Kanip-aw is somewhat difficult to find on your own because they don't have a signpost along the road, so unless you ask the townspeople for directions, you might not find it at all (it is well into the small dirt road off the highway right before Shamrock inn, the great green bldg).Ask for directions, the townspeople know where it is.
It is still very new, and under some renovations, but we were more than comfortable. Manang Epi was very hospitable and friendly. We came right up to the lodge welcomed by the several family members gathered by the front door. You can't ask for a homier feel than that. You would leave for exploring and adventuring with little children zipping across your path, playing, and elders wishing you luck. The Magwilang brothers, who are also veteran tour guides, can also be seen hanging around near the lodge, especially near dark, for "jamming" sessions (happy drinking!), at which time they would happily drop by for a chat or to share stories with visitors. (I met the owner, Manong Oscar once or twice, as he was busy building things, but when you cross paths he will always have a smile for you).
The rooms are very basic: you get your bed, blankets, towels, and the luxurious hot showers ( a relief in such cold weather and after a day of stumbling around in caves), which are rare for towns like Sagada with their water shortages. As far as I know they don't serve meals, but you can buy snacks in the second floor, and the lodge is very close to several restaurants and similar establishments.
Also, the view is amazing. You would wake up to chittery birds, the warm sunlight on your face, and the spectacular view of the lodge's namesake, the Kanip-Aw cliffs. You would be tempted to just lay in bed and bask in the sunlight, enjoying the view. And with the free WiFi, you might as well just stay indoors all day, taking pictures of the view, or chatting with other homebodies or watch TV with the children.
another thing, that you would also be living with several houseguests, the cockroaches, but they are merely a minor nuisance especially if you are finicky and afraid of them. They are of the ricefield variety, the milder cousins of the more horrific city roaches i bet everyone is more familiar with. If you are particular regarding roaches and other insects, just take extra precaution, and inform Manang Epi if it gets too bothersome.
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