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To simplify pricing and offer the same value-added service, Crossroads Hostel Manila will now offer our PhP699/night per guest on a daily basis. Security Deposit is not yet included in the rate and can be remitted upon checking in.
Only paid reservations will be honored as reserved and all other guests can do the same by paying promo rates using Online Travel Agencies such as Expedia, Hostelorld.com, and Traveloka.
The rate adjustment will help Crossroads Hostel Manila provide the same type of service and hospitality only we know how in this area — at least.
To make a reservations, we ask you to see us first using our Facebook Page and book thru our message box. We will reply and answer more of your questions as it comes.
We’re now launching the new pricing and will continue to honor paid up bookings prior to the launching of  this new policy.
If you want to talk to us, call us or SMS us at +63 (920) 959.5747.

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.

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Go get that rest you deserve. Use our facilities for your siesta times.


FOR SOME, napping has a related stigma and it’s most likely equated as being lazy or a lack of effort to become productive. For the rest, it is a human invention that will pay back more if you know how its going to do your body good.  Some parts of the world virtually sleep in the afternoon so they can be more alert and more productive to finish the balance of their activities in the day. This was further confirmed in a study that we read in sleepfoundation.org post where people who took naps had better concentration and had improved cognitive function than those who stress and refuses to take naps.
That’s why we opened up a new service at our hostel where you can have your Siyesta (sleep) time and be more effective after a nap at Crossroads Hostel Manila. This new program can help you become more effective at work and contribute better with more alertness and focus. Naps are proven to do what sleep-deprived cannot do and that is to re-energize themselves.
For 75 cents a minute, you can rest and take a standard 45 minutes nap or extend it for at least 90 mins because for as low as PhP90.00, you can sleep for two hours. These are the rates:

  • Procedure
    • CHECK IN, Register, Surrender Govt ID, Pay, Log In Time In:
      • Basic Service, PhP45 (60 mins stay from Check In to Check Out + 5 mins grace period)
      • Basic Service + Shower, PhP65.00 (75 mins stay with 5 mins grace period)
      • BEST VALUE, PhP100 (2-hour stay with shower and Internet Access + 5 min grace period)
        • Excess minute is PhP1.00 past Time Out
    • CHECK OUT, Pay Balance, Time Out and Receive Payment
  • Additional Service: Wake Up Call (+PhP20), Locker Service (+PhP50)
  • Disclaimer
    • Not Responsible if guests cannot sleep. Payment is non-refundable but duration of time can be spent within the hostel
    • Not Responsible if you woke up when other guests checks in in the same room. Charges are based on the use of facilities.
    • Facilities to be used are the same sleeping dorms others guests use.
    • All guests are subject to hostel rules and guidelines
    • Valid government-issued ID is required upon check in with payment of service
    • Service is open only with available space. No space, no service.
    • Service cut off starts at 6 AM until accepts napping service until 5 PM (last call) for napping check out of 7PM.

Links
http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/napping/

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A women full of energy and will, Ms. Li came to the hostel at past 5AM. The time when the hostel was still closed.


Ms. Lu came banging on the hostel’s doors at 5:00 AM. The owner saw her on his CCTV monitor after hearing his dog’s persistent barking on that fateful early morning of the 24th of October.
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Visibly upset, Ms. Lu waited for more than ten minutes before the door was opened for her. The owner was explaining the situation but language became a barrier and so did emotions.


