I thought I'd like to give a review after such an endearing Easter weekend in such a charming place away from the maddening crowd. And would like to commend the Inn owners Graham and Monina Taylor for making our sojourn comfortable with a reassuring hospitality that warmed our stay in a rather cold mountain tops.
The Banawe experience is definitely not for everybody - given the bad roads and poor access - but for the adventurous at heart it is a challenge worth taking. So just imagine after a gruesome 10 to 12 hour ride from Manila - you are greeted by the warmth and charm of this place - with the Inn owners themselves going out of their way to meet and greet you.
Rather than an evening of wi-fi and loud music - our dinner evening at the Native Village was made relaxed by meeting the other guests as Graham went from table to table introducing everyone. I've met a very nice German couple and a Filipino family who once worked in Qatar - as well as a TV Actor with his family. It was a nice evening of socials and conversations.
My 3 day Banawe holiday was highlighted by 2 to 3 hour daily treks around it to discover more of that mountain paradise. And after every challenging physical feat later after the day - i always look forward to going back to the Native Village Inn for a deserving rest - good food, quiet surroundings to reflect on the days events, warm bath, a very clean comfort room and a comfortable bed. I've seen the other inns and nothing comes close.
Thank you again to Graham and Monina for making that big difference in Banawe, I will surely comeback for a weekend of quiet reflection away from the city noise.
This is my first time in Banaue, and staying at the Native Village Inn, made the 10-hour trip as if we just went on a city tour. The native huts are really made of native materials, and created the way the Ifugaos did theirs. They are cozy and there is much room for sleeping and storage. Although the bathrooms and toilets are communal (shared), they are the cleanest bathrooms and toilets one could ever ask for. The service staff are very courteous and accommodating. It is just so nice to stay in the restaurant or in one of their viewdecks and just look and stare at the amazing terraces which are everywhere. Since the place is not in the town proper, it is very quiet and relaxing. The staff can also refer you to guides if your want to hike the Batad Rice Terraces, Tappiya Falls, and other sites. Over all, we really enjoyed our stay and I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to visit Banaue.
Great family adventure! A series of very nice one-room, traditional Ifugao huts built on supporting tree trunks about 1 meter above the ground, easily accessible by a short ladder. Interiors are relatively clean and well lit, with thin but comfortable foam mattresses and sheets in two sleeping alcoves, upper and lower. Comfortably accommodates a family of 4 - we were 3 adults. Bring a jumper but no aircon or heating required - the sliding wooden windows regulate interior temperature very effectively.
Centralised bathrooms, showers, and the dining room preserve a communal ambiance, with good hot running water.
Then there's the exceptional location and view, situated in a garden of trees and flowers atop a knife-edge ridge with great views of the rice terraces and small villages down below on either side. Reserve time for a beer in the evening to watch the sun set across the terraces.
Pleasant service, although the cooking and food was not a strong point.
We recommend the hike across the Hapao rice terraces to the hot springs, just a 15- minute drive to the valley below. Ask for local Nason as your guide. Not demanding but you'll need to maintain your balance along the paddy walls in order to get to the hot springs and river - don't forget your bathers!
I booked 4 nights for a family group of 5 adults in two native huts. I wanted somewhere away from the backpacker bustle of Banaue and this place did not disappoint. It was quiet, the staff always helpful, the food good and the views superb. If you want all mod cons and en suite facilities go elsewhere because the huts are authentic native style (albeit with electricity and mattresses) and toilet/shower facilities are shared (but could not have been kept cleaner). This was our base for 3 days trekking the terraces of Hungduan (ask for Victor to be your guide and don't miss bathing in the hot spring), Banaue and Batad. We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend it.
Kuya Elvis picked us up from bus terminal then took 15 minutes to get in the hotel.. FAR compare to some homestays in the town but its worth it!. Saw this online with low season price until end of September so we planned to stay Sept 30 until Oct 1.....and extended until Oct 4.
Arrived in the hotel surprised and amazed with the view, staffs smiling, and the huge DOG I forgot your name buddy and really excited to see our room. We are the only guests on that day so we made sure that we able to check every corner. Huge restaurant with interesting pieces or decors, and very nice lady named Joy wearing traditional ifugao costume which is really cute :). After 12 hours trip, we totally forgot how tired we are and just enjoyed our meal with overlooking of little rice terraces from table outside.
The native hut was the real deal about the hotel, just one bed and a mosquito net which is very USEFUL at night :), because of tiring trip I didn't have the time to feel the bed lol, definitely comfortable tho. SHARED BATHROOM! Our hut was at the back side No.6 I believe so, we need to pass atleast 4-5 huts just to get into the bathroom which is really hassle esp at night but safe so don't worry and it's very clean :)
FOOD was amazing! Tho, my friend enjoyed corned beed and had 3-4 consevutives corned beef for breakfast.The menu is amazingly FULL and every dishes are cook fresh! GLOBE signal works well at some area :)
Overall, the only deal breaker was for me the bathroom (esp if girl) so I highly suggest to get a hut 1-3 :). I miss you guys, hope you can see this! The one who traveled with a retard :). Definitely coming back! Stayed extra 3 nights from original 1 night plan :)