Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

McArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union

Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel
4.6
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44 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 31
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  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
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Vinny L.
4.0 Stars
5

Being hotel snobs, we had three requirements when it came to choosing where to stay in La Union. Our accommodations had to at least be clean and comfortable, and for the Instagram addicts in us, the place had to be aesthetically pleasing. Flotsam met all these conditions. The cool, design-inspired hostel is the go-to spot for artists, millennial travelers, bloggers and even celebrities who visit San Juan. Its in-house pub hosts laid-back nightly celebrations that often feature live music and film viewings.

We booked our April trip three months in advance, and at that point, only a handful of rooms were available. We decided on one of the hostel’s Premium Dorms for our one-night stay. For PHP 1,080 per night, you get a fairly comfortable air-conditioned room with bunk beds and free WiFi. This room type sleeps four people and includes privacy curtains, towels, and lockers for each person. Bathrooms are shared for all dorm-style rooms.

Free breakfast is also available for all Flotsam guests. The KitchenBar’s morning spread included an assortment of fruits, cereal, coffee, milk and juice.

The running theme of our weekend was spontaneity: we entered any place that caught our fancy, sampled drinks we’ve never tried. Sticking to this pattern, we decided to stay in San Juan for another night. Luckily, Flotsam had a cancellation, and we nabbed the last room—the Sea Suite. The nautical-inspired room features a comfy queen-sized bed, a spacious living room and an en suite bathroom. The price tag for this upgrade was P3,200 per night.

Tucked away in the quieter end of San Juan’s coast, Flotsam is the definition of chill. We found ourselves rolling out of bed, and onto the beach at 7 a.m.—we wanted to spend as much time as we could here, whether it be reading a book, testing the waves, or devouring a hot cup of taho.

We dropped by Flotsam’s KitchenBar multiple times during our stay in La Union. While waiting to check-in on our first day, we staved off the heat with refreshing watermelon popsicles. After a quick dip on the second day, we snacked on a plate of crispy onion rings. We couldn’t pass up on trying the Surfer’s smoothie bowl at Makai Bowls—it was healthy, delicious and Insta-worthy! The KitchenBar also serves a good mix of entrees like seared garlic tuna and snack food such as the Flotsam Baguette with eggs & chimichurri sauce. The menu varies throughout the day.

Our evening visits to the pub were a different story. Though the ambiance was awesome, the cocktails were a letdown. We tried the Flotsam Mojito and the pub’s version of a Long Island Iced Tea, and both were pretty watered down and flavorless. Stick to their selection of beers and shots if you want to enjoy a drink here.

The KitchenBar is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., then again from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

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Kia S.
5.0 Stars
4

It’s a hipster hostel. Everything is so cute and every area is very instagram worthy. This place is very recommendable for friends who wanna chill when in La Union.

I had breakfast here with my friends. They have a variety of food to choose from. They have filipino food and they also have the Makai bowls stall which serves healthy bowls. They also serve fruit and veggie shakes. A meal and the Makai bowls would probably cost around 200-250 pesos each. Then for the shakes, around 150 pesos.

After eating, you can lounge at their common area which is a big nipa hut with lots of bean bags. They also have a swing for you to chill. Aside from the nip hut, they have beach chairs around and tables.

From the place, there’s about a 2-3 min walk to the beach. Don’t worry cause the beach is directly in front of Flotsam Jetsam. What I loved about their area is that it’s not crowded and yet the waves are big which is good for surfing. You will find a few surf instructors in the area. 1 hour of lessons would cost around 350-450 pesos.

You can opt to pitch a tent if you want or probably lay down your Mandalas.

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Denise Dominique A.
5.0 Stars

FLOTSAM and JETSAM Artist Beach Hostel in Surf Town San Juan in La Union is a beachfront. We didn't stay here but we went here to party and to eat Pizza. If Ola Banditos has the best burrito flotsam has its best pizza in town - hands down. Place is really chill and has a cool vibe to it. The staff is super friendly and sociable. Even if you dont stay there go there to get some food and beers. You will meet new friends and locals. Party starts at 9PM.

