Who would have thought that, amid the pandemic, a luxury hostel would emerge at the heart of Poblacion in Makati, and would shake up the competition, not only among hostels but also hotels in and around the area? Have you heard about Unwnd lux Hostel?
The words “hostel” and “luxury” are an unlikely pair since hostel is commonly associated with “budget accommodation” that is perfect for budgetarians (noun, frugal spenders). The vision of Unwnd lux hostel changes this notion.
Walking deeper onto the streets of Poblacion, you will discover this newest chic spot along General Luna. It pairs a roof deck bar with a wallet-friendly menu, and boasts of a trendy restaurant lobby, private rooms, jacuzzi, spa, gym, and sauna–amenities you will seldom find, if at all, in ordinary hostels in Metro Manila. UNWND is, without a doubt, the most luxurious of its kind that you can find in Makati to date.
Different vibes will greet you the moment you step into the lobby. It is filled with creative and imaginative designs that include an ensemble of neon lights, colorful patterns, and vibrant paintings. My friends say that it is similar to artsy hostels they visited in Singapore, South Korea, and Spain. They’re really amazed to see something like it in the neighborhood of Makati.
UNWND as an Artspace
Do you love paintings? Stroll around UNWND, and you will be surprised with the number of paintings hanging on the walls of each floor, from the lobby all the way to the rooftop. You will observe that all of them were painted by Filipino artists, the hostel’s way of showcasing Filipino talent. Some of the artworks are also for sale, so if you want to buy one, ask the staff about the price.
UNWND Rooms: from Shared Dorm to Luxury Rooms
Since the end of the pandemic is not yet on the horizon, UNWND doesn’t allow solo travellers to stay in a shared or private dorm with other solo travellers. But if you are with your family or a small group of friends looking for a place to stay for a night or two, you can check into UNWND Lux Hostels’ private dorm, which is perfect for 6 to 8 persons.
Bed mattress quality is exceptional. Each single bed has an integrated locker, USB outlets, and curtains for privacy. I can imagine flashpackers enjoying their stay in their dorm. The shared bathroom is not a horror story you probably have heard of or experienced yourself in your past travels. UNWND’s is spotless and squeaky clean like those you find in country clubs.
There are also different room categories namely Twin, Double, Triple, and Luxury, with published rates ranging from PHP4,000 to PHP6,500. Although, the floor area is comparatively smaller than that of a typical hotel room. But fret not, as what it lacks in space, UNWND makes up for in IG-worthy elements. Think of an aesthetic chair, flat-screen smart TV, more paintings, accent throw pillows, and other essential room amenities. I just love how UNWND did it!
UNWND Rooftop Bar, Food and Drinks
The alfresco rooftop bar is a safer place to hang out than closed space bars in Poblacion. Located on the 5th floor, it’s on the lower side compared with my pre-pandemic favorite rooftop bar in Makati: I’M Hotel’s Antidote, both have a nice view of Rockwell and portions of the Makati and BGC skylines.
Besides the view, the food and the good service are guaranteed to be the top reasons you’ll keep coming back to UNWND. My personal favorites in their menu are beef tapa, all-meat pizza, sizzling tofu, chicken ala kiev, and gambas al jillo.
Most recently, they launched their Filipino heritage cafe called “Mamser” located in the lobby. If you like the Kapampangan cooking style, then you’ll absolutely love the menu. Some of my favorites are Pusit Tinta, Hurnong Sulib Keng Keso, Tsiken Binakol, and the paco salad.
If you’re a bit on the alcoholic side, you’ll love chilling on the rooftop where you can find a wide selection of alcoholic beverages–from local, craft to imported beers, vodka, gin, whisky, rum, tequila, and wine. You name it, they might have it. Plus, don’t forget to try their curated signature cocktails like WYP Delight and Filipino Summer.
And since vaccinations are happening left and right, Unwnd Lux Hostel offers complimentary cocktails to fully vaccinated guests. Simply bring your vaccine card to avail of the offer.
If you thought that luxurious travel and hostels could not co-exist, think again. With the vision of Unwnd Lux Hostels in the Philippines, this is no longer a possibility; it’s now a reality. The one in Poblacion is just the beginning of many Unwnd Lux Hostels you can experience and visit all over the Philippines in the coming years.
You may call luxury hostels a trend or perhaps, a “disruption” in the hotel industry. But with the increased demand among the modern and young market, especially the digital nomads traveling the world, a new breed of luxury hostels like Unwnd Lux Hostel will undoubtedly rise in the country. It’s only a matter of time before the supply hits the demand among budget-conscious travelers who wish to indulge in hotel-like perks for the rates of a hostel.
If you’re scouting for discounts, make sure to book rooms at UNWND through Agoda or Booking.com. To know more about their upcoming promos and offers, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, and visit their official website at www.unwndluxhostel.com.