Groggy, Kris, the owner, recognized the guest the first time he saw her on the monitor. She came days before to check the property but that doesn’t matter anymore so he quickly walked down with pajamas and slippers and boom! The usual quiet ‘pre-dusk’ morning turned into ‘war zone’. In her Chinese tongue she screamed and said things the owner can only comprehend but will to understand her situation. The owner was caught flat-footed because she was not to check in until 2 PM and so he tried to plead and almost got caught up with the bad situation.
The active, 70-year old lady calmed after several prodding, convinced that Crossroads Hostel Manila did its part to get in touch with her the day before. The hostel sent her an SMS message via long-distance  — reminding her to get in touch because the property does not operate 24/7.
No luck.
She apparently changed her SIM from China to a local one. (Editor’s Note: For guests who do not know, CHM is not a 24-7 property. Meaning, it’s not a regular hotel where you can just come in during the “dead-hours” of the night to get a place to stay. The company wishes it were but it cannot. It only gets a few number of red-eye flight guests and it won’t be wise to keep on paid daily salary.) But the good thing was, she relented. She noticed how much ‘beating’ the owner got and how he absorbed each verbal blows she made, he didn’t retaliate. In the end, she surprised the owner by saying in broken English, “You go up and you go to sleep. I stay here and rest (pointing at the couch).” She knows her time is not until 2 PM but the owner changed tacked and asked if she will leave any time at sunrise because she might go again without any keys to the hostel. The owner registered her promptly knowing that she will leave sometime 8 AM to tour Metro Manila.
All of this happened and finished before 6 AM — but no more sleeping. The owner has to prepare for the day.
Ms. Lu stayed for the next two nights but the owner made sure to help her with her inquiries because of the language barrier. He helped her by asking what her purpose was to be in Manila and what her plans were. He helped her by suggesting places where to go and how much she should spend on transportation knowing there are ‘vultures’ who may prey on unsuspecting guests like her who doesn’t know what the “system” is for such public transportation drivers who’d offer her a ride. The owner also helped her by introducing Google Translate app where one can choose the language to translate by just speaking to it. Technology did a lot of wonders and help the two varied languages but the owner and guest suddenly that culturally, there is less to be afraid of and more to take part of. Ms. Lu quickly realized that the owner went for it and what happened to fer first night of stay was an isolated incident. Quickly, both understood the short-comings of each other and both accepted each other’s mistakes and quickly turned it into a friendship.
Ms. Lu was supposed to return a night later to the hostel but she cancelled all her plans and extended one more night to bridge the two other nights that she already pre-booked using booking.com. All in all, she stayed five nights.
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The once, seemingly bad situation became a happy ending making the owner feel sad because Ms. Lu appreciated the services the owner gave and this matter to her stay in the hostel.


She left the hostel with the owner feeling sad knowing what he experienced from the ageing woman may be an emotional roller coaster ride but a wonderful opportunity to let the woman understand that she has a home away from home in Crossroads Hostel Manila.
The woman left the owner a gift and even told him that she reminded him of her host back in Spain where she stayed in April this year where the owner was as meticulous and details in making sure the guest was treated well.
The owner is by no means a ‘legendary superhero’ superman and this is not to say that he’s perfect. The owner swears he’s far from that.
He said this story is about respect. This story, he said, is about care and no matter what the situation is — every thing got well and it was resolved because each one knows there’s power in humility and it is in this advantage that every other businesses can thrive knowing there’s always room for improvement. There’s a story to be learned and Crossroads Hostel is brimming with treasures of discoveries that happened and will be waiting to happen.
Ms. Lu used booking.com to reserve her space with Crossroads Hostel Manila. Discover booking.com, discover Crossroads Hostel Manila.
 

Our hardworking government workers deserve all the help they need.

Our hardworking government workers deserve all the help they need. (image: investphilippines.gov.ph)


Effective immediately, we’re giving 10% privilege to active government personnel who will be staying with us from this day on.
This is no stunt. We have nothing to gain from this. It is just right to give public servants this privilege as they work hard to meet their monthly budget as they travel to Metro Manila to fulfill their obligations in light of their work in service.
We were moved to do this as frequent travelers from the Department of Trade and Industry Baguio and other provinces come to this part of the region to expose a ton of indigenous products that will surely make any Filipino proud. These workers, with their meager budget and per diem, spend an average of three nights in our hostel and they do a lot of good to our creative and hardworking entrepreneurs and workers in the provinces to offer their products to adventurous kababayans and/or foreigners coming to expos in the nearby SM Megamall.
This initiative will surely help them meet their budget and provide them with more power to their purse and enjoy the work they do while they’re here in this part of Metro Manila.
To you who are working for our government, just show your Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) card, Civil Service Commission card, or your active and valid government-issued ID and we’ll extend you the markdown rate immediately. The discount is applied to both regular or promo rate to give you more mileage to your stay with us.  This can also be in conjunction with existing discounts we provide to give you more advantage.
More power to you an see you soon in our hostel.
 
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