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“Genuine Ifugao huts and maintained garden with spectacular views”

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Hiwang Native House Inn
Ranked #4 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Banaue
Manila, Philippines
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“Genuine Ifugao huts and maintained garden with spectacular views”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

I serendipitously reached this place on the mountain slopes. Among accommodations offering 'native inns', Hiwang Native Inn is nearest Banawe town proper, I was told.

The place offers a stay at their genuine Ifugao huts--some bought elsewhere, dismantled, and re-joined here again ala Lego (one of the characteristics of Ifugao huts). Each of the six huts are considerably far from each other. There were two bonfire areas overlooking the Banawe Rice Terraces, which are very ideal places for rest after a whole-day trek.

The place is for those who look for serene Ifugao lifestyle. The huts have neither television nor radio. The guest should bring his own player and just charge from the socket provided. 3G signal is poor. One can still update status on Facebook and Twitter though. There is no air conditioner since the area is cool. Thick wool blankets and comforters are provided with a thin foam mattress, pillows, and linens.

The toilet is located outside the huts. One has to walk or climb up the stairs to go to the rest rooms. No hot water is available. Water in the morning is cold, very cold.

The caretaker is very accommodating and courteous even accompanying me downtown for dinner and even offering to walk with me to the view sites the next day.

The place has two more traditional huts containing antique Ifugao cultural items, which can be viewed for free by checked-in guests upon request. It has an al fresco sculpture garden, which looks like an outdoor museum already. For photographers, this place is idyllic.

Interestingly, the place is unheard of online (the owners are not techie), considering this was a location for several Pinoy romance movies as claimed by the caretaker.

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Reviewed March 7, 2011

For a place which doesn't have hot water, no heating, makes you walk on mud just to go to the washroom with stray dogs everywhere, I find that charging us 1,700php a night is a bit too expensive.

Otherwise, its a great place to "experience" the outdoors Ifugao-style and I have to admit, the view is spectacular.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: Hiwang Native House Inn
Address: Hiwang, Gohang, Banaue, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Cordillera Region > Ifugao Province > Banaue
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Ranked #4 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Banaue
Number of rooms: 7

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