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Sanafe Lodge
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Banaue
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Edinburgh, UK
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97 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Great room!”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We came here with TouristDriver who had promised the best room in town and delivered!

Initial impressions were not good - let's just say kerb appeal hasn't even been considered! The room was very large with 2 double beds, a nice bathroom and terrific views over the town to the rice terraces.

The hotel also had a decent (but not great) restaurant with good wifi. The breakfast menu was Filipino cuisine or pancakes - we had the pancakes and they were excellent. The only downside was that service could be very slow (the pancakes took half an hour and we were the only ones having breakfast!) and I think the other rooms are probably not in the same league as the one we stayed in (in fact I think they were mostly dorms).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Susan P, Owner at Sanafe Lodge, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Thank you for your review.

I'm sorry to hear about your long wait for your order. We have already addressed that issue and hope it won't happen again.

Yes the room you stayed in is one of the newer ones. We also have other rooms, but they are not mostly dorms...we do have other private rooms with ensuite bathrooms in the upper floor.

Safe travels!
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Sanafe is a good choice if you are headed to or through Banaue. The rooms are simple, but adequate, and the menu is limited, but very reasonably priced (we were coming from SubicBay). 6 dinners and 5 breakfasts and several snacks set us back about Php 1200. Susan is kind and the staff is friendly and warm.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Susan P, Owner at Sanafe Lodge, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Thank you for your kind words.

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Antipolo City, Philippines
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

First off if you are visiting the north of Philippines you are likely more of an adventurous person, It is quite a journey to get to a place such as Banaue. The town is very simplistic and basic, there is no luxoury accommodations anywhere. Sanafe is the best in the region and the price does indeed reflect the quality. That said the staff are extremely helpful and offer the best in Filipino hospitality. The owner of the hotel mingles with her clients and is always on hand to assist with local information or even just idle the time away in chitchat, this is very much a welcome into my home style of hotel lodge. Personally I am used to a higher level of luxoury accommodation and was a little surprised when I first saw our room, however, rough it a little because the location is worth it, but be very prepared to do some hiking to get to the best views.

Would I go again..... hell yes and I plan to next year with a pal of mine from UK when we will rough it on a 4 day hike, can't wait.

Room Tip: Sleep quality I have marked as poor because there are too many dogs nearby barking all hours, then t...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a night at Sanafe. We did not book, and walked here from the bus terminal. We took a double room that had its own bathroom. We didn't view any other places, however from the outside I doubt any would've been remarkably greater quality than Sanafe.
The room was basic and clean, with 2 double beds, AC, hot water and a small window. The shower repeatedly fell from the wall mount, but otherwise the room was fine.
The lodge' restaurant served basic fare, but was all well priced and of good quality if nothing spectacular. The view from the balcony was sensational, and it would be difficult to beat for any price anywhere in the world.
Our return bus did not leave until 7pm, and we were able to extend our checkout until about 6pm for a small fee. This was a godsend after spending the day trekking through Batad, meaning we could shower and relax before our bus ride. Given a typhoon hit mis bus trip, the journey was 32 hours, so enduring this without a shower and clean clothes would've made it infinitely more difficult.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed only one night for a two day tour of Banaue and Sagada. The staff and owner - Miss Susan - know how to treat their guests. If we needed anything, all we had to do was ask and they went out of their way to accommodate. We were also fortunate to have a fantastic guide for our two day tour. He is Denwil Batangog. He is a native of Banaue, still lives there and his family owns a part of the rice terraces. We were only there for two days and he arranged a custom itinerary to fit our schedule. It was fantastic. I highyly recommend Sanafe Lodge and Denwil. His name is unique which makes it easy to find him with a quick search on google.

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms offer a full wall of glass overlooking the rice terraces. Beautiful!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Pardesia Israel
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here a couple of days. We had the best room , a whole wall was a large glass door overlooking the spectacular view. The food is excellent, breakfast, dinner, its all really good. Susan, the owner, is warm, welcoming, and a very classy lady.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights before heading to sagada.
The staff are very helpful and accommodating. The rooms have everything you need (a socket would be nice though)
Great location to visit banaue viewpoint or batad terraces
The food is also incredible and eating in the patio overlooking the terraces and town is priceless
People who say its quiet obviously shouldn't visit north Luzon, perhaps boracay would be better suited

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Sanafe Lodge
Address: | Banaue Trade Center, Banaue, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Cordillera Region > Ifugao Province > Banaue
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Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Banaue
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Sanafe Hotel Banaue

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