La Banane Hostel
El Nido, Philippines
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La Banane Hostel El Nido Reviews
Bugs galore Feb 17, 2013
Yes, it is the cheapest place if you are alone (350 pesos per person), but it also comes with bed bugs so reconsider what is the price you would pay for that beauty… Hostel is located on absolutely gorgeous place, right on the beach with an cool reggae restaurant on the right and great diving shop on the left. Cost for the bed is 350p, but they are cramped in the rooms and go 3 stories high! I have never seen something like that and with my 100kg I settled down on the bottom bunk. There are only two dorms on the bottom floor in the large building that has other floors. Rest is not used, or maybe it is used by the owners as their habitat. Across the street hostel has another building with the restaurant on the bottom floor. That restaurant is also part of the hostel and it has ok food. Rooms on the second floor are “private”, there is three of them and they have only fans. Security in that building is equal to zero and it is very easy to get into your room and take whatever someone likes.
Main building has very cool yard with lots of big sacks to sit or lay on instead of chairs and it looked like they had a bar before. Yard is excellent place to chill, read a book or get together with the rest of people in the hostel and play some games under umbrellas. Mornings are low tide and it is amazing to walk on the beach. Locals are awake early and most of the hotels have staff cleaning the beach and burying the seaweed. At night sea is much higher and during the full moon it is tough to pass because waves can be a bit dangerous.
Internet is sporadic but that is only because town looses power during the day. They do have a truck battery that they connect to the router and internet works, but people that work in the hostel don’t seem to be interested in working so you will have to ask them and follow them until they do it.
That is one of the issues with this place. An older woman that is running the place is incredibly phlegmatic and she does not looks like she wants to do anything. When I came there to ask for the room, I had to repeat my questions few times because she did not acknowledge that she heard anything. It is very hard to communicate with someone that almost does not look at you at all and stands up goes somewhere and you are not sure if it is to do something for you, or she just left for her own reasons leaving you standing… She does not change even when she is getting the money from you…
There is only ONE bathroom/shower in the place, and people from the restaurant will come and use it too. Sometimes there is no water either.
Stuff is incredibly noisy every morning (I am talking about 6am) and they do not care if people are sleeping. There is kitchen available and it does have all things necessary for preparing food. When you are getting inside of the hostel it is mandatory to leave your shoes because sand is all over and lobby soon becomes part of the beach.
The biggest issue are the bed bugs. I was not sure in beginning what’s going on, because I was sleeping next to the window that is open all night long, so maybe there were other bugs and mosquitoes having a field day. Then one day I remembered that I have mosquito net in my bag, and I was not lazy to take it and place it over my bed. In the morning, to my surprise, I had good number of big bed bugs, full of blood, trying to get out of the net climbing their way up and down. Picture was ugly, and it was even uglier when I killed them all with a passion of revenge…
Anyway DO NOT STAY HERE. There are other options in town. Go to ART CAFÉ and ask them to give you list of places to stay because they collected all prices and possibilities for you.
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