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Red Carabao

2819 Felix Huertas Street | Santa Cruz, Manila, Luzon 1003, Philippines (Chinatown)
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Ranked #2 of 61 Specialty lodging in Manila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Red Carabao Hostel feels more like going over to a friend's house (a super knowledgable, well-educated, and often witty/cheeky friend) than anything else. Aldrich has created a laid-back environment that seriously supports the backpacking community. If you want to have a relaxing day away from the busy city or decompress after traveling, you can hang out in the many... More

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Shanghai, China
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

When a starry-eyed backpacker books a hostel, they imagine meeting fascinating strangers and hanging out with them, experiencing local culture first-hand, and making lifelong friends. Amazingly, Aldrich has created an incredible hostel that fosters this type of ideal travel experience. When we first arrived, Aldrich gave us his detailed map of things to do in the city and asked us... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Now I've been to a lot of hostels but this one is by far the best I've ever staid at. I returned twice during my 2-month travels in the Philippines and staid here for 10 days instead of 2 the last time round. The minute you walk in you feel welcome and part of the community. You will be taken... More

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New Delhi, India
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This hostel should be renamed "Hotel California" because you can check in any time but you just cant leave because it is the best frickin hostel ever, Initially i came for 1 night but landed up staying for 4 nights as this place is so amazing. Special mention to Aldrich who takes extra effort to make all hostelers feel at... More

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Houston, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

i won dis here trip to manila at a tobacco spittin contest back home in texas. now i aint never been outta texas befo cus i dont like goin places i cant bring my shotgun and i sure as hell aint never herd a no place called philopenes befo. i think its down by mexico or something and i cant... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I left Red Carabao after two nights stay with mixed feelings. The hostel is well equipped, clean and spacious. The chill out areas are good, the kitchen always clean and the rooftop area with a bar, pool table etc is a great set-up. The hostel is packed with information - Where to go in Manila...Where to visit next in the... More

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Heidelberg, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Biggest complaints: - Not every bed has a 18-inch mattress. - Sometimes you are required to slather your own spread on breakfast toast. - There is an inadequate stock of German books available for exchange. - No hot water for showering and no aloe vera lavender soap for washing hands. - You are forced to keep your showers to 5... More

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Zermatt, Switzerland
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Very nice hostel, more an extended homely homestay than an anonymous hostel. It is situated in a private house right next to the entrance of the Chinese cemetery. Very comfortable atmosphere due to the cosy furnishing and family feeling. Aldrich, the hostel's young manager, usually takes guests out for a pub crawl or a street picnic with the local neighbours.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My wife and I stayed in Red Carabao for 5 nights in the beginning of December, we are a young couple in our early 30s and Manila was our first stop in a 3 month journey of south-east Asia. What I liked about the place - - It is personal - our names were on the board when we arrived... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in Red Carabao for 1 night in a private room. We met nice and funny people and the owner of this hostel, Aldrich, is a really good and helpful guy. Thank you for the amazing night that we had there and also for the karaoke session!! Clean rooms with various options, various balanced community &... More

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Address: 2819 Felix Huertas Street | Santa Cruz, Manila, Luzon 1003, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Metro Manila > Manila > Chinatown
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