This Hip Hostel in La Union Is a Steampunk Dream

( Whether it's a sci-fi film like Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner or a romantic drama like Wong Kar Wai's 2046, neon lights help make any night scene memorable. This is true even for Funky Quarters, a new boutique hotel in San Juan, La Union, that features neon lights, red brick walls, and exposed beams and pipes. It also boasts a rooftop hangout called Hyde's Bar and Kitchen, adding yet another must-see to the hip and happening place that is the Surfing Capital of the North.

Hyde's Room is a fully furnished private room for two people. Courtesy of Funky Quarters

Bring your friends and book a four-bed room. Courtesy of Funky Quarters

"We worked on making the experience as cohesively 'funky' as possible with design, comfort, and function in mind, making sure every little detail all points back to the brand's personality. Funky Quarters starts as a secret to the curious, but after first-hand experience, definitely doesn't remain kept," co-founder John Uy tells Along with Jeff Ortega and Jek Uy, he opened Funky Quarters in September—just in time for surf season.

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Hyde’s Bar & Kitchen boasts drinks curated by bar mixologist Kalel Demetrio of Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen and Alamat Filpino Pub and Deli. Courtesy of Funky Quarters

The rooftop bar and restaurant has a nice view of Urbiztondo Beach. Courtesy of FUnky Quarters

The steampunk-inspired hostel has bunk-style quarters, from a four-person room (P7,500 per night) to a six-person dorm (P10,500 per person). All bunk beds have a power socket, a table, a reading light, plus guests have access to restrooms with electronic Japanese-style toilets. On weekdays (from Monday to Thursday), solo travelers can book a single bed in shared quarters for P1,850 per night. If you're looking for something more private for two people, they have Hyde's Room, which has an en suite bathroom. Funky Quarters also offers complimentary breakfast and cocktail, air-conditioning, WiFi, and a dog bed.

Funky Quarters is at Manila North Road, Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. Rates start at P7,500 per room. For more information, visit Funky Quarters’ website.

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