Sunday, January 27, 2013

Where to stay in Sagada?

I get a lot of questions on where to stay in Sagada.
I can only recommend or comment on places I've stayed in. 

KANIP-AW PINES VIEW LODGE
At first I did not want to stay at this place as it was  a little bit of walk from the town proper but when I've experienced staying here, it became my favorite lodge. 
Cost: PhP250 - 350 / person


From the signage, a little walk going up.

Those afraid of dogs, this little guy is as harmful and cute as it looks.
It just lies down on the pathway. 




We took the room good for 7 people. All the rooms has a private comfort room. 
It's clean and homey.

Our room has a T.V. and a balcony.
They also have free wi-fi.
(I think Jan's trying to connect)

At the balcony, we had our mini kitchen. They have the kitchen wares too. 
You just have to pay PhP50 for the gas 

We had a good meal here. 
The soup was just perfect for the cold weather.
(hmmm..... we just came from Crystal Cave so we looked like we had a mud fight)


The owner Kuya Oscar Magwilang was really nice to us and so is his wife, Ate Epy.
You may contact him at these numbers:
0926-609-2960
0928-284-7507

It was still on the way ha ha ha
I had to say goodbye to sweet Mars.


CAMP AT KILTEPAN PEAK
Cost: Free (it used to be)
Now they are charging PhP100 per person who wants to camp. (as of May 2015)
Just bring your tent and everything with you.


Kuya Oscar and Ate Epy were nice enough to lend us the kitchen wares so we cooked at Kanip-aw and brought it here.
It's cheaper to cook as resto food in Sagada is a bit pricey. Since we've tried almost all the resto there, we decided to cook this time.


It was freezing so we had to make our bonfire. 
Good attempt by Jan and CJ.


Then the bonfire died in just a few minutes and there was nothing left to do but freeze!


But the SaGGAs guides came to the rescue. Not just one but we had five of 'em and they built light and heat called the real BONFIRE and it lasted for hours.
Total rescue from hypothermia and entertainment.


Great morning we had.

Sipping hot coffee.
Where did we get the hot water?
Kiltepan Peak is a private property. You can pitch a tent there for free as long as you keep and leave the place clean. A care taker stays nearby where we got hot water and comfort room.


Waking up to a beautiful sun and view just a few steps.


RESIDENTIAL LODGE
The first lodge we stayed at.
We had a problem when we got here. We did not have the room we reserved because the guests decided to extend their stay. Though the owner instead had their private room for us which was even better because we had our own comfort room. (Note: some rooms have common comfort rooms. This is common for most of the lodges so make sure you inquire if you do not want to share the toilet with strangers)
Cost: PhP200 - 250 / person



The room that we stayed at was down there. Beside our room was the owner's painting room. He's a painter and his paintings were good stuff.

They have free wi-fi
You can use their kitchen for free.

They have free brewed coffee and hot water.

This is Tita Mary Daoas and she's the sweetest. She owns the place.
You may contact her at:
0919-672-8744
eldone21@hotmail.com
My experience in contacting her is to call :)



 TRAVELLER'S INN
This was recommended by a guide that's why I tried this one.
It was okay.
It's right beside Residential Lodge (RL was full so I had to look for another one)
A convenience store is beneath it which is owned by the same person who manages the inn.
Cost: PhP 200 - 250


A bit noisy because my room was facing the road.
I had a common bathroom.
No wi-fi when I was there last Feb. 2011
Contact person is Ate Julia 0919-517-1833


Nice thing about this place is that it's super near the SaGGAs office. If you want to see if there are guides available, you just peep out from the window and you'll see 'em :)


***update March 18, 2015*


GEORGE GUEST HOUSE EXTENSION

This is one of the popular lodges in Sagada but have never considered to stay here as I have been reading a lot of bad reviews. Then one time, we had no choice. I don't have their contact number since this was arranged by another person. Just google it. 

We stayed at the extension where it is just opposite Kanip-aw Lodge. 
I like that it has its own parking just right outside without having to walk.

Our jeepney ready to take us to our tour.


You get to rent your own villa.
The rooms were as basic as the others.
Though we did not get any soap.
All rooms has its own bathroom.


The common area.


A fireplace that we didn't use because it wasn't that cold when we went there.


A very cool kitchen place.



A NAMELESS HOMESTAY

It doesn't have a name.
My first time to go on a super peak season in Sagada and we had no choice but to stay in a homestay.
This was located near George Guest House Main.

From the parking space, it was around a 2 minute walk passing by houses.



They have two houses. One was newly built and nice.
We stayed on both since we have a big group.

Our bedroom.
They have a common bathroom with hot shower and toilet.


They also have a kitchen.


Sala at the old house.


Dining area



A relaxing view from the homestay.


Manong David is the elderly man at the middle.
His numbers are 09208520394 and 09103689462




Credits to Jayciel, Jun and Jane on some photos

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