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Funds-friendly beachfront bunks in La Union – Journey Up

In search of a novel and reasonably priced place to remain in La Union with direct entry to the seaside? Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel is an aviation-themed hostel within the surf city that gives bunk areas for as little as P750 an evening. 

La Union, thought-about the browsing capital of the Northern Philippines, has at all times been a well-liked vacation spot for weekend vacationers coming from the metro. Other than surfers, Elyu attracts digital nomads, backpackers, solo vacationers, and households taveling with children and pets who need to take pleasure in a hassle-free trip place with out having to e-book flights from Manila.

These searching for a brand new and distinctive place to remain will admire the hostel’s handy location proper in entrance of the seaside and close to the eating places and the worth tag that isn’t too painful on the pocket.

My good friend Celine (who needed a fast break from her van life) and I stayed two nights in Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel on a laid-back food-trip getaway in June 2023 and located it a handy base.


Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel is situated in downtown San Juan, only a 5-minute stroll from the bus cease alongside the freeway, the place you will get down from buses coming from Metro Manila.


With a DC-3 airplane parked proper on the heart of the hostel, the aviation theme is clear at Charlie’s Hangar. The hostel is clear and fashionable, with the out of doors reception, flooring and rooms embellished with distinct airline touches. The place has massive tables and grills proper exterior the hangar area for friends who need to take pleasure in barbecues or picnics.

Beds and bunks

Charlie’s Hangar doesn’t supply customary resort rooms, however quite dorm-style beds and bunks. The rooms are available 4-bed, 6-bed, and 8-bed configurations with double deck bunks. For those who’ve ever tried staying in capsule motels, it has the identical vibe. Every room has a small balcony the place you get a view of the seaside, and cling moist garments. Air-conditioning is offered in each room.

The set-up is good for teams and households who can take up your complete room. It’s additionally a less expensive possibility for solo vacationers who don’t thoughts sharing rooms with strangers. Since most funds air-con resort rooms price round P1,200 – P1,500 an evening (and are perfect for 2 pax), mattress areas come out cheaper for solo vacationers.

Every bedspace has a safe place on the ground the place you may stash greater baggage and a small cubbyhole the place you may preserve smaller gadgets and safe them with padlocks. Every bunk additionally comes with its personal charging port for devices. There’s a curtain you may draw for additional privateness.

Charges for mattress areas differ, however all price lower than P1,000 an evening.

  • Single beds in 8-bed dorms price P750/night time
  • Single beds in 6-bed dorms price P850/night time
  • Single beds in 4-bed dorms price P950/night time

We tried to get areas within the 4-bed rooms so there can be much less individuals, however the one free room accessible was the 8-bed doom rooms. Whereas it was good and quiet on our first night time (Thursday) and we had no different companions within the room, it received totally booked the subsequent day (Friday) with the arrival of the lengthy weekend crowd.


In case you must compensate for distant work, the hostel gives high-speed WiFi on the premises. 

For the lavatory scenario, there are communal showers and bathrooms for women and men accessible on every flooring. The restrooms have been clear, fashionable, and well-maintained. The loos had a lot of cubicles, so it wasn’t laborious to search out an empty stall. Rest room stalls in direction of the top of the lavatory had bidets.

Professionals & cons

Staying in a hostel at all times has its professionals and cons. What makes Charlie’s Hangar a perfect place to remain is the nice location. It’s very accessible to eating places and the bus cease and comparatively low cost for the situation when you simply want a spot to sleep and clean up. These touring with pets will admire having aircon rooms the place their pets can sleep comfortably with them. The hostel additionally gives water refilling stations, so you may simply refill tumblers and save on prices of shopping for water

On the draw back, when you don’t take up all of the mattress areas within the room, you possibly can find yourself with roommates who’re noisy or who snore at night time, making it tougher to sleep.

Whereas I slept soundly (like I at all times do), there was just one very skinny pillow per mattress although you may request for additional pillows with an extra cost. I additionally discovered the continued building of the second wing a little bit of an eyesore from the view from our balcony since images I had seen on-line confirmed beachfront views from the balcony. However I assume the place is fairly well-liked since they’re increasing.

Whereas Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel gives a great spot for pals and people on funds, it’s probably not for introverts, {couples} who worth privateness and wish their very own rest room, or bigger households who need the area to maneuver round and are prepared to pay extra for creature comforts. It’s extra for the coolness, out of doors, tenting crowd who need to socialize with pals.

Other than the rooms, those that need to commune with nature can even make use of tenting grounds, hammock hanging areas, and out of doors showers on website.

Due to its location close to the primary freeway, distinctive vibe, and safe parking, Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel may be a very good vacation spot for bike riders and bike packers who need an affordable place to relaxation and clean up in La Union for the night time.

Further images from Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel’s web site and FB Web page.



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