2401 Castro, Malate, Philippines
(02) 521 0524
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Pension Natividad Malate Reviews
Best quality hostel in Manila but not cheap Mar 28, 2011
Pension Natividad is the most spacious Hostel in Manila, that I have ever seen. The rooms are spacious and wide. The circulation is excellent because of the intelligently placed windows and the location by the bay.
The public lounging area is also the biggest and most cozy of any pension house. The big rooms, spacious corridors, bright and decently lit venues make this different from the other budget hostels in manila. If I recall, there was a decently sized aviary and some birds in that area, to keep you company and hear their songs while you sip coffee and read books. It's a great place to meet other travelers and a few locals as well.
However, this is also the most expensive hostel in Manila.
Pension Natividad was an old house that was converted into a hostel. Old manila houses were predominantly wide and high ceilinged giving this place the advantage of excellent circulation. If you aren't needy for sub 20's temperature, the circulation here is adequate for most travelers. The Malate area is also known for being a prime location and expensive real estate, thus adding to the costs of this hostel.
All the other hostels are cheaper than this place, but those places are usually more cramped. So for travelers on a real budget, the other hostels are your better bet esp. if you just need a place to sleep and leave.
Overall. As a hostel, it is expensive. I would call it, "a cheaper alternative to a hotel". But the wide rooms, great location, great circulation and best amenities (for a hostel) make this a good place for group travelers to share rooms, and visit manila on a budget. Sharing rooms comes out cheaper since a room is big.
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400 pesos mens dorm bed Apr 30, 2011
Just got to Natividad. Recomended by lots of freinds who live here that are local and European.
There is space outside to sit and drink although you cant buy beer there. Just go round corner and get some there where there is also an internet cafe, not that it matters if you have a computer as the wifi service is provided.
There is a basket ball court, not that anyone plays, and it is more a symbolic gesture rather than anything more.
Inside there are wood floors and walls with good paintings.
The mens dorrm 400p night, is clean and ok. It is the cheapest i have found that is worth it. A towel is 100p deposit and there is safety box dowstairs at 20p per night but bring your own padlock or pay 120p.
You can also just take a shower there for 100p i think without haveing to take a room. Good for those long trips to manila.
There was not that many interesting people there, by this i mean young or older open people that want to talk about things.
There was a Korean girl that was half cut, who complained about humanity. She had a hampster with her that had managed to escape down a drain and returned like a skeleton 5 days later, and happened to sit outside it's cage, because it was "inteligent".
That was my favourite person to talk to there.