Top 10 Budget Hotels and Hostels In Cebu, The Philippines - Updated 2024

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Have you ever been to the Philippines? If so, maybe you went to Boracay for the beaches and the nightlife? Cebu is just equally charming with its white sand beaches, infectious nightlife, and a dizzying selection of restaurants. There so many things to do here and each municipality in Cebu offers you a different activity that you should try. For example, Moalboal has its sardine run, Malapascua, its famous diving sites, Badian, where canyoneering in its very own Kawasan Falls is a must try, and much more.

Cebu is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines and has a wide array of budget-friendly hotels and hostels that will surely make your holiday worthwhile. In case you need help in choosing your vacation home, we have compiled a list for you. Check them out, below:

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 18, 2024.

1. MoHo - Moalboal Hostel

The Moho – Moalboal Hostel is accommodation perfect for a big group of travelers, for it offers affordable rooms. It is located in Moalboal, a municipality in Cebu famous for its white sand beaches and the world-renowned sardine run. The hostel is just a nine-minute walk from the beach and the seaside bars. This hostel is the perfect stop for travelers who want to gain new friends or meet new people, for it has a lot of common areas, where you can chill and have a good time. It also has a hippie vibe, with hammocks and beanbag chairs.

2. Food District Hostel, Cebu Central (from USD 12)

The Food District Hostel offers accommodation for every type of traveler, in various room configurations. Solo travelers, groups, couples, or even your whole clan can be comfortably accommodated at this hostel, which features a quirky vibe, colorful decor, unique pieces of furniture, and clean surroundings. It also offers free Wi-Fi and has a 24/7 front desk, to cater to all guest’s needs. As for its location, it is near the Ayala Center Cebu and the Fuente Osmeña Circle.

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Food District Hostel Cebu Central

Wifi Available

Address: 12 Torralba Street, Corner Wilson Street (Near Camp Lapu-Lapu), Barangay Apas
4.44 km (2.8 mi) from Magellan's Cross

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services Fax/photocopying

3. Malapascua Budget Inn (from USD 8)

Are you going to Malapascua Island in Cebu? If so, the Malapascua Budget Inn is a must book accommodation for your trip. They offer different rooms for every type of traveler, including air-conditioned rooms, fan rooms, and dormitory-style rooms. Other features include a bar, a shared lounge, and private parking. Malapascua Island is known for its white sand beaches and is a famous diving site in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Head down to this beautiful island and have the best holiday.

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Malapascua Budget Inn MBI DIVE CENTER

8.4 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Tawigan, Barangay Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu
117.52 km (73.1 mi) from Magellan's Cross

Pets allowed Bar Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Internet services Car hire Diving

4. Shejoje Poshtel Hostel (from USD 9)

If you want real value for your money, the Shejoje Poshtel Hostel is the one to book. It offers free Wi-Fi and a shared lounge, as well as capsule-style rooms. The capsule rooms are cozy and you can choose from a single capsule bed or a deluxe capsule bed. Another good thing about this hostel is its design. It is posh, colorful, and the decor is well thought of. In case you’re in Cebu to see the beautiful and historic sites, the property is close to many, including Magellan’s Cross.

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Shejoje Poshtel Hostel

Wifi Available

Address: Ground Floor, DCD Bldg. Ramos, D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu City
1.37 km (0.9 mi) from Magellan's Cross

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Internet services Express check-in/check-out Car hire Luggage storage WiFi Available Free WiFi

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5. Hostel (from USD 15)

The 1521 Hostel is an artsy haven with walls painted in different colors - you won’t feel anything but refreshed here! It has comfortable, neat, and very bright rooms that offer a sanctuary to every type and group of traveler. Each room has an air conditioning unit, steel lockers, comfortable beds, and a private bathroom with shower. The property also features an alfresco shared working space on the rooftop, as well as a common lounge.

You will also find historical and tourist attractions a few minutes away from the hostel, including Magellan’s Obelisk and the Lapu Lapu Monument. If you’re looking for an affordable tour around Cebu, don’t hesitate to ask at the front desk, for they offer tours, car and bike rentals, and more.

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1521 Hostel

Address: M.L.Quezon, National Highway, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
11.66 km (7.3 mi) from Magellan's Cross

6. HideAway Dive Hostel (from USD 12)

If you want affordable accommodation on the beach, Hideaway Dive Hostel is a must-book hostel. It is not only budget-friendly but has a wide variety of rooms to choose from. They offer double rooms, solo rooms, bamboo rooms, and more. The property also features a garden and an in-house bar, where you can drink the night away. Moreover, they have a complimentary continental breakfast every morning for all its guests. You can only expect tender-loving care when you book this place.

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HideAway Dive Hostel

Address: Lot 4, Adamville Subdivision, Suba-Basbas, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
8.94 km (5.6 mi) from Magellan's Cross

7. SR Hostel

If you want a no-frills, simple, and neat place to stay, then the SR Hostel is your match. It has a wide array of rooms to choose from that will suit each traveler’s taste. The rooms here are air-conditioned and have a desk. Some rooms have a seating area, while others come with a balcony. The hostel also offers free Wi-Fi, airport shuttle service, car rental, and an indoor pool that you can use without additional charge.

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8. E-Mo Dormitory (from USD 9)

The E-Mo Dormitory is a budget-friendly accommodation in a great location in Cebu. It is close to the Fuente Osmena Circle, Colon Street, and Mactan–Cebu International. It offers different styles of rooms, from dormitory-style to double rooms and more. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, and you can also enjoy a free Asian breakfast, every morning.

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E-mo Dormitory

Address: Samantabhadra Institute, Governor Cuenco, Barangay Kasambagan
3.74 km (2.4 mi) from Magellan's Cross

9. Hostel Seven Cebu (from USD 8)

You should book the Hostel Seven Cebu for a lot of good reasons, especially for its many amenities compared to other hostels. It has a garden, a shared lounge, a sunny terrace, and a bar. So, you need not go too far if you want a bottle of beer or food to eat. It also has an extensive selection of rooms that will cater to each traveler’s need. The rooms here are equipped with an air-conditioning unit and a private bathroom, while some even have sitting areas and closets.

They also offer an Asian breakfast every morning and a 24/7 front desk, to attend to your needs. Another good thing about this place is that it is close to shopping malls and the Grand Convention Center Cebu.

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10. Moalboal Shaka Traveler's Place (from USD 13)

Moalboal Shaka Traveler’s Place is a haven for all beach bums out there, for it has its own private beach. Rooms here are equipped with an electric teapot, air conditioning, and feature a seating area, while some rooms include a terrace. The hotel also has amenities that include an in-house restaurant and free Wi-Fi. You can also avail of the complimentary Asian breakfast, every morning.

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Enchanting Cebu

Have a fun-filled, adventure rich, and one-of-a-kind holiday when you visit the Queen City of the South - Cebu. You won’t run out of activities here, from adrenaline-pumping canyoneering, diving, and snorkeling, to sunbathing on the white sand beaches, restaurant hopping, and partying the night away in some of the local bars. Don’t forget to try the “lechon" or roasted pig, for it is to die for. And, don’t forget to book one of these budget-friendly capsule hotels or hostels in Cebu and have the best vacation ahead.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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