When the call of the waves beckons, now it’s fairly easy to ride a bus or drive up north. La Union can be as easy as a 4–5 hours drive or six hours commute on a good day. Staying in ELYU, there’s now a wide choice of accommodations to chose from. But if you are looking for something of value and at the same time imbibes the surf culture vibe, how about trying Yang House? A fairly new guest house in La Union that wants you to be part of their bonafriends.
Right in the Action
We rode a Dominion bus from Manila early morning to arrive in Urbiztondo, La Union by noon. Yang House was quite easy to find being familiar with the place. It’s along Urbiztondo Road, turning right from McArthur Highway if coming from the south. Right at the corner is Mad Monkeys and Tagpuan. It’s just a short walk. The angel wing doodle as well as the bright colored signage is hard not to notice. I like that the location is close to where the action in Urbiztondo is but still far enough to keep the noise from the main highway at bay.
The Yang House
Three floors of creative spaces and homey rooms make up Yang House. Keeping things clean, footwear are required to be left at the entrance. Slippers are readily available for use while inside the hostel. The Guest Lounge is like a play room. Colorful murals adorn one of the walls and a scribble wall for guest. Board and card games are available. Books and DVD entertainment is also offered. I also like that there are Yoga mats for rent for those who want to practice. The ground floor also holds the reception and a small store.
The 2nd and 3rd floor is where the accommodations are located. There are dorm rooms and there are private rooms as well as common area and shared bathrooms. Beds are basic but rooms are clean. Airconditioning was working well too. We stayed at the third floor, the Tangadan room good for six persons.
Our stay at Yang House was limited to overnight and was only able to experience the lodging. We like that it was easy to walk around the area to the dining places and the beach. They also have a separate pool uphill but didn’t have a chance to see it. Price is always a factor when considering places to stay. Yang House offers Php 800 for a bed alone. If you are traveling alone or as a couple with accommodations in that price range in mind, there are similar competitive rates out there that’s worth considering.
Yang House is ideal for groups and feels more of value if you avail of their Surfing Barkada Packages. For at least 4 people, you can get a package as low as Php 1,500 weekday rate or Php 1,700 weekend rate per pax which includes full board meals and a choice of activity from surfing or to a waterfalls hike. We weren’t able to try their package though so couldn’t comment on their service. We did enjoy admiring the artwork of the hostel, the good vibe and convenience if that is what you are looking for a stay in ELYU.
01 Villa Sebastian Urbiz Tondo
San Juan, La Union
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