10 Best Hostels In El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines - Updated 2024

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Planning a trip to the Philippines? Palawan Island should definitely be on the list of your must-visit destinations. No one visits Palawan Island without visiting El Nido, a place that is endowed with the remarkable beauty of nature as it features white-sand beaches and rich coral reefs. Appreciate nature by visiting Big Lagoon, a heaven on Earth where you can indulge in recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Nacpan Beach promises the ultimate beach vacation as you marvel at the crystal clear water and get a tan while lying on the soft sands. In addition to attractions, you also need to think about accommodation. If you are looking to stay in an accommodation at a friendly cost, keep reading. This article lists the best hostels in El Nido, Palawan, the Philippines.

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 February 05, 2024.

1. Frendz Hostel El Nido (from USD 25)

Featuring a bar, Frendz Hostel El Nido, which is located close to Big Lagoon, is another friendly accommodation to consider. You can opt for a family room or a queen room for more privacy. But, if you do not mind sharing, you can stay in a dormitory. The facilities offered by the hostel include shared bathrooms, air conditioning, free wireless internet and pool tables.

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Frendz Hostel El Nido

Wifi Available

Address: Osmena Street, Barangay Masagana, Palawan
9.27 km (5.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Internet services Safety deposit box Billiards Table tennis Karaoke

2. Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido (from USD 18)

Having a strategic location that is within close proximity to Corong Corong Beach, Spin Designer Hostel offers a shared kitchen that is equipped with barbecue facilities along with a games room to keep you entertained, and a common terrace that makes for an excellent place where you can sit back, recharge your energy and stare at the lush forest right in front of you. The hip hostel also comes with free toiletries, towels and bed linens. For privacy, you are welcome to book a room that features a private bathroom.

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Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Balinsasayaw Road corner Calle Real, Barangay Maligaya, Palawan
9.33 km (5.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Garden Terrace Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Games room Free parking Internet services

3. Kame House Hostel (from USD 16)

Set just a few steps away from Corong Corong Beach, Kame House Hostel provides a shared kitchen, where you can cook up a light meal, barbecue facilities, a garden to please your eyes and calm your mind and soul, a shared lounge to relax and mingle with other guests, and a bar which offers a selection of drinks for the night. You will stay in a room which comes with a patio and air conditioning.

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Kame House Hostel

Wifi Available

Address: Taytay - El Nido National Highway, Palawan
9.17 km (5.7 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

4. Happiness Hostel (from USD 24)

Just like its name, Happiness Hostel promises happy days throughout your stay. Enjoy a night of restful sleep on a cozy bed in a six-bed dormitory. To start fresh, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast either at the on-site restaurant or at the on-site bar. If you like the food, you can come back later at lunch or dinner time. For those traveling with loved ones, the hostel provides a collection of board games or puzzles for entertainment. There is also an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy the surrounding views while recharging.

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Happiness Hostel

Wifi Available

Address: Serena Street, Buena Suerte, Palawan
8.86 km (5.6 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Laundry

El Nido Tour Guide

Rosalyn Capablanca

Rosalyn Capablanca

From Palawan Paradise, greetings! Hello, my fellow nomads! Your guide to Palawan, the Last Frontier, is me, Rosa! I live in a tropical oasis surrounded by luscious flora and blue lakes. Together, let me be your ticket to paradise as we discover Palawan's wonders.Palawan is well known for its breathtaking islands, each with an individual allure. The most well-known locations are Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido. Bright coral reefs, secret lagoons, and majestic limestone cliffs are the main attractions of El Nido. Coron is home to gorgeous scenery, World War II wreck dive locations, and lakes that are glistening with clarity. The capital, Puerto Princesa, serves as a point of entry for the Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Palawan's landscapes are a mix of lush rainforests, limestone karst formations, and captivating beaches. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, showcases an underground river winding through a mesmerizing cave system.Palawan is not just a destination; it's a journey into a tropical paradise where nature's wonders unfold at every turn. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Palawan invites you to explore its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant marine life.

