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Red Carabao

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2819 Felix Huertas Street | Santa Cruz, Manila, Luzon 1003, Philippines
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I originally booked at Red Carabao for only two nights, but due do a series of opportunities/mishaps I end up spending nearly a week there (and loving it). The hostel is definitely geared more towards backpackers than flashpackers, but there is room for anyone who arrives with a genuine desire to connect with other travelers and learn about Manila. Don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

When a group of friends from Baguio City is travelling to manila to attend the wake of a relative. We were prompted with a dilemma on where to house them. A friend of a friend recommends to try Red Carabao. We were told that it is cheap and safe. Safety is our no. 1 priority, next to how much are... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Thank you Red Carabao ! It has been too long already! Please give family a big hug! You must see for yourself as every experience is different. It is your home away from home! We love you Red Carabao family! ❤️Momma Bonnie

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Castellon de la Plana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

When one arrives at this hostel one feels immediately at home. The hostel has the true feel of a family. Breakfast is done communally, as well as dinners. I visited many places and the warmth of the ambience has no equals. Aldrich, the owner, is a caring, attentive, and intelligent guy. He will befriend you and make the best he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

If you want to enjoy the soul of Manila you should come to the Red Carabao Community. The location is far from the buisness center, you are in the real Manila in a safe place :-) The host is amazing and you feel in family here. The place is very clean and the rooftop amazing !!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Red Carabao is not just a hostel, but a community. This is something that you immediately feel upon entering it. Located in a family building just next to the southern entrance of Manila's famous Chinese Cemetery, Red Carabao is designed to encourage a proper experience of Manila. Whether it's the self-administered walking tours that you can do with the help... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Red Carabao is more than just a place to lay your head. They are now my new found family, ones whom we loved before we even knew! Isn't that God's Love? The hospitality from the heart not only made an initial impact. It made a lifetime impact to me whom they now call Momma Bonnie! Thank you Helena for showing... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I've lived in Manila for more than 4 years and I never thought of myself as a tourist to my own city -- until I discovered Red Carabao and the folks who run it. They will take you to places not even locals know about -- from churches to cockfights, and everything else in between: they'll give you a genuine... More 

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Cochrane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Gracious hosts, awesome location, good fun. Loved my time here, would go back in a heartbeat! Also got some great travel advice on Philippine destinations, met a great group of people staying there. Very much like a family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Red Carabao is a hidden gem of Manila! The rooms are spacious and clean and the common areas are nice and a great place to eat and hang out. It is very close to the Abad Santos LRT and a nice change from the chaos of the Malate/Ermita backpacker area. It is very close to the UST and the buses... More 

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