Last weekend, I went back to Tacloban City for my annual campaign with Postcards from Disasters and the go to place to stay would be Yellow Doors Hostel (YDH). Since it was my second time staying with them, I felt that it is perfect to share my experience with them. Here are the three reasons why I would always go back to this hip hostel.
GETTING THERE IS EASY
The flight to Tacloban would take about 1 hour and 5 minutes and you will land at The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (known as Tacloban City Airport). This is the main airport of the city which is currently served by our local airlines (Philippinze Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippines AirAsia). The airport is small and once you step outside locals will offer you a ride to the city centre which they call “downtown.” One cab driver offered a ride for Php 200 (4 USD) but I politely declined and said thank you.
The cheapest way to get to downtown is via jeepney and will cost you Php 13 (0.25 cents). The jeepney terminal is on the far left side of the airport just right after the parking lot. It will take you around 20 minutes to get to downtown depending on the traffic conditions. The location where you need to alight is in the intersection of Real street and Burgos street. You know that you are in the correct intersection if you see a small food shop named “Dahil Sa’yo Fastfood.” Cross the street, walk for about 5 minutes until you reach the next intersection where you see Yellow Doors Hostel on the right side. Here’s a Google maps link for your reference:
LOW-COST and NEAR ESTABLISHMENTS
The price last weekend for a bunk bed was Php 490/night (USD 10/night). You can either stay on the 6-bunk bed room or 8-bunk bed room with a common rest room. They also offer a private room but was not able to asked the rate. Each bunk bed is equipped with a reading light and one socket to charge. One tip, bring your own extension cord if you have lots of gadgets to charge. You can also ask for a bathroom towel that you can use for your stay. Wireless connection is available, you just need to ask for the password at the reception.
If you need to buy toiletries or snacks, a store is located just right below the hostel. A food place is also open 24 hours where you can eat some porridge and rice meals for very cheap price. There is a hotel and restaurant right across the street if you want to have some coffee or dinner. If you want to get around the city, just hail a tricycle and they will bring you where you want to go. The usual price for a ride is Php 8 (0.15 cents).
DRINK AND EAT
If you want to chill with friends, head to the roof deck of the hotel where you can order drinks and food. The ambiance is really great with subtle lighting paired with feel good music. The area can house around 25 people with tables and chairs that seats around 5-6 people. I suggest for you to try the buffalo wings and some cold beer. If you do not want alcoholic drink, they also offers some lemonade and other snacks to choose from.
If you will travel to Tacloban City and looking for an easy to access, affordable and relaxing place to hang out, make sure to contact Yellow Doors Hostel for reservation:
YELLOW DOORS HOSTEL
ADDRESS: Burgos cor. Juan Luna Sts., 6500 Tacloban City.
MOBILE NUMBERS: SMART: +63 921 600 0165; GLOBE: +63 927 450 0984