Popular Baler Hostel Says Goodbye for Now

The Circle Hostel is also closing down their Zambales outpost.

PHOTO BY Facebook/The Circle Hostel - Baler

(SPOT.ph) Staying in a beachside hostel is common among backpackers, surfers, and solo travelers. This no-frills type of accommodation is affordable, but at the same time provides a cozy ambiance that encourages guests hang out with fellow beach-lovers in their common areas. One of the well-known hostel chains in the country is The Circle Hostel, which has three outposts in Luzon: Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales; Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union; Buton Street, Sabang, Baler. But the burden of the ongoing pandemic and the lack of revenue have started taking its toll; and it is with a heavy heart that The Circle Hostel is closing down their properties in Baler and Liwliwa. Only their branch in La Union will remain open for now.

PHOTO BY Facebook/The Circle Hostel - Zambales
PHOTO BY Facebook/The Circle Hostel - La Union

"It is with deep sadness that we have to say 'Goodbye, (for now) Good Vibes Gang.' It has been such a rollercoaster these past few months, and we have come to the conclusion that the Baler and Zambales hostels must close their doors," The Circle said in an announcement on October 19.

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All three branches of Circle Hostel live by the motto: "There are no strangers." This eco-hostel is not only a sanctuary for surfers but also for artists who want to express themselves freely through interesting conversations, jamming sessions, or even painting on the walls. Except for the Baler branch, The Circle has no private rooms, only dorm-style bunk beds and hammocks for the cowboy traveler, and a spacious common area where you can sit back and relax. They also follow "10 Circle Rules to Harmony," one of which is to be friendly. And with the closure of two outposts, they hope that their motto remains—to never be a stranger.

For updates, follow The Circle on Facebook.

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