Hotels in Banaue, Philippines

By Denise Kelly

If you're on a golf trip to the Philippines, you should spend some time in the town of Banaue, in the Central Cordillera mountains in the northern part of the country. It is the home of the Eighth Wonder of the World and is also a World Heritage site: 20,000 hectares of rice terraces that were built by hand by the Ifugao people more than 2,000 years ago.

Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel

These buildings provide rooms that overlook the rice terraces. Made of pinewood, they provide a cozy, natural atmosphere. There are 81 rooms available in the two wings. The older wing, built in 1974, has 23-square-foot rooms on two floors, and the newer wing's rooms are 32 to 34 square feet over five floors. A restaurant, coffee shop and cocktail lounge are all onsite, as well as billiards, darts, table tennis and a swimming pool. Room service is available, and the hotel features a gift shop as well. A two-story youth hostel also sits on the property, divided into male and female sections.

Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel
Banaue, Luzon, Philippines

Banaue View Hotel

This small, 11-room, family-owned accommodation sits on a cliff overlooking town. It is set amid lush gardens and has its own greenhouse full of orchids. There is no air-conditioning, no swimming pool, no TV and no mini-bar, so amenities are minimal. Be prepared for simple living conditions.

Banaue View Hotel
Bontoc Road
Banaue, Luzon 3601, Philippines

Sanafe Lodge & Restaurant

You are greeted by sculptures done by the Ifugao people in the lobby at this accommodation. Lonely Planet recommends the restaurant, which serves meat, pasta and Filipino dishes, more than it does the rooms (though it says they are clean). The outdoor patio has a happy hour with views of the rice terraces. Travelers can stay in single, double or family rooms, and large groups can share the dormitory lodging area.

Sanafe Lodge & Restaurant
Banaue Trade Center
Banaue, Luzon, Philippines

Green View Lodge

The Green View is in the middle of town, and only two rooms have views of the rice terraces, but Lonely Planet says its rooms are the nicest in Banaue. The doubles have queen-size beds, and all rooms have parquet floors. You can choose from several sizes of room, from a single twin to a quadruple. Select gifts for the people back home at the souvenir shop.

Green View Lodge
Banaue, Luzon, Philippines

About The Author

Denise Kelly is the copy editor for a small publisher in Paris, France. Before that she was a copy editor at daily newspapers, starting in graduate school. She has been writing professionally since 1996. She has a Master of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
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