a break from the hostel dorm

When we travel, most often than not, there will be days that we prefer staying in the hostel lazily rocking our knees and watch the time pass by…

Do I hear signs of aging? EF YOU!

I guess, with the speed rate of our lives as urban slaves, we are starting to appreciate the simple luxuries and the art of doing nothing. And the place you stay or the bed you sleep-in plays a big role of making this senile activity a success!

Recently, we came across Roomorama, an accommodation portal where you can book properties from all over. What we love about it is the fact that they have units/apartments that are not too touristy and therefore, you would feel at home. Like a marriage between a house and hotel where you can experience the familiar local ambiance with the comforts and amenities of checking-in. In short, a short-term accommodation with first class luxury minus the hawking and ripping vendors looking at you as if you are a walking ATM.

One of the site’s features we found really helpful was the in-house customer service team available around the clock. Yes, they are real human being working and attending to you when you need help and they are not just an automated email reply that will merely tell you “your problem is simple, these are the steps, do it yourself you imbecile traveler!”  Oh yes, we have encountered these obnoxious “customer service” strategy several times in the past!

We were surprised when they actually sent us an email after few days of not hearing from a property owner, and they actually gave them a nudge. Pretty efficient.

We tried browsing around the site and tried searching properties in cities we are looking at visiting next. We kept our search filter within our budget of US$ 50 and we found these:

Seoul, South Korea at US$ 40

Lima, Peru at US$ 35

Marrakesh, Morocco at US$ 40

Nairobi, Kenya at US$ 50

Cebu, Philippines at US$ 50

So now you pretty much know our bucket list. I found these gems and they are all within our accommodation budget when we travel, and these are not just cramped bed spaces in steamy hostels–They are units that usually come with at least a queen size bed, living room, kitchen and private bath. That’s minus the disgusting hair on the shower floor for crying out loud.

OK! Just to clarify, we started as backpackers staying in hostels and we still are staying in them so to speak, because we enjoy mixed dorms (wink!). We may sound a bit contradicting when we say we love the hostel culture and hate the squirmy shared bathrooms, but at times that we just have go treat ourselves with a well deserved privacy. That is because we believe that there would be moments that we should have a good break from the world and pamper ourselves for our hard work back home.



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  • Micamyx|Senyorita

    October 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I miss that room! hihi

  • Ed

    October 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

    @mica: the RONorama? hahaha

  • Marky

    October 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Kahit saan maski sa sidewalk solb na ako basta sa Morocco or Lima, Peru, but those rooms are cozy. I wanna book with Roomorama ren in the future.

  • boogie

    October 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    don’t we get see the room from that cebu picture? all the places seem cozy..

  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy

    October 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I would definitely enjoy something like this as a break from a hostel.

  • jenjenk

    October 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    wow! i’ve never heard of this booking service! thanks for the tip!! will need to check it out! do you know how the rooms are vetted?

  • betty lopez

    October 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Another site you might want to try out is http://www.couchsurfing.org/

  • Philip

    October 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

    i absolutely ADORE roomorama services. they are so efficient with customer service and everything has improved lately – starting with a new website deisgn. i used them a couple of times, once in asia and once in europe and both were perfect stays. hope you get to try them out too, you’ll never want to stay in a hotel again for sure.

  • theopinaysolobackpacker

    October 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I hope to try out Roomorama too. I’m amazed by the rooms I see on their website, cheap tlga xa considering mostly fully furnished at stylish ang mga rooms at villa for rent

  • Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    October 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Never heard of this before. I’ll have to check it out.

  • nina

    October 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Oo, old age ang tawag jan. Welcome to the club! Hahaha

  • flip'n travels

    October 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    @mica… i missed it too! (no pun intended)
    @ed… sorry wala ako makitang ibang pic to post relating to this article
    @marky… balak namin i-try din soon!
    @boogie… true, looks grand actually
    @scott… yeah, at least once in a while, right?
    @jenjenk… not sure about it. i guess the marketing team is the one doing that. thanks 🙂
    @betty… i know, maybe soon! hehe
    @philip… we couldn’t agree more!
    @gael… korek, specially if you’re in groups, most properties would allow up to 6 people!
    @stephanie… you should, try browsing their properties!
    @Nina… CHE! hahahaha Nooooooooooo!

  • Jeremy Branham

    October 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Roomorama sounds like a great idea – and very affordable. I like the private feel and the prices. The photos you showed of those places look great!

    As for getting older, not at all. You have to understand that everyone needs a break. From stuff I have researched and from my own experiences, you should build a day off every two weeks. Nothing wrong with a lazy day every now then. It doesn’t make you older – it makes you human.

  • lakwatsera de primera

    October 5, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I first tried its service two weeks ago and it did not disappoint. The apartment we got has 3 bedrooms which is great for families and big groups. We’ll try this option again in expensive cities someday if couchsurfing isn’t available 🙂

  • gayE @ pinaytraveljunkie

    October 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Haven’t tried and will come handy when we finally leave Oz. Gagawing playground ni Luna ang rooms!

  • Anthony

    October 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    “Like a marriage between a house and hotel where you can experience the familiar local ambiance with the comforts and amenities of checking-in.” That is a perfect way to describe this amazing service. I love using roomorama and more and more properties are popping up all the time! Make me look forward to my next adventure, thanks for sharing!

  • flip'n travels

    October 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    @Anthony… no prob, thanks for dropping by.
    @gayE… hahaha i can only imagine, take pictures of luna when you book one.
    @Claire… true! well, we haven’t tried couch surfing though. sa inyo siguro ang una! haha
    @Jeremy… a day off every two weeks. AMEN!!! my boss will kill me though! LOL

  • Mervin

    November 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Ang ganda nang blog nyo po! nakakaingit talaga ng apartments ng roomorama at mura pa! I will definitely use them when I visit Bangkok next week. They have so many properties and their site is so userfriendly. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Lauren Gaile

    January 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    How cool the Cebu!!!! 😀

    And funny post too!! Saw you riight after the RONorama stay and you looked extra extra blooming 😛

    From the spa treatment and grand accomodations………. 😛

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