screenshot_20180921-003510_hw conference6370137440316510126..jpgHostel owners from different regions of Asia Pacific converge at Hanoi, Vietnam this week to network and strengthen this sector of the tourism industry that developing countries have yet to fully recognize. As the host of this event, the 3-day conference will showcase Hostelworld™’s capability to support the needs and requirements of this growing segment. It will also give hostel owners a chance to meet other operators and help each other share stories and experiences on how to grow this business and achieve much faster returns and results for the development of the industry.
This will be a chance for Crossroads Hostel Manila to meet with different owners of hostels not just from different nations in Asia but also counterpart hostels within Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
The hostel industry in the Philippines is very young and with a growing number of budget travelers locally and across the globe, the time is more than ripe to develop this sector and offer fresh ideas for guests with choices of accommodations from different places in the country.
This is the first time Crossroads Hostel Manila will participate in a big event like this outside the country and our goal and intention is to make more travelers know that Crossroads Hostel Manila is here ready to serve and help travelers with their accommodation. The goal is to make the hostel much bigger and much better in terms of more services to offer and we’re inching ever so close to this goal and committed to making sure this happens as it helps put The Philippines on the map for backpacker travelers, tours, needs, whatever background they have.
For more information about this property, log on to facebook.com/crossroadshostelmanila and send us a message and we’ll reply fast.

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 We’re near the Ortigas CBD where the MRT Shaw Station is. Call +639373780400 for more details. (Photo: cityadpics-flickr.com)


HELP IS HERE! As our way to help those who need it: if you’re working in the area of Ortigas tomorrow, Monday, 13th August and in need of a warm-dry place to stay because your home is affected by the current weather system, we’re extending a special offer to you to help you cope with the current conditions we’re facing.
Any one who checks in today, Sunday, 12 August until Wednesday, 15th of August and books directly with us — for as long as we have a place to offer — we’re giving PhP300 discount on our already low daily rates. The residual rates will help us maintain the place and it will help you cope with daily expenses you need.
Discounts are ONLY APPLICABLE thru direct and walk-in bookings and on regular rates.
We will not apply the discounts on bookings made thru agoda.com, booking.com, expedia.com, hostelworld.com, traveloka.com, and other online travel agency sites offering our services.
Senior discounts and Persons with Disability discounts still apply over discounted rates.
All guests availing the discounts and checking in must have valid government-issued IDs and must pay cash with security deposits upon checking in.
We close our doors at 8pm for security reasons so all guests getting this deal must check in before this time. Check out times are still 12NN daily.

STARTING TODAY, there will be a 10% transaction fee for credit card users who will pay their stay at the hostel. We are forced to pass the charge in light of the increased Paypal fees being imposed by the said company among other factors.
There are two types of fees that Paypal is imposing in the Philippines: (a) FIXED FEE for every transactions, PhP15 and (b) OTHER FEES which may mean CROSS BORDER TRANSACTION FEES and COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION FEES.
These fees put together can be a strain to modest operations of hostels like this in our country especially in the capital of Metro Manila compared to other developing countries in Asia.
The other one are the rising cost of operations from the recently passed taxes that gave way to rising cost of fuel, water, taxes, and even cost of labor. We’re still trying to keep the pricing at more affordable levels and paying your stay with us using Online Travel Agencies like expedia.com, traveloka.com, and hostelworld.com can give you advantages when it comes to applying the discounts they offer.
Thank you for your continued patronage and may affordable places like this thrive even further in the face of rising cost of every thing in our world today.

SUMMER heat has gone from hot to hotter every year and this season is no exception. With temperatures (heat index) rising up to 42ºC to 45ºC in the country, you would like to be more comfortable than ever before.
In our studies, the most appropriate times to use the A/C and give our guests the comfort are between 6PM and 6AM when you come back from work and through the rest of the evening when you need to sleep.
Some guests were not happy.
We’ve received negative reports that we’re not considerate in turning off the air-conditioning units but we’re also mindful that we only turn them off during times when they’re needed to be turned off so that we maintain the operations of the said facilities.
The country expects the heat index to reach its peak heat this month and because we want more guests to feel comfortable at night when every one are fast asleep, we decided to control the use of these amenities to guarantee all our guests enjoy the rest they deserve throughout the night:

  • A/Cs are used from 6PM to 6AM and then again at 12NN to 3PM

Any other times, the air-conditioning units will be off and resting.
To help our guests cool during these times we will have the electric fans available while we serve overflowing Raspberry Iced Tea drinks and/or Ice Water (or even Ice Cream!) until there are guests these summer months and until the PAG-ASA Weather Bureau says “Summer has ended!”
Thank you for bearing this dry season with Crossroads Hostel Manila and if you would like to book yourself a stay or for your loved ones, click the links of online travel agencies (OTAs) offering our property. See you then?
Tara na sa EXPEDIA!
Nakakaloka sa TRAVELOKA!
Hip na hip sa CTRIP!
 

We just leveled up our services and included Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash to serve the needs of our guests.
It may not be a big deal to some of you but for us it is because these are times that we can offer something better to our guests especially when you know the history of our hostel.
We are now at the point of offering more services to our guests so WASH OUT for it!
Pun intended. 🙂

WE’RE SCRATCHING OUR HEADS what to do with the recently approved tax reform in my country. While it gives more small companies like Crossroads Hostel leeway in shielding itself from Value Added Tax (VAT), it will have to contend with the advent of having to pay more in operations cost making it more challenging for us to offset the cost of utilities especially in the coming summer months of March.
Summer, like anywhere else in the world, is increasingly getting warmer and that means higher use of air-conditioners to cool yourself off and more frequent times to open the refrigerators to get your cold drinks or to freeze your drinks.
That’s a lot of money.
Electricity rates in The Philippines are on of the highest in Asia (16th in the World!) and it’s extra challenging for us to get more people to go to The Philippines, let alone have them stay in our hostel because of appointments they have in the nearby Ortigas area.
We’ll take the challenge and hopefully, we’ll come out a winner because whatever investment our guests give us, we put it back to develop our hostel further.
Here’s to creativity in how to get things right.