it looks like I was not the only one who thought so. By the edge of the river is now 1 River Central, a new hostel that is another good addition to our growing backpacker scene. Walking distance from Power Plant and the MRT (I tried it), it is a great cheap and alternative place to stay from the traditional haunts of Malate and Makati Ave.
And at the price of 450 pesos, you get clean rooms, bathrooms, an open kitchen and rooftop eating area. Being along the Pasig, might not have seemed ideal before, but with recent clean-up efforts, it is actually becoming a pleasant place to stroll along. And it even has fish now. (What kind, I’m not so sure, they’re just big, black, and kind of scary-looking 😉 )
One drawback of its location along a main road is that it can be a bit noisy. But the staff have earplugs on hand to sell you at cost.
One added bonus, is the hostel is also walking distance from the Nuestra Senora de Gracia church which was built in 1629!
1 River Central
1169 JP Rizal, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati, tel. (63 927) 368 200
450 pesos (9 US$) a dorm bed (boy/girl/mixed)
free safe in room, free wi-fi, includes breakfast