When we were searching for places to stay in Legazpi City, we really didn’t know what options to expect. Average hotels would be fine anyway, just as long as they fit our P500-per-person-per-day budget and they have proper door locks.
But finding a HOSTEL in this part of the country—now that was a surprise.
Mayon Backpackers Hostel opened late last year and has so far received rave reviews at Tripadvisor, so we decided to give it a go.
Here are a couple of things we like about it:
True to its name, Mayon Backpackers has backpacker-friendly rates. Each dorm bed costs P350 per night, which is way lower than our P500 budget. Their dorm rooms though occupy six, so our group of five decided to pay the extra P350 so we could have the space for ourselves for two nights. Each occupant gets a locker inside the room though—perfect for solo travelers or those in smaller groups.
Mayon Backpackers is a great-value accommodation in a relatively cheap city like Legazpi. All but one of their rooms are air-conditioned and have private toilet & bath. There’s also free WiFi but only in the living room/dining area, plus there’s a computer for guests’ use. Like most hostels, coffee & water are available for free, and there’s also continental breakfast although don’t bet on it. A few extras, like its roofdeck with a good enough view of Mayon, add a bit more value to your P350.
Transactions were smooth from our room inquiry via email to the payment of our stay. They were all very prompt with their email replies, and we weren’t asked to pay a downpayment for our room reservation (which other hotels do, which just sucks).
Here are a couple of things guests may have issues on:
Photo from Mayon Backpackers Hostel
Mayon Backpackers is inside a residential area behind the Albay Cathedral, so getting there means walking for five or so minutes from the church (tricycles though can enter). We took a while to find the right way to the hostel at first, but it was relatively easy afterwards. The walk wasn’t that long although it could be a hassle if you have to do it several times a day.If it’s any consolation, the neighborhood looks safe enough.
- Establishments near Albay Cathedral: Small Talk Cafe, Biggs Diner, BPI.
- Daraga-Legazpi and other jeepneys pass by the area, so Gaisano Mall & the Grand Central Terminal—where you can catch a van, bus, trike, or jeep to any point in Bicol—is one ride away (P8 fare each).
- First Colonial Grill is also nearby but is not walkable.
- The Legazpi airport is more or less 10 minutes away. You may hire a tricycle to and from the hostel if you’re lucky to chance upon one. Otherwise, just walk to the entrance of the subdivision and hail a trike from there. We paid P60 from the hostel to the airport for 5 people.
It’s a hostel, yes, but it’s relatively quiet—at least at the time of our stay. We went in the middle of April but there was hardly anybody else around. We were out the whole day anyway, so we didn’t mind. It may be a different case if you’re staying here alone.
Photo from Mayon Backpackers Hostel
- Aguila Room: 4 dorm beds, fan, P250 per person per night.
- Rizal Room: 6 dorm beds, air-conditioned, ensuite toilet & bath, P350 per person per night.
- Tinikling Room: 2 dorm beds + 1 double bed, air-conditioned, ensuite toilet & bath. Dorm beds go for P350 per person per night while the double bed is at P450 for one person per night or P700 for two persons per night. You may also book the whole room for P1,200 per night.
- Bahay Kubo Room: 6 dorm beds, air-conditioned, ensuite toilet & bath, P350 per person per night.
- Sampaguita Room: 1 double bed, air-conditioned, ensuite toilet & bath, P1000 per night.We stayed at the Bahay Kubo room, which had three double bunk beds and an ensuite toilet and bath. The room could get quite dark (if I remember right, our window opened up to a firewall), so you may not want to stay there the whole day. The beds though were comfortable and the AC was a saving grace!
MAYON BACKPACKERS HOSTEL
Address: 040 Brgy. 11, Maoyod, Legazpi City, Albay 4500
Mobile no.: 0905 518 6076
Landline no.: 052 480 0365