We stayed there for 1 night while trekking around Banaue. They came and picked us up from the bus station at 6 am after a 9 hour bus ride which was very nice and as soon as we got to the hotel we received a hot cup of tea.
The hotel itself is simple but clean. Amazing view of the rice fields from the hotel balcony. There's not much more than simple hotel/bb's in Banaue so this is the best it gets. The bed, room and bathroom were clean. There is hot water to take a shower after a long day of trekking and the food was good.
Bea the manager of the hotel is so nice. You could tell that it was important for her that we were comfortable and having a good time. She also set up our tour/trekking guide Jonathan. He was so excellent.
Jonathan was everything you look for in a tour guide. He is a native that speaks great English and knows Banaue and the surrounding area like the back of his hand. He also knows the history of the area and of the agriculture and methods of growing rice which we found very interesting.
He wasn't pushy in any way. Gave us as much time as we wanted to see the sites to swim around in the hot springs and waterfalls, to rest after walking up the steep mountains and to take pictures along the way. He took us through paths that most guides are too lazy to take the tourists and we never took the same path twice if it was possible.
We trekked the first day in Banaue and instead of the regular tour where it is pretty much just going to view points and a short walk to the hot springs we opted to do an additional 3 hour trek from Banaue view point down to Bocos village area. It cost us an additional 700 pezo and was worth every cent. This was the highlight of the trip. It was a real rugged exciting trek that I really doubt that many tourists do. RECOMMENDED!
I dont know if this is a standard trek so I recommend going to the Homestay hotel to request that Jonathan take you on this trek.
The second day we did the Batad village, Tappiyah falls and rice terrace trek. Which was great as well.
It cost us 3,500 pesos a day for a private jeep and tour guide. The additional trek was 700 pesos. We also took the room with a private bathroom that cost us 1,200 pesos.
Bea and her team made sure that when we got back from the second day of trekking that we were able to take a hot shower (even though we were all ready checked out) and Bea and Jonathan personally drove us to the bus station to to make sure everything was in order with our tickets and wish us a farewell.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very basic, clean and simple accommodation that is located less than 10 minutes walk from Banaue town proper and from the bus station. 5 Rooms with 1 room with attached bathroom and 4 rooms with shared bathrooms. 3 Of our rooms is facing the rice terraces. ... more less
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