La Union's newest hostel is built from container vans

It's less than P1,000 per person!


( Ask any La Union regular on where to stay for a weekend escapade at the Surfing Capital of the North and he or she would gladly point you to beachfront resorts along Urbiztondo Beach or one of the themed hostels across the street. But eLyU, as it is fondly called, now has another cool accommodation to offer and it's one that's made of repurposed shipping containers—Vessel Hostel.





Co-owners Buji Libarnes and Nikki dela Paz-Libarnes said that they wanted to "maintain the 60s, mid-century modern vibe" in Vessel. These architects are also long-time surfers who moved to the beach from Manila so expect the best of both worlds in their aesthetics—sleek yet comfortable, elegant yet laid-back. The containers are, of course, treated to adapt to our tropical climate, including insulation to minimize the internal heat and sun shading to protect it from direct sunlight.





The multi-level hostel, which had its soft opening in December 2016, has 22 beds split into four-bed dorms and one six-bed dorm. All rooms have air-conditioning and fans so you don't have to worry about feeling too much of the summer heat. Each bed also has its own locker and work table.









The roof deck gives guests a nice view of the ocean (perfect for wave checks at dawn) and has a small kitchenette where complimentary continental breakfast is served. By the way, there's fiber optic WiFi so you can always stay online. (But we doubt you're going to need it especially when the perfect glassy waves beckon!)


Room rate is at P980 per person. Vessel Hostel is along the National Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. If you're coming from the south, you can find it on the right side of the road, after Sebay Resort and before Kahuna Resort. For reservations, send an e-mail to or visit Vessel Hostel on Facebook.


All photos courtesy of Vessel Hostel


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