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“Chilling out” 5 of 5 stars
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Paglaom Hostel
Purok 5, General Luna, Mindanao 8419, Philippines   |  
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Dumaguete City, Philippines
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“Chilling out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Paglaom is located with everything within short walking distances, and in a quiet area within GL. Sleeping under the mosquito nets and listening to the singing of birds and the sound of the surfs breaking in the distance. The place is basic and very functional, and you can't beat the price. All positives I been reading is true, and looking forward coming back.You get the island feeling staying with Sanna and Cocoy, and get to feel as their extended family. Chocko, Barbie, Panda and Batman (owners dogs) is great company when you having your morning coffe, and comes as a value added service.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you Papa John! It was a true pleasure having you visiting us. Come back soon so that we can catch that sailfish (and make a tattoo) ;) A lot of hugs /Your Paglaom Family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The hospitality in this place can't be beat. The owner Cohoy and his gf Sanne are incredibly welcoming and accommodating. It's a great alternative to the expensive resorts. It's also still very new and demands more recognition and guests.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Thank you Josh for a wonderful review, it means the world to us! We are happy you decided to stay with us and cross our fingers you'll come back one day :)

Cheers,
Sunny & Cocoy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I stumbled apon Paglaom after arriving in Siargao and realizing that there were not very many "budget" accommodations for backpackers. And I am sure glad I did because I had a great stay and would highly recommend it to all fellow backpackers and surfers. The open dorms are basic with bunk beds and mosquito nets but it is really all you need in this climate. It is also just a short walk to the beach and a longer "short walk" to the center of town.
What makes Paglaom especially charming are the host Sunny & Cocoy. They are not only nice but they will bend over backwards to help you, especially in relation to surfing, things to do on the island, transport and places to eat/drink. During my stay at Paglaom it felt like one big happy family which is always nice, especially if you have been on the road for a long time. So, if you are in the Siargao/General Luna drop in and say HOLA!

Room Tip: Toss a coin: Heads = top bunk or Tails = bottom bunk! :)
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Wow! Thank you Martin. We are thrilled that you, Eva and Max run into us and decided to stay at Paglaom. It's true what you say, we really become like one, crazy, lovely family ;) I hope, and cross my fingers you all will come back soon (maybe already after your trip down south). We have to practice the harmonica more! Bear hugs /Sunny & Cocoy
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Malmo, Sweden
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I had such a amazing time at Paglaom Hostel and in Siargao/General Luna with Sanne and Cocoy. Clean, good location, cheap, great surf trips, party, great local atmosphere and safe. This was my first trip traveling on my own and you guys gave me the best start ever! Thank you so much:))

Daniel

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
It makes us very happy to hear we kick started your journey in a great way. And thank you, for letting us be a part of your adventures! :) Hope everything is good back in Sweden and that we will be able to hear from you again on your next trip to the Philippines. Kisses and hugs /Sunny & Cocoy
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Sanne and Joseph are such sweethearts and will make your time in Siargao a memorable one. It's super clean, very safe and everyone turns into a family once you stay there. There are restaurants and the beach in walking distance. If you ever need help finding an area or wanting to do an event, Sanne and Joseph will be more than happy to help accommodate you.
I loved the fact that they encourage you to paint on their walls and tables. We were also given our own personal locker to store valuables and objects away.

Best hostel on the island! xoxo

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Thank you so much miss Novak! The island is not the same without you but we are hoping you'll come back soon again. Good luck with school and your future adventures in the states. Keep in touch! Love /Sunny & Cocoy
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Jonkoping, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I spent 2 weeks in this wonderful hostel. It´s super cozy, clean and actually the cheapest and the only hostel in the General Luna/cloud 9 area. Had such an awesome time with the Paglaom crew! Cocoy and Sanne really treat the guests as their own family. A home away from home - a hostel filled with love, what more can a traveler ask for? :)

I wanted to surf as much as possible, and the hostel organized many fun surf trips to different spots in the area. They also organized island hopping trips, BBQs and other fun things to do. I had a blast!

If you want to experience the real Siargao and support a local business, then this hostel is the right choice. Paglaom Hostel, I´ll be back! :)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Helen, we are so stoked over the fact that you are so stoked over your last stay at Paglaom. Come back as we planned in August so we can be stoked together over surfing again. ;) Tons of kisses and hugs!
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

My boyfriend and i planned to only spend a couple of nights in General Luna - we ended up staying a week and a half which had everything to do with Paglaom. Sanne and Cocoy are great super knowledgeable and such great people. The hostel is super cool with an amazing comfy chill out area with cushions and hammocks. Snacks, coffee and water available. They have designed this hostel with uniqueness and have put a lot of thought into it. They have huge lockers that fit our luggage for peace of mind, the dorms are open but Cocoy has handmade curtains which provide privacy and keep the bugs out (although) mosquito nets are supplied so no problem.They can organise any tours surf boards and bikes it is all very easy and convenient. They have indoor and outdoor showers everything is brand new and clean. We left our phone at the hostel and Sanne and Cocoy went out of their way to send this to Manila to us I don't think any other hostel owners would take the effort and expense to do this we were so grateful!!! This is the only hostel and the cheapest coolest option in General Luna/Cloud Nine area. 100% stay here!!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paglaom_Hostel, Owner at Paglaom Hostel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Anna and Jonathan! Thank you for a wonderful review! Still, months after you left us, there is people coming from around the world, who has been refereed by you guys. That's love! Thank you! Come back soon, the hostel is even more awesome now than when we started ;) Miss you! /Sunny & Cocoy
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Address: Purok 5, General Luna, Mindanao 8419, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Surigao del Norte Province > Siargao Island > General Luna
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in General Luna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paglaom Hostel offers budget travelers and surfers a clean and cozy place to stay with the lowest rates in General Luna and Cloud 9, Siargao Island. It's the only hostel and free art accommodation on the island. ... more   less 
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