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5 Beautiful Hostels in San Juan, La Union

Here's a rundown of the best places where you can sleep, surf, and snap Instagram-worthy photos

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Photography: @urbizgarden and @vesselhostel via Instagram (Main Photo)

Whether you're a surfing pro or you simply enjoy living life by the beach, La Union—which is one bus ride away from Manila—is your best bet. This popular weekend destination for young solo and group travelers has grown rapidly over the years. However, one might wonder—where do these intrepid surfers hit the hay after a day's worth of travel? If you're planning to visit soon, we've listed down some crowd-favorite hostels and hotels where you can easily get your dose of vitamin sea and catch some sleep. Check them out below: 

The Circle Hostel

If you're a fan of meeting new people, The Circle Hostel has a warm and friendly vibe to it. They offer mixed dorm-style lodging that goes from three to four beds high and exclusive female-dorm good for four people if you're traveling with girlfriends. The Circle Hostel also has several common areas which encourage guests to paint as a souvenir or remembrance of their visit. What people love most in this spot are the hammocks, swings, and bean bags that seem to invite guests to chill and feel right at home.

RL Tip: This type of lodging is best for young budget travelers and backpackers!

The Circle Hostel is located at San Juan, La Union Barangay Urbiztondo 2514. You can call them at 0917-505 4329. 

Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

Dubbed as the "artist beach hostel," the Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel is the choice venue of musicians and artists for its beautiful interiors and easy access to the beach. The lodging options vary from bamboo dorm rooms to premium air-conditioned rooms while the most recent additions include the garden-view and sea-view rooms that come with their own bathrooms. The common areas are furnished with an eclectic combination of artisan furniture and floor mats that give a laid-back feel to this hostel.

READ: 5 Decorating Ideas Inspired By Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel, La Union

Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel is located at Surf Town, La Union. You can call them at 0917-802-1328. 

San Juan Surf Resort

If you want a no-fuss, all-surf weekend, leave it up to San Juan Surf Resort to make your trip worth it. They practically have everything a surf enthusiast may need during their stay. The newly renovated guest rooms are air-conditioned and come with their own bathroom. Room rates usually come with breakfast from the Coast Call Kitchen and Bar. You can even avail of surf lessons at P400/hour which gets you an instructor and board in this resort. 

San Juan Surf Resort is located at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. You can call them at 0917-887-5470.

Urbiz Garden

Famous for being La Union's best kept secret, Urbiz Garden is the coziest bed and breakfast inn you'll find. What sets Urbiz Garden apart from other hostels is its homey vibe and garden facade that make it an ideal venue for garden-beach wedding ceremonies. 

RL Tip: Thinking about bringing your furry friends? Urbiz Garden is a pet-friendly B&B, just make sure to advice the staff ahead of your stay.

Urbiz Garden is located at 134 Beachfront Urbiztondo, Urbiztondo, La Union. You can call them at 0917-590-8256.

Vessel Hostel

Vessel gives shipping containers a good name. The hostel, which is built from six repurposed shipping containers, is an Instagram-lover's haven for its photogenic interiors. It is designed with plenty of windows that invite natural light and exteriors that are reminiscent of industrial American structures. Its mixed dorms have a look and feel of a capsule hotel equipped with a mini desk and lights for convenience. 

Vessel Hostel is located at Urbiztondo, Manila N Rd, San Juan, La Union. You can book your stay through Vesselhostel[@]gmail.com.

PHOTOS: @urbizgarden and @vesselhostel via Instagram (Main) | launion.thecirclehostel.com | @flotsamandjetsamhostel via Instagram | @sanjuansurfresort via Instagram

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