It has been 2 years since I last visited Sitio Liwliwa in San Felipe. The rise of new eco-hostels and lodgings may be evident but one thing remained — its serenity.
Located on a corner lot way past Circle Hostel and Kapitan Liwa is Hideout Hostel. You may not easily notice it as you have to pass the left alley leading to the entrance.
The Hostel is bordered by luscious greens and packed with homey ambiance. The owner, Sir Ian Limbonis, is a backpacker himself. I have contacted him via Hideout’s Facebook page prior our visit to make sure everything’s settled. He’s accommodating and makes sure it’ll be a good stay.
The rates are all inclusive of vegan breakfast and coffee.
Actual itinerary for 4 pax
PHP 330/ pax- Bus fare, Pasay to San Felipe, Zambales via Victory Liner (Iba SCTEX trip)
PHP 25/ pax – Trike fare, Bobulon Elementary School to Hideout Hostel
*make sure to tell the bus driver to drop you off the Bobulon Elementary. This is situated before the town municipal hall. Tricycle fares go up if you were dropped at the bus station.
PHP 687.50/ pax – Individual share for a Quad Room
*rate adjusted for 4 pax and 1 kid and is inclusive of vegan breakfast for each
PHP 30/ pax – Trike fare, Hideout Hostel to bus stop
PHP 60/ pax – Air conditioned bus fare, San Felipe to Olonggapo
*since Cubao/Pasay-bound buses are already full by the time they reach San Felipe, option is to ride a bus bound for Olonggapo and just ride another one bound for Manila.
PHP 232/ pax – Bus fare, Olonggapo to Pasay via Victory Liner
TOTAL: PHP 1,364.50
Safe budget for a weekend trip is PHP 2,000-PHP 2,500 including food and other activities like surfing and trekking.
Reminders as you stay:
– No air-condition
– Shared bathrooms only
– Check-in is between 1PM-10PM
– They require full deposit to secure your reservations
– Liquors are not allowed and you can bring in snacks/food just not pork
– Bring your own water bottles as they practice zero-waste
You may contact Hideout Hostel (Sir Ian) with this number: 0917-500-0708