DISCOVERING RAMON'S HOMESTAY AND BATAD TERRACES
Batad Banaue Rice Terraces of Banaue, Ifugao is the most unforgettable experience i ever had.. worth it!! Thanks to Ramons Homestay Batad Banaue ifugao for their excellent and affordable tour package itinerary.
From Manila we rented a private van and had a 7 hrs travel only instead of riding in the bus that ``````````````````` travel 9 hrs (we rented the van owned by ramons homestay Batad we were lucky to met Jun our driver with excellent driving especially on the mountainous highways of Ifugao they can be contact @ 09168743787). If you have a private car, be sure it is well conditioned for rough road. from Banaue we were picked by a jeepney going to batad Sadlle point most of us ride on the top, a little beat scary but the view on top is amazing!, you can ride a tricyle going to Junction. But if you do this, be ready to hike a long way up to Saddle.
There is no greater excitement than to see the beauty of Batad Terraces during sunrise and sunset . The first thing that you will see would be the slow rays of light shinning on top of the mountains slowly illuminating the stone terraces.
we were accomodated at Ramons Homestay Batad Banaue Ifugao. Our hut was a big one with window over looking the terraces. It can accommodate 5 – 7 people at most and it cost 1500 only. The beds had foams, it was a comfortable sleep that night.great food, great people and great location!! Thanks to Ramon's Homestay great tour itinerary with licensed guide, excellent driver and conditioned van and Jeep they can be reach @ firstname.lastname@example.org number 09168743787...worth it!
Philippine Tour 2009
Place was large and staff were highly accomodating. It is a hotel which is accredited by the Department of Tourism. Restaurant in the hotel is highly recommended, do not forget to ask for Longoniza, Ifugao style.
This hotel provides modern day comfort within an environment rich in primitive culture.
Unique Quality: Although I missed it, I heard that every Friday and Saturday Night, they have cultural shows.
The Banaue Dump, doesnt even rate campground status, its old, filthy and an absolute digrace, not a penny has been spent on the hovel for 50 years!
The beds have simple foam matrices, the blankets and bedding smell of other peopless bodies and the bathroom should have been ripped out and scrapped 50 yaers earler.
We were booked for two days and left after day one!
Trust me don't go!!!!!!!
Unique Quality: There is a veiw....
Directions: Rice terraces.
The most decent one there is
As you've probably read in others' tips, this government-owned hotel is the best one in town. "Best" because it's the only true hotel. Other places to stay are either B&Bs or unaccredited private residences that were converted into "inns".
The hotel was built in 1974 and has not undergone any major makeover or renovation, so one could sense its age in many respects: the hotel lobby looks dark and gloomy, I could smell a distinct musty odor in the room, there's no cable TV in the room we got and the bedside table has control knobs for a music system that no longer exists. Right outside your room door is the small paned window of your bathroom. Be sure to keep it shut to avoid peeping-toms and prevent any sounds/odors that you might make from going out the corridor!
As stated by other VTers, be sure to bring adequate cash to this town as there are no ATMs or credit card facilities. The hotel could take plastic if their POS systems are working but there are times when they do not.
Going by international standards, the hotel will surely rate very low. But since it's the biggest and most decent place in town, it's the best place to stay one could recommend.
Unique Quality: Sure, there's a pool (unheated) but who would swim in such a cool environment?
When there are no low-lying clouds, the vistas outside your room window and balcony are terrific. On weekends, there's a free one-hour cultural show in the evenings where Ifugao natives (who happen to be hotel staff themselves) perform ancient dances and rituals to the delight of guests.
Within the same compound as the hotel is a hostel where backpackers and budget travelers could stay. There are 22 beds for men and 22 beds for women in barracks-type rooms.
Directions: Along the mountain highway from Nueva Vizcaya, as you enter the town proper you should see on your right a long, white 2-story building with a green roof with "BANAUE HOTEL" painted on it.
Very nice tourist hotel.
The Banaue hotel is a good quality tourist hotel that has most of whan the average package tourists asks for.
