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The Not-Hostel Hostel In Siquijor [Sand 1 Hostel Review]

​Before we do this, let’s get the description out there…

hostel means simply a shared accommodation. Instead of staying in a private room with a private bathroom, you stay in a dorm room sharing the room with other people.


The keyword here is shared. A hostel usually has rooms with bunk beds that guests could share. 

Then why the hell did they call Sand 1 Hostel a hostel when they don’t have shared rooms?

It took me days to book a place to stay in Siquijor because most options are bloody expensive. There are also considerations on the location, it has to be in San Juan as recommended by a friend. I searched through Booking.com and Agoda until I found Sand 1 Hostel. I saw photos of it and thought that their rooms look good. The reviews are generally positive and it is not as expensive as the other resorts, I could get a room of my own for less than 5,000 for four nights. 

Tap, I booked my stay. 

The location is one of is strong suits, not beachfront but it’s on the side of the road, quite easy to find. The caveat is that you could hear the noise of passing vehicles inside the room.


The ambiance is nice and since it’s fairly new, everything is still in good condition. The place is small; if I’m not mistaken it only has 5 or 6 rooms. Let me reiterate these are private rooms, it’s a not-hostel hostel. 

I stayed in a double-bed room with its own shower and toilet. The bed is firm and comfortable, but the blanket is a thin sheet that was a little too rough on the skin. But I liked my room, it’s clean and in good condition.

In the morning there’s free coffee for the guests. The reception area is manned by these two lads who also do other tasks in the hostel like housekeeping. I spotted one of them doing the laundry with his hands one morning, the laundry in question? Bedsheets and blankets! I didn’t know how to react to that, I mean, poor guy. 


For the most part, I liked Sand 1, but something major ruined the stay for me. The power outage. It always happened several times every night, some as long as 5 hours. To me, it was a nightmare. I’d always wake up in the middle of the night and could never get back to sleep.

Unfortunately, Sand 1 doesn’t have a generator. I seriously think it’s something they should invest in considering the fact that brownouts in Siquijor are frequent. 

After 3 nights of brownouts, I couldn’t take it anymore. The next day I had an early checkout and traveled back to Dumaguete.

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Comment (1)

  1. Arni

    What fascinated me about Siquijor is that the island is way cleaner than most destinations I have been to in the Philippines and this hostel looks spotless, and to think they washed the sheets by hand, oh my. Looks like a great deal too.


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