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Jacob N.
5.0 Stars
6

An elyu trip will not be complete without dropping by flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, I always loved the place, and the hippie and chill vibes that it brings. Plus they serve Good food aswell!

This is the first time that I actually checked in and stayed at Flotsam. I got a bunk bed in a Kubo for 780 per night. It was okay, the beds has curtains so you can still have your privacy, each bed comes with a mini fan and a locker.

I like their set up here, its better than the Circle Hostel because they only have 8 bunks per kubo and they have like 4 kubo, unlike in the Circle Hostel where all the bunks are in 1 big kubo which can sometimes get crowded and hassle since you have to pass by a lot bunks and people to get to your own bunk 128517

The down side here is that they only have 2 shower rooms for all the bunk bed guests. Yes thats right Imagine sharing 2 shower rooms with 30 other guests. You really have to wait patiently.

Also the common area turns into a bar at night so expect it to load music and noisy crowd up until around 3 am 128514

But surprisingly the highlight of our stay here is the Breakfast. I don't know why I really enjoyed it. Its just simple but its on point! They have toasts with so many choices of spreads and jams, they have fruits, CEREALS, Suman, milk, coffee and tea. What more can you ask for? Plus you get to eat it with the scenery of San Juan beach. It will definitely be the best starter of an awesome day!

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Steffhanie S.
3.0 Stars

It was my first time to have lunch at Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel the last time I was at LU given that I mostly hang out there to drink and party all night long. So yeah, it was my first time to explore their lunch menu and their bestseller Beef Rendang caught my attention.

It's been a while since I last ate one so I decided to order it. Much to my surprise, their version's not the usual red based one. Theirs came with veggies on the side - sweet potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants - plus dilis and egg. The rice paired with the beef was their usual brown rice and the serving was really huge.

IDK if I just got used to the usual Beef Rendang dish that I've tasted but this one lacks that addicting factor given that the flavor of the curry and whatever other sauce there was weren't too strong. It was a bit salty for me too and there's this ginger tasting flavor that I didn't like that much.

But hey, their Sally's Burger Steak was the bomb as I tasted my beat friend's order and will definitely get that one when I am back.

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Archieval M.
4.0 Stars
9

First time in LU and we stayed here. Keri naman yung place. Nothing fancy sa room. Ok yung resto nila. Masarap namna food. Medyo madami lang tao sa gabi kaya need na mauna kayo pars maka reserve ng table. Pinaka na enjoy ko is yung Basil Pizza nila. Ang bait pa ni manong na gumagawa ng pizza kasi sinabi nya kung ano best seller.

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Trixia C.
5.0 Stars
4

It's been a while. Di na ko marunong magreview. Hahaha!

We were supposed to be staying here in flotsam but it's already fullybooked so we just decided to give a shot their night life.

We had our dinner there, there's just a fee choices of food. T'was just so-so for me.

But oh, I love their brickoven baked pizza. Winner solid! Cheese up to the crust. Omg! Hahahaha!

And the vibe last night was so lit!

Drinks are kinda expensive but yeah hang loose. Hahahaha!

So if you're in ElYu, go to flotsam and try their pizza. 128525

And oh, and their peanuts. Lol! Srsly!

#ElYuSquad
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Ninya G.
5.0 Stars
3

Hippiest place in La Union! We had a chance to sleep here due to all private rooms are fullybooked but you may eat here instead. We had our Sunday brunch here before going back to Manila.
We ordered red rice meals and it was all good! All was worth the price. The service is fast. You just need to order at the counter. Some people didn't notice the "Clean As You Go" sign.
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Miggy B.
5.0 Stars

Flotsam for me is the happiest and most fun place I have ever been to. It is impossible to feel sad here. The vibe is great, the colours, the whole place, the staff. The only time I am ever sad is when I have to say goodbye and head back home. 10/10 would recommend Flotsam for anyone looking for a good getaway. The beach is right there, the people are great, trust me, you will not regret it!

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Stevie E.
5.0 Stars

Flotsam and Jetsam is m favourite place in La Union. I love staying there and hanging out there. The vibe is always good, the whole place is picture perfect, the beach is right there and to put a cherry on top, the staff is amazing! I 15/10 would recommend Flotsam for anyone who is looking for a perfect mix of a fun and chill experience. I will never get sick of this place!