Quite nice rooms with fantastic views over the rice terraces and good facilities at the hotel, including a nice little pool.
The place does from time to time have entertainment in the evening too and it is all in all a very professionally run place.
Directions: A little uphill from the rest of town, next to the Florida bus station.
The staff are friendly, and the price of accomodation and food is very affordable. It only cost us Php 200.00/day/person.
Unique Quality: It has a great view, over looking the town. The T&B has a hot shower.
Directions: From the bus stop, go left.
Banaue's only 4-Star Hotel
We reached our hotel with great sense of anticipation for the not so 5-star expectations. After all, we all quietly were demanding the comfort of a hotel bed. This hotel is one of the Philippine Tourism Authority’s (PTA) properties owing its supposed maintenance and promotional campaign to the government. The Banaue Hotel, the only 4-star (however you define it :-)) accommodation property in the destination which has around 100 modest and clean rooms, sits on top of the hill, overlooking the breath-taking world-renowned rice terraces makes your arduous trip to Banaue worthwhile.
Unique Quality: Much to my surprise, the hotel does not only provide its guests with the usual hotel amenities and (not so much of) facilities, but offers a quite unique form of cultural overture, the cultural dances presentation which runs briefly for at least an hour. It is a truly unique way to end your day and just good enough to bid you goodnight.
Directions: Check out Pinoy_Travellers' virtualtourist%*
We got here in a bit of a rush, and there's nowhere near comfort besides this hotel. Nice rooms, with t&b, although drinking water is a bit difficult, and what about that small thermos without water in it??
we got a room at the 2nd floor, with such the best view of the terraces from the porch. oh yea and free buffet breakfast, quite good food.
i highly recommend this place if you're not actually on a tight budget.
Unique Quality: Embraced by centuries old awe-inspiring terraces, the visitor is afforded the modern day comforts of the Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel, 4,000 feet above sea level. It is ideal for nature lovers and adventurous tourists. Its natural pinewood material creates a log cabin ambience allowing the traveler an intimacy with nature.
The hotel offers cultural shows showing off the Ifugao ritual dances on weekends. For free.
Behind the hotel, is a (swimming pool!) small village (where people would offer you to a (magnificent :/) view of their ancestor's skeletal structure (haha). From like 100 steps down to the village, you can start enjoying the picturesque terraces (and hike).
Directions: Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel
Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Best Hotel Breakfast
Very nice and cool! big enough rooms. 4 pax shared / room. two double beds. The Hotel has 43 Standard Rooms (with average size of 250 sq. ft. in old wing and 370 sq. ft. in new wing) and 32 Deluxe Rooms. Plus 4 Suites with 2 rooms / suite extra bed. The Hotel has an average sized swim pool. Plus indoor games such as darts, billiards, mahjong, table tennis and chess.
Each room has house phone, private toilet/bath and hot/cold shower.
Unique Quality: walang aircon..
Directions: Manila Contact No. (02) 525-6490
Western class service at local rates
I stayed four relaxing days at this inn. There is something about being on a relatively isolated mountaintop that puts one in almost a meditative mode. Other hotels in the Banaue area tend to be a bit on the rustic side, with less-than-comfortable rooms and baths. The Native Village Inn has spotless tiled bathrooms and showers and a large and comfortable restaurant serving Western and Filipino dishes. Would I recommend this place? Absolutely!
Unique Quality: Banaue town is not very impressive or clean. The only road through town is in fact a terrace and all of the town's buildings are either on the uphill or downhill side of the road. I suppose it had its charm a few years ago but it's now cluttered with unsightly construction everywhere, and even the view of the terraces from the town itself, across the valley, is not very impressive due to more construction there. The Native Village Inn is out of Banaue town, about 8 km away on it's own hilltop, which gives probably the best and most natural view available in the region. From the hotel you can see terraces and natural landscape in three directions. This hotel will appeal to the visitor who wants more than just basic housing. The "rooms" are in fact native Ifugao cottages. Quite unique!
