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Reviewed 5 May 2016

The circle is a nice idea. It looks pretty and artsy on pictures. But in reality it is a place without a soul. The staff does not care about the visitors at all. Mattresses are dirt cheap and dirty. For breakfast you can fish a dry piece of bread out of a container and spread it with some peanut butter. The toilet is dark and dirty. Really the owner/staff do not seem to care at all about the customer experience of this place. It is cheap (P500-700) but it is bad value for money nonetheless. Pretty much any other place in La Union is better taken care of and offers better value for money

Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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5  Thank Jacqueline E
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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

With the option of sleeping up in a dorm bed under mosquito nets or under the dorm room in hammocks, it can get noisy as there are no walls to block out the sound. This also lead me to worry about my belongings as there was no security guard.

But it's a bright and friendly place with plenty of space to hang out after a day on the beach.

Would stay again.

Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank eleventennine
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

Going out of town should never be expensive. I like how The Circle Hostel offers accommodation to budget conscious travellers. You can choose from bunk beds or hammocks that both have mosquito nets. The T&B is shared but is well kept. The staff is very friendly and accommodating too. Everyone is really nice here and you can always chill out in the common area. Breakfast is included and they serve coffee, unlimited pandesal, banana and you can choose from the different spreads they offer. Lockers are also provided for your valuables. Will definitely come back here!

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank heyitschel
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Reviewed 29 January 2016

Stayed here for the first time 2 years back and went back just recently. Place was relatively clean. Bathrooms are still okay. The staff were very friendly and you really get to meet different kinds of travelers here and it's all fun.

I wish the art around was more tastefully done or chosen.

Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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1  Thank isabelilim
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

If you are like me who would rather do away with the luxuries of fancy hotels and prefer to experience a more group-centric and carefree stay, then The Circle is perfect. It’s the ultimate surfer’s den complete with colorfully painted exteriors, nipa hut buildings, bamboo floors and banig-carpeted floors. They offer breakfast of pan de sal with spread and coffee.

Respecting La Union’s “ecosystem”, The Circle offers surfing instruction, surfboard rentals and waterfalls hike tour in partnership with the locals. Raf also took us to famous eating places just walking distance from the hostel. The beach itself was just a street’s crossing.

There are curtains drawn on each bed and mosquito nets so it wouldn’t be a problem. It was also as comfy as my own bed. This was my beautiful view upon waking up.

True to its motto, “There are no strangers here”, the place encourages making friends with fellow travelers. There is a communal place where all the plugs are and where the WiFi is strongest so you don’t have to stay in your bed all day.

It’s got everything you need for a great morning — a ukulele, djembe sets and a bin full of books most likely left on purpose by other travelers from everywhere. Or you can take a post-surfing afternoon nap on the floor and hammocks. As for me, I fell asleep in the hammocks in the afternoon after our surfing adventure.

Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank followyouroad
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