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Erika Y.
5.0 Stars
3

It was love at first sight, literally. We got married in this beautiful hostel. The rooms, staff, ambiance, and food are all great. When we found out about it 3 years ago til today, flotsam and jetsam never fails.

I strongly recommend this to everyone planning their weekends. Also, try their 5 minute drink! :)

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Emil T.
5.0 Stars

Flotsam has got to be one of the most awesome places I've stayed in. The management and staff alike made me feel welcome. I remember they would offer me ORS Hydrite to keep me hydrated after a night of intense partying and the heat of the summer sun. How's that for caring? :) Super chill place! It's like I've known the place for a long time for the level of ease and comfort I experienced while staying and hanging out at Flotsam.

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Drew P.
5.0 Stars

I stayed at one of the rooms at the 3rd floor with friends. Very comfy beds, clean sheets.
Chill place, had an afternoon drink that eventually turned to random drunk dancing during the night. Go try their craft beer.

Use your charms, the friendly and beautiful people at the front desk will hook you up with the best room.

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Leah P.
1.0 Stars

The quality of the food was so bad when we visited. It came 40 mins after we ordered and it was cold and bland. Some of the waiters were not accommodating as well. Too bad since I used to love eating here.

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Karla C.
4.0 Stars
2

We went here originally to have breakfast. However, apparently during Friday and weekends they only serve breakfast to checked-in guests. Their staff were really nice though. They told us it would be best to come back at night because that is really when the place comes alive. True that. We went back that night and the place was packed. We only had a couple of drinks here but it's really the vibe, the decor, and the people that makes this place so interesting. This is a real must visit here in L.U.

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Anna d.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Kristina E.
5.0 Stars
9

Reasonably priced place to stay in La Union but you'll need to book in advance. The room I had was very nice. I really do appreciate the house rules. Staff and front desk are friendly. Bar and Dining area can get filled during the night.

Food's really great. Plenty of healthy choices. Free continental breakfast in the morning. Other restaurants or coffee shops are just a few blocks or a tricycle away. Tricycles are just outside the parking lot of Flotsam.

For surfing, you can't really swim or surf (unless you're an advanced surfer) on the front beach. Surfing is done on the other beach-Taboc Beach that's a jeepney ride away. Same price for surfing lessons you get in Baler.

(Warning: Don't be too friendly with backpackers. There was just one bad experience I had with a female solo backpacker who was hanging out at Flotsam and hoping to stay in one of the rooms. She was friendly at first but eventually she tried asking me if she can stay in the room I booked for the night and she'll pay me. She totally reflected a con artist so I eventually ignored her but such backpackers are unavoidable to encounter in a hostel since it's not exclusive to those who booked the place.)

Still rating this place 5 stars. But if you like peace and quiet without being disturbed by a random stranger in La Union, stay in Kahuna. :-)

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Jaja R.
5.0 Stars
9

If you want to spend some quiet time, this is the place to be! Stayed here bec of a reco of a friend and I'm really glad that it did not disappoint. They have very affordable Kubo rooms, staff are very friendly and food selections in the resort was great!

Will definitely come back here!

Super love my experience! 128155128538128077

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Jacob N.
5.0 Stars
7

I fell in love with this place from the moment I step in.. 128525128524

Located at the eastern part of san Juan beach in La Union, you'll find this rustic and relaxing place.

Kubos, bean bags, swings, old lamps, wooden chairs, relaxing classical music, and good food 128076. Not to mention, beach front 9786

Sadly I was not able to spend a night here and was only able to stay for a few hours. But every bitsy second I spent here was worthwhile. 128524

We ordered a couple of smoothie bowls from Makai bowls and its oh soo good!! 128557 a hearty healthy treat that I could eat every day..

Ive been day dreaming to come back and spend atleast 3 days here just to chill and relax 128514. It would be perfect 128524

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Julienne S.
5.0 Stars
3

Never missed this place once ur in La Union. Definitely is a must visit place. FLOTSAM & JETSAM is a bohemian inspired to chillax with. They serve great food as well with good music to feel the vibe 128518128077128076

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