Hippie hammock accommodation… Check. Relaxed, homey feel… Check. Funky decors and graffiti… Check. Fun, crazy crowd… Check. Near the waves… Check. The Circle Hostel got all these things covered and more.

     The Circle Hostel 1

Tucked inside a private road just a few stones away from the beach, lies one of the funkiest accommodations we were lucky to spend the weekend in. After almost 6-hours of butt-numbing ride from Manila to San Juan, La Union, it was a relief to find the laidback atmosphere of The Circle Hostel waiting for us.

From the moment I gazed upon the painted graffitis decorating almost every nook and cranny of the compound, to the time I was cozily dozing off on one of the netted hammocks hanging in the common area, I knew I already fell in love with the place. I mean, what’s not to love?

     The Circle Hostel, La Union

Elevated, open-air cottages with wooden bunk beds and soft cushions reminded me of those childhood dreams of sleeping on a tree house. It was the closest thing you could get to sleeping outdoors without actually having to spend the night under the stars or in a tent. Lace-curtains are provided in every bunk bed to keep out mosquitoes while letting in the cool breeze.

Or if you want to just literally hang-out, you could just plop into one of the numerous hammocks found within the compound and gently swing yourself to dreamland. Take your pick.

                              The Circle Hostel, La Union

Exciting water activities are laid-out for visitors to try out. Surfing’s always been the main crowd draw and if you’re still a beginner you don’t have to fret because they can hook you up with surf coaches. If you’re not that into the waves, then you can just try out snorkeling to experience the amazing underwater scenery.

Aside from the water sports, you can also try out other fun activities such as yoga and random games. See how far your body can  twist and turn while letting go of those pent-up stress through meditation and yoga. At night, get crazy and socialize with cool folks through the interactive game called Random Games.

     The Circle Hostel

     The Circle Hostel

     The Circle Hostel, La Union

More than the unique accommodation and the funky details, what strikes me most about The Circle Hostel is the surprising camaraderie you establish with other people by the end of your stay that you don’t usually get from other hostels. For beyond the colorful graffiti and random bits of expressions from traveler’s souls lies a sanctuary of crazy people filled with warmth, laughter and happy memories.

Truly, there are NO STRANGERS here.

     The Circle Hostel, La Union


Special thanks to the following for making this trip possible:

Raf Dionisio of  The Circle Hostel
Lois Yasay of  We Are Sole Sisters

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6 Comments to “LA UNION | The Circle Hostel, not your ordinary accommodation in San Juan”

  • Matagal ko nang pina-plano na bumalik sana sa La Union, pero hindi ako matuloy-tuloy :| Curious ako dito sa The Circle Hostel eh hehe
    Micamyx|Senyorita recently posted..KLM Flight Experience: Manila-Amsterdam-BirminghamMy Profile

    • Diyan ka din mag-stay pag balik mo Mica. Promise masaya dyan. :)

  • nice one Joanna. hope to bump into you again. i miss the random games and the random people.

    • Hahaha oo nga balitaan mo ko pag andito ka Manila. Let’s do Binondo. :)

  • Very picture-worthy accommodation! Will definitely look it up when I go to the area :D
    Sam recently posted..My First Couchsurfing ExperienceMy Profile

    • It is. Punta po kayo dyan. Masaya dyan.

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