5. Bunakidz Lodge (from USD 28)

Situated within walking distance of the bayside area, Bunakids Lodge features a terrace on which you can relax while admiring the views of the city and breathing in the peaceful atmosphere. Certain rooms offer private balconies, whereas a flat-screen TV can be found in every room. If you are traveling with family members, the hostel also offers a family room that can accommodate up to eight people. As a guest, you can enjoy free wireless internet access and private parking throughout your stay.

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RedDoorz Bunakidz Lodge El Nido Palawan

Wifi Available

Address: Rizal Street, Barangay Maligaya, Palawan
8.94 km (5.6 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Terrace Laundry Family rooms Free parking Internet services WiFi Available Free WiFi

6. Mad Monkey Hostel Nacpan Beach (from USD 87)

Nestled on Nacpan Beach, Mad Monkey Hostel Nacpan Beach should be your first choice of accommodation if you are looking to marvel at the beach views every single day. Whenever you want to get to the beach, you can simply walk a few stepd from your doorstep and you’ll be on the beach in an instant. The hostel comes with several room types including loft and superior glamping tent. All rooms come with shared bathrooms. Moreover, the hostel features an on-site restaurant and a bar where you can relax over a glass of wine and enjoy live music performance until late at night.

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Mad Monkey Hostel Nacpan Beach

Address: Nacpan Beach, Palawan
23.52 km (14.7 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Canoeing Tour desk Diving Snorkelling

7. Lexias El Nido (from USD 16)

Enjoy a wonderful stay at Lexias El Nido which boasts an outdoor swimming pool that welcomes every guest to have a relaxing dip to wash the fatigue away after an adventure on the island. In addition to the swimming pool, guests can also savor delectable dishes and enjoy drinks at the on-site restaurant and bar. You are also welcome to play billiards in the hostel.

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Lexias Hostel and Workspace - El Nido

Wifi Available

Address: Marimegmeg Beach, Corong Corong
8.53 km (5.3 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Restaurant Bar Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Games room

8. Big Paul Hostel (from USD 15)

Last but not least, you should also consider staying at Big Paul Hostel which provides you with quick access to attractions such as Papaya Beach and Matinloc Shrine. Featuring a bar, a shared lounge for relaxation and free access to wireless internet, the hostel offers a mixed dormitory room or double room. Head to the on-site restaurant every morning to relish a continental breakfast before setting off.

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Big Paul Hostel

Wifi Available

Address: Barangay Corong-Corong, Palawan
8.8 km (5.5 mi) from Shimizu Island

Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Games room Internet services Safety deposit box Table tennis Karaoke

9. ZEN Hostel OMP El Nido (from USD 8)

Set not far away from Big Lagoon and Matinloc Shrine, some of the most popular attractions in El Nido, this hostel offers two room types. You can choose whether to enjoy a good night’s sleep on a bunk bed in a mixed dormitory room or on a bunk bed in a six-bed mixed dormitory. As a guest, you will also have access to a shared bathroom and a kitchen. Moreover, you can access the unlimited wireless internet for free. As a compliment, you will be provided with a bottle of water daily.

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ZEN Hostel OMP El Nido

Wifi Available

Address: Located in Our Melting Pot El Nido, Real Street, Palawan
9.09 km (5.7 mi) from Shimizu Island

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Internet services Luggage storage WiFi Available Free WiFi

10. Big Mike Hostel (from USD 8)

Featuring free wireless internet access throughout the property, Big Mike Hostel offers budget double rooms for up to two people, and a mixed dormitory for those who are on a very tight budget. In the morning, satisfy your stomach by indulging in an energizing breakfast at the on-site restaurant. You can choose to indulge in Asian and vegetarian options too.

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Big Mike Hostel

Address: San Joaquin St. Brgy. Buena Suerte, Zone 2, El Nido, Palawan
8.92 km (5.6 mi) from Shimizu Island

A superb vacation in the Philippines

Make the most of your precious time in El Nido by visiting as many attractions as you possibly can. Do not forget to book one of the hostels mentioned above because you do not need to stay in a five-star hotel to enjoy the ultimate stay.

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