Directions: On the road out of Banaue toward Bontoc, just leaving Banaue's center, turn left on the Hapao road. The inn is 8 km from there, just past the village of Uhaj.
Oldest Accomodation in Banaue
I would recommend this hotel because it's clean,quiet and comfortable.It was built 1973,a little bit run down now but you can still see and feel the quality.And try to go on the weekends because they have a "Cultural show" and it's very entertaining.
Unique Quality: All deluxe rooms have a breathtaking view of the rice terraces as well as the swimming pool.
Best Location and Views
We stayed at the Banaue Hotel during the long Holy Week '06 for 2 nights. We were given adjacent twin rooms (Rooms 128 & 129--2 flights down from the lobby). We paid Php2,000/room/night (about US$40) for a twin Standard room, which includes breakfast.
The room is basic. Because Banaue is about 4,000ft above sea level, you don't need air conditioning. Each room has a balcony to provide you with a view of the rice terraces--or at least, part of it (you need to drive up to the View Point to see the most photographed and famous part of the terraces). The best part is waking up to a sunrise just behind the mountains everyday.
The buffet breakfast was served at the Imbayah Restaurant inside the hotel. It was good, nothing exceptional. The staff, though, are very friendly, polite and accomodating. I was impressed by them because they were very gracious, never forgetting to say "You're welcome!" whenever you thank them.
Unique Quality: I'd say that this hotel has the best location and provides the best view.
The Banaue Hotel has 45 standard rooms, 32 deluxe rooms and 4 2-bedroom suites. I didn't get to see the other rooms, but the standard is more than enough for me. They have hot and cold water--hot is really hot and cold is really cold. The water pressure is superb!
There's a mailbox service where you can put your postcards. There's a gift/souvenir shop, too, where you can purchase postcards, stamps and last minute souvenirs. The palengke (market) really is the place to buy those.
There's an Ifugao village right below the hotel, the Tam-An Village. I didn't go there, but my dad did when he first stayed in the hotel (he stayed a total of 3 times, and swears he'll always stay here). He paid Php100 (US$2) to see the old bones of the grandfather an Ifugao native. I know it's weird. Tam-An is supposed to be a typical Ifugao village, but I doubt that's how they lived years ago. It looks modern to me.
Directions: Right across the Banaue Rice Terraces
I stayed here 29/6/04 to 4/7/04. Arrived in the middle of a category 2 typhoon (Mindelle). The roof was ripped off the hotel and it shook a bit, but it didn't fall off its perch into the valley luckily.
It's the only proper in hotel in Banaue, I think.
There's a karaoke machine in the bar which gives you marks out of 100 at the end of each song. I got 99 for New York, New York.
It's at the top of the hill, not in the centre of the town. About 5 mins walk down a steep hill to get to the town, where you'll find places to eat, internet cafe etc. Food in the hotel not that great.
Room with a View
Our family of 6 (3 adults + 3 kids) was biletted in two rooms with an exclusive connecting door for the two rooms. No aircon (but who needs it anyway), stand fan only. The wood-paneled and carpeted rooms are well kept. Hotel personnel, mostly locals are helpful and courteous. The hotel restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner at a reasonable price. Day tours to interesting places could be arranged at the hotel info desk 1 day prior.
Unique Quality: Great view from the rooms >> rice terraces, pine-covered mountains. A few steps down at the back end of the hotel compound is a typical Ifugao village. >> place for pic-op and to buy some souvenirs. A mid-size swimming pool at the back garden is understandably cold >> tolerable to swim when the sun is out.
Never miss the Ifugao Cultural Show at night at the hotel lobby performances on weekends only and every night on peak seasons.
Directions: On the way up to Banaue proper, a lone big building to your right wont miss your eyes.
Nearby Banaue Hotel
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- And Youth Hostel Banaue
- Banaue Hotel And Youth Banaue
Address: Banaue Rice Terraces, 348 kms. no of Manila via Cabanatuan City Rd, Banaue, Luzon, Philippines
Amenities at Banaue Hotel
- Swimming Pool
- Free Parking
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