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Ex­pect more than the ba­sic sleep­ing ne­ces­si­ties in this hos­tel. Aside from wooden bunk beds (there are 22 beds in to­tal), guests are also pro­vided with their own small work spa­ces and elec­tric sock­ets lo­cated on each bunk. Buji and Nikki also in­stalled cove light­ing for a more moody, re­lax­ing am­bi­ence. Valu­ables can be stowed and se­cured in the pull-out draw­ers un­derneath the beds.

Clean lines greet you on your way to your room up­stairs. Wood is gen­er­ously used, and the plain hues are off­set by a smat­ter­ing of a few framed art­work here and there.

This quaint cor­ner on the third floor is Nikki’s fa­vorite spot. “Sarap

mag-re­lax!” she en­thuses. An old TV set and framed vin­tage posters from Cubao X add charm, while the printed couch lends an eter­nally sum­mery vibe. Floor-to-ceil­ing jalousie makes the en­tire place airy and breezy.

Ves­sel Hos­tel’s re­cep­tion may be small, but it doesn’t feel or look cramped, thanks to wood slats and the jalousie win­dows that let in nat­u­ral light. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of the over­all look and am­biance of the well-de­signed place—clean, chic, and very laid